The Thacher School
5025 Thacher Rd, Ojai, CA 93023
The school was founded by Sherman Thacher, who combined the New England boarding school tradition with Western character, emphasizing the value of the outdoors. Thacher is situated on the old Casa de Piedra Ranch: 400 acres nestled at the east end of the Ojai Valley at the foot of the Los Padres National Forest. The academic program includes a core curriculum of requirements in English, mathematics, foreign language, the sciences, history and the fine arts. Students expand beyond this core through a rich array of electives and Advanced Placement courses, independent study and senior exhibitions (interdisciplinary research and demonstration projects). Several exchange programs provide learning opportunities beyond the school. Competitive athletics are offered at several levels. Dance and general fitness/weightlifting are also available. All students take part each season in either a team sport, the horse program or the outdoor program, which features such activities as rock and ice climbing, telemarking, downhill and cross-country skiing, winter camping, sea and river kayaking, and snowshoeing. While ninth graders may participate in athletics, their primary afternoon focus is on the horse program, a century-long tradition that requires each student to ride and care for one of Thacher's horses. The first-year experience culminates in the Big Gymkhana—games and races conducted on horseback. The fine arts program includes musical, studio art, dance and dramatic instruction.
|Academic Orientation||College Preparatory|
|Grade Range||Boarding and Day — Coed Grades 9-12|
|Coed, Boys, or Girls||Coed|
|Full Address||5025 Thacher Rd, Ojai, CA 93023|
|Administrator||Michael K. Mulligan|