Besant Hill School

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Besant Hill School
Besant Hill School Eos Dorm.jpg
The Eos Dormitory at Besant Hill School
Coordinates 34°26′22″N 119°11′11″W / 34.4395486°N 119.1864836°W / 34.4395486; -119.1864836Coordinates: 34°26′22″N 119°11′11″W / 34.4395486°N 119.1864836°W / 34.4395486; -119.1864836

Besant Hill School of Happy Valley, formerly the Happy Valley School, is an American private, coeducational boarding school and day school in Ojai, California. The school has approximately 100 students and about 35 faculty and staff, all of whom live on or near campus. The faculty to student ratio is 1:4 and the average class size is 12.


The school was envisioned by Annie Besant, Guido Ferrando, Aldous Huxley, J. Krishnamurti, and Rosalind Rajagopal. The school is on 500 acres (2.0 km2) of land that were bought in 1927 by Besant.[1] It first opened its doors in Fall 1946 as the Happy Valley School with Dr. Ferrando serving as the first Head of School. The school was later renamed in July 2006 in Besant's honor.


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