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  • Among "All Schools", view the boarding schools with the lowest acceptance rates (2018-19).
  • 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 (2018-19)

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 1.-30.
    <25%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    345 South Figueroa Street
    Los AngelesCA 90071
    213-400-4585
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    4026 Maher St.
    NapaCA 94558
    312-496-5533
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 600
    BlairstownNJ 07825
    908-362-6121
  • 1.-30.
    Brooks School
    Brooks School Photo - Come visit our beautiful 251 acre campus located on the shores of Lake Cochichewick.
    (Episcopal)
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1160 Great Pond Road
    North AndoverMA 01845
    978-725-6272
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1960 Cate Mesa Road, P.O. Box 5005
    CarpinteriaCA 93013
    8056844127
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    333 Christian Street
    WallingfordCT 06492
    203-697-2239
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    166 Main Street
    ConcordMA 01742
    978-402-2250
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    7 Boyden Lane
    DeerfieldMA 01342
    413-774-1400
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 8-12
    P.O. Box 116 , 242 Old Petersham Road
    HardwickMA 01037
    413-477-6000
  • 1.-30.
    Georgetown Preparatory School
    Georgetown Preparatory School Photo - Average class size is 16. Student to teacher ratio is 8:1. Boarding Faculty to Student Ratio is 1:5
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    10900 Rockville Pike
    North BethesdaMD 20852
    301-214-1215
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1 Elm Street
    ByfieldMA 01922
    978-499-3120
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 6-12
    14 Greenwood Lane
    PutneyVT 05346
    802-387-4545
  • 1.-30.
    Groton School
    (Episcopal)
    <25%

    Grades: 8-12
    282 Farmers Row, Box 991
    GrotonMA 01450
    978-448-7510
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    11600 Welch Road
    DallasTX 75229
    214-360-6526
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    11 Interlaken Road
    LakevilleCT 06039
    860-435-3102
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    2500 Main Street
    LawrencevilleNJ 08648
    8007352030
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1400 Lowell Road
    ConcordMA 01742
    978-371-6524
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12 | K-12 (day)
    170 Centre Street
    MiltonMA 02186
    617-898-2227
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: K-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    3846 N. Hwy. 144
    GranburyTX 76048
    254.897.4822
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    201 South Main Street
    HightstownNJ 08520
    609-944-7501
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    180 Main Street
    AndoverMA 01810
    978-749-4050
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    20 Main Street
    ExeterNH 03833
    603-777-3437
  • 1.-30.
    St. George's School
    St. George's School Photo - Traditions play a large part in the student experience at St. George's. Friday Night Lights, where our teams play under the lights in front of the entire school, is a fan favorite.
    (Episcopal)
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    PO Box 1910
    NewportRI 02840
    401-842-6600
  • 1.-30.
    St. Paul's School
    St. Paul's School Photo - SPS 1
    (Episcopal)
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    325 Pleasant Street
    ConcordNH 03301
    603-229-4700
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    Suffield Academy
    SuffieldCT 06078
    860-386-4440
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    110 Woodbury Road
    WatertownCT 06795
    860-945-7700
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    5025 Thacher Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    805-640-3210
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 10-12
    1460 Broadway Street #7032
    New YorkNY 10036
    646-504-6924
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1175 West Baseline Road
    ClaremontCA 91711
    909-482-5214
  • 1.-30.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    302 Portola Road
    Portola ValleyCA 94028
    650-851-8223
  • 31.-37.
    25%-30%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    245 North Undermountain Road
    SheffieldMA 01257
    413-229-1003
  • 31.-37.
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1500 West Kennedy Road
    Lake ForestIL 60045
    847-615-3267
  • 31.-37.
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    Office of Admission
    WindsorCT 06095
    860-687-6400
  • 31.-37.
    The Pennington School
    (United Methodist)
    25%-30%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    112 West Delaware Avenue
    PenningtonNJ 08534
    609-737-6128
  • 31.-37.
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12
    350 Noxontown Road
    MiddletownDE 19709
    3022854231
  • 31.-37.
    St. Mark's School
    St. Mark's School Photo - St. Mark's School
    (Episcopal)
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12
    25 Marlboro Road
    SouthboroughMA 01772
    508-786-6118
  • 31.-37.
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    995 Hopmeadow Street
    SimsburyCT 06070
    860-408-3060
  • 38.-43.
