Apply to Besant Hill School!

We understand the decision to attend boarding school is one of the most important choices your family will ever make. Our admissions team is here to guide you through the process and answer any questions you have about a Besant Hill School education. Please contact us at any time, and we will do our best to make sure that applying to Besant Hill School is a positive experience.

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Application Requirements

1. Apply Online

Our online application allows you to get started and then return to finish at your convenience. Please be sure to adhere to the various admission deadlines for applications and financial information.

2. Student Profile & Essay

3. Parent Questionnaire

4. Teacher Recommendations

5. Transcripts

6. Application Fee

7. Schedule an Interview

In order to truly gain an understanding and appreciation of our boarding school, an on-campus interview is highly recommended and encouraged. But we understand this isn’t always possible, so we can arrange a Skype interview. Interview spaces are available during office hours by appointment. Please contact our admissions office via phone or email to schedule your interview time.

An on-campus interview is encouraged, but if this is not possible we can arrange a Skype interview. Interview spaces available during office hours by appointment. Please contact our admissions office via phone or email to schedule your interview time.

8. Testing (SSAT code 3697 or TOEFL code 8104)

If unavailable in your area, please contact the admission office for other acceptable test options.

We do all we can to support our international ESL students, including offering a year-round ESL program. If English is not your first language, we do require some form of English proficiency testing. We accept the following tests:

  • TOEFL Jr.
  • SSAT

We will issue an I-20 to students who have been accepted upon receipt of the signed enrollment agreement and deposit. International students should also provide a copy of their passport.

Important Dates

  • January 21
    Admissions Open House
  • February 1
    Priority Application Deadlines
  • February 15
    Open Enrollment for Summer Programs

Important Criteria

Although a demonstrated responsibility for learning is the most important criterion, the admissions 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 a student background, economic circumstance, and educational opportunity are also valued and thoughtfully weighed in our decisions. Above all, we strive to bring a well-rounded, interesting, and diverse group of creative students to our boarding school. We are excited to meet students who are eager to take advantage of the many opportunities Besant Hill School has to offer.


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 admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin or sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.