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  • "The Hill" A Media Team Holiday Newscast

    Posted December 16, 2016

    Our always clever student Media Team with their holiday newscast "The Hill" featuring Cate and Katie, Siri doing the weather, and a commercial break from their sponsor, the Sustainability Department.

  • Starlight Dance Academy Holiday Showcase 12/17

    Posted December 12, 2016

    Ojai's Starlight Dance Academy Holiday Showcase will take place here at the Zalk Theater on December 17. Two Shows, 1pm and 3pm. More about Starlight Dance Academy at

  • 2016 Fall Variety Show Photos and Video

    Posted December 12, 2016

    Enjoy photos and video from our recent Fall Variety Show that featured music, magic, spoken word, dancing, and more from our talented students and faculty! There were a few surprise acts including a McChicken feast and Head of School Randy Bertin singing the Creedence classic "Have You Ever Seen the Rain." It was very fun night.

  • See Dan Call in new production of A Christmas Carol!

    Posted December 2, 2016

    Enjoy a performance of Charles Dickens' holiday classic A Christmas Carol featuring our very own performing arts director Dan Call! The show will run December 7 through 24 at the Rubicon Theater in downtown Ventura.

  • Audition for the Fall Variety Show!

    Posted December 2, 2016

    The Variety Show is always a fun time and a great opportunity for students and faculty to try out a new piece of music, poetry, or any special talent in front of a community full of support for all of our creative efforts! Please see Dave soon for a quick, informal audition and claim your spot in this year's Fall Variety Show!


The mission of Besant Hill School is to foster the development of each individual's intellectual and artistic abilities. BHS believes that in today's world being literate in reading, writing and arithmetic is not nearly enough.

Essential to Learning

To be truly literate, students must know and understand the world around them; to know how to relate and understand one another's point of view and perspective; to be able to express their passions in and for what makes them tick; and to do it in an environment where a community celebrates our individual genius at each and every turn.

Where else is this possible but in an environment that places equal emphasis on the visual and performing arts as in other core college-prep offerings? We believe that everyone has a desire to do art, and we aim to foster that ability in each student.

The arts are everywhere on campus, in the recording studio, in the ceramics studio, the Beato Atelier or the multi-media room, or on stage in our beautiful 150-seat Zalk Theater. In fact, the arts' course selections are as expansive and comprehensive as those in some liberal arts colleges.


A Creative Community

With nearly 30 offerings in music, performing arts, visual arts and digital arts, the arts at Besant Hill involve the whole person and affect the whole community. Rich in artistic history, our community has a long lineage of teachers who are professionals in the stage, film, music and visual art world in this country. Imagine being taught musical theater by someone who has directed over 50 shows and has former students performing on Broadway? Or learning guitar and jazz music from one of the area's greatest guitarists? Or performing on stage next to a professional actor? Because of our location and proximity to Los Angeles and the town of Ojai, home to many writers, actors, directors, musicians and artists, we have a plethora of guest artists.

Since its founding in 1946, our community has always placed great emphasis on the importance of the arts and artists in our society. As the home of famed ceramicist Beatrice Wood (whose home and studio stands as a museum and art gallery to some of the most innovative and creative artists on the scene today), Besant Hill continues to uphold creative expression as an essential component of the school experience.


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The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." Pablo Picasso 
music rehearsal

student painting

Beato Atelier art studio

student practicing violin

The Zalk Theater

student actors