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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 333 schools)

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 1.-24. Brooks School
    (Episcopal)
    <25%Gr. 9-12North Andover, MA1160 Great Pond Road
    North AndoverMA 01845
    978-725-6272
  • 1.-24. Cate School
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12Carpinteria, CA1960 Cate Mesa Road, P.O. Box 5005
    CarpinteriaCA 93014
    (805) 684-4127 ext 2
  • 1.-24. Choate Rosemary Hall
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGWallingford, CT333 Christian Street
    WallingfordCT 06492
    203-697-2239
  • 1.-24. Deerfield Academy
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGDeerfield, MAOffice of Admission
    DeerfieldMA 01342
    413-774-1400
  • 1.-24. Eagle Hill School
    <25%
    Gr. 8-12Hardwick, MAP.O. Box 116 , 242 Old Petersham Road
    HardwickMA 01037
    413-477-6000
  • 1.-24. Georgetown Preparatory School
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12North Bethesda, MD10900 Rockville Pike
    North BethesdaMD 20852
    301-214-1215
  • 1.-24. The Governor's Academy
    (formerly Governor Dummer Academy)

    <25%
    Gr. 9-12Byfield, MA1 Elm Street
    ByfieldMA 01922
    978-499-3120
  • 1.-24. The Greenwood School
    All-Boys 
    <25%
    Gr. 6-12Putney, VT14 Greenwood Lane
    PutneyVT 05346
    802-387-4545
  • 1.-24. Groton School
    (Episcopal)
    <25%
    Gr. 8-12Groton, MA282 Farmers Row, Box 991
    GrotonMA 01450
    978-448-7510
  • 1.-24. The Hockaday School
    All-Girls 
    <25%
    Gr. 8-12

    Pre-K-12 (day)
     | Pre-K-12 (day)Dallas, TX11600 Welch Road
    DallasTX 75229
    214-360-6526
  • 1.-24. The Hotchkiss School
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGLakeville, CT11 Interlaken Road
    LakevilleCT 06039
    (860) 435-3102
  • 1.-24. The Lawrenceville School
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGLawrenceville, NJPO BOX 6008
    LawrencevilleNJ 08648
    800-735-2030
  • 1.-24. Middlesex School
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12Concord, MA1400 Lowell Road
    ConcordMA 01742
    (978) 371-6524
  • 1.-24. Milton Academy
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12

    K-12 (day)
     | K-12 (day)Milton, MA170 Centre Street
    MiltonMA 02186
    617-898-2227
  • 1.-24. North Central Texas Academy
    <25%
    Gr. K-12

    Pre-K-12 (day)
     | Pre-K-12 (day)Granbury, TX3846 N. Hwy. 144
    GranburyTX 76048
    254.897.4822
  • 1.-24. Peddie School
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGHightstown, NJ201 South Main Street
    HightstownNJ 08520
    609-944-7501
  • 1.-24. Phillips Academy Andover
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGAndover, MA180 Main Street
    AndoverMA 01810
    978-749-4050
  • 1.-24. Phillips Exeter Academy
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGExeter, NH20 Main Street
    ExeterNH 03833
    (603)777-3437
  • 1.-24. St. Paul's School
    (Episcopal)
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12Concord, NH325 Pleasant Street
    ConcordNH 03301
    603-229-4700
  • 1.-24. The Taft School
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGWatertown, CT110 Woodbury Road
    WatertownCT 06795
    860-945-7700
  • 1.-24. The Thacher School
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12Ojai, CA5025 Thacher Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    805-640-3210
  • 1.-24. THINK Global School
    <25%
    Gr. 10-12New York, NY1562 First Avenue #205-3296
    New YorkNY 10028
    +1 646-504-6924
  • 1.-24. The Webb Schools
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12Claremont, CA1175 West Baseline Road
    ClaremontCA 91711
    (909) 482-5214
  • 1.-24. Westminster School
    <25%
    Gr. 9-12, PGSimsbury, CT995 Hopmeadow Street
    SimsburyCT 06070
    (860) 408 3060
  • 25.-31. Berkshire School
    25%-30%Gr. 9-12, PGSheffield, MA245 North Undermountain Road
    SheffieldMA 01257
    413-229-1003
  • 25.-31. Blair Academy
    25%-30%
    Gr. 9-12, PGBlairstown, NJ2 Park Street
    BlairstownNJ 07825
    908-362-2024
  • 25.-31. Concord Academy
    25%-30%
    Gr. 9-12Concord, MA166 Main Street
    ConcordMA 01742
    978-402-2250
  • 25.-31. The Loomis Chaffee School
    25%-30%
    Gr. 9-12, PGWindsor, CTOffice of Admission
    WindsorCT 06095
    860-687-6400
  • 25.-31. St. Andrew's School, DE
    (Episcopal)
    25%-30%
    Gr. 9-12Middletown, DE350 Noxontown Road
    MiddletownDE 19709
    (302) 285-4231
  • 25.-31. St. George's School
    (Episcopal)
    25%-30%
    Gr. 9-12Newport, RIPO Box 1910
    NewportRI 02840
    401-842-6600
Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 25.-31. Suffield Academy
    25%-30%
    Gr. 9-12, PGSuffield, CTSuffield Academy
    SuffieldCT 06078
    860-386-4440
  • 32.-37. Church Farm School
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    30%-35%Gr. 8-12Exton, PA1001 East Lincoln Highway
    ExtonPA 19341
    610-363-5347
  • 32.-37. Hill School
    30%-35%
    Gr. 9-12, PGPottstown, PA717 East High Street
    PottstownPA 19464
    (610) 326-1000
  • 32.-37. Northfield Mount Hermon
    30%-35%
    Gr. 9-12, PGMount Hermon, MAOne Lamplighter Way
    Mount HermonMA 01354
    413-498-3227
  • 32.-37. 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.DC 20016
    202-537-6440
  • 32.-37. St. Mark's School
    (Episcopal)
    30%-35%
    Gr. 9-12Southborough, MA25 Marlboro Road
    SouthboroughMA 01772
    508-786-6118
  • 32.-37. The Williston Northampton School
    30%-35%
    Gr. 9-12, PG

