The following are Frequently Asked Questions about the Resident Program:
Q: What do students do after school?
A: At the Lower Campus, there are numerous activities from 3:30-5:00 p.m. These include academic tutoring, music lessons, sports games, drama rehearsals, and free play. At the Upper Campus, classes conclude on most days at 3:30 p.m. followed by sports until 4:55 p.m. Students have free time in the dorms until dinner at 6 p.m., and often use this time to shower or relax in their rooms.
Q: How many students are currently enrolled and of those how many are international students?
A: At the Lower Campus, there are 174 students enrolled in grades PK-8, and 32 are elementary and middle school residents in grades 4-8. Of those, 19 are international students from China, Korea, Japan, and Russia. At the Upper Campus, there are 112 high school students in grades 9-12. Of those, 84 are residents and about half of those are international students from the China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Mexico, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Germany, Finland, and Switzerland.
Q: What does study hall look like?
A: At the Lower Campus, residents typically study in the dorm common rooms during study hall, which is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dorm parents supervise study hall and provide homework help as needed. Every night students split into separate groups and study in a classroom and have supervised access to the computer lab. Resident students do have filtered WiFi access in the dorms.
At the Upper Campus, most high school students study in their dorm rooms. Teachers are available for tutoring, and the library and computer lab are available for study and group work. High school students have WiFi access in their dorm rooms, but are expected to only use the Internet for research and academic work during study hall from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Many students continue to study quietly in their rooms after study hall.
Q: What happens on the weekends?
A: Weekends are a combination of rest, play and study. Residents have the opportunity to sleep-in (the weekday schedule has them up at generally between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.) We often serve a late breakfast or brunch on the weekends, followed by a visit to downtown Ojai or time to relax on campus with friends. Friday and Saturday nights are often times for movies or games in the dorms.
On Sundays, residents typically take a group trip off campus and then return for evening study hall. Roller-skating, bowling, beach trips, as well as ventures to historic or cultural sites in Los Angeles or Santa Barbara are often on the schedule. Middle school students also have the option of participating in monthly weekend outdoor education trips, including equestrian trail riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and backpacking trips.
Q: How big are the dorms? How are roommates picked?
A: There are typically two students per room. Each resident student has a closet, a chest of drawers, and a desk. Prior to the opening of school, resident staff members make roommate assignments. We try to put students of the same grade together. We change roommates during the year if necessary.
Q: What is the advisor-to-student ratio? How often do they meet?
A: The ratio is about 8 to 1. Advisors and advisees meet as a group several times a week, and advisors meet individually with students as needed.
Q: When a student is struggling, what happens?
A: Across the grade levels, there is a network in place to identify and support students who are struggling academically, socially, or emotionally. The first step is identifying that a student is struggling, and this is most often flagged by a teacher or dorm parent, and discussed with the advisor, Dean of Studies, the Head of School, and the parents. Depending on the situation, a student may be asked to attend after-school tutoring with a teacher for additional support, or teachers may be asked to provide weekly reports on the student’s progress. In some instances, we may modify the student’s workload or academic schedule, or recommend placement in the learning center where the student can receive more regular and intensive academic support.