School Facts & Statistics

Besant Hill School of Happy Valley is a private, coeducational college preparatory boarding and day high school located 85 miles northwest of Los Angeles, California. Our small student body, beautiful location, and dedicated faculty create a unique learning environment for each student to explore his or her passions within a supportive and diverse community. Find quick school facts, statistics, and a timeline of events below.

General Information & School Facts

  • Year Founded: 1946
  • Grades Offered: 9-12, PG
  • Campus Location:
    Ojai, California (90 minutes northwest of Los Angeles)
  • Accreditations:
    Besant Hill School of Happy Valley is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).

Student Body

  • Total number of students: 100
  • 10 States represented:
    Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin
  • 22 Countries represented:
    Nigeria, China, Hong Kong, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Austria, Taiwan, Mongolia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Panama, Canada, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Rwanda


  • Total Faculty: 27
  • Faculty with advanced degrees: 75%
  • Faculty-to-student ratio: 1:4
  • Average class size: 10
  • Faculty who live on campus: 70%


  • Number of courses offered: 62
  • Foreign Languages offered: Spanish, French
  • Colleges visiting campus (2016-2017): 30+
  • Seniors who enrolled in college ( 2016-2017 ): 100%
  • Instructional support: Yes
  • English as a second language (ESL): Yes


  • Team Sports:
    Basketball, Soccer, Cross-Country, Volleyball, Swimming
  • Intramural Sports:
    Golf, Crossfit, Yoga, Surfing, Dance, Aquatics

Recent Significant Dates


Swimming Pool project is completed and named Lee Sanders Aquatic Center in memory of beloved 1960s alumnus. Read this news story.


Swimming Pool project breaks ground. See Growth in Progress.


Faculty/Student Housing completed along with many campus improvements.


Construction of Faculty/Student Housing begins; School’s Strategic Plan, “Our Common Purpose” begins.


”Portrait of a Graduate” established by Faculty/Staff curriculum committee


Randy Bertin named Head of School; Oral History Project begins capturing alumni reminiscences and memories of HVS


Completion of the Beato Atelier


Happy Valley School renamed Besant Hill School of Happy Valley; School’s first strategic plan initiated.

View a complete timeline of significant events in our History & Heritage section…