As a resident student, you will quickly come to consider OVS your second home – a place where you will develop your independence and forge lasting friendships with students from around the country and the world. You will be responsible for crew jobs in the dorm and washing your own laundry. You will eat 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. There are subtle differences between the resident programs at Upper and Lower campuses:
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
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