    7-12, PG (day)
     | 7-12, PG (day)Easthampton, MA19 Payson Avenue
    EasthamptonMA 01027
    (413) 529-3241
  • 38.-49. Canterbury School
    (Catholic)
    35%-40%Gr. 9-12, PGNew Milford, CT101 Aspetuck Avenue
    New MilfordCT 06776
    (860)210-3832
  • 38.-49. Cranbrook Schools
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12

    Pre-K-12 (day)
     | Pre-K-12 (day)Bloomfield Hills, MIPO Box 801 39221 Woodward Ave.
    Bloomfield HillsMI 48303
    (248)645-3610
  • 38.-49. Culver Academies
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12Culver, IN1300 Academy Road
    CulverIN 46511
    574-842-7100
  • 38.-49. Emma Willard School
    All-Girls 
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12, PGTroy, NY285 Pawling Avenue
    TroyNY 12180
    518-833-1320
  • 38.-49. Kent School
    (Episcopal)
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12, PGKent, CTPO Box 2006
    KentCT 06757
  • 38.-49. Lake Forest Academy
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12, PGLake Forest, IL1500 West Kennedy Road
    Lake ForestIL 60045
    847-615-3267
  • 38.-49. The Perkiomen School
    35%-40%
    Gr. 6-12, PGPennsburg, PA200 Seminary Street
    PennsburgPA 18073
    215-679-9511
  • 38.-49. Pomfret School
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12, PGPomfret, CTPO Box 128, 398 Pomfret Street
    PomfretCT 06258
    860-963-6124
  • 38.-49. Portsmouth Abbey School
    (Catholic)
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12Portsmouth, RI285 Cory's Lane
    PortsmouthRI 02871
    (401)643-1248
  • 38.-49. St. Anne's-Belfield School
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12

    Pre-K-12 (day)
     | Pre-K-12 (day)Charlottesville, VA2132 Ivy Road
    CharlottesvilleVA 22903
    434-296-5106
  • 38.-49. Salisbury School
    All-Boys 
    35%-40%
    Gr. 9-12, PGSalisbury, CT251 Canaan Road
    SalisburyCT 06068
    860-435-5732
  • 38.-49. Shattuck-St. Mary's School
    (Episcopal)
    35%-40%
    Gr. 6-12, PGFaribault, MN1000 Shumway Avenue
    FaribaultMN 55021
    507-333-1618
  • 50.-62. Asheville School
    40%-45%Gr. 9-12Asheville, NC360 Asheville School Rd.
    AshevilleNC 28806
    (828) 254-6345
  • 50.-62. The Athenian School
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Danville, CA2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.
    DanvilleCA 94506
    925.362.7223
  • 50.-62. Episcopal High School
    (Episcopal)
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12Alexandria, VA1200 N. Quaker Lane
    AlexandriaVA 22302
    877-933-4347
  • 50.-62. Hawai'i Preparatory Academy
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12, PG

