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Among "All Schools", view the boarding schools with the "lowest acceptance rates".
Acceptance rates listed below reflect the average rate of acceptance for all applicants (boarding and day applicants) in the previous year.
Keep in mind that acceptance rates may be lower or higher than the average acceptance rate depending on: what grade you are applying for, whether you are a boarding applicant or day student applicant, and the time of year you are applying.
Schools typically have the most openings for freshmen and sophomores (many schools do not accept incoming seniors), so applying for entrance into 9th or 10th grade may improve your chances of admission.
Acceptance rates between boarding applicants and day student applicants may differ (i.e., schools in certain areas may a higher ratio of day student applicants to day student openings, versus boarding applicants to boarding openings; the acceptance rate of some schools will actually be lower for day applicants and higher for boarding applicants).
Many, but not all, schools will accept applications after application deadlines, but admission generally becomes more difficult.

Lowest Acceptance Rates

Among All Schools (out of 329 schools)

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 1.-25. The American Boychoir School
    All-Boys 
    <25%Gr. 4-8Princeton, NJ75 Mapleton Road
    PrincetonNJ08540
    609-924-5858 x33
  • 1.-25. Brooks School
    (Episcopal)
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12North Andover, MA1160 Great Pond Road
    North AndoverMA01845
    978-725-6272
  • 1.-25. Cate School
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12Carpinteria, CA1960 Cate Mesa Road, P.O. Box 5005
    CarpinteriaCA93014
    (805) 684-4127 ext 2
  • 1.-25. Choate Rosemary Hall
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGWallingford, CT333 Christian Street
    WallingfordCT06492
    203-697-2239
  • 1.-25. Deerfield Academy
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGDeerfield, MAOffice of Admission
    DeerfieldMA01342
    413-774-1400
  • 1.-25. Eagle Hill School
    <25%
    Gr. 8-12Hardwick, MAP.O. Box 116 , 242 Old Petersham Road
    HardwickMA01037
    413-477-6000
  • 1.-25. Georgetown Preparatory School
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12North Bethesda, MD10900 Rockville Pike
    North BethesdaMD20852
    301-214-1215
  • 1.-25. The Governor's Academy
    (formerly Governor Dummer Academy)

    <25%
    Gr. 9-12Byfield, MA1 Elm Street
    ByfieldMA01922
    978-499-3120
  • 1.-25. The Greenwood School
    All-Boys 
    <25%
    Gr. 6-12Putney, VT14 Greenwood Lane
    PutneyVT05346
    802-387-4545
  • 1.-25. Groton School
    (Episcopal)
    <25%
    Gr. 8-12Groton, MA282 Farmers Row, Box 991
    GrotonMA01450
    978-448-7510
  • 1.-25. The Hockaday School
    All-Girls 
    <25%
    Gr. 8-12

    Pre-K-12 (day)
     | Pre-K-12 (day)Dallas, TX11600 Welch Road
    DallasTX75229
    214-360-6526
  • 1.-25. The Hotchkiss School
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGLakeville, CT11 Interlaken Road
    LakevilleCT06039
    (860) 435-3102
  • 1.-25. The Lawrenceville School
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGLawrenceville, NJPO BOX 6008
    LawrencevilleNJ08648
    800-735-2030
  • 1.-25. Middlesex School
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12Concord, MA1400 Lowell Road
    ConcordMA01742
    (978) 371-6524
  • 1.-25. Milton Academy
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12

    K-12 (day)
     | K-12 (day)Milton, MA170 Centre Street
    MiltonMA02186
    617-898-2227
  • 1.-25. North Central Texas Academy
    <25%
    Gr. K-12

