About the School
Besant Hill School was formerly known as Happy Valley School is located in Ojai CA. It is a school that encourages the student to develop their full potential, and gives the student an environment were they can be creative as well as fulfill their intellectual abilities. The founders felt that there was a need for new approaches to education. Their vision was one where a student could develop overall intellectual and emotional qualities that would help in every aspect of their daily life. Dr. Annie Besant was very politically active in the early 1900’s. She purchased land in 1927 where the school now sits. Dr. Guido Ferrando opened the school’s doors in 1946. He believed that students should be in small classes and sit in a circle to allow for open questions and discussions. He believed that a student should learn how to think, not what to think.
With the ever changing world in which we live, Besant Hill School has a Sustainability program. This program helps student’s to be sensitive to the environmental challenges we face, such as waste disposal and water conservation. The student’s may learn to master new modern technology such as a GPS. But they also will learn how to prune fruit trees in the school’s orchard. The school has an organic farm which provides the school kitchen organic produce to use. The school objectives have always been to have the students appreciate and respect nature and have compassion for all forms of life. So to evolve into educating the students about the environment, the sustainability program was an easy fit for the school.
Besant Hill School is a boarding school for grades 9-12. They have a wide rage of academics as well as an athletic program and a performing arts program. They also can be involved in many trips such as to New York, Costa Rica, and West Coast College trip. The school also has an Outdoor Education Program in which the students are required to attend. The students will participate in a ropes course, kayaking, hiking, yoga, and more.
Boarding School Facts
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|Extra Info.||What is unique about this school is that they have a student run radio station.|