School Details

The Thacher School

5025 Thacher Road, Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 640-3201

(out of 10)

Private Grades 9-12 249 students 7 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

The Thacher School is a private high school in Ojai. The principal of The Thacher School is Mr. Michael Mulligan. 249 children attend The Thacher School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. The ratio of students to teachers at The Thacher School is 7:1. Besant Hill School of Happy Valley is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin


  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 64% %
Multiracial 4% %
Asian 14% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 13% %
Hispanic 11% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I used to visit this school the year before last year. The family like small community really got me. I love that everyone could tell any other student's name and have chance to know them at many circumstances.

  • (2 years ago)

    what they do here at this school is nothing short of a miracle. The teachers the faculty all have one goal to make your child the best they can be not only academically but socially as well. the head of schools should teach others how to lead by example. My daughter was always a great student she got into Exeter and Andover but Thacher was always our first choice and it was the right one. She is thriving the way she has grown in two years is amazing. The kids are taught how to be responsible ethical citizens of the world AND are given an education second to none..If every child had an opportunity to attend a place like Thacher the world would be a much different place.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son was very unhappy with his 8th grade school and became sullen. This school is nothing short of miraculous. They have it down to a perfect science. The horse program is amazing the academics the physical plant. I agree with many who say this is the best High School on earth.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son will begin his second year at this extraordinary school in several weeks. All summer long he has been talking almost exclusively about how much he misses his friends (who comprise all grade levels and also include ALL the teachers and administrative staff) hiking horses sterling academics sports myriad fine arts opportunities -- the list goes on ad infinitum. Thacher is a top elite boarding school yes but it's so much more it's a series of lessons on how to make a happy and satisfying life for oneself and others in an increasing complex world. I can't wait to visit the campus again!

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter went to Thacher. If the Buddhists are correct and you can be re-born (if you are good) to a higher form chose to be a student at The Thacher School. The academics are great; the values are great; the teachers are great; and you couldn't invent better friends for your child than the student body at Thacher.

  • (9 years ago)

    An amazing school. The horse program is incredible even if you have never been around horses. You make life-long friendships with other students and faculty.

  • (9 years ago)

    Thacher is unique among top boarding schools. It combines the academic rigor of the most demanding schools in the country with a complete dedication to and love of the natural world. The principles of the School 'honor fairness kindness and truth' are more than words. They characterize the way the students and faculty actually treat one another. You see it at every turn on campus. We have been thrilled with the education our son is receiving in and out of the classroom. Fellow students are bright and motivated. Each brings a unique set of skills to the School from musicianship to sports to powerful leadership capabilities to academic brilliance. The teachers are gifted and dedicated. The headmaster is inspirational effective and popular. We are thrilled with Thacher.

  • (9 years ago)

    An extremely demanding and comprehensive education. By comprehensive I mean that Thacher aims to educate and develop every aspect of a student. Respect for oneself and for others is taught from the onset which I found especially valuable considering the extremely priviledged backgrounds most students come from. At times I found the horse/ outdoor program a little hokey and even repetitive as my family had already been around horses and the outdoors our entire lives. However that isn't necessarily true for most students and the sense of responsibility and self confidence gained through the outdoor program far outweighs any downsides. As far as education goes you won't find a more solid one anywhere. English courses that I was able to take at Thacher rival those of many colleges. if you do the work you will be more than ahead of the game in life. Don't let the humble buildings fool you

  • (9 years ago)

    Amazing academics teachers and campus life. This curriculum here was just as challenging as many of the college courses I took. The dedication of the teachers to young adults and higher education instill a love of learning for life.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter is in 2nd year at thacher school. She loves the school very much and her friends are very amazing. The academic program is vigorous. She is exposes to many varies concepts andideas. She loves the horse program very much. It teaches her a great deal of reponsibilities and how to solve a program. The faculty and students kown each other very well. The faculty is very supportive and caring. The school provides the students a wide range of extra-curricular activies to choose from. Many sports a wide range of arts program and varied course are also provided.In general the school is excellent.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is one of the best and most unusual schools in the U.S. Highly academic its motto of 'Honor Fairness Kindness and Truth' permeates relationships between and among teachers students and staff. Camping horseback riding sports arts and fun--as well as challenging academics--are all integral parts of the program. I have had two daughters attend and each has grown in mind body and spirit in wonderful ways. Parents are welcome to be involved at the school and even those who live far away participate in activities when they visit on Family Weekends. It is a beautiful warm and wonderful institution.

  • (11 years ago)

    Thacher is the best place on earth. To describe her students faculty beauty or academics as superlative is to understate; Thacher is an experience and a way of life that cannot be broken into parts. My only regret is that I could be a student there just once. Clay Pell Class of 2000.

  • (11 years ago)

    Both my children attended Thacher and received a quality education. The small class size interactive faculty and general atmosphere allowed both our children an incredible high school experience.

  • (11 years ago)

    No other school can compare with the education the mentoring and the overall experience that my son received at the Thacher School. One teacher in particular stands out in my mind at the moment Mr. Marvin Shagum who not only taught my son but my son's father. His open forums for political discussion his genuine love of teaching his way with the students is outstanding. The speakers that came to visit the retired Congressman who taught the setting of the school the Honor Code the horse program too many to list here made my son the young man he is today.

  • (11 years ago)

    Many parents can't be involved on site on a regular basis since Thacher is a boarding school. Our child received a great education.

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