Best California Boarding Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 15 college-prep and junior boarding schools serving 4,269 students located throughout California.

Top California Boarding Schools (2024)

School
Location
Grades
Students
Army and Navy Academy
Army and Navy Academy Photo
(4)
2605 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(888) 762-2338
Grades: 7-12
| 320 students
The Athenian School
The Athenian School Photo
(1)
2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.
Danville, CA 94506
(925) 362-7223
Grades: 9-12
6-12 (day)
| 535 students
Besant Hill School
Besant Hill School Photo - Besant Hill School is located in the Ojai Valley, on 500 acres of private land with beautiful vistas in every direction. Facilities include four dormitories, outdoor sports facilities including a new aquatic center, indoor theater, atelier, and classrooms nestled along winding paths and oak trees. We also have an eight acre organic farm.
(1)
8585 Ojai Santa Paula Road
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-4343
Grades: 9-12, PG
| 100 students
Cate School
Cate School Photo - Day Walk
(19)
1960 Cate Mesa Road, P.O. Box 5005
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(805) 684-4127
Grades: 9-12
| 300 students
Dunn School
Dunn School Photo - In 2020 the new Leadership Center was completed. Overlooking the open space known as Munger Common, the center provides state of the art meeting rooms and learning facilities, is home to the student-run Earwig Cafe, and hosts our college counseling team. Students can be found gathering both indoors and outside the center for conversation and relaxation.
P.O. Box 98, 2555 W. Highway 154
Los Olivos, CA 93441
(800) 287-9197
Grades: 9-12
6-12 (day)
| 249 students
EF Academy Pasadena
EF Academy Pasadena Photo - EF Academy Pasadena is a private day and boarding high school, welcoming students from over 30 nationalities. Students become global changemakers by learning about design thinking and participating in EF Academy's signature Innovation and Impact Program.
1505 E Howard St.
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 507-9223
Grades: 9-12
| 250 students
Idyllwild Arts Academy
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo - Idyllwild Arts Academy is home to 280 students from 30 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.
(23)
52500 Temecula Road
Idyllwild, CA 92549
(951) 468-7223
Grades: 9-12, PG
| 280 students
255 Olympic Valley Road | P.O. Box 2180
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
(530) 583-8665
Grades: 9-12, PG
| 70 students
Midland School
(4)
PO Box 8 / 5100 Figueroa Mountain Road
Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-5114
Grades: 9-12
| 82 students
Ojai Valley School
Ojai Valley School Photo - OVS offers an exceptional college-prep program. Recent college acceptances for our students include Stanford, Columbia, Northeastern, NYU, Boston College, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Pitzer College, Smith College, Vassar College, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and many more.
(2)
723 El Paseo Road
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-1423
Grades: 3-12
PK-12 (day)
| 275 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.
(Catholic)
(1)
1500 Mark Thomas Drive
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 655-9356
Grades: 9-12
| 200 students
Stevenson School
Stevenson School Photo
(11)
3152 Forest Lake Road
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
(831) 625-8309
Grades: 9-12
PK-12 (day)
| 523 students
The Thacher School
The Thacher School Photo - In courses designed for intellectual and creative expansion, students and teachers meet in seminar circles, studios, and laboratories to create a learning environment that is vigorous and supportive, galvanizing and nurturing.
(26)
5025 Thacher Road
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 640-3210
Grades: 9-12
| 255 students
The Webb Schools
The Webb Schools Photo
(29)
1175 West Baseline Road
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 482-5214
Grades: 9-12
| 405 students
Woodside Priory School (Priory)
Woodside Priory School (Priory) Photo - Woodside Priory is a Benedictine Catholic, independent college preparatory school. Founded by Hungarian monks in 1957, Priory has been an international school from its very beginning.
(Catholic)
(2)
302 Portola Road
Portola Valley, CA 94028
(650) 851-8223
Grades: 9-12
6-12 (day)
| 425 students

Frequently Asked Questions

How many boarding schools are located in California?
There are 15 college-preparatory boarding schools located in California.
What is the average tuition cost of boarding school in California?
The average California boarding school tuition cost is $65,449 per year.
What is the oldest boarding school in California?
The Thacher School, founded in 1889, is the oldest boarding school in California.
What boarding school in California has the lowest acceptance rates?
The Thacher School has the lowest boarding school acceptance rate (13%) in California.
What boarding school in California has the highest average SAT scores?
The Webb Schools has the highest average SAT scores (1505) in California.

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