    Pre-K-12 (day)
     | Pre-K-12 (day)Granbury, TX3846 N. Hwy. 144
    GranburyTX76048
    254.897.4822
  • 1.-25. Peddie School
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGHightstown, NJ201 South Main Street
    HightstownNJ08520
    609-944-7501
  • 1.-25. Phillips Academy Andover
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGAndover, MA180 Main Street
    AndoverMA01810
    978-749-4050
  • 1.-25. Phillips Exeter Academy
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGExeter, NH20 Main Street
    ExeterNH03833
    (603)777-3437
  • 1.-25. St. Paul's School
    (Episcopal)
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12Concord, NH325 Pleasant Street
    ConcordNH03301
    603-229-4700
  • 1.-25. The Taft School
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGWatertown, CT110 Woodbury Road
    WatertownCT06795
    860-945-7700
  • 1.-25. The Thacher School
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12Ojai, CA5025 Thacher Road
    OjaiCA93023
    805-640-3210
  • 1.-25. THINK Global School
    <25%
    Gr. 10-12New York, NY1562 First Avenue #205-3296
    New YorkNY10028
    +1 646-504-6924
  • 1.-25. The Webb Schools
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12Claremont, CA1175 West Baseline Road
    ClaremontCA91711
    (909) 482-5214
  • 1.-25. Westminster School
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGSimsbury, CT995 Hopmeadow Street
    SimsburyCT06070
    (860) 408 3060
  • 26.-32. Berkshire School
    25%-30%Gr. 9-12, PGSheffield, MA245 North Undermountain Road
    SheffieldMA01257
    413-229-1003
  • 26.-32. Blair Academy
    25%-30%
    Gr. 9-12, PGBlairstown, NJ2 Park Street
    BlairstownNJ07825
    908-362-2024
  • 26.-32. Concord Academy
    25%-30%
    Gr. 9-12Concord, MA166 Main Street
    ConcordMA01742
    978-402-2250
  • 26.-32. The Loomis Chaffee School
    25%-30%
    Gr. 9-12, PGWindsor, CTOffice of Admission
    WindsorCT06095
    860-687-6400
  • 26.-32. St. Andrew's School, DE
    (Episcopal)
    25%-30%
    Gr. 9-12Middletown, DE350 Noxontown Road
    MiddletownDE19709
    (302) 285-4231
Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 26.-32. St. George's School
    (Episcopal)
    25%-30%
    Gr. 9-12Newport, RIPO Box 1910
    NewportRI02840
    401-842-6600
  • 26.-32. Suffield Academy
    25%-30%
    Gr. 9-12, PGSuffield, CTSuffield Academy
    SuffieldCT06078
    860-386-4440
  • 33.-38. Church Farm School
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    30%-35%Gr. 8-12Exton, PA1001 East Lincoln Highway
    ExtonPA19341
    610-363-5347
  • 33.-38. Hill School
    30%-35%
    Gr. 9-12, PGPottstown, PA717 East High Street
    PottstownPA19464
    (610) 326-1000
  • 33.-38. Northfield Mount Hermon
    30%-35%
    Gr. 9-12, PGMount Hermon, MAOne Lamplighter Way
    Mount HermonMA01354
    413-498-3227
  • 33.-38. St. Albans School
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    30%-35%
    Gr. 9-12

    4-12 (day)
     | 4-12 (day)Washington, D.C., DCMount St. Alban
    Washington, D.C.DC20016
    202-537-6440
  • 33.-38. St. Mark's School
    (Episcopal)
    30%-35%
    Gr. 9-12Southborough, MA25 Marlboro Road
    SouthboroughMA01772
    508-786-6118
  • 33.-38. The Williston Northampton School
    30%-35%
    Gr. 9-12, PG

    7-12, PG (day)
     | 7-12, PG (day)Easthampton, MA19 Payson Avenue
    EasthamptonMA01027
    (413) 529-3241
  • 39.-51. Canterbury School
    (Catholic)
    35%-40%Gr. 9-12, PGNew Milford, CT101 Aspetuck Avenue
    New MilfordCT06776
    (860)210-3832
  • 39.-51. Cranbrook Schools
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12

    Pre-K-12 (day)
     | Pre-K-12 (day)Bloomfield Hills, MIPO Box 801 39221 Woodward Ave.
    Bloomfield HillsMI48303
    (248)645-3610
  • 39.-51. Culver Academies
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12Culver, IN1300 Academy Road
    CulverIN46511
    574-842-7100
  • 39.-51. Emma Willard School
    All-Girls 
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12, PGTroy, NY285 Pawling Avenue
    TroyNY12180
    518-833-1320
  • 39.-51. Kent School
    (Episcopal)
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12, PGKent, CTPO Box 2006
    KentCT06757
  • 39.-51. Lake Forest Academy
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12, PGLake Forest, IL1500 West Kennedy Road
    Lake ForestIL60045
    847-615-3267
  • 39.-51. The Perkiomen School
    35%-40%
    Gr. 6-12, PGPennsburg, PA200 Seminary Street
    PennsburgPA18073
    215-679-9511
  • 39.-51. Pomfret School
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12, PGPomfret, CTPO Box 128, 398 Pomfret Street
    PomfretCT06258
    860-963-6124
  • 39.-51. Portsmouth Abbey School
    (Catholic)
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12Portsmouth, RI285 Cory's Lane
    PortsmouthRI02871
    (401)643-1248
  • 39.-51. St. Anne's-Belfield School
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12

