• Besant Hill School of Happy Valley

    Ojai, CA

    Besant Hill School of Happy Valley is a private coed school in Ojai, California. Ojai is a rural area in Ventura County. Ventura County is home to 79 private schools, including Besant Hill School of Happy Valley. In terms of religious orientation, the Besant Hill School is a nonsectarian school. Whether your student is in to sports, the arts or academics, there is something for everyone here at Besant Hill. Yoga, soccer or basketball are just a few of the sports that are offered. Also available are dance, theatre, and music programs. There is nothing at Besant Hill that you cant find. Hidden in the hills your student will not only find themselves but they will make life long friends. Aun Aprendo, meaning I… More

    9 - 12
    Coed
    101 Students
    26 Teachers
  • Cate School

    Carpinteria, CA

    From its humble beginnings in 1910 to the current fame, Cate School is a testament to the commitment of its headmasters. The coeducational facility is a highly selective boarding school located in Carpinteria, just a few miles off the coast of Santa Barbara, in California. Currently, there are around 234 students enrolled from 31 different states and many international countries. The school prepares students for college life by integrating a curriculum that blends with the spirit of community work. Its founder, the legendary Wolsey Cate, had a tradition of reading storybooks to students and shaking hands with everyone. The 100-year-old tradition continues to this day. Every week, students also help with menial chores that are often relegated to the maintenance staff. The Student-Faculty Senate… More

    9 - 12
    Coed
    276 Students
    51 Teachers
  • Dunn School

    Los Olivos, CA

    Dunn School is a coeducational private boarding school located in Los Olivos, California. It is a preparatory school from grade 6 through 12 offering intensive education to its students. Almost 60 percent of students live on campus, whereas the school provides transportation to most other day students residing in nearby Santa Barbara. Dunn School has some of the lowest student to teacher ratio, ensuring that each student gets personal attention from teachers who help in carving plans for entering college. As such, almost all teachers at school know their students, personally. Currently, there are 250 students with a class size of 11 and a student-teacher ratio of only 4:1. To improve critical thinking and problem solving skills, classes are taught in seminar-style. The campus… More

    6 - 12
    Coed
    228 Students
    39 Teachers
  • Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

    La Canada Flintridge, CA

    Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, located in La Canada Flintridge, California, is a Catholic, Dominican, college-preparatory school known for educating and preparing young women for a life of faith, integrity, and truth. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy consists of approximately 385 students; 15% of which are boarding students and 85% day students. Tuition and general fees to attend, this CAIS, WCEA, and WASC accredited school, is $22,765 for day students and $50,215 for boarding students, to include room and board per a year. However, a quarter of the students, who attend, receive some financial aid, i.e., scholarship or financial aid. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy has a well-rounded Visual and Performing Arts program. Within this art program, students may learn visual arts, theatre, music, and dance. The… More

    9 - 12
    All-girl
    410 Students
    37 Teachers
  • Idyllwild Arts Academy

    Idyllwild, CA

    Idyllwild Arts Academy is an international arts high school that runs September through May in California. It provides training in the arts and preparation for college. It has students from over 25 countries and offers music, dance, creative writing, fashion design, film, digital media, music, theater, and visual arts. The creative writing program offers courses in songwriting, poetry, prose, and drama. The dance program offers a multi-disciplinary program with ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Fashion design teaches sewing skills to design skills. Film and digital media offer courses in film making, editing, screenwriting, directing, and many other disciplines. The music department teaches songwriting, jazz, instruments, and classical music. The theater department teaches every theater aspect, from acting to stage design. The school offers science,… More

    9 - 12
    Coed
    295 Students
    81 Teachers
  • Monte Vista Christian School

