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California is the 31st state of the United States. It is located on the West Coast region of the United States, adjoining the Pacific Ocean to the west, Nevada and Arizona to the east, Oregon to the north, and Mexico's Baja California to the south. California is the third largest state in the country, with a total land area of 160,000 square miles, comparable in size to Sweden.

Around 45% of California's total land area is covered by forests. As such, the state is blessed with many world renowned national forests and parks, including the Yosemite National Park, the Redwood State Park, Sequoia National Park, and several more. The state climate varies widely from wet to dry to cold to extreme cold, depending on elevation, latitude, and proximity to the coast. For instance, San Francisco is surrounded by water on three sides, as such, the influence of the ocean moderates extreme temperatures, creating cooler summers and warmer winters.

Several major cities in California are considered Global cities that have a direct and tangible effect on the global socio-economic affairs. For example, Los Angeles has been the "Entertainment Capital of the World" since the early 20th century and has had a profound influence on cinema all over the world. Hollywood, a district in Los Angeles, has become an often used metonym for the American cinema.

Similarly, Silicon Valley, a region in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, is the home of several of the world's most prominent high tech businesses such as Apple, Oracle Facebook, Adobe, Hewlett-Packard, and several more. As such, it is considered the "High Tech Industry Capital of the World" and is often used as a metonym for the American high tech industry sector.

Thanks to the enormous success of its entertainment industry, information and technology industry, and the agricultural industry, California's economy is the 8th largest in the world. There have been strong investments made into schools and universities, creating a well developed educational system which consists of thousands of public and private schools. Some of California's schools are consistently ranking high in several universities and colleges ranking by prominent news and media outlets, such as U.S. News & World Report and the Academic Ranking of the World Universities.

California Department of Education
1430 North Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Tel: (916) 319-0800

Education in California, Boarding Schools in California

California's educational system is huge, with around 9,846 schools in 560 elementary school districts, 87 high school districts and 330 unified school districts, providing education for about 6,275,469 students and giving work to around 295,222 teachers. The state is home to several of the world's most prominent research institutions, such as Stanford University, the University of Southern California (USC), the California Institute of Technology, and the Claremont Colleges.

Moreover, California has hundreds independent schools that provide special education that are intended to help students in critical areas in development.

There are close to a hundred boarding schools in California. There are Christian boarding schools, military boarding schools, college preparatory boarding schools, early college entrance school, as well as residential schools that provide, aside from traditional education, special care and services to children with certain disabilities. If you need help finding a school that cater to a particular need, please click this link.

Like the rest of the country, private schools in California are exempt from state rules and regulations, but in order to offer a level of educational quality similar or better than that of public schools, most private schools chose to be accredited, with achievement tests required for graduating seniors.

Here's our list of the best boarding schools in California.

Army and Navy Academy
2605 Carlsbad Blvd
Carlsbad CA 92008
Tel: (760) 729-2385

The Army and Navy Academy (ANA) is a private, college-preparatory military school founded in 1910 by Col. Thomas Davis. It offers a West-Point style U.S. Army JROTC program designed to teach students the value of, leadership, citizenship, and self-discipline, personal responsibility and service to the community.

Archbishop Riordan High School
175 Phelan Avenue
San Francisco CA 94112
Tel: (415) 586-8200

Archbishop Riordan High School is an all-boys Catholic college preparatory high school located in San Francisco, California. It was established in 1949, originally as the Riordan High School named after Fr. Patrick William Riordan, second Archbishop of San Francisco.

Archbishop Riordan High School offers a boarding program for international and out of state students.

Idyllwild Arts Academy
52500 Temecula Road
Idyllwild CA 92549
Tel: (951) 659-2171

Idyllwild Arts Academy is an art boarding school that offers a college preparatory program for grades 9 to 12 and post-graduates, with emphasis in pre-professional training in theatre, dance, music, visual arts, creative writing, moving pictures and interdisciplinary arts. Students wishing to matriculate into the school are required to pass an audition, or submit a portfolio.

The Thacher School
5025 Thacher Road
Ojai CA 93023

The Thacher School is a private coeducational boarding school located in Ojai Valley in Ojai, California. It is among the oldest boarding schools in California, with special emphasis given in equestrian and outdoor programs which is compulsory for all students.

At The Thacher School, students learn to ride and care for a horse. There is an annual competition event where students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their horsemanship in with each other.

Listings for Teen Boarding Schools in california. In addition to education, most of these private boarding schools provide treatment, therapy, and work training.

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