General Information

Daily Schedule

8:30am-9:00amBreakfast
9:00am-10:40amPeriod I
10:50am-12:30pmPeriod II
12:30pm-1:30pmLunch
1:30pm-3:00pm Art I (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
3:15pm-4:45pmArt II (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
5:00pm-6:00pmDinner
6:30pm-7:45pmSport
8:00pm-9:30pmStudy Hall (Sunday-Thursday)
9:30pm-10:00pmCrew Jobs (Sunday-Thursday)
11:00pmLights out (12am on Friday & Saturday)

Off Campus Activities

Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for off-campus exploration and activities. This will include excursions such as beach day, Six Flags, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, UCLA, UCSB, shopping and movies. All trips are chaperoned by Besant Hill Faculty and may include dinner or meals off campus provided by the school.

Day Students

We encourage students from the surrounding area to take part in our summer program. Whenever day students are at Besant Hill School, they are subject to all school policies. Day students are expected to be at BHS on time for their first commitment. Day students are welcome on campus from breakfast until just after study hall every evening and 11PM on Friday or Saturday nights. If day students would like to spend the night, with advanced planning we can accommodate such requests as space is available.

Conduct

In the dorm, classroom, and community, students are expected to be punctual to all of their commitments, to be considerate at all times, to observe study hours appropriately and to follow procedures for securing off-campus, weekend, and special permissions.

The School feels strongly that the best community education often occurs between individual faculty members and students. Thus, we believe that individual faculty members should respond to inappropriate language and/or behavior in the dorms, classrooms, and the community at large. Faculty/student conversations may very well prevent a response from the Dean’s Office. It is expected that students will respond to the direct interaction with faculty members in a positive and appropriate manner. Students who repeatedly fail to meet faculty expectations will be referred directly to the Dean’s Office.

Clothing/Dress Code

While the school respects and appreciates individual expression through fashion and does not prescribe a uniform style of dress, students are required to select appropriate clothing for both school days and school outings. BHS does not want to have a dress code that is monitored with consequences attached for non-compliance, but the school does want our students to dress in a manner that is not distracting in a classroom environment, during our meals, or during other school functions. Pajamas are not considered appropriate attire in any area outside of the dormitory. A faculty member reserves the right to ask any student to return to his/her room to change if the faculty member feels the dress is inappropriate or offensive.

Facilities

Our vast land offers a centralized campus that allows for easy access to all buildings, including six dorms, dining commons, theater, darkroom, digital media lab, library, athletic fields and numerous office/classrooms space. All students share a room and each room has a bed, desk, chair, closet and dresser or shelving.

Laundry

Coin-operated washers and dryers are available in all dorms. The laundry rooms are located on the lower levels and available for student use between the hours of 6:30am and 10:30pm. Quarters are available in the Business Office and will be charged to a student’s sundry account. Laundry detergent and supplies must be purchased in town.

Safety

Ojai has very little crime and our school is located just outside of town on a 520 acre gated campus. The gate is only open from 8am to 6pm. We also have campus-watch patrolling our grounds throughout the evening hours. Beyond our security measures, our campus  houses numerous faculty members, including the Director of  Summer Programs, in case of emergency.

Health Services

Besant Hill School employs a full-time Director of Health Services. Health Center office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00am – 3:00pm. After hours, the Director is available on an as needed basis. The Health Center office number is 805-646-4343 ext. 442.