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  • Among "All Schools", view the boarding schools with the lowest acceptance rates (2019-20).
  • 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 (2019-20)

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%
    Grades: 9-12
    4026 Maher St.
    NapaCA 94558
    (312)416-1955
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 600
    BlairstownNJ 07825
    (908)362-6121
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1960 Cate Mesa Road, P.O. Box 5005
    CarpinteriaCA 93013
    (805)684-4127
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    333 Christian Street
    WallingfordCT 06492
    (203)697-2239
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    166 Main Street
    ConcordMA 01742
    (978)402-2250
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    7 Boyden Lane
    DeerfieldMA 01342
    (413)774-1400
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 8-12
    P.O. Box 116 , 242 Old Petersham Road
    HardwickMA 01037
    (413)477-6000
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    Georgetown Preparatory School
    Georgetown Preparatory School Photo - Boland Hall is the home to many of Prep's 110 resident students. Our campus is less than 5 miles from the Nation's Capital
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    10900 Rockville Pike
    North BethesdaMD 20852
    (301)214-1215
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1 Elm Street
    ByfieldMA 01922
    (978)499-3120
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 6-12
    14 Greenwood Lane
    PutneyVT 05346
    (802)387-4545
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    Groton School
    (Episcopal)
    <25%

    Grades: 8-12
    282 Farmers Row, Box 991
    GrotonMA 01450
    (978)448-7510
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    The Hockaday School
    The Hockaday School Photo
    All-Girls 
    <25%

    Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    11600 Welch Road
    DallasTX 75229
    (214)360-6526
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    11 Interlaken Road
    LakevilleCT 06039
    (860)435-3102
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    2500 Main Street
    LawrencevilleNJ 08648
    (800)735-2030
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1400 Lowell Road
    ConcordMA 01742
    (978)371-6524
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12 | K-12 (day)
    170 Centre Street
    MiltonMA 02186
    (617)898-2227
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: K-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    3846 N. Hwy. 144
    GranburyTX 76048
    (254)897-4822
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    180 Main Street
    AndoverMA 01810
    (978)749-4050
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    20 Main Street
    ExeterNH 03833
    (603)777-3437
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    St. George's School
    St. George's School Photo - Our 125-acre campus is on a hilltop overlooking the ocean.
    (Episcopal)
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    P.O. Box 1910
    NewportRI 02840
    (401)842-6600
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    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.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    Suffield Academy
    SuffieldCT 06078
    (860)386-4440
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    110 Woodbury Road
    WatertownCT 06795
    (860)945-7700
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    5025 Thacher Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805)640-3210
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 10-12
    1460 Broadway Street #7032
    New YorkNY 10036
    (646)504-6924
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1175 West Baseline Road
    ClaremontCA 91711
    (909)482-5214
  • 1.-27.Rank: #1-27
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    302 Portola Road
    Portola ValleyCA 94028
    (650)851-8223
  • 28.-34.Rank: #28-34
    25%-30%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    245 North Undermountain Road
    SheffieldMA 01257
    (413)229-1003
  • 28.-34.Rank: #28-34
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    Office of Admission
    WindsorCT 06095
    (860)687-6400
  • 28.-34.Rank: #28-34
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    201 South Main Street
    HightstownNJ 08520
    (609)944-7501
  • 28.-34.Rank: #28-34
    The Pennington School
    (United Methodist)
    25%-30%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    112 West Delaware Avenue
    PenningtonNJ 08534
    (609)737-6128
  • 28.-34.Rank: #28-34
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12
    350 Noxontown Road
    MiddletownDE 19709
    (302)285-4231
  • 28.-34.Rank: #28-34
    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
  • 28.-34.Rank: #28-34
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    995 Hopmeadow Street
    SimsburyCT 06070
    (860)408-3060
  • 35.-41.Rank: #35-41
    Brooks School
    Brooks School Photo - Come visit our beautiful 251 acre campus located on the shores of Lake Cochichewick.
    (Episcopal)
    30%-35%
    Grades: 9-12
    1160 Great Pond Road
    North AndoverMA 01845
    (978)725-6272
  • 35.-41.Rank: #35-41
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12
    1200 N. Quaker Lane
    AlexandriaVA 22302
    (877)933-4347
  • 35.-41.Rank: #35-41
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    860 Beech Street
    PottstownPA 19464
    (610)326-1000
  • 35.-41.Rank: #35-41
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    One Lamplighter Way
    Mount HermonMA 01354
    (413)498-3227
  • 35.-41.Rank: #35-41
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12
    285 Cory's Lane
    PortsmouthRI 02871
    (401)643-1248
  • 35.-41.Rank: #35-41
    Salisbury School
    Salisbury School Photo - Salisbury School Dinning Hall
    All-Boys 
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    251 Canaan Road
    SalisburyCT 06068
    (860)435-5732
  • 35.-41.Rank: #35-41
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 7-12, PG (day)
    19 Payson Avenue
    EasthamptonMA 01027
    (413)529-3241
  • 42.-54.Rank: #42-54
    Canterbury School
    Canterbury School Photo - Canterbury's student to teacher ratio is 11:1. The curriculum is extensive.
    (Catholic)
    35%-40%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    101 Aspetuck Avenue
    New MilfordCT 06776
    (860)210-3832
  • 42.-54.Rank: #42-54
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    PO Box 801 39221 Woodward Ave.
    Bloomfield HillsMI 48303
    (248)645-3610
  • 42.-54.Rank: #42-54
    Emma Willard School
    Emma Willard School Photo - Emma Girls share a laugh in one of our historic dormitories.
    All-Girls 
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    285 Pawling Avenue
    TroyNY 12180
    (518)833-1320
  • 42.-54.Rank: #42-54
    Kent School
    Kent School Photo - Our campus is located along the shores of the Housatonic River, adjacent to the town of Kent.
    (Episcopal)
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 2006
    KentCT 06757
    (860)927-6111
  • 42.-54.Rank: #42-54
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1500 West Kennedy Road
    Lake ForestIL 60045
    (847)615-3267
  • 42.-54.Rank: #42-54
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12
    44 Main Street, PO Box 992
    GrotonMA 01450
    (978)448-1530
  • 42.-54.Rank: #42-54
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    300 East Seminary Street
    MercersburgPA 17236
    (717)328-6173
  • 42.-54.Rank: #42-54
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    131 Millbrook School Road
    MillbrookNY 12545
    (845)677-8261
  • 42.-54.Rank: #42-54
    Oldfields School
    Oldfields School Photo - Our renowned equestrian program takes learning out of the classroom and into the barn.
    All-Girls 
    35%-40%

