Residential Life

It’s not where you live…

While Besant Hill School has a number of day students, the majority of our students live in residence halls. Our residences feature comfortable, modern rooms that you will share with just one roommate, as well as lounge areas and a student center that lend themselves to plenty of relaxing. Boarding school students are free to leave campus on most weekends, but those who remain can take advantage of our full program of organized weekend activities – everything from beach trips to kayaking, movies, shopping mall expeditions, hikes, trips to Universal Studios, and more. Our students love living as part of a residential community. They feel it’s not only great fun, that it also helps develop the empathy they need to get along with all kinds of people – a skill they’ll draw on time and again in all aspects of their lives.

It’s who you live with…

In an increasingly multicultural world, it’s very important to become comfortable with diversity. There’s no better way to achieve that level of comfort than by living, learning, and playing alongside students from other countries. Our international students come from Cameroon, Canada, China, Italy, Japan, Mali, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine, and elsewhere. Besant Hill School is a boarding school where students enter into a model symbiotic relationship: they study the language and culture of our nation through our English as a Second Language program, while our American students learn more about the world from them. This transfer of knowledge helps foster the kind of understanding that will make it easier for all of our students to live and work in a world that’s becoming more interconnected every day.

EOS Dormitory

The boy’s dormitory is situated facing East with a front row seat to the Topa Topa mountains and morning sunrises, gaining its name from the Greek God of the Dawn, EOS.

Phoenix Dormitory

The girl’s dormitory faces North, perched over the athletic field and with a spectacular view of the Topa Topa mountains. In 1991, the old dormitory burned down in a fire, and the new dorm was built and given the name Phoenix.

The upper story of the Phoenix dorm includes a lobby, common room with fireplace, dorm rooms, and two faculty residences. The lower level includes a piano, games, and laundry.

Doornink Grove Dormitory

Doornink Grove

West-facing Doornink Grove, named for the Doornink family who created a gift making the construction of the new housing a reality, is a series of four student/faculty homes.