Located in Ojai in Ventura County, California (approximately 54 miles north-west of Los Angeles), Villanova Preparatory School is a Roman Catholic co-educational boarding & 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. Our 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. We channel students' curiosity, enthusiasm and energy so they can reach the full potential of their abilities and interests. This is achieved through a balanced program of academic courses, athletics, community service, art and extra-curricular activities. Students are guided to achieve their full academic potential through disciplined study and an enhanced spirit of inquiry.
Established in 1924, as a Catholic school in the Augustinian tradition, Villanova is a member of the Augustinian Secondary Education Association (ASEA) which comprises 8 secondary institutions in North America and over 100 schools worldwide.
Day & boarding programs for Grades 9-12 for both national & international students:
- College preparatory curriculum
- Students achieve strong college preparatory skills & gain a broad knowledge in the humanities, arts and sciences
- English Immersion with Support (EIS) Program: For international students whose English is not yet strong enough for a full college-preparatory course load
- Athletics, art, extra-curricular activities & community service
12. Idyllwild Arts Academy
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Located in the San Jacinto Mountains in Riverside County, California, Idyllwild Arts Academy is a co-educational day & boarding arts school that offers a disciplined college preparatory program for grades 9-12 and post-graduates. We provide world-class training in creative writing, dance, film & video, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre, and visual art. The mission of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation is to promote and advance artistic and cultural development through education in a beautiful, natural environment conducive to positive personal growth.
The Idyllwild Arts Academy provides pre-professional training in the arts and a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum to a diverse student body of gifted young artists from all over the world.
All rooms are double-occupancy. Students are assigned roommates at the beginning of the year, with student requests for roommates given careful consideration. English-speaking students may voluntarily assist newly arriving international students with their English language skills by choosing to be their roommates.
Co-educational day & boarding arts school programs for students in Grades 9-12:
- Day Programs
- Boarding Programs
- Post-graduate Options
Curriculum subjects include:
- Creative Writing
- Interdisciplinary Arts
- Moving Pictures
- Visual Art
- Foreign Language
- Science, and more...
13. Dunn School, Santa Barbara area
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Located 28 miles northeast of Santa Barbara, in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley in southern California, Dunn School is a college preparatory day & boarding school with a focus on developing each student's academic and personal potential. We serve students from grades 6-12 in Middle & Upper School, specializing in humanities, science, math, languages, and more.
Boarding life at Dunn is truly a unique experience in which students learn to become independent while living and learning among friends. For many students, boarding life is a key part of their Dunn School education and overall growth. Through living on campus, students find their identity, develop talents, and establish friendships for life.
Dunn offers small classes and a unique advisor program. Our students meet with their faculty advisors daily to address academic or personal issues. Our academic curriculum is complimented by our visual and performing arts programs, co-curricular athletics, and outdoor education.
Dunn School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is one of only seven private independent schools accredited by the Association for Experiential Education.
Accredited College Preparatory School Programs for students in Grades 6-12:
- Middle school and Upper school
- Average 12 students per class
- Student to faculty ratio - 5:1
Core subjects include:
- Foreign Language
- Fine Arts
14. Oaks Christian School, Los Angeles County
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Oaks Christian School (OCS) is an independent, college preparatory boarding school serving middle & high school-age boys and girls in grades 6-12. It is located in Westlake Village in Los Angeles County, California, adjacent to the 101 Freeway, approximately 40 miles north-west of Los Angeles.
Oaks Christian School, founded in 2000, continues to build a reputation of being one of the most respected private Christian high schools in California, and welcomes nationwide and international students to our high school. Our mission statement reflects a top-notch academic program with an outstanding and competitive athletic department and a visual / performing arts division rivaling the top schools in the United States.
Oaks Christian Homestay is a unique feature of our boarding program. We believe it creates a much better educational environment and provides more social and emotional support than an impersonal boarding dorm. We accept diploma-seeking students (F-1), as well as one year study-abroad students (J-1). Recent international students came from Korea, Italy, Mexico, China, Ghana, Germany & Russia.
Our school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Boarding / residential school program for grades 6-12:
- All courses are college-preparatory. AP & honors courses in all disciplines allow students to be challenged to their fullest academic potential.
- Homestay program for international students.
- Small classes allow for meaningful interactions & foster the concepts of unity and teamwork.
- Learning is often discussion-based.
- Teachers encourage students to analyze, and explore critical thought, in order to develop a qualified point of view.
15. Oak Grove School
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Oak Grove School is a progressive, co-educational day and boarding school offering a 7-day boarding program to both American and international high school students in 7th through to 12th grade. Based in Ojai City, Ventura County, southern California, we are situated approximately 54 miles (86 km) north of Los Angeles. Our graduates are accepted at top colleges and universities worldwide, and our SAT scores surpass national averages among both public and private high schools.
Our family-style boarding facility provides a warm and friendly home for 15 - 20 boarding students. Our dedicated residential staff lives on the premises offering support and guidance.
The school provides a well-rounded and challenging academic experience, with a rich extracurricular program in fine and practical arts, physical fitness, outdoor education, community service and more. Our aim is to assist and enable students to gain the qualities to function with excellence, care and responsibility in the modern world.
The average class size is of 12-16 students. The school is fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
- 7-day boarding program available for students in Grades 7-12
- ESL Immersion Program for international students
- Family-style boarding facility
- Friendly home for 15 - 20 boarding students.
- Dedicated residential staff living on-site
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