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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Ojai Valley School is now open with in-person classroom instruction 5 days/week for students in PK-12th grade! Safety protocols include: frequent handwashing & sanitization; wearing protective masks; frequent cleaning & disinfecting; maintaining social distancing; limiting time in enclosed areas; multiple outdoor classroom spaces; and regular COVID-19 testing for staff and students. Learn More

  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    B-

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Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$23,400
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$56,500
Received Financial Aid
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From Ojai Valley School

Since its inception in 1911, Ojai Valley School has held progressive education and character development at the center of its philosophy and practice. “Educating the whole child” is more than a statement of intent. Our academic, residential life, athletic, and outdoor programs create opportunities for intellectual growth and character development at each level of student maturity. As represented by the oak tree that graces the OVS logo, the strength of our program is rooted in integrity, compassion, fairness, responsibility, respect, and perseverance.

Ojai Valley School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1320
22 responses
Average ACT
28
8 responses

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    Students

    Diversity
    B+
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    Students
    287
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    Preschool

    Annual Cost
    $14,500
    Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
    Starting Age
    3
    Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
    8:1
    Schedule Options
    • Offers Full Week
      Yes
    • Offers Part Week
      Yes
    • Offers Full Day
      Yes
    • Offers Part Day
      Yes

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    National
    17:1
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    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A
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    Ojai Valley School Reviews

    11 reviews
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    My three children attend OVS so as a parent I have gotten to experience every grade at the lower campus and I could not be happier with the education, environment and staff! My children have absolutely flourished there. They are very confident public speakers because of all the opportunities (beginning as early as PreK) to stand up and lead.
    They have a love of camping and hiking and have become mini survivalists from all the camping trips they've participated in.
    They have met and made friends from all over the world and become better citizens because of it.
    I am beyond pleased with my children's education and I do not have enough words of praise for the teachers who quite literally devote their lives to this school. The teachers go so far above and beyond for their students that I can only describe their commitment to them as more of a parental role.
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    The school itself is alright, but some of the teachers need to get over their god-like complex. A notable characteristic of OVS is their outdoor education program, there are a variety of trips to choose from. Every other week or so, there is a camping trip/other outdoorsy activity. It is a bit strict, but I am somewhat biased as a boarding student. The town OVS is located in, Ojai, has a quaint, artsy feel to it and has plenty of events to participate in!
    Ojai Valley School has more potential than anyone knows what to do with, this school has the bones of one of the best private boarding schools in the country yet it maintains the malleability that allow devoted teachers and students to influence the school extremely directly. However, the admin is extremely out of tune with the Teachers and Students, when bringing issues to the Head of School pretty much everything is "over his head" any real changes have to go through a governing body that doesn't interact with students and doesn't understand the potential that is contained within the high powered students and teachers. Ojai is the best place in the world to go to school and OVS is an example of this. I have loved my time at OVS for all of its quirks and frustrations and as with any school experiencing growing pains its in an awkward stage and will get better within a couple years.