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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    B
Address
5025 Thacher Rd
Ojai, CA 93023
Telephone
(805) 646-4377

Applying

Application Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$75
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
SSAT

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$40,970
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)
$58,920
Received Financial Aid
29%
Average Financial Aid
$44,620
From The Thacher School

The Thacher School, a coeducational boarding high school founded in 1889 on a citrus ranch at the foot of the Topa Topa Mountains in Ojai, California, is anything but typical. Here, students encounter a combination they won't find anywhere else: demanding academics, tough character-building challenges, and a healthy, authentic community culture that supports them every step of the way. It's how Thacher succeeds in shaping resilient, compassionate, and ambitious young men and women who are prepared to take on the challenges of today's world.

The Thacher School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1420
81 responses
Average ACT
32
53 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 28 responses
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  • Open House
    29%
  • Senior Night Live
    21%
  • Coffee House
    18%
  • Senior Exhibition
    18%
  • The Winter Musical
    14%

    Boarding

    Students Boarding
    93%
    Boarding Days Per Week
    7-day
    Top Countries
    Bahrain, China, France, Philippines
    International Boarding Students
    12%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    246
    80%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
    80%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
    80%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    82%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
    Poll
    82%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
    Poll
    82%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    89%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.9 responses
    67%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.9 responses
    78%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.9 responses

    The Thacher School Reviews

    67 reviews
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    I was overjoyed when I arrived at Thacher - I loved its community, its campus, and the relationships between teachers and students. Since then, my view of the school has soured: the quality of teaching has degraded, and the school has gone too far in a politically correct manner. I'm a centrist, and have no issues with inclusivity diversity. However, Thacher has stopped practicing what it preaches: positive risk-taking. Thacher faculty discourage students from engaging in difficult discussions (politically or otherwise); rather, they err on the side of caution and play it safe, avoiding inviting conservative speakers and stifling any attempts to do so, and only teach one viewpoint. A position in our administration, a diversity director, seems to not understand that diversity reaches beyond skin color: it includes diversity of thought, as well.
    I've had a great experience at the school, administration aside, but the administration now tries to control our thoughts and actions.
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    For students of color:
    If you want your voice to be heard and valued, don't choose to come here. While this is an amazing institution in many ways with faculty who genuinely care about the students' wellbeing and a launchpad for greater success in college admissions, overall, being a student of color at this predominantly white institution is extremely difficult. The majority-white admin ignores the necessary diversity and inclusion; while Thacher is diverse, the school has not done any work to be inclusive for all students. After a recent case involving a racist, sexist, homophobic meme account, the admin has made efforts in weekly discussions as a response, but in no way is this being taken seriously by either the students or the admin. The only way to be accepted here is to assimilate to the dominant white culture. Do yourself a favor and don't feel disillusioned, disappointed, and neglected like I did at the end of my time at Thacher.
    The academics are what you'd expect from a boarding school that only accepts 9-12% of applicants. But the best reason to choose Thacher is the culture and community.

    You don't send your kid to Thacher if you think they're "above" doing manual labor like caring for a horse at dawn... or if your kid can't handle extreme wilderness camping. As a result, the students Thacher attracts/admits are humble, kind, hard working, honorable, and community minded.

    Thacher is deliberate in knitting the community together. Thx to regular meals w/assigned seats, prefect groups, advisory groups, riding groups, and new "knots", newly-arrived freshman quickly feel a sense of family.

    Like most elite schools, it attracts wealthy families whose kids can't relate to students from other backgrounds... but Thacher is working hard to make the community more inclusive.