Villanova Preparatory School:
Located in Ojai in Ventura County, California (approximately 54 miles north-west of Los Angeles), Villanova Preparatory School is a Roman Catholic secondary co-educational boarding and day school based on the Augustinian tradition. We offer a rigorous college preparatory curriculum for grades 9-12, with a residental / boarding school program available for both national and international students. Villanova students are consistently placed into many of the top colleges in the country. Villanova has a student-teacher ratio of 10:1 and an average class size of 16.
College Preparatory Boarding School Program:
Residental (boarding) programs available for Grades 9-12 for both national & international students. Students are guided towards full realization of their academic potential through disciplined study & an enhanced spirit of inquiry.
- College preparatory curriculum
- Students achieve strong college preparatory skills & to gain a broad knowledge in the humanities, arts and sciences
Villanova operates on the semester system and students take seven courses each year. Eighteen Advanced Placement or Honors courses are available to students.
The course of study includes the following requirements:
- English: 4 units
- Mathematics: 3 units (4 recommended)
- Religion: 4 units
- Foreign Language: 3 units (or completion of 3rd level) of the same language
- Social Science: 3 units
- Science: 3 units (4 recommended)
- Fine Arts: 1 unit
- Health: 0.5 units
- Electives: 5 units
- P.E.: 0.5 units
- Community Service: Meet yearly requirements
English Immersion with Support (EIS) Program:
For international students whose English is not yet strong enough for a full college- preparatory course load, a comprehensive English Immersion with Support (EIS) Program is available. Depending on their previous coursework and English proficiency, students enter the program at either 9th or 10th grade and are immersed in mainstream classes for credit and support classes for English language and content-specific instruction. There are limited options available for entering 11th graders as English language learners.
Resident Life Program:
Villanova Preparatory School is the only Augustinian co-ed boarding school in the United States. The cornerstone of Villanova for over eighty-five years, the residential life program brings students and staff together in a supportive and nurturing environment. We have two residence halls, Cantwell Hall and Glynn Hall, accommodating approximately sixty-five boys and thirty girls. Every resident assistant is charged with encouraging and nurturing each individual student to strive for excellence in all areas of life.
Students are actively involved in the life of their dorms. A dorm council meets weekly to discuss issues affecting residents including helping in planning weekend activities and occasionally aiding in the menu selection. A typical school night is structured to provide the students with ample time for study and other activities. Every night before a school day, study hall and independent study are held from 7:00 – 10:30 with a half hour break for relaxation and refreshments. A dorm computer lab, the Resource Center with computers, and Internet capability in the dorm rooms provides technology to assist resident students in their studies.
Weekends can be a special time for the residents, when they can participate in activities, sports, visit family and friends, and enjoy the Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles metropolitan areas. Athletic events, movies, dances, meals out, stage plays and other school trips arranged by the faculty are regularly a part of weekend life.
The Villanova Athletic Program offers multiple sports during all three sport seasons. The majority of the students participates in at least one sport, with many participating in two or more over the course of the school year. Our aim is that all scholar-athletes who participate in our program develop life skills that include: the ability to work with others effectively, the ability to lead others in a positive manner, the ability to perform at his / her best in competitive situations, the ability to enjoy athletic activities, and the ability to develop a personal lifetime fitness philosophy.
- Art, extra-curricular activities, and community service options also offered