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A+
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
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
31
52 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 27 responses
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  • Open House
    26%
  • Senior Night Live
    22%
  • Coffee House
    19%
  • Senior Exhibition
    19%
  • The Winter Musical
    15%

    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
    88%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.9 responses
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.9 responses
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.9 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    100%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
    86%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses

    The Thacher School Reviews

    61 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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    Thacher is a wonderful school! Our daughter is very bright and forward thinking. This is the perfect fit for her. Her experience from kindergarten through 9th grade was in the French system which is very strict and academic. Her experience was very positive there, but it was time for her to experience more connection to her teachers. The Thacher School has been a breath of fresh air. Down to earth. Their understanding of the teen mind and showing them the path of responsibility to themselves and other people is impressive and it works. My husband and I could not be happier with our daughter's choice of Thacher as her school.
    I am limited to 1000 characters: Admissions gathered a group of seniors and strongly encouraged them to leave 5 out of 5 stars in their Niche review. Interpret that on your own. Most students who gave diversity high marks came from all white communities and are now seeing 2-3 POCs in their classrooms. Make sure to visit and see how your definition of diversity matches up. Students coming from low-income backgrounds: brace yourself emotionally. Like me, you will get to see how poor you really are. Thacher fails to address the SES among students. Thacher can get lost in its own bubble. Students are either too busy or have difficulty keeping up with real world events. The administration is inconsistent in its policymaking and tends to use vague language. Faculty and students alike are very self defensive. Many lean left like I did. If you lean right, you may find yourself ostracized. The weather, academics, and humble community deserve the 3 stars. D-hall serves the best Mexican food.