    30%-35%
    Grades: 9-12
    1200 N. Quaker Lane
    AlexandriaVA 22302
    877-933-4347
  • 38.-43.
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    860 Beech Street
    PottstownPA 19464
    610-326-1000
  • 38.-43.
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    One Lamplighter Way
    Mount HermonMA 01354
    413-498-3227
  • 38.-43.
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12
    285 Cory's Lane
    PortsmouthRI 02871
    401-643-1248
  • 38.-43.
    Salisbury School
    Salisbury School Photo - The Flood Athletic Center
    All-Boys 
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    251 Canaan Road
    SalisburyCT 06068
    860-435-5732
  • 38.-43.
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 7-12, PG (day)
    19 Payson Avenue
    EasthamptonMA 01027
    (413) 529-3241
  • 44.-56.
    Canterbury School
    Canterbury School Photo - Canterbury swimmers practice in the William W. Higgins ’53 Aquatic Center, an eight-lane, 25-yard competitive swim and dive pool. Dedicated in 2008, it is the finest swimming, diving, and water polo venue in New England.
    (Catholic)
    35%-40%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    101 Aspetuck Avenue
    New MilfordCT 06776
    (860)210-3832
  • 44.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12
    PO Box 801 39221 Woodward Ave.
    Bloomfield HillsMI 48303
    2486453610
  • 44.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    285 Pawling Avenue
    TroyNY 12180
    518-833-1320
  • 44.-56.
    Kent School
    Kent School Photo - Kent's Pre-Engineering certificate program is a unique opportunity for hands-on exploration in Robotics, Manufacturing Engineering and Computer Programming.
    (Episcopal)
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 2006
    KentCT 06757
    860-927-6111
  • 44.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12
    44 Main Street, PO Box 992
    GrotonMA 01450
    978-448-1530
  • 44.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    300 East Seminary Street
    MercersburgPA 17236
    717-328-6173
  • 44.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    131 Millbrook School Road
    MillbrookNY 12545
    845-677-8261
  • 44.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    92 Northwood Road
    Lake PlacidNY 12946
    518-523-3382
  • 44.-56.
    Oldfields School
    Oldfields School Photo - STUDENTS* 180 girls from 28 states and 11 countries* 80% boarding, 20% day* Opportunities for each girl to develop and pursue leadership opportunities* Opportunities to try new things in a supportive and encouraging environment(PICTURE: Roommates from Jamaica and the United States)
    All-Girls 
    35%-40%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    1500 Glencoe Road
    Sparks GlencoeMD 21152
    410-472-4800
  • 44.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    6300 SW Nicol Road
    PortlandOR 97223
    503-768-3115
  • 44.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12
    2132 Ivy Road
    CharlottesvilleVA 22903
    434-296-5106
  • 44.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    314 Mountain Road
    Cornwall on HudsonNY 12520
    845-458-7542
  • 44.-56.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12
    66 Spring Street
    MarionMA 02738
    508-291-8300
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%
    Grades: 9-12
    360 Asheville School Rd.
    AshevilleNC 28806
    828-254-6345
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.
    DanvilleCA 94506
    9253627223
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    10 Main Street
    CheshireCT 06410
    2034397250
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12
    1300 Academy Road
    CulverIN 46511
    574-842-7100
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | K-12, PG (day)
    65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
    KamuelaHI 96743
    808-881-4321
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12
    49 Clinton Avenue
    Dobbs FerryNY 10522
    914-479-6420
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1000 Shumway Avenue
    FaribaultMN 55021
    507-333-1618
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    3152 Forest Lake Road
    Pebble BeachCA 93953
    831-625-8309
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    371 West Farm Road
    BethlehemNH 03574
    6034442928
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 8-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    423 Main Street
    WilbrahamMA 01095
    413-596-9107
  • 57.-67.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    172 Ash Street
    WinchendonMA 01475
    978-297-4476
  • 68.-86.
    45%-50%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    500 Old Farms Road
    AvonCT 06001
    800-464-2866
  • 68.-86.
    Blue Ridge School
    Blue Ridge School Photo - The campus lake offers wonderful views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    273 Mayo Drive
    St. GeorgeVA 22935
    434-985-2811
  • 68.-86.