    Pre-K-12 (day)
     | Pre-K-12 (day)Charlottesville, VA2132 Ivy Road
    CharlottesvilleVA22903
    434-296-5106
  • 39.-51. Salisbury School
    All-Boys 
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12, PGSalisbury, CT251 Canaan Road
    SalisburyCT06068
    860-435-5732
  • 39.-51. Shattuck-St. Mary's School
    (Episcopal)
    35%-40%
    Gr. 6-12, PGFaribault, MN1000 Shumway Avenue
    FaribaultMN55021
    507-333-1618
  • 39.-51. The Storm King School
    35%-40%
    Gr. 8-12, PGCornwall on Hudson, NY314 Mountain Road
    Cornwall on HudsonNY12520
    845-458-7542
  • 52.-63. Asheville School
    40%-45%Gr. 9-12Asheville, NC360 Asheville School Rd.
    AshevilleNC28806
    (828) 254-6345
  • 52.-63. The Athenian School
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Danville, CA2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.
    DanvilleCA94506
    925.362.7223
  • 52.-63. Episcopal High School
    (Episcopal)
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12Alexandria, VA1200 N. Quaker Lane
    AlexandriaVA22302
    877-933-4347
  • 52.-63. Hawai'i Preparatory Academy
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12, PG

    K-12, PG (day)
     | K-12, PG (day)Kamuela, HI65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
    KamuelaHI96743
    808-881-4321
  • 52.-63. The Masters School
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12

    5-12 (day)
     | 5-12 (day)Dobbs Ferry, NY49 Clinton Avenue
    Dobbs FerryNY10522
    914-479-6420
  • 52.-63. New Mexico Military Institute
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12, PGRoswell, NM101 West College Blvd
    RoswellNM88201
    800-421-5376
  • 52.-63. Oregon Episcopal School
    (Episcopal)
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12, PG

    Pre-K-12, PG (day)
     | Pre-K-12, PG (day)Portland, OR6300 SW Nicol Road
    PortlandOR97223
    503-768-3115
  • 52.-63. Saint Andrew's School
    (Episcopal)
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12

    Pre-K-12 (day)
     | Pre-K-12 (day)Boca Raton, FL3900 Jog Road
    Boca RatonFL33434
    561-210-2020
  • 52.-63. St. Stephen's Episcopal School
    (Episcopal)
    40%-45%
    Gr. 8-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Austin, TX6500 St. Stephen's Drive
    AustinTX78746
    512-327-1213 ex.210
  • 52.-63. Stevenson School
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12

    Pre-K-12 (day)
     | Pre-K-12 (day)Pebble Beach, CA3152 Forest Lake Road
    Pebble BeachCA93953
    831-625-8309
  • 52.-63. The Stony Brook School
    (Christian)
    40%-45%
    Gr. 7-12Stony Brook, NY1 Chapman Parkway
    Stony BrookNY11790
    631-751-1800 x1
  • 52.-63. Tabor Academy
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12Marion, MA66 Front Street
    MarionMA02738
    (508)291-8300
  • 64.-85. Avon Old Farms School
    All-Boys 
    45%-50%Gr. 9-12, PGAvon, CT500 Old Farms Road
    AvonCT06001
    800-464-2866
  • 64.-85. Cushing Academy
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PGAshburnham, MA39 School Street, P.O. Box 8000
    AshburnhamMA01430
    978-827-7300
  • 64.-85. Dana Hall School
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Wellesley, MA45 Dana Road
    WellesleyMA02482
    781-235-3010 x2531
  • 64.-85. Dunn School
    45%-50%
    Gr. 8-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Los Olivos, CAP.O. Box 98, 2555 W. Highway 154
    Los OlivosCA93441
    800-287-9197
  • 64.-85. Holderness School
    (Episcopal)
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PGPlymouth, NHPO Box 1879
    PlymouthNH03264
    603-536-1747
  • 64.-85. Houghton Academy
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Houghton, NY9790 Thayer Street
    HoughtonNY14744
    585-567-8115
  • 64.-85. The Knox School
    45%-50%
    Gr. 6-12, PGSaint James, NY541 Long Beach Road
    Saint JamesNY11780
    (631) 686-1600 x 414
  • 64.-85. Lawrence Academy
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12Groton, MA26 Powderhouse Road, PO Box 992
    GrotonMA01450
    978 448 1530
  • 64.-85. Mercersburg Academy
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PGMercersburg, PA300 East Seminary Street
    MercersburgPA17236
    (717)328-6173
  • 64.-85. Millbrook School
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PGMillbrook, NY131 Millbrook School Road
    MillbrookNY12545
    845-677-8261 ext. 13
  • 64.-85. Miss Hall's School
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PGPittsfield, MA492 Holmes Road, PO Box 1166
    PittsfieldMA01201
    413-499-1300
  • 64.-85. Miss Porter's School
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12Farmington, CT60 Main Street
    FarmingtonCT06032
    860-409-3530
  • 64.-85. Monte Vista Christian School
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Watsonville, CA2 School Way
    WatsonvilleCA95076
    831-722-8178 x. 194
  • 64.-85. Oldfields School
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%
    Gr. 8-12, PGSparks Glencoe, MD1500 Glencoe Road
    Sparks GlencoeMD21152
    410-472-4800
  • 64.-85. St. Andrew's School
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PG

