Founded in Ojai, California in 1946, the philosophy of Happy Valley School, now known as Besant Hill School of Happy Valley, is drawn from the vision of our founders. They believed that the environment which encourages the fullest development of student potential is one that affords the opportunity to explore creative as well as intellectual abilities. They believed that a school with a global community would cultivate understanding and promote world peace. Our school community in working together in a spirit of cooperation, not conformity, seeking to cultivate and express what is excellent in each. Intellectual curiosity and a spirit of inquiry are the activating factors in the educational process, and caries through throughout one's life. Active participation in school community builds caring and responsible individuals, promoting lives of integrity, awareness, and purpose.

Upcoming Trip

Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery!

Saigon ~ Tay Ninh ~ Siem Reap
March 8 – 18, 2017

Throughout our travels in Vietnam and Cambodia, students will reflect upon the peoples, culture, customs, and history that characterize this diverse nation. As this trip is anchored in history, literature, culture, and modern-day economic realities, students are provided time and opportunity to document their learning adventures with daily journal reflections. Our meaningful engagement with notable locals brings the diverse realities of Vietnam and Cambodia to life: genocide survivors, humanitarians, merchants, artists, and scholars.

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Peace Signs Over Angkor Wat

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