    Grades: 8-12
    1500 Glencoe Road
    Sparks GlencoeMD 21152
    (410)472-4800
  • 42.-54.Rank: #42-54
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    6300 SW Nicol Road
    PortlandOR 97223
    (503)768-3115
  • 42.-54.Rank: #42-54
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12
    2132 Ivy Road
    CharlottesvilleVA 22903
    (434)296-5106
  • 42.-54.Rank: #42-54
    35%-40%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    314 Mountain Road
    Cornwall on HudsonNY 12520
    (845)458-7542
  • 42.-54.Rank: #42-54
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12
    66 Spring Street
    MarionMA 02738
    (508)291-8300
  • 55.-64.Rank: #55-64
    40%-45%
    Grades: 9-12
    360 Asheville School Rd.
    AshevilleNC 28806
    (828)254-6345
  • 55.-64.Rank: #55-64
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.
    DanvilleCA 94506
    (925)362-7223
  • 55.-64.Rank: #55-64
    40%-45%

    Grades: 3-9 | K-9 (day)
    94 Old Main Street, PO Box 8
    DeerfieldMA 01342
    (413)774-4209
  • 55.-64.Rank: #55-64
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | K-12, PG (day)
    65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
    KamuelaHI 96743
    (808)881-4321
  • 55.-64.Rank: #55-64
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12 | 5-12 (day)
    49 Clinton Avenue
    Dobbs FerryNY 10522
    (914)479-6420
  • 55.-64.Rank: #55-64
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1000 Shumway Avenue
    FaribaultMN 55021
    (507)333-1618
  • 55.-64.Rank: #55-64
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    3152 Forest Lake Road
    Pebble BeachCA 93953
    (831)625-8309
  • 55.-64.Rank: #55-64
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    371 West Farm Road
    BethlehemNH 03574
    (603)444-2928
  • 55.-64.Rank: #55-64
    40%-45%