    Dana Hall School
    Dana Hall School Photo - All the world's a stage??especially for Dana Hall actresses.
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    45 Dana Road
    WellesleyMA 02482
    781-489-1331
  • 68.-86.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    1014 Cave Spring Road, SW
    RomeGA 30161
    706-235-6051
  • 68.-86.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    18 Lehmann Way, PO Box 522
    DublinNH 03444
    1-603-563-7075
  • 68.-86.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    P.O. Box 98, 2555 W. Highway 154
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    800-287-9197
  • 68.-86.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    230 Bushy Hill Road
    SimsburyCT 06070
    860-408-4200
  • 68.-86.
    Holderness School
    Holderness School Photo - We think that great things happen when students work alongside practicing artists. They learn not only to speak and understand the language of the arts, but how the arts can break down barriers between people, and inside them.
    (Episcopal)
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 1879
    PlymouthNH 03264
    603-536-1747
  • 68.-86.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 7-12 | 6-12 (day)
    9790 Thayer Street
    HoughtonNY 14744
    585-567-8115
  • 68.-86.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    541 Long Beach Road
    Saint JamesNY 11780
    6316861600
  • 68.-86.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    60 Main Street
    FarmingtonCT 06032
    8604093530
  • 68.-86.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    2 School Way
    WatsonvilleCA 95076
    831-768-6137
  • 68.-86.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    1415 Summit Avenue
    SeattleWA 98122
    206-682-7309
  • 68.-86.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    204 Main Street - P.O. Box 500
    AndoverNH 03216
    603-735-6652
  • 68.-86.
    Purnell School
    Purnell School Photo - Twelfth grade student working on a mural in the Johnson Art Center.
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    51 Pottersville Road, P.O. Box 500
    PottersvilleNJ 07979
    908-439-4009
  • 68.-86.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 7-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    339 Nacoochee Drive
    Rabun GapGA 30568
    706-746-7720
  • 68.-86.
    South Kent School
    South Kent School Photo - Since its founding in 1923, South Kent School has provided its students with the intellectual, moral, physical and social framework for scholastic achievement in college and productive citizenship in adult society.
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    40 Bulls Bridge Road
    South KentCT 06785
    860-927-3539
  • 68.-86.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    12 Highland Street
    NatickMA 01760
    508-650-5020
  • 68.-86.
    Westover School
    Westover School Photo - Welcome to Westover School!
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    1237 Whittemore Rd., P.O. Box 847
    MiddleburyCT 06762
    203-577-4521
  • 87.-111.
    50%-55%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    4334 Hobbs Road
    GreensboroNC 27410
    336-217-7070
  • 87.-111.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8585 Ojai Santa Paula Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    805-646-4343
  • 87.-111.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    7400 San Jose Blvd.
    JacksonvilleFL 32217
    9042565030
  • 87.-111.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    80 Academy Drive
    WolfeboroNH 03894
    603-569-7200
  • 87.-111.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 5-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    20950 SW Rock Creek Road
    SheridanOR 97378
    503-843-3521
  • 87.-111.
    Grier School
    Grier School Photo
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    2522 Grier School Road
    TyronePA 16686
    814-684-3000
  • 87.-111.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12
    190 Woodward Drive
    Indian SpringsAL 35124
    888-843-9477
  • 87.-111.
    The Madeira School
    The Madeira School Photo - Washington D.C. plays a central role in student life. Field trips, internships, and weekend activities take advantage of all the area has to offer. Georgetown Cupcakes, anyone?
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8328 Georgetown Pike
    McLeanVA 22102-1200
    703-556-8273
  • 87.-111.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12
    PO Box 8
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    805-688-5114
  • 87.-111.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    70 Main Street
    New HamptonNH 03256
    603-677-3401
  • 87.-111.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    78 Academy Avenue
    Cornwall-on-HudsonNY 12520
    845-534-3710
  • 87.-111.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12
    7600 Lyons Road
    Coconut CreekFL 33073
    954-305-6937
  • 87.-111.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12
    3900 Jog Road
    Boca RatonFL 33434
    561-210-2020
  • 87.-111.
    Saint James School
    Saint James School Photo - Six times a week, we gather for seated meals, a tradition that has shaped the Saint James community since our founding in 1842.
    (Episcopal)
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12
    17641 College Road
    HagerstownMD 21740
    3017339330
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