    6-12, PG (day)
     | 6-12, PG (day)Barrington, RI63 Federal Road
    BarringtonRI02806
    401-246-1230
  • 64.-85. South Kent School
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PGSouth Kent, CT40 Bulls Bridge Road
    South KentCT06785
    860-927-3539 ext.201
  • 64.-85. Virginia Episcopal School
    (Episcopal)
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12Lynchburg, VA400 V.E.S. Road
    LynchburgVA24503
    434-385-3607
  • 64.-85. The Webb School
    45%-50%
    Gr. 7-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Bell Buckle, TN319 Webb Road East
    Bell BuckleTN37020
    888-733-9322
  • 64.-85. Western Reserve Academy
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PGHudson, OH115 College Street
    HudsonOH44236
    330-650-9717
  • 64.-85. The White Mountain School
    (Episcopal)
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PGBethlehem, NH371 West Farm Road
    BethlehemNH03574
    6034442928 x226
  • 64.-85. Woodberry Forest School
    All-Boys 
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12Woodberry Forest, VA241 Woodberry Station
    Woodberry ForestVA22989
    888-798-9371
  • 64.-85. Worcester Academy
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PG

    6-12, PG (day)
     | 6-12, PG (day)Worcester, MA81 Providence St.
    WorcesterMA01604
    508-459-5481
  • 86.-102. Besant Hill School
    50%-55%Gr. 9-12, PGOjai, CA8585 Ojai Santa Paula Road
    OjaiCA93023
    805-646-4343
  • 86.-102. The Bolles School
    50%-55%
    Gr. 7-12, PG

    Pre-K-12, PG (day)
     | Pre-K-12, PG (day)Jacksonville, FL7400 San Jose Blvd.
    JacksonvilleFL32217
    9042565030
  • 86.-102. Brewster Academy
    50%-55%
    Gr. 9-12, PGWolfeboro, NH80 Academy Drive
    WolfeboroNH03894
    (603) 569-7200
  • 86.-102. Garrison Forest School
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%
    Gr. 8-12

    Pre-K-12 (day)
     | Pre-K-12 (day)Owings Mills, MD300 Garrison Forest Road
    Owings MillsMD21117
    410-559-3111
  • 86.-102. Grier School
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%
    Gr. 7-12, PGTyrone, PAP.O. Box 308
    TyronePA16686
    (814)684-3000
  • 86.-102. Indian Springs School
    50%-55%
    Gr. 8-12Indian Springs, AL190 Woodward Drive
    Indian SpringsAL35124
    (888)843-9477
  • 86.-102. The Madeira School
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%
    Gr. 9-12, PGMcLean, VA8328 Georgetown Pike
    McLeanVA22102-1200
    703-556-8273
  • 86.-102. The Pennington School
    (United Methodist)
    50%-55%
    Gr. 8-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Pennington, NJ112 West Delaware Avenue
    PenningtonNJ08534
    609-737-6128
  • 86.-102. Proctor Academy
    50%-55%
    Gr. 9-12, PGAndover, NH204 Main Street - P.O. Box 500
    AndoverNH03216
    603-735-6212
  • 86.-102. Saint James School
    (Episcopal)
    50%-55%
    Gr. 8-12Hagerstown, MD17641 College Road
    HagerstownMD21740
    301-733-9330 x 3004
  • 86.-102. Tallulah Falls School
    50%-55%
    Gr. 7-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Tallulah Falls, GAPO Box 249
    Tallulah FallsGA30573
    706-754-0400
  • 86.-102. Thomas Jefferson School
    50%-55%
    Gr. 7-12, PGSaint Louis, MO4100 South Lindbergh Blvd.
    Saint LouisMO63127
    314-843-4151
  • 86.-102. Thornton Academy
    50%-55%
    Gr. 6-12Saco, ME438 Main Street
    SacoME04072
    207-282-5383
  • 86.-102. Valley Forge Military Academy
    All-Boys 
    50%-55%
    Gr. 7-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Wayne, PA1001 Eagle Road
    WaynePA19087
    610-989-1490
  • 86.-102. Westover School
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%
    Gr. 9-12Middlebury, CT1237 Whittemore Rd., P.O. Box 847
    MiddleburyCT06762
    203-577-4521
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