The Arts

Our approach to the Arts at Thacher is much like our approach to everything else: We provide students with the foundational tools and true support they need to take chances and discover their own voices.

Every student takes at least two years of arts courses. It starts freshman year with a rotating introduction to studio arts, performance studies, and music. It continues with more specialized courses, providing a deeper exploration of technique and process while continuing to cultivate creativity, expression, and spontaneity.

Students regularly have the chance to perform and exhibit their work on campus and off, opening up opportunities for dialogue and discussion about individual works. Above all, the Thacher community emphasizes respect for varied perspectives and critiques.

Academic offerings in the arts are complemented by dynamic opportunities beyond the classroom, including plays, musicals, dance training and performances, student-run productions, independent study projects, and more. Additionally, artists and performers with expertise in various mediums visit campus regularly for presentations, performances, and workshops with students.

- Christopher

“Under the direction of Ms. Mahoney, I have seen my photography grow in ways that I could never have foreseen. Not only does she push me to strive past my comfort zone, venturing into the unexplored, but she also encourages me to stay true to my artistic vision.”

Greenwich, Connecticut

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A coeducational college preparatory boarding high school
The Thacher School
5025 Thacher Road
Ojai, California, 93023

Tel : 805-646-4377
Fax: 805-646-9490
Email: info@thacher.org