The Campaign for Ojai Valley School will fund restoration of two signature buildings devastated by the Thomas Fire and pave the way for a new Student Commons to expand and improve facilities at the Upper Campus. With the support of our alumni, families and friends, we will be able to rebuild the 1966 Grace Hobson Smith girls’ dormitory and the 2005 Lucila Arango Science and Technology Center and move forward with long-waited plans to build the Commons.
From the ashes of the fire, we will rebuild in a way that is more sustainable and architecturally cohesive — giving students modern academic, residential and dining facilities that celebrate the spirit of innovation and love of the outdoors that sets Ojai Valley School apart.
The Campaign features three essential and exciting projects:
The Grace Hobson Smith House
Rebuilt in the footprint of the former girls’ dormitory, the new Grace Hobson Smith House will provide comfortable, modern accommodations for resident girls. The dorm will feature three two-story buildings connected by a courtyard and a second-story sundeck. With modest expansion of housing for staff and students, the new Grace Hobson Smith House will allow the school to grow enrollment while attracting and retaining the exceptional students who make OVS great.
The Aramont Center for Science and Technology
This academic center will provide expanded science labs for chemistry, biology, physics and environmental science, a dedicated makerspace for robotics, as well as a computer and media arts lab, seminar room, faculty workroom, and additional classroom space to serve students in all grade levels and multiple subjects. The Aramont Center, which will replace the former Lucila Arango Science and Technology Center, will be built on the site of the former headmaster’s residence, directly south of Wallace Burr Hall, creating, for the first time, a central academic corridor that will become the heart of the campus.
The Student Commons
This two-story dining hall and student center will create—for the first time—a place for the entire student body to gather for meals and special events. The Commons will include a kitchen and servery, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a mezzanine student lounge. It will also include a second-story library and business center, a new college counseling office, an expanded learning center, as well as a reading porch with expansive views of the Ojai Valley