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The Thacher School, Ventura County:
The Thacher School is a coeducational boarding high school for grades 9-12 located in Ojai, 85 miles northwest of Los Angeles in Ventura County, CA. The school serves academically talented students who will benefit from a rigorous college preparatory experience with ACT, SAT and AP courses.

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College Preparatory Grades 9-12 Curriculum:
Deeply committed to the intellectual life and the development of its students, Thacher offers an academic program with English, math, science, history, fine arts and modern languages that is both rigorous and flexible. At its core, the program is designed to encourage the best mix of broad, general background and specialized study for each student.

While our basic diploma requirements prepare our students for college-level study, all Thacher students move well beyond this minimum to pursue areas of special interest.

Full engagement with a Thacher education means developing critical thinking skills and learning to communicate effectively, by listening, speaking, and writing well. In all disciplines the classroom experience is intimate—Thacher’s average class size is eleven—and largely discussion based, with students often collaborating on projects.

Still, academic learning at Thacher isn’t confined to the four walls of a traditional classroom. Students and faculty often tackle their subjects elsewhere—exploring a creek to learn about its ecosystem, reading poetry on a grassy lawn, or trekking to the horse barns to practice hands-on veterinary medicine.

Photo of Boarding High School in CaliforniaAdvanced Placement Courses:
Thacher offers a broad and rich array of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, as well as several courses beyond the AP level.

College Preparation Courses:
We offer college prep courses in ACT and SAT.

Study Abroad Program:
Students at Thacher have opportunities to study abroad or at other programs in the U.S. The School Year Abroad (SYA) Program, conducted under the aegis of Phillips Academy (Andover), allows students to live and study abroad for a year in France, China, Italy, or Spain.

Extra-Curricular Activities:
Image of Boarding High School in CaliforniaHorseriding:
The Horse Program welcomes all students who are interested in riding—and some who don’t necessarily feel that way at the start. During their first year at Thacher, all freshmen learn the basics of horsemanship by caring for a horse: mucking his corral, feeding him morning and evening, and exercising him in the afternoon. The program aims to make horse and rider a team.

Outdoor Program:
In the spring and the fall sports terms, we provide instruction in outdoor sports such as rock- and ice-climbing, winter camping, and sea- and river-kayaking. Students spend their afternoons learning climbing techniques on the rocks on our own campus or practicing kayak rolls and maneuvers in our outdoor pool.

Regular weekend camping trips are the mainstay of the program, as students and faculty travel to places like Joshua Tree National Park, the Sierra, and the Kern River to put their new skills into practice.

Athletics:
Thacher’s athletic facilities include a gymnasium with a state-of-the-art climbing wall, a fitness center featuring an impressive array of strength and cardiovascular equipment, an outdoor pool, ten tennis courts, three athletic fields for track athletics and running, an all-weather track and a baseball field.

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Address: 5025 Thacher Road, Ojai, California , USA
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2018-04-11 were from:

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Oaks Christian School, Los Angeles County
Courses / Programs
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.

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.
Idyllwild Arts Academy
Courses / Programs
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
- Dance
- Interdisciplinary Arts
- Moving Pictures
- Music
- Theatre
- Visual Art
- Foreign Language
- English
- History
- Mathematics
- Science, and more...
Villanova Preparatory School
Courses / Programs
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
Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI)
Courses / Programs
Located in northwestern Montana, Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI) is an accredited, family-run, therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens (boys and girls) ages 13-18.

We welcome students from California, across the United States, & students from around the world (TWAI is authorized to issue 1-20's for international students).

In our beautiful, peaceful, and safe location, we combine the benefits of a therapeutic boarding school, a wilderness program, and a residential treatment center (RTC).

TWAI has been serving struggling teens and their families since 2002, with an exceptional degree of success.

We provide an extremely high standard of therapeutic treatment to our students, and offer help for the following presenting issues: poor academic performance, behavioral problems, addictions, low self-worth, spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, and attachment disorders among others.

With a passion for helping young people in crisis, our clinical, educational, and operations staff are among the best in the country.

We are a small program (40 students) which means that we are able to provide a truly unique and customized approach for every student.

Typically our on site student to staff ratio is 5:1. The average stay at our residential treatment center is 12 months.

Parent Testimonial:
"We feel reassured that our son Chad is in good hands being guided onto the right track...We are really beginning to get our son back again! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Therapeutic Boarding School
For troubled teens ages 13-18

- Middle School Program
- High School Program
- Credit Recovery
- Accelerated Learning
- College Preparation/ AP Classes
- SAT/ACT Testing Center
- Anti-Bullying Program

We also provide a GED program, and college courses.

We create a customized program for each student that requires a minimum of 3 months. However, best results for lasting success are realized through 6+ months of treatment.

TWAI graduates average a 3.5 GPA. It is common for a student to complete 1.5 years of course work in 1 year.
The Athenian School, San Francisco Bay Area
Courses / Programs
The Athenian School is a co-educational independent college preparatory school in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California. The school is located on a beautiful 75-acre campus at the base of Mt. Diablo, in Danville, Contra Costa County.

We offer a day program for Middle School students (grades 6-8) from the East Bay region and day and boarding programs for Upper School students (grades 9-12) from the US and throughout the world.

Athenian offers a challenging engaging curriculum and outstanding distinctive programs. The school prepares students well for college, as well as for a life of purpose and personal fulfillment.

Boarding students from throughout the world live in two dormitories, housing approximately 20 students each. More than 20 faculty members live on campus, providing extraordinary guidance and support for all students. Today more than 40 students from a dozen countries compose Athenian’s boarding program.

Athenian develops and broadens students’ understanding of themselves and the world. It is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the California Association of Independent Schools.
Co-educational Day & Boarding Programs for students in Grades 6-12:

- Middle School Day Program (Grades 6-8)
- Upper School Day & Boarding Programs (Grades 9-12)

Upper School curriculum includes:
- Mathematics
- Science
- Foreign Languages
- Humanities/ESL
- Physical Education / Athletics
- Studio / Performing Arts
- Special Interest Activities
- Wilderness Experience
- Community Service
Excelsior School, Arcadia, California
Courses / Programs
Excelsior School in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Southern California, is a WASC accredited, independent boarding high school that offers a rigorous, college-preparatory education for students in Grades 9-12.

Our school has established an excellent record of accomplishment of graduates matriculating at distinguished colleges and universities.

The dormitory of Excelsior School provides accommodations that are clean and economical for students who are attending school. Each room has 2 beds, dresser and desk, telephone and bookcase. There are clothes closets in each room. Bathroom facilities are conveniently located on each floor of the dorm.

We stress small class sizes (an average of 15), and individualized attention, to facilitate mastery in all the courses we offer. In addition to Excelsior’s small class room sizes, there are a number of factors that contribute to an environment of academic excellence.
Co-Ed Boarding Programs (Grades 9-12)

- College Preparatory Curriculum
- Advanced Placement Courses
- College Preparation Courses SAT, ACT
- English as Second Language (ESL) Courses

Subjects include:
- Science
- Math
- English
- Social studies
- Spanish
- Computer studies
- Fine arts...
Updated: 2019-03-30
Updated: 2019-03-30