Discover Besant Hill School

Besant Hill is a small Boarding School in Ojai, California, grades 9-12. Originally founded in 1946 as Happy Valley School, we have always been a community of learning and respect that honors individuality, critical thinking, creative and artistic passions, global citizenship, and environmental activism. This unique combination of values along with our small size, a committed faculty and staff, and beautiful location, distinguishes Besant Hill School from any other boarding school you may visit.

Visit Us

There’s a lot you can learn about Besant Hill School by browsing photo galleries, watching school videos, reading through our viewbook and school magazine, and browsing our student experience pages. But the best way to get to know our school is to come for a visit! Join us for an Open House event or arrange a personal tour of our campus, stay for lunch (including veggies from the on-site five-acre organic farm), chat with students and teachers, and have an interview with our admissions team.

Bird’s Eye View of Campus

The Admissions Process

We understand that the decision to attend boarding school is one of the most important choices a student will ever make. Our admissions team is here to guide families through this process and answer any questions 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.

Applying to Besant Hill School includes:

  • filling out a general admissions application
  • completing parent and student questionnaires
  • a transcript request
  • a student essay
  • three teacher recommendations
  • admissions interview

Important Dates

  • January 16
    Admissions Open House
  • February 1
    Priority Application Deadlines
  • February 15
    Open Enrollment for Summer Programs

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