    K-12, PG (day)
     | K-12, PG (day)Kamuela, HI65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
    KamuelaHI 96743
    808-881-4321
  • 50.-62. The Masters School
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12

    5-12 (day)
     | 5-12 (day)Dobbs Ferry, NY49 Clinton Avenue
    Dobbs FerryNY 10522
    914-479-6420
  • 50.-62. Millbrook School
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12, PGMillbrook, NY131 Millbrook School Road
    MillbrookNY 12545
    845-677-8261
  • 50.-62. New Mexico Military Institute
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12, PGRoswell, NM101 West College Blvd
    RoswellNM 88201
    800-421-5376
  • 50.-62. 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
    PortlandOR 97223
    503-768-3115
  • 50.-62. Saint Andrew's School
    (Episcopal)
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12

    Pre-K-12 (day)
     | Pre-K-12 (day)Boca Raton, FL3900 Jog Road
    Boca RatonFL 33434
    561-210-2020
  • 50.-62. St. Stephen's Episcopal School
    (Episcopal)
    40%-45%
    Gr. 8-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Austin, TX6500 St. Stephen's Drive
    AustinTX 78746
    512-327-1213 ex.210
  • 50.-62. Stevenson School
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12

    Pre-K-12 (day)
     | Pre-K-12 (day)Pebble Beach, CA3152 Forest Lake Road
    Pebble BeachCA 93953
    831-625-8309
  • 50.-62. The Stony Brook School
    (Christian)
    40%-45%
    Gr. 7-12Stony Brook, NY1 Chapman Parkway
    Stony BrookNY 11790
    631-751-1800 x1
  • 50.-62. Tabor Academy
    40%-45%
    Gr. 9-12Marion, MA66 Front Street
    MarionMA 02738
    (508)291-8300
  • 63.-84. Avon Old Farms School
    All-Boys 
    45%-50%Gr. 9-12, PGAvon, CT500 Old Farms Road
    AvonCT 06001
    800-464-2866
  • 63.-84. Cushing Academy
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PGAshburnham, MA39 School Street, P.O. Box 8000
    AshburnhamMA 01430
    978-827-7300
  • 63.-84. Dana Hall School
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Wellesley, MA45 Dana Road
    WellesleyMA 02482
    781-235-3010 x2531
  • 63.-84. Dunn School
    45%-50%
    Gr. 8-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Los Olivos, CAP.O. Box 98, 2555 W. Highway 154
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    800-287-9197
  • 63.-84. Holderness School
    (Episcopal)
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PGPlymouth, NHPO Box 1879
    PlymouthNH 03264
    603-536-1747
  • 63.-84. Houghton Academy
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Houghton, NY9790 Thayer Street
    HoughtonNY 14744
    585-567-8115
  • 63.-84. The Knox School
    45%-50%
    Gr. 6-12, PGSaint James, NY541 Long Beach Road
    Saint JamesNY 11780
    (631) 686-1600 x 414
  • 63.-84. Lawrence Academy
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12Groton, MA26 Powderhouse Road, PO Box 992
    GrotonMA 01450
    978 448 1530
  • 63.-84. Mercersburg Academy
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PGMercersburg, PA300 East Seminary Street
    MercersburgPA 17236
    (717)328-6173
  • 63.-84. Miss Hall's School
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PGPittsfield, MA492 Holmes Road, PO Box 1166
    PittsfieldMA 01201
    413-499-1300
  • 63.-84. Miss Porter's School
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12Farmington, CT60 Main Street
    FarmingtonCT 06032
    860-409-3530
  • 63.-84. Monte Vista Christian School
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Watsonville, CA2 School Way
    WatsonvilleCA 95076
    831-722-8178 x. 194
  • 63.-84. Oldfields School
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%
    Gr. 8-12, PGSparks Glencoe, MD1500 Glencoe Road
    Sparks GlencoeMD 21152
    410-472-4800
  • 63.-84. St. Andrew's School
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PG