    Watsonville, CA

    Monte Vista Christian School is a coed private institution that serves grades 6 - 12. This institution was founded in 1926 and has been around for nearly a century. Monte Vista Christian School offers scholarships for a wide variety of disciplines and they also present great opportunities for community service. This school is located in the city of Watsonville, California which is an agricultural region within the state. Students at Monte Vista do not have to complete community requirements but they are strongly encouraged to participate within as many community programs as possible. The reason Monte Vista desires for its students to engage in community service is that they want their pupils to be well-rounded individuals. Monte Vista provides community service for senior citizens,… More

    6 - 12
    Coed
    845 Students
    62 Teachers
  • Oak Grove School

    Ojai, CA

    Founded in 1975 by globally regarded educator, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Oak Grove School is a coeducational day and boarding school serving grades pre-school through twelve. Located just outside Los Angeles in Ojai, California, the school seeks to give its students an education that will empower them to make a difference in the world. Oak Grove school is highly regarded by both former students and community members, as evidenced by its 4.5, out of 5, star rating. In addition to a challenging and comprehensive academic program, the school offers students many extracurricular activity options such as arts, community service, environmental education, travel, and athletics. The Oak Grove Lizards compete in the Condor league of California, which is a private secondary school athletic league, in both boys'… More

    12
    Coed
    194 Students
    26 Teachers
  • Southwestern Academy

    San Marino, CA

    Southwestern Academy aims to educate both American and international students in an environment where small class sizes and personal attention give each student the chance to succeed at their own personal best level. Student work is catered to personal achievement levels and challenges students appropriately for their abilities. Class sizes are small and sorted by ability, not age, and faculty spends time getting to know the whole student. Southwestern Academy encourages a diverse perspective and prepares its students for a future with a broader perspective and multicultural sensitivities. English as a second language students are given an intensive program to have them speaking English quickly. Two complementary campuses give students a choice of where they want to live and learn, and members of the… More

    6 - 12
    Coed
    170 Students
    42 Teachers
  • The Athenian School

    Danville, CA

    The Athenian School located in Danville, California is a middle and high school preparatory school that prepares students for academic success. The middle school offers English, Social Studies, Math, Science, World Languages, Arts, Electives, and Physical Education. A unique offering for middle school students is introductory classes to engineering and design. The school also promotes special activities for middle school students that focus on building leadership and global citizenship. The high school offers humanities, mathematics, science, engineering and design, world languages, arts, physical education, and online learning. There are internships for students, teaching assistants, opportunities for volunteering, and classes for entrepreneurs. The newest department is engineering and design which focuses on electric cars, robotics, and airplane design. Leadership is developed through community service and… More

    6 - 12
    Coed
    472 Students
    73 Teachers
  • The Thacher School

    Ojai, CA

    The Thacher School is located in the Ojai Valley of southern California. This picturesque school, which overlooks the Ojai Mountains, is located only 45 miles from Santa Barbara and about 85 miles from Los Angeles. This student is mainly composed of students who live on campus; however, about 10 percent of the population lives within the community and commutes. The student body is very diverse. 40% of the population is students of color and 51% of all students live outside of California in over 25 states. This college preparatory school offers a vast array of classes, including many Advanced Placement courses and several several honors. They also allow students to learn four languages: French, Chinese, Spanish and Latin. The average class size, around 11… More

    9 - 12
    Coed
    256 Students
    39 Teachers
  • The Webb Schools

    Claremont, CA

    The Webb Schools is an "open" school in the California area, which means they are non-sectarian. Most schools have a "focus" on how they want to set themselves apart from others who also provide this service. The Webb's is not only the academic portion but also a driven purpose towards the students developing an internal honor code. Meaning, they are training these youth to not only "do" things, but to do them "rightly". They want to produce people that will lead with courage in hard times, and will do their actions with integrity in a culture that says "anything goes". They even have "unbounded thinking + symposium days" set aside for students and staff to think and plan regarding the responsibilities of being a… More

    9 - 12
    Coed
    398 Students
    52 Teachers
  • Villanova Preparatory School

