Ojai Valley School

723 El Paseo Rd, Ojai, CA 93023

Ojai Valley was founded by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bristol as the Bristol School, which conducted tutorials for elementary students. Edward Yeomans, a businessman interested in education, purchased the school in 1922. Under his direction, the school was renamed Ojai Valley and its program was expanded using Mr. Yeomans' progressive philosophy of "learning by doing." During the tenure of headmaster Wallace Burr (1943 to 1970), the school changed in character from a small country day program to a predominantly boarding school. Mr. Burr also built an upper school campus in the East End of Ojai Valley, and today the school encompasses 200 acres bordering national forest property. The upper school is located on Reeves Road, six miles from the lower school. Academic work and life experiences are integrated at Ojai, and emphasis is placed on the development of leadership and decision-making skills. Motivated students benefit from the college preparatory curriculum, which includes Advanced Placement classes. Among school activities is an extensive equestrian program. Weekend excursions throughout southern California provide students with entertainment options, as well as cultural and recreational activities. A five-day boarding option is available to students in grades 3-8, who may also enroll as full boarders.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding — Coed Grades 3-12; Day — Coed PS (Age 3)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address723 El Paseo Rd, Ojai, CA 93023
Other Locations10820 Reeves Rd, Ojai 93023
Year Established1911
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorMichael Hall-Mounsey
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment284
Boarding Students117
Day Students167
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