The Academic Program at Besant Hill School emphasizes the school motto, "Aun
Aprendo, I am still learning." Instilling a lifelong love of learning is
the goal of our vigorous college preparatory curriculum.
BESANT HILL SCHOOL PORTRAIT OF A GRADUATE
Our graduates will:
- Think critically and synthesize knowledge.
- Honor their individual strengths and be resilient.
- Engage in their creative and artistic passions.
- Model global citizenship.
- Embody the ideals of environmental activism.
framework of Universal Design, teachers employ multiple best practices
in the classroom including, Socratic Method, Mastery Teaching and
Cooperative Learning. We value and encourage creativity and the creative
mindset in all classes, teaching how to think, not what to think.
Academic classes, art classes and physical education classes are all
valued equally in the pursuit of educating the whole person.
In each class we demand that students take full responsibility
for their education. We offer honors and AP classes in the junior and
senior years. Instructors in our ISP Instructional Support Program) help
students to better understand their learning styles and to utilize
strategies and techniques in support of their academic success.
The foundation of our curriculum is based on the University of
California A-G class requirements and our courses are approved through
the University of California System. This, along with our WASC (Western
Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation ensures that our
classes are of the highest academic level.
Dean of Academics
(805) 646-4343 Ext. 133
The basic graduation requirements at Besant Hill School are as follows:
3 years-including 1 year biology and 1 year chemistry
2 years of the same language/3 years highly recommended
3 years, through Algebra II
3 years-including World History and American (U.S.) History
2 years (visual or performing)-at least one year of the same art
Each year while attending Besant Hill School
At least 3 classes, one must be Senior Capstone
These graduation requirements surpass both the University of
California and the California State University systems, and prepare
students for admission into American colleges and universities.
At Besant Hill School we believe that our learning community
embraces our motto, Aun Aprendo. To that end, we offer a curriculum that
inspires students while demanding excellence and his or her best
effort. We teach our students to use their knowledge to become
thoughtful, ethical members of the world community.