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California Boarding SchoolsCalifornia is synonymous with sunshine and good weather. Los Angeles boasts an average of 292 sunny days per year. Yet the climate and scenic offerings vary greatly, which is why California is home to nine national parks, more than any other state in the US.
Education is also a pillar of California. Home to arguably the best system of public universities in the world, the University of California campuses rival the country’s best in academics, sports, research, and prestige. It’s no wonder why there are so many great boarding schools in this fantastic state of California.
What are you looking for? Do you want to learn to surf or kayak in the waves, experience marine biology just a few short minutes from campus? Are you looking to participate in backpacking trips through California’s untouched wilderness? What kind of exposure do you hope to gain by attending school nearby the homebase of Google or Facebook? Or Hollywood? Needless to say, there is plenty to experience should you choose to study in California.
On 75 acres near San Francisco, students develop a deep understanding of themselves, extraordinary skills, and the compassion to make a difference in the world. Distinguishing features: international programs, service, and wilderness experience. Virtually 100% attend outstanding 4-year colleges.
Cate School, established in 1910, is a four-year, coeducational, college-preparatory boarding school outside Santa Barbara, CA. The student body of 270 students (81% boarders) comes from 31 states and 18 foreign countries and is both academically talented and remarkably diverse (42% soc).
Dunn is located 28 miles northeast of Santa Barbara, CA, in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. The philosophy of Dunn School is based on the conviction that the depth and quality of the relationship between students and teachers is central to the process of education.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy was founded in 1931 in the foothills above Pasadena. An integrated life of study, prayer, service and community constitutes the foundation of FSHA, a Catholic, Dominican, college-preparatory high school for young women.
Idyllwild Arts Academy
Idyllwild Arts Academy offers college-preparatory academics and pre-professional arts training. Students major in Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Art, Film & Digital Media, InterArts/Fashion Design, or Creative Writing.
Founded in 1932, Midland offers a rigorous academic program rooted in lasting community values. Students live and learn on our 2,860-acre campus. Midland School connects students to each other, to their curriculum, to the land, and to their school.
Monte Vista Christian School
MVCS is on the cutting edge of technology in the classrooms. MVCS was one of the first to digitize our entire library, first in the world to integrate the iPad and iPad 2 into the classroom, and one of the largest 1:1 iPad launches, with 640 high school students personally carrying one.
Oak Grove School
Boarders at Oak Grove enjoy a family-style atmosphere, vegetarian food, art facilities, recording studio, computer labs, and supportive ESL classes on 150 acres. Students develop a global view and a sensitivity toward the environment and investigate the nature of their own thinking.
Ojai Valley School
Ojai Valley School is an independent, boarding and day school for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Our students benefit from a challenging curriculum, dedicated teachers, and extracurricular programs that include athletics, arts and music, equestrian, and outdoor education.
San Domenico School
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Domenico is an independent, college preparatory school serving students K through grade 12, with a day and international boarding program for grades 9 - 12. Founded in 1850, SD has a 165- year history of exceptional education and a sense of purpose.
Santa Catalina School
For over 60 years, Santa Catalina has been a leader in education for young women. Our curriculum will expand your mind and stimulate your curiosity. The extracurricular opportunities will engage you intellectually, creatively, physically, spiritually - and are limited only by your imagination.
Small, supportive classes, individualized teaching (ratio of 6:1). Intensive ESL is offered. College-preparatory program is offered in a non-competitive environment. 100% of students enter college/university upon graduation. The beautiful 8-acre campus is next to Pasadena, CA.
Stevenson School is a co-ed day and boarding college preparatory school in the coastal community of Pebble Beach, California. Named after storyteller and adventurer Robert Louis Stevenson, the school embraces his independent spirit by valuing challenge, creativity, curiosity, and responsibility.
The Thacher School
Since 1889, Thacher has prepared gifted students from all backgrounds for top colleges and lives of leadership. Thacher’s blend of rigorous academics and outdoor life is distinctive and distinguished. The faculty and students work closely together and live by an Honor Code.
The Webb Schools
Two schools on one campus. A museum of paleontology. An honor code carried out by the students themselves. A college placement record with few rivals. A commitment to athletics, leadership, service and the arts. This just begins to describe what makes Webb, Webb.
Villanova Preparatory School
Villanova Preparatory School was founded in 1924 as a Catholic school in the Augustinian tradition. Villanova is a college-preparatory, co-educational, day and boarding school where cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity are welcomed and embraced.
Woodside Priory School - The Priory
Nestled on a rural 50-acre campus, the Priory offers a 9:1 student/teacher ratio, a challenging college prep curriculum, a vast performing and visual arts program, and a competitive athletics program. A 40 minute drive from San Francisco and Silicon Valley brings you to the Priory.