OVS teachers and staff have become a “second family” for Wendy and us…Everyone at this special place has contributed to her academic success, her personal growth, and the noteworthy expansion of her repertoire. We will be forever grateful.
Lew Dowdy, a San Diego parent of a resident student who started in grade 8
OVS is indeed a second home – a place where resident students, grades 3-12, develop independence and forge lasting friendships with peers from around the country and the world. There are differences between the resident programs on each campus. Lower Campus serves students in elementary and middle school, grades 3-8 for boarding. The Upper Campus serves high school students in grades 9-12. Most students who begin at the Lower Campus continue their education at the Upper Campus – and benefit from the skills and independence learned in the resident program.
As a resident, students are responsible for crew jobs in the dorm and washing their own laundry. They enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the dining hall. The dress code is casual, except for weekly dress dinners in which boys must wear a jacket and tie, and girls must wear dresses or similar semi-formal attire. Here are more details by campus:
At the Lower Campus…
- The daily schedule begins at 7:00 a.m. with crew jobs and breakfast.
- The academic day begins at 8 a.m. It concludes Monday-Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and Friday at 3 p.m.
- Residents enjoy recreational time in the dorms until dinner at 5 p.m., followed by study hall from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Most residents are seven-day boarders, but the school does offer a five-day boarding option. This is ideal for working families who live close enough to Ojai to pick up their children each weekend.
- The five-day program provides students structure during the academic week and allows families time together on the weekends. Students must be picked up by their parents each Friday and returned to campus by 5 p.m. on Sunday
At the Upper Campus…
- The daily schedule begins at 7:00 a.m. with breakfast and crew jobs. Academic classes begin at 8:10 a.m.
- Sports are held most days between 3:45-5:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m.
- Study hall runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Lights out at 10:00 p.m.
- High school residents are all seven-day boarders
- No classes on weekends, but students often have weekend sports commitments
- Students who live in the region can go home for the weekend provided their academic and athletic commitments have been met
Enjoy this resident life video created by our dorm parents at the Lower Campus!