Top California Boarding Schools

For the 2021 school year, there are 23 top college-prep and junior boarding schools located throughout California, serving 6,828 students.
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Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo - Idyllwild Arts Academy is home to 310 students from 35 countries and 26 US states, all devoted to intensive study of the arts. Located 2 hours from Los Angeles, 2 hours from San Diego, and 1 hour from Palm Springs, the Academy is an artistic crossroads for Southern California.
Midland School Photo - Midland's 10-acre certified organic garden. It currently provides 80% of the produce that our community consumes in the dining hall.
Cate School Photo - Day Walk
Southwestern Academy Photo - A unique learning environment
Villanova Preparatory School Photo - Founded in 1924, Villanova Prep is the only Catholic boarding school in the Augustinian tradition. In this supportive environment steeped in Catholic values, students are comfortable taking risks and learning more about themselves throughout their Villanova experience.
Excelsior School Photo
St. Andrew's Academy Photo - Students watching a solar eclipse
Ojai Valley School Photo - OVS students enjoy time hanging out with friends on the 195-acre high school campus, located in a stunning canyon overlooking the Ojai Valley. Throughout the year, student life is punctuated with fun events to balance the academic schedule. These include camping trips, prom and other socials, themed dress days, community service projects, and countless weekend excursions.
Army and Navy Academy Photo
Stevenson School Photo - Outdoor Education: Afternoon surfing, day hikes, weekend camping trips, and an 11-day wilderness trek introduce students to the wilderness environment while emphasizing the development of a positive attitude toward challenging situations.
Amerigo Los Angeles, Bishop Montgomery High School Photo - Students at Bishop Montgomery High School have access to an array of advanced-level courses, extracurriculars and athletics - all located just one mile away from the Pacific Ocean.
Amerigo San Diego Mater Dei Catholic High School Photo
The Athenian School Photo - Athenian students
Besant Hill School Photo - A spectacular view of the Topa Topa mountains from the common room in our Phoenix dorm. Students gather here for study sessions, snacks and social activities.
The Thacher School Photo - "Education is not merely the making of scholars. It is the making of men and women. It is the training of the younger generation in the art of living for their own greatest good and the greatest good of their fellow citizens." -Sherman Day Thacher
Amerigo Napa Valley Justin-Siena High School Photo - Amerigo Napa Valley partners with Justin-Siena High School to provide boarding students with a premier university-preparatory education.
Santa Catalina School Photo - Volleyball in the Gym
EF Academy Pasadena Photo - Our campus is located in the cozy Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena, California.
Dunn School Photo - The STEM quad at Dunn, housing the math classrooms, tinker space, makers lab and more.
Woodside Priory School (Priory) Photo - The Priory is a Benedictine Catholic, independent college preparatory school. Founded by Hungarian monks in the 1950's, Priory has been an international school from its very beginning.

Top California Boarding Schools (2021)

  • School Location Grades Students
  • 5430 Torrance Blvd
    TorranceCA 90503

    Grades: 9-12 | n/a students
  • 4026 Maher St.
    NapaCA 94558
    (312) 416-1955

    Grades: 9-12 | 580 students
  • 1615 Mater Dei Drive
    Chula VistaCA 91913
    (312) 416-1955

    Grades: 9-12 | 869 students
  • 2605 Carlsbad Blvd.
    CarlsbadCA 92008
    (888) 762-2338

    Grades: 7-12 | 300 students
  • 2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.
    DanvilleCA 94506
    (925) 362-7223

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day) | 530 students
  • 8585 Ojai Santa Paula Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805) 646-4343

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 100 students
  • 1960 Cate Mesa Road, P.O. Box 5005
    CarpinteriaCA 93013
    (805) 684-4127

    Grades: 9-12 | 300 students
  • P.O. Box 98, 2555 W. Highway 154
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    (800) 287-9197

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day) | 249 students
  • 1539 E Howard St.
    PasadenaCA 91104
    (914) 495-6028

    Grades: 8-12 | 250 students
  • 41 W Santa Clara St.
    ArcadiaCA 91007
    (626) 623-6339

    Grades: 9-12 | 110 students
  • 52500 Temecula Road
    IdyllwildCA 92549
    (951) 468-7223

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 320 students
  • 255 Squaw Valley Road | P.O. Box 2180
    Olympic ValleyCA 96146
    (530) 583-8665

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 70 students
  • PO Box 8 / 5100 Figueroa Mountain Road
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    (805) 688-5114

    Grades: 9-12 | 87 students
  • 723 El Paseo Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805) 646-1423

    Grades: 3-12 | Pre-K-12 (day) | 275 students
  • PO Box 3050, 198 Main St.
    Chester/Lake AlmanorCA 96020
    (530) 596-3343

    Grades: 5-12 | Pre-K-12 (day) | 16 students
  • 1500 Butterfield Road
    San AnselmoCA 94960
    (415) 258-1905

    Grades: 9-12 | K-12 (day) | 680 students
  • Santa Catalina School
    Santa Catalina School Photo - Come visit our beautiful campus in Monterey, California! Call the admission office at 831.655.9356 or email admission@santacatalina.org to schedule your visit.
    All-girls  (Catholic)
    1500 Mark Thomas Drive
    MontereyCA 93940
    (831) 655-9356

    Grades: 9-12 | 209 students
  • 2800 Monterey Road
    San MarinoCA 91108

    Grades: 6-12, PG | 144 students
  • 3152 Forest Lake Road
    Pebble BeachCA 93953
    (831) 625-8300

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day) | 500 students
  • 5025 Thacher Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805) 640-3210

    Grades: 9-12 | 254 students
  • 12096 N. Ventura Ave
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805) 646-1464

    Grades: 9-12 | 200 students
  • 1175 West Baseline Road
    ClaremontCA 91711
    (909) 482-5214

    Grades: 9-12 | 410 students
  • 302 Portola Road
    Portola ValleyCA 94028
    (650) 851-8223

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day) | 375 students
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Here are some considerations to ponder whilst choosing schools and when your child is actually away at school.
Do you like large schools or small schools? Are you most comfortable in a city, small town or countryside? Are you interested in attending a school that has a religious or military orientation? Would you like to attend a school that is only for boys or girls? These are some questions you must ask yourself before you begin your search for the right U.S. boarding school for you.
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