Living in Community

Besant Hill School of Happy Valley has a boarding school community that’s not easily described.

As co-founder and famed author Aldous Huxley pointed out, essentially, teaching students how to think, not what to think is something that’s not often defined or discussed in our society. It is our ethos. Ultimately, the boarding school experience offered at Besant Hill School strives to teach students to break free from the barriers placed on them by this world — as we believe that is when true learning occurs.

Living in Community

Besant Hill School of Happy Valley has a boarding school community that’s not easily described.

As co-founder and famed author Aldous Huxley pointed out, essentially, teaching students how to think, not what to think is something that’s not often defined or discussed in our society. It is our ethos. Ultimately, the boarding school experience offered at Besant Hill School strives to teach students to break free from the barriers placed on them by this world — as we believe that is when true learning occurs.

Living in Community

Besant Hill School of Happy Valley has a boarding school community that’s not easily described.

As co-founder and famed author Aldous Huxley pointed out, essentially, teaching students how to think, not what to think is something that’s not often defined or discussed in our society. It is our ethos. Ultimately, the boarding school experience offered at Besant Hill School strives to teach students to break free from the barriers placed on them by this world — as we believe that is when true learning occurs.

Living and Learning Together

From the moment our students set foot on campus for the first time, they’ll see that the boarding school experience, living with classmates and among faculty members and their families, provides endless opportunities to be in community.

Much of the magic of Besant Hill School happens through the equally connected relationships of students and staff outside of the formal class setting. These close relationships are some of the richest rewards of boarding school life at Besant Hill School. A student may have a teacher and coach who also lives in his or her dormitory, who has a family, perhaps a dog, and who may even have the culinary talent of baking an evening snack to share. Relationships are at the heart of our community.

Living and Learning Together

From the moment our students set foot on campus for the first time, they’ll see that the boarding school experience, living with classmates and among faculty members and their families, provides endless opportunities to be in community.

Much of the magic of Besant Hill School happens through the equally connected relationships of students and staff outside of the formal class setting. These close relationships are some of the richest rewards of boarding school life at Besant Hill School. A student may have a teacher and coach who also lives in his or her dormitory, who has a family, perhaps a dog, and who may even have the culinary talent of baking an evening snack to share. Relationships are at the heart of our community.

Living and Learning Together

From the moment our students set foot on campus for the first time, they’ll see that the boarding school experience, living with classmates and among faculty members and their families, provides endless opportunities to be in community.

Much of the magic of Besant Hill School happens through the equally connected relationships of students and staff outside of the formal class setting. These close relationships are some of the richest rewards of boarding school life at Besant Hill School. A student may have a teacher and coach who also lives in his or her dormitory, who has a family, perhaps a dog, and who may even have the culinary talent of baking an evening snack to share. Relationships are at the heart of our community.

Tradition of Details

When visitors come to campus, they often remark that everyone smiles and says hello as they pass by. It’s common to hear comments on how everybody is genuinely nice to one another. Happy Birthday is sung at all-school assemblies for students and staff, “Bad-Movie Night” is a tradition in the theater, and our dining services is always looking to hear from students on ideas to make meal experiences more enjoyable.

An outdoor lunch, sitting in silence to breathe and pause during the busy school day, a chance to be creative, Ojai’s famous “Pink Moment” at sunset, fresh and organic food, a ten-minute visit with a dog on campus, a kind gesture of support, or laughing out loud with friends — these are just some of the unique details that make a Besant Hill School experience so special.

Tradition of Details

When visitors come to campus, they often remark that everyone smiles and says hello as they pass by. It’s common to hear comments on how everybody is genuinely nice to one another. Happy Birthday is sung at all-school assemblies for students and staff, “Bad-Movie Night” is a tradition in the theater, and our dining services is always looking to hear from students on ideas to make meal experiences more enjoyable.

An outdoor lunch, sitting in silence to breathe and pause during the busy school day, a chance to be creative, Ojai’s famous “Pink Moment” at sunset, fresh and organic food, a ten-minute visit with a dog on campus, a kind gesture of support, or laughing out loud with friends — these are just some of the unique details that make a Besant Hill School experience so special.

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