    6-12, PG (day)
     | 6-12, PG (day)Barrington, RI63 Federal Road
    BarringtonRI 02806
    401-246-1230
  • 63.-84. South Kent School
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PGSouth Kent, CT40 Bulls Bridge Road
    South KentCT 06785
    860-927-3539 ext.201
  • 63.-84. The Storm King School
    45%-50%
    Gr. 8-12, PGCornwall on Hudson, NY314 Mountain Road
    Cornwall on HudsonNY 12520
    845-458-7542
  • 63.-84. Virginia Episcopal School
    (Episcopal)
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12Lynchburg, VA400 V.E.S. Road
    LynchburgVA 24503
    434-385-3607
  • 63.-84. The Webb School
    45%-50%
    Gr. 7-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Bell Buckle, TN319 Webb Road East
    Bell BuckleTN 37020
    888-733-9322
  • 63.-84. Western Reserve Academy
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PGHudson, OH115 College Street
    HudsonOH 44236
    330-650-9717
  • 63.-84. The White Mountain School
    (Episcopal)
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PGBethlehem, NH371 West Farm Road
    BethlehemNH 03574
    6034442928 x226
  • 63.-84. Woodberry Forest School
    All-Boys 
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12Woodberry Forest, VA241 Woodberry Station
    Woodberry ForestVA 22989
    888-798-9371
  • 63.-84. Worcester Academy
    45%-50%
    Gr. 9-12, PG

    6-12, PG (day)
     | 6-12, PG (day)Worcester, MA81 Providence Street
    WorcesterMA 01604
    508-459-5481
  • 85.-101. Besant Hill School
    50%-55%Gr. 9-12, PGOjai, CA8585 Ojai Santa Paula Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    805-646-4343
  • 85.-101. The Bolles School
    50%-55%
    Gr. 7-12, PG

    Pre-K-12, PG (day)
     | Pre-K-12, PG (day)Jacksonville, FL7400 San Jose Blvd.
    JacksonvilleFL 32217
    9042565030
  • 85.-101. Brewster Academy
    50%-55%
    Gr. 9-12, PGWolfeboro, NH80 Academy Drive
    WolfeboroNH 03894
    (603) 569-7200
  • 85.-101. 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 MillsMD 21117
    410-559-3111
  • 85.-101. Grier School
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%
    Gr. 7-12, PGTyrone, PAP.O. Box 308
    TyronePA 16686
    (814)684-3000
  • 85.-101. Indian Springs School
    50%-55%
    Gr. 8-12Indian Springs, AL190 Woodward Drive
    Indian SpringsAL 35124
    (888)843-9477
  • 85.-101. The Madeira School
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%
    Gr. 9-12, PGMcLean, VA8328 Georgetown Pike
    McLeanVA 22102-1200
    703-556-8273
  • 85.-101. The Pennington School
    (United Methodist)
    50%-55%
    Gr. 8-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Pennington, NJ112 West Delaware Avenue
    PenningtonNJ 08534
    609-737-6128
  • 85.-101. Proctor Academy
    50%-55%
    Gr. 9-12, PGAndover, NH204 Main Street - P.O. Box 500
    AndoverNH 03216
    603-735-6212
  • 85.-101. Saint James School
    (Episcopal)
    50%-55%
    Gr. 8-12Hagerstown, MD17641 College Road
    HagerstownMD 21740
    301-733-9330 x 3004
  • 85.-101. Tallulah Falls School
    50%-55%
    Gr. 7-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Tallulah Falls, GAPO Box 249
    Tallulah FallsGA 30573
    706-754-0400
  • 85.-101. Thomas Jefferson School
    50%-55%
    Gr. 7-12, PGSaint Louis, MO4100 South Lindbergh Blvd.
    Saint LouisMO 63127
    314-843-4151
  • 85.-101. Thornton Academy
    50%-55%
    Gr. 6-12Saco, ME438 Main Street
    SacoME 04072
    207-282-5383
  • 85.-101. Valley Forge Military Academy
    All-Boys 
    50%-55%
    Gr. 7-12

    6-12 (day)
     | 6-12 (day)Wayne, PA1001 Eagle Road
    WaynePA 19087
    610-989-1490
  • 85.-101. Westover School
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%
    Gr. 9-12Middlebury, CT1237 Whittemore Rd., P.O. Box 847
    MiddleburyCT 06762
    203-577-4521
  • 85.-101. Wilbraham & Monson Academy
    50%-55%
    Gr. 8-12, PG

    6-12, PG (day)
     | 6-12, PG (day)Wilbraham, MA423 Main Street
    WilbrahamMA 01095
    413-596-9107
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