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.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Coed Grades 9-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address5025 Thacher Rd, Ojai, CA 93023
Telephone805-646-4377
Fax805-646-9490
Year Established1889
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorMichael K. Mulligan
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment240
Boarding Students220
Day Students20
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