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Villanova’s Resident Program is home to students from 16 different counties. The international nature of our community is an exciting place to call home.

With Ojai as its beautiful backdrop, Villanova’s program provides students with a variety of experiences.  With academic support and personal support built into all aspects of the program, Villanova's resident life team offers numerous trips and activities to help students grow inside and outside the classroom. Programming in the Resident Program is aimed at creating a vibrant and robust culture of unity, truth, and love. Study Hall provides students with opportunities to work with tutors, teachers,  and classmates. Sports build student's confidence and strengthen friendships. Trips take residents off campus for community building and for greater experiences of California culture.


Our students enthusiastically engage in a wide array of extracurricular activities, embracing opportunities to explore their passions and develop new skills outside the classroom. From sports teams to academic clubs, fine arts ensembles to community service initiatives, our students build lasting friendships and grow leadership skills.

- Trips to museums (The Getty, The Broad, California Science Center, etc.) 
- Trips to Los Angeles (Shopping at The Grove, strolling the Santa Monica Pier, etc.) 
- Musical and sporting events (LA Dodger games, UCSB college basketball, etc.) 
- Ojai outings (Sunday Farmer's Market, hiking, beach days, etc.) 

academic supports

Resident students have small class sizes, supportive counselors, and after-school faculty office hours like all of their fellow Wildcats. In addition to these academic supports, resident students have EIS (English Immersion with Support) and ELD (English Language Development) classes as needed, evening study hall with credentialed teachers, and designated resident life staff to monitor their academic progress.

- Students are placed appropriately in college prep, honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses
- Villanova's Counseling Department ensures all students meet graduation requirements and entrance requirements for the world-class University of California system


At Villanova Preparatory School, we embrace our Augustinian tradition, emphasizing the importance of community and reflection. Students are offered mass daily and may engage with the school's Catholic traditions as deeply as they prefer. All students, no matter their backgrounds, are guided to live out the core values of love, truth, and unity that define our community.


At Villanova Preparatory School, student retreats are a cherished tradition. These retreats offer students the chance to step away, reflect, and grow. Whether focusing on faith or personal development, these experiences are transformative, fostering a strong sense of community and deepening their connection to our Augustinian values.