    Ojai, CA

    Villanova Preparatory School is located about 63 miles northwest of Los Angeles in the city of Ojai. Founded in 1924, Villanova is a coed Catholic school that offers an education in the Augustinian tradition for grades 9-12. The day school tuition for the 2015-2016 school year is $19,000 and the tuition for the only Augustinian coed boarding school in the country is $53,300. Financial aid and scholarships are offered to help parents with the cost of tuition. Villanova Preparatory School offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program to students who qualify to be a part of the program. It is a rigorous two-year course of study that involves writing research papers up to 4,000 words, learning to think critically and analytically, community service involvement and… More

    9 - 12
    Coed
    280 Students
    30 Teachers

What's Up in California

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This page features a list of boarding schools in California (CA), USA.

California is a state on the west coast of the United States. With over 39.3 million residents across a total area of approximately 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2), it is the most populous state and the third-largest state by area. It is also the most populated subnational entity in North America and the 34th most populous in the world.

Education in California (CA), USA

The educational system in California consists of public and private schools. California is the most populous state of the U.S. and has the most school students, with over 6.2 million in the 2005–06 school year. About 25% of school students are English learners, compared to 9% nationally. Funding and staffing levels in California schools lag behind other states. In expenditure per pupil, California ranked 29th of the 51 states (including the District of Columbia) in 2005–06. In teaching staff expenditure per pupil, California ranked 49th of 51. In overall teacher-pupil ratio, California was also 49th, with 21 students per teacher. Only Arizona and Utah were lower.

In 2008, the California Department of Education (CDE) created a dynamic, web-based publication to provide educators with relevant information pertaining to middle grades. Taking Center Stage—Act II (TCSII): Ensuring Success and Closing the Achievement Gap for All of California’s Middle Grades Students was designed to promote, illustrate, and support the concepts embedded in the California Department of Education’s (CDE) 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success. Created specifically for middle grades educators, TCSII content offers developmentally responsive and research-based practices through videos, professional learning activities, and best practice vignettes focused on the young adolescent.

In order to graduate from California public high schools, students must complete specified state and local graduation requirements. Local school districts have the authority and responsibility for establishing high school graduation requirements. These requirements vary among school districts. However, California Education Code Section 51225.3 specifies that students must pass a minimum set of required courses and an exit examination. These requirements should be viewed as minimums and support for the regulations specified by the local school boards.

High school boarding school students interested in attending a California public university after graduation must have completed the required freshman admission course requirements while in boarding school.

For parents everywhere, nothing is more important than making sure their children receive the best possible education. While many parents choose to have their children attend public schools, others opt to let their children attend boarding school. Not only do these schools offer educational opportunities that may not be found elsewhere, but they also allow children to grow in many ways by letting them learn about various social and cultural activities. Within California, there are a variety of boarding schools that are known for their high academic standards and emphasis on helping youngsters become the leaders of tomorrow. For parents who are looking for unique educational opportunities for their children in California, these schools offer social and cultural experiences that can lead to a lifetime of learning.

Idyllwild Arts Academy View profile »

For children who desire a career in the visual and performing arts, many parents turn to the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Located only an hour away from Palm Springs, this coed school for grades 9-12 offers a secluded 205-acre campus filled with pine trees. Considered a very international school, it has an enrollment of 300 students from 25 nations. Operating a summer arts program as well, the Academy is committed to helping children who desire to perform fulfill their dreams.

Monte Vista Christian School View profile »

For parents who want their children to attend a boarding school while still getting a Christian-based education, Monte Vista Christian School may be a good option. Along with its faith-based programs, the school is also well-known for its highly competitive sports teams in the Monterey Bay League. Students can choose to compete in various sports including football, basketball, soccer, golf, swimming, wrestling, and many others. In addition, an Equestrian program is also offered for both boys and girls.

Ribet Academy

One of the few boarding schools in California to offer programs for grades PreK-12, Ribet Academy is located in Los Angeles. What makes the school stand out is the distinction of having Southern California’s largest marine biology lab as well as a theater, courtroom, photography studio, and orchestra area.

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