• MLK School Celebration Inspires

    Posted January 22, 2015

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day inspired an uplifting school assembly during Monday's private school Open House. Along with the assembly, visiting families were able to experience a day in the life of a Besant Hill School student, attending classes, an informative panel discussion, campus tours, and a delicious lunch.

  • Open House, Monday Jan 19

    Posted January 14, 2015

    Admissions Open House is almost here! Join us Monday, January 19 (9am to noon), for a day in the life of a Besant Hill student. Meet our faculty, chat with students, visit our classrooms, and experience an all school assembly

  • Aun Aprendo Newsletter, Fall 2014

    Posted November 30, 2014

    Explore articles, pictures, links to videos and more. Enjoy a magazine-style format (looks best on your laptop or desktop), or download a PDF.

  • Ojai Day

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Last Saturday was Ojai day, a celebration full of local art community and culture. BHS admission office had a booth to speak with local families while our students played on one of the five music stages. They were a huge hit.

  • Campus Improvements

    Posted September 11, 2014

    From the new Doornink Grove to Phoenix Dormitory, our commitment to investing in, beautifying, and improving our campus and facilities can be seen all around us. With vision, patient planning, generosity and a lot of hard work by many at our school, it was a transformative summer on our campus.

  • Registration Day 2014

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Welcome all students and families! Student Government helped the admission team greet everyone to our community.

  • Summer & Boarding School Expo 10/14

    Posted August 28, 2014

    Our commitment to having a diverse, global community means that we travel extensively during the year, personally reaching out to recruiters and colleagues around the globe.

  • Day Parents Visit

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Thanks to our day student parents for joining us on campus this week. School begins on Wednesday!

  • Summer Program Fun

    Posted July 23, 2014

    The BHS Summer Programs are well underway. On campus there are 10 countries represented from USA to Russia and beyond. Students are studying ESL, SAT and Farm, while exploring areas of Southern California on the weekends.

  • Aun Aprendo Newsletter, Summer 2014

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Enjoy articles, pictures, links to videos and more in this latest edition of Aun Aprendo. You will notice a new "magazine-style" format that we know you will love! Enjoy!


Are you interested in applying to BHS? If so, it is probably one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. The application to Besant Hill School contains the general application, parent and student questionnaires, transcript request, student essay and three teacher recommendations. Your application will be read by each member of the Admissions Committee, who will then reach a decision about your acceptance to the school.

Although a demonstrated responsibility for learning is the most important criterion, the committee also looks for qualities of character and maturity, as well as the ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the school community. Differences in background, circumstance and educational opportunity are also valued and weigh in our decisions. Above all, we strive to bring a well-rounded, interesting and diverse group of creative students to BHS. These students should be eager to take advantage of the many opportunities the school has to offer.

Please contact us at any time, and we will do our best to make sure that applying to BHS is a positive experience.


Besant Hill School of Happy Valley is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)  and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).

Besant Hill School offers open admissions by application and admits students of any color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or creed. It does not discriminate on the basis of any of the above, nor on gender or sexual orientation, in the administration of its educational policies, financial aid programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.

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Contact US

Kristen Kaschub

Director of Admissions
Director of  Summer Programs
(805) 646-4343 Ext.142

Terra Furguiel

Associate Director of Admissions
Director of  Financial Aid
Parent Liaison
(805) 646-4343 Ext.111