Top Southern Boarding Schools
- For the 2020 school year, there are 54 top college-prep and junior boarding schools located throughout Southern, serving 24,818 students.
Saint Mary's School Photo - Saint Mary's School, established in 1842, is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12 in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is the fourth oldest girls' boarding/day school in the United States.
The Madeira School Photo - Madeira's 376-acre campus in McLean, Virginia, overlooks the Potomac River from a perch just 12 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.
Florida Prep Photo - Florida Prep accepts boarding & day students in grades 6-12.The school teaches an innovative 21st Century Skills and Values program and offers students, 15 and over, the opportunity to train for a Private Pilots License through its Flight School.
North Broward Preparatory School Photo - Within the picturesque grounds of North Broward's campus, students from Florida and around the world are warmly welcomed by talented and caring faculty and staff into a warm and nurturing environment.
St. Margaret's School Photo - BELIEVE IN SOMETHING GREATER. * What kind of person will you be? Honest? Trustworthy? Responsible? * Our honor code inspires a culture of honesty and promotes trust in one another. * We have confidence that you will do the right thing, even when no one is watching. * We believe in you.
Riverside Military Academy Photo - Riverside Military Academy cadet officers stand at attention during a parade on Maginnis Field.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo - Randolph-Macon Academy's Flight Program includes a drone class called Unmanned Flight Operations. Students finish with the knowledge base for the FAA exam so they can obtain their commercial drone license if they so desire. This class is just one of the innovative offerings at R-MA.
The King's Academy Photo - With 47 Advanced Placement (AP), Honors, and Dual Enrollment courses available, TKA's academic program serves to challenge even the most gifted students. Specified tracks include: Aviation, Business, Law, Engineering, and a nationally recognized Conservatory of the Arts program.
Windermere Preparatory School Photo - Windermere Preparatory School, a Nord Anglia Education inspires our students to become critical- thinkers with a global perspective both inside and outside of the classroom.
Amerigo Lexington, Lexington Catholic High School Photo - Designated as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence for academic achievement, Amerigo Lexington offers students exciting opportunities through the Exemplar Scholar program, the Air+Space Academy, the elite Fine Arts department and more.
The Linsly School Photo - The Linsly School promotes academic excellence, inspires lifelong learning, develops future leaders, and emphasizes character development.
St. Andrew's-Sewanee School Photo - One of the South's Most Beautiful High Schools, as chosen by Southern Living magazine, the school's 550-acre campus, including forests, bluffs and two lakes, offers abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. A school farm, on-going wetlands study, and LEED Gold science building are just a few of the ways our campus also serves as learning lab.
Top Southern Boarding Schools (2020)
- School Location Grades Students
- PO Box 388
Balsam, NC 28707
Grades: 7-12 | 32 students
- 4001 N. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Grades: 9-12 | 425 students
- 2250 Clays Mill Road
Lexington, KY 40503
Grades: 9-12 | 845 students
- 7400 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32217
Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day) | 1700 students
- 1701 Brandon Hall Drive
Atlanta, GA 30350
Grades: 6-12, PG | 150 students
- 6544 Murray Lane
Brentwood, TN 37027
Grades: 9-12 | n/a students
- 132 Good Hope Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
Grades: 7-12, PG | 12 students
- 8401 Belvedere Rd
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day) | 1550 students
- 60 Knox Lane
Wheeling, WV 26003
Grades: 7-12 | 5-12 (day) | 437 students
- 1000 Samuel Miller Loop
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Grades: 8-12, PG | 185 students
- 7600 Lyons Road
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Grades: 6-12 | Pre-K-12 (day) | 1620 students
- 4254 Colonial Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24018
Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day) | 500 students
- 2635 Oak Hill Road
Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363
Grades: 8-12 | 140 students
- 128 Oakland Farm Way
Troy, VA 22974
Grades: 1-8 | 30 students
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