Our Mission

The mission of Besant Hill School is the development of each individual’s intellectual and artistic abilities. Through awakening the spirit of inquiry, we encourage students to pursue integrity and excellence. Our non-competitive community builds honesty, respect, compassion, and responsibility. Our goal is to develop a lifelong habit of learning as embodied in our school’s motto, Aun Aprendo—I am still learning.

Students Explore Creative & Intellectual Abilities

The philosophy of Happy Valley School, now known as Besant Hill School of Happy Valley, is drawn from the vision of our founders. The philosophy of Happy Valley School, now known as Besant Hill School of Happy Valley, is drawn from the vision of our founders. They believed that an environment which encourages the fullest development of student potential is one that affords the opportunity to explore creative as well as intellectual abilities. They believed that a school with a global community would cultivate understanding and promote world peace. In working together in a spirit of cooperation, not conformity, our boarding school community seeks to cultivate and express what is excellent in each of us. Intellectual curiosity and a spirit of inquiry are the activating factors in the educational process. Active participation in a community builds caring and responsible individuals and promotes lives of integrity, awareness, and purpose.

Working Individually with Each Student

Every day, we live a promise to continue the mission of our founders by working individually with each student as they follow their passions and strive to achieve their goals. By fulfilling this promise, we hope to instill the unique set of values of the Besant Hill School Portrait of a Graduate that honor individuality, critical thinking, creative and artistic passions, global citizenship, and environmental activism. Besant Hill School is an environment where teens can grow, not just merely study for a test or the SATs. Here, students are encouraged to take what they learn and synthesize new knowledge about the problems they are facing. Besant Hill School students gain lifelong skills that allow them to be adaptable to change and new learning.