    Grades: 8-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    423 Main Street
    WilbrahamMA 01095
    (413)596-9107
  • 55.-64.Rank: #55-64
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    172 Ash Street
    WinchendonMA 01475
    (978)297-4476
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    45%-50%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    500 Old Farms Road
    AvonCT 06001
    (800)464-2866
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    Blue Ridge School
    Blue Ridge School Photo - Our lake offers students a chance to relax, fish, canoe - in the center of campus.
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    273 Mayo Drive
    St. GeorgeVA 22935
    (434)985-2811
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    Dana Hall School
    Dana Hall School Photo - Experimentation. Exploration. Creativity. Dana Hall`s visual artists are sensitive observers of themselves and the world around them.
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12 | 5-12 (day)
    45 Dana Road
    WellesleyMA 02482
    (781)489-1331
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    1014 Cave Spring Road, SW
    RomeGA 30161
    (706)235-6051
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    18 Lehmann Way, PO Box 522
    DublinNH 03444
    (603)563-7075
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    45%-50%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    P.O. Box 98, 2555 W. Highway 154
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    (800)287-9197
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    230 Bushy Hill Road
    SimsburyCT 06070
    (860)408-4200
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    Holderness School
    Holderness School Photo - Our alumni consistently tell us that our student run Job Program was formative for their future success, noting proudly that they were supervisors, event planners, and project managers before they even graduated high school.
    (Episcopal)
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 1879
    PlymouthNH 03264
    (603)536-1747
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    Hoosac School
    Hoosac School Photo - Hoosac School rests on 350 rolling acres in the Northern Berkshires in New York. Hoosac believes that the individual student is the centerpiece of their education. We structure our academic programs to suit the strengths and passions of each student, helping them to reach their full potential.
    (Episcopal)
    45%-50%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    PO Box 9
    HoosickNY 12089
    (518)686-7331
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    45%-50%

    Grades: 7-12 | 6-12 (day)
    9790 Thayer Street
    HoughtonNY 14744
    (585)567-8115
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    45%-50%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    541 Long Beach Road
    Saint JamesNY 11780
    (631)686-1600
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    60 Main Street
    FarmingtonCT 06032
    (860)409-3530
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    2 School Way
    WatsonvilleCA 95076
    (831)768-6137
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    1415 Summit Avenue
    SeattleWA 98122
    (206)682-7309
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    92 Northwood Road
    Lake PlacidNY 12946
    (518)523-3382
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    204 Main Street - P.O. Box 500
    AndoverNH 03216
    (603)735-6652
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    45%-50%

    Grades: 7-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    339 Nacoochee Drive
    Rabun GapGA 30568
    (706)746-7720
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    12 Highland Street
    NatickMA 01760
    (508)650-5020
  • 65.-83.Rank: #65-83
    Westover School
    Westover School Photo
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    1237 Whittemore Rd.
    MiddleburyCT 06762
    (203)577-4521
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    50%-55%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    345 South Figueroa Street
    Los AngelesCA 90071
    (213)400-4585
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8585 Ojai Santa Paula Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805)646-4343
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    7400 San Jose Blvd.
    JacksonvilleFL 32217
    (904)256-5030
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    80 Academy Drive
    WolfeboroNH 03894
    (603)569-7200
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    10 Main Street
    CheshireCT 06410
    (203)439-7250
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    50%-55%

    Grades: 5-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    20950 SW Rock Creek Road
    SheridanOR 97378
    (503)843-3521
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    Grier School
    Grier School Photo
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    2522 Grier School Road
    TyronePA 16686
    (814)684-3000
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    50%-55%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    66 School Street
    GranbyMA 01033
    (413)255-0000
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    The Madeira School
    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.
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8328 Georgetown Pike
    McLeanVA 22102-1200
    (703)556-8273
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12
    PO Box 8
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    (805)688-5114
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    70 Main Street
    New HamptonNH 03256
    (603)677-3401
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12
    78 Academy Avenue
    Cornwall-on-HudsonNY 12520
    (845)534-3710
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    50%-55%

    Grades: 6-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    7600 Lyons Road
    Coconut CreekFL 33073
    (954)305-6937
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    Saint James School
    Saint James School Photo - Saint James' picturesque 689-acre campus is conveniently located only 70 miles from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.
    (Episcopal)
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12
    17641 College Road
    HagerstownMD 21740
    (301)733-9330
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    6500 St. Stephen's Drive
    AustinTX 78746
    (512)327-1213
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    St. Timothy's School
    St. Timothy's School Photo - The Commons is equal parts living room and dining room. The newest building on campus, the Commons is a gathering space that houses the dining hall and the new Redlands Cafe.
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8400 Greenspring Avenue
    StevensonMD 21153
    (410)486-7401
  • 84.-108.Rank: #84-108
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12 | K-12 (day)
    1500 Butterfield Road
    San AnselmoCA 94960
    (415)258-1905
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