The Thacher School

 
5025 Thacher Road - Ojai, CA 93023 USA 805-646-3210 http://www.thacher.org/
Boarding School | Day School

History

Founded in 1889, The Thacher School is a coeducational boarding high school located 85 miles north of Los Angeles, California. The School serves academically talented students who will benefit from a rigorous college preparatory experience. The faculty and students live and work closely together in a community in which cooperation, trust, honesty, and respect are the cornerstones of school life. Together, we commit to the belief that demands in the academic classroom, when combined with those of mountains and horses, of sports and the arts, produce independent minds, strong bodies, and powerful character.

Overview

Region
Los Angeles CA Area
Program Emphasis
Boarding School
Day School
All Grades 9-12
Boarding Grades 9-12
Grade Divisions
Secondary
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational
Student Body Coed
Dress Code Casual
School Setting Small Town
Campus Size (Acres) 425
Head of School Michael Mulligan
Endowment $100 million

Admission

E-mail
Web Address http://www.thacher.org/
Director of Admission Bill McMahon
Admission Application Apply to The Thacher School
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount $75.00
Application Deadline(s) January 15
Financial Aid Deadline(s) February 10
Financial Aid Awarded $2,004,400
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 30%
Admission Tests Accepted
ISEE
Other (Applicants for grade 11 may submit their PSAT scores.)
SSAT
Day Student Tuition $30,400.00
Boarding Student Tuition $45,900.00
International Student Tuition $45,900.00

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 240
Boys 120
Girls 120
% Boys/Girls 50/50
Boarding Students 220
Day Students 20
International
Australia
Canada
China
France
India
Italy
Japan
Korea
Mexico
Other (South Africa)
Saudi Arabia
Taiwan
UK
United States
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Montana
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Texas
Washington
West Virginia
Wyoming
Majority of students come from Other(46% boarding students from outside CA, 10% International)
% of Students of Color 36%
% of International Students 10%

Academics

Full Time Faculty 45
% of Faculty with Advanced Degrees 72%
Student/Faculty ratio 6:1
Average Class Size 11
A Sampling of Courses Offered
Algebra
American History
American Literature
Art
Art History
Astronomy
Biology
Calculus
Ceramics
Chemistry
Chinese
Chorus
Community Service
Computer Math
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Dance
Drama
Ecology
Economics
English
English Literature
Environmental Science
European History
Film
Fine Arts
French
Geography
Geology
Geometry
Health
History
Journalism
Latin
Logic
Marine Biology
Mathematics
Music
Music Theory
Other (SAT & ACT Preparation)
Outdoor Education
Philosophy
Photography
Physical Education
Physics
Psychology
Religion
Science
Social Studies
Spanish
Statistics
Studio Art
Theater Theology
Trigonometry
World History
World Literature
Writing
A.P. Courses Offered
Other (School offers 16 Advanced Placement courses)

College Placement Office

Average SAT I Scores (Math) 650
Average SAT I Scores (Verbal) 660
Average SAT I Scores (Writing) 670
Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations Stanford, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Princeton, USC, MIT, George Washington, Wesleyan, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Georgetown, Colorado College
% of Graduates Who Attend College 100%

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics
baseball
basketball
cross-country
equestrian
football
lacrosse
other (Ultimate Frisbee)
soccer
tennis
track and field
volleyball
Recreational Sports
camping
dance
hiking
horseback riding
other (Horse Program)
outdoor club/skills
riflery
rock climbing
yoga
Extra-Curricular Activities
A Capella
Choir
Chorus
Community Service Program
Computer Club
Dance Club
Debate Club
Dorm Proctors
Drama Club
French Club
Gay/Straight Alliance
Habitat for Humanity
Honor Council
Judiciary Board
Literary Magazine
Math Club
Model UN
Newspaper
Radio Station
Recycling Club
Relaxation Club
Science Club
Ski Club
Spanish Club
Student Government
Student Publications
Tour Guides
Yearbook

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  • Financial Aid Deadline(s): February 10
  • Financial Aid Awarded: $2,004,400
  • % of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 30%

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