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Ojai, CA

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Ojai Valley School
Boarding, Grades 3-12

Founded in 1911, Ojai Valley School is a coed college-preparatory boarding and day school for nearly 300 students on two campuses in beautiful Ojai, California. The community at OVS is student-centered, authentic, and fun loving. The small school size, shared traditions and experiences, and a devoted faculty foster a warm and welcoming school culture.

Our high school, grades 9-12, provides a challenging academic program balanced by offerings in fine and performing arts, athletics, competitive robotics, outdoor education, and equestrian. Students thrive in a small community led by dedicated teachers who encourage critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, creativity, and collaboration – skills that prepare them well for entrance to a diverse cross-section of colleges and universities. The high school (the Upper Campus) is located in the foothills of the Ojai Valley, 63 miles northwest of Los Angeles. It is nestled in a canyon adjacent to the national forest and provides students with a spectacular 195-acre setting in which to live and learn. New to the Upper Campus in August 2021 are three new buildings: Grace Hobson Smith House, the Littlefield Student Commons, and the Aramont Science & Technology Center. Also new in August 2021: a new fine art studio and new multipurpose room to host music classes and live concerts. The Lower Campus, located near downtown Ojai, offers grades prekindergarten through 8, and a boarding program for students in grades 3-8. Resident students may choose 5 or 7-day boarding.

Many members of the Ojai Valley School community consider Outdoor Education, Equestrian and the Arts to be among the school’s greatest strengths. Experienced outdoor leaders guide trips to the surrounding mountains, canyons, deserts, and beaches, and teach students how to respect and care for our fragile environment. Destinations include Channel Islands National Park, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and other venues. Service and environmental restoration projects are an important part of the program. Equestrian features stables and training areas on both campuses and spectacular trails surrounding the Upper Campus. Riding instructors are experienced in jumping, equitation, and dressage. The program welcomes riders at all levels. In the Arts, students participate in stage productions, music recitals, concerts, and fine arts shows.

UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS
Equestrian Program
Equestrian features stables and training areas on both campuses and spectacular trails surrounding the Upper Campus. Riding instructors are experienced in jumping, equitation, and dressage. The program welcomes riders at all levels, starting in prekindergarten.

Outdoor Education
Experienced outdoor leaders guide trips to the surrounding mountains, canyons, deserts, and beaches, and teach students how to respect and care for our fragile environment. Destinations include Channel Islands National Park, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and other venues. Students hike, camp, backpack, surf, kayak, fish, ski, snowboard, rock climb, mountain bike, and more.

COLLEGE MATRICULATION
UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, University of Oregon, New York University, Boston University, Colorado College, University of Washington

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