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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Sports
    B-
5025 Thacher Rd
Ojai, CA 93023

Applying

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

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$46,920
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)
$62,810
Received Financial Aid
31%
Average Financial Aid
$52,652
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
1410
97 responses
Average ACT
32
69 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 38 responses
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  • Open House
    29%
  • Senior Exhibition
    21%
  • Coffee House
    18%
  • Senior Night Live
    18%
  • The Winter Musical
    11%
  • n/a
    3%

    Boarding

    Students Boarding
    93%
    Boarding Days Per Week
    7-day
    Top Countries
    China, France, Japan, Mexico, Philippines
    International Boarding Students
    9%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    255
    79%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.14 responses
    79%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.14 responses
    86%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.14 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    80%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
    Poll
    80%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
    Poll
    87%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A-
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    85%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.13 responses
    69%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.13 responses
    77%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.13 responses

    The Thacher School Reviews

    78 reviews
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    My daughter graduated from Thacher last year and I must say that it was a truly transformational experience for her. While studying in a rigorous academic environment, she often spoke of how there was a spirit of cooperation amongst her peers and how her teachers were accessible. She was able to participate in many activities - athletics, performing arts, clubs, etc... during her time at Thacher. While busy, she wasn't overwhelmed. That is what I heard most often from her peers at other independent schools in our home town. Thumbs up to Thacher for preparing my daughter well for life!
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    Thacher was my dream school when I applied, and fortunately, the school lived up to my expectations. There are definitely things that can be improved, though, especially as Thacher enters a period of change (many old teachers are leaving, the headmaster recently changed, etc.). The administration is a little stale, and there is a lack of support for students from low-income families. In spite of all these negatives, Thacher is still the perfect school for me because of its rigorous academics and generally extremely supportive community. In my honest opinion, I think people complain too much nowadays, and everyone at Thacher should be grateful that they are receiving a world-class education. As an international student of color, I feel very included, so I think people are just being overly sensitive. Overall, great school, although this period of change will be a challenge for the school.
    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.