International boarding schools in California: College prep boarding school in Sacramento area for boys & girls. Co-ed residential education in Placer County, Northern California in Sacramento Valley & Sierra Nevada region.
Squaw Valley Academy: Located in Olympic Valley (otherwise known as Squaw Valley), northwest of Lake Tahoe in Placer County, CA, Squaw Valley Academy is a college-preparatory international day and boarding school for grades 6-12, with boarding in grades 9-12.
Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Squaw Valley Academy meets the California state standards for middle and high school students. Tahoe City and Truckee are located within ten miles, Sacramento 100 miles to the west, Reno 45 miles to the east and San Francisco 200 miles west.
Squaw Valley Academy is a safe, clean campus nestled in a valley at the edge of the Tahoe National Forest and within five miles of Lake Tahoe. Our campus is located two miles from Squaw Valley USA, the six-peak, thirty-ski-lift site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. The Sierra Nevada provides the ideal location to support our commitment to real accomplishment and personal achievement through Outdoor Education.
At an elevation of 6,200 feet, the SVA campus experiences the full range of seasonal climates with about 300 days of sunshine each year. The average temperatures range from a low of 20 degrees in the winter to a high of 85 degrees in the summer.
Boarding: Two separate residential buildings accommodate students and staff on-campus at Squaw Valley Academy. Students live in en-suite dormitory rooms or in off-campus SVA houses with SVA staff and other SVA students.
Each dormitory has washing machines and dryers, and students do their own laundry. Adult staff is on duty twenty-four hours per day in dormitories and off-campus SVA houses when students are in-house.
The campus of the Academy extends beyond its buildings and into the outdoor world of the Sierra Nevada. The environment surrounding the campus holds as much potential to learn and to accomplish as the bookshelves of the indoor classrooms. Together, academics and the outdoor world provide a balanced education.
School / Office Address:Olympic Valley, 235 Squaw Valley Road
The Thacher School is a co-educational 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. The faculty and students live and work closely together in a community in which cooperation, trust, honesty, and respect are the cornerstones of school life.
Together, we commit to the belief that demands in the academic classroom, when combined with those of mountains and horses, of sports and the arts, produce independent minds, strong bodies, and powerful character.
Dormitory life is a rich blend of studying, relaxing, sleeping, and enjoying with friends and prefects. In each dorm, senior prefects help administer rules and serve as role models for other students. Faculty members are also an integral part of dorm life, as most live in apartments attached to the dormitories.
We are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Boarding Programs for boys and girls in Grades 9-12:
- Advanced Placement Courses
- College Preparation Courses SAT and ACT
- Study Abroad Program
- Outdoor Program
- Horseriding Program
- International Students welcome
Rigorous College Preparatory Curriculum:
- Fine Arts
- Modern Languages
River View Christian Academy, San Bernardino County
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The River View Christian Academy (RVCA) is a fully accredited, private Christian residential boarding school for troubled teens ages 13-17, located in the mountains of Northern California.
Our program is aimed at helping troubled teens by providing firm but loving intervention, interactive education and life skills training.
Our boarding school is open to families regardless of race or religion. We have open enrollment and students are in the classroom year-round so your child has the continuous opportunity to experience success in their education.
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."
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...
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.
Situated just 90 minutes north west of Los Angeles, in Santa Barbara County CA, Cate School, is a co-educational college preparatory day & boarding school of offering Grades 9 - 12.
Founded in 1910, the School delivers a demanding academic program resulting in a breadth and depth of scholarly inquiry. In an intimate setting, students and teachers together pursue high ideals.
Fellow students become friends, teammates, and counselors. Our dorms are also home to Cate faculty and their families, and the bonds between students and teachers are built as much there as they are in the classrooms and on the playing fields.
Taught by faculty members who are passionate about their subjects and dedicated to ensuring that each student reaches his or her full potential, the coursework at Cate is both rigorous and engaging.