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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)416-1955
  • 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
    (805)684-4127
  • 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 - World Class Music Programs
    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
    (800)735-2030
  • 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 - 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.-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
    (302)285-4231
  • 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
    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 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    PO Box 801 39221 Woodward Ave.
    Bloomfield HillsMI 48303
    (248)645-3610
  • 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 - Become a global citizen as you learn, live, and laugh with students from across the country and around the world.
    All-Girls 
    35%-40%

    Grades: 8-12
    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.-66.
    40%-45%
    Grades: 9-12
    360 Asheville School Rd.
    AshevilleNC 28806
    (828)254-6345
  • 57.-66.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.
    DanvilleCA 94506
    (925)362-7223
  • 57.-66.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12
    1300 Academy Road
    CulverIN 46511
    (574)842-7100
  • 57.-66.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | K-12, PG (day)
    65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
    KamuelaHI 96743
    (808)881-4321
  • 57.-66.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12 | 5-12 (day)
    49 Clinton Avenue
    Dobbs FerryNY 10522
    (914)479-6420
  • 57.-66.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1000 Shumway Avenue
    FaribaultMN 55021
    (507)333-1618
  • 57.-66.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    3152 Forest Lake Road
    Pebble BeachCA 93953
    (831)625-8309
  • 57.-66.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    371 West Farm Road
    BethlehemNH 03574
    (603)444-2928
  • 57.-66.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 8-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    423 Main Street
    WilbrahamMA 01095
    (413)596-9107
  • 57.-66.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    172 Ash Street
    WinchendonMA 01475
    (978)297-4476
  • 67.-83.
    45%-50%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    500 Old Farms Road
    AvonCT 06001
    (800)464-2866
  • 67.-83.
    Blue Ridge School
    Blue Ridge School Photo - We offer a number of competitive sports including football, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, tennis, wrestling, baseball, indoor soccer and more. Theater, art and music are also offered as a "sport" in the afternoons.
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    273 Mayo Drive
    St. GeorgeVA 22935
    (434)985-2811
  • 67.-83.
    Dana Hall School
    Dana Hall School Photo - Dancers at all levels find their groove at Dana Hall.
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    45 Dana Road
    WellesleyMA 02482
    (781)489-1331
  • 67.-83.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    1014 Cave Spring Road, SW
    RomeGA 30161
    (706)235-6051
  • 67.-83.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    18 Lehmann Way, PO Box 522
    DublinNH 03444
    (603)563-7075
  • 67.-83.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    P.O. Box 98, 2555 W. Highway 154
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    (800)287-9197
  • 67.-83.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    230 Bushy Hill Road
    SimsburyCT 06070
    (860)408-4200
  • 67.-83.
    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
  • 67.-83.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 7-12 | 6-12 (day)
    9790 Thayer Street
    HoughtonNY 14744
    (585)567-8115
  • 67.-83.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    541 Long Beach Road
    Saint JamesNY 11780
    (631)686-1600
  • 67.-83.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    60 Main Street
    FarmingtonCT 06032
    (860)409-3530
  • 67.-83.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    2 School Way
    WatsonvilleCA 95076
    (831)768-6137
  • 67.-83.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    1415 Summit Avenue
    SeattleWA 98122
    (206)682-7309
  • 67.-83.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    204 Main Street - P.O. Box 500
    AndoverNH 03216
    (603)735-6652
  • 67.-83.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 7-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    339 Nacoochee Drive
    Rabun GapGA 30568
    (706)746-7720
  • 67.-83.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    12 Highland Street
    NatickMA 01760
    (508)650-5020
  • 67.-83.
    Westover School
    Westover School Photo - An afternoon in the Student Center
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    1237 Whittemore Rd., P.O. Box 847
    MiddleburyCT 06762
    (203)577-4521
  • 84.-107.
    50%-55%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    4334 Hobbs Road
    GreensboroNC 27410
    (336)217-7070
  • 84.-107.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8585 Ojai Santa Paula Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805)646-4343
  • 84.-107.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    7400 San Jose Blvd.
    JacksonvilleFL 32217
    (904)256-5030
  • 84.-107.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    80 Academy Drive
    WolfeboroNH 03894
    (603)569-7200
  • 84.-107.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    10 Main Street
    CheshireCT 06410
    (203)439-7250
  • 84.-107.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 5-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    20950 SW Rock Creek Road
    SheridanOR 97378
    (503)843-3521
  • 84.-107.
    Grier School
    Grier School Photo
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    2522 Grier School Road
    TyronePA 16686
    (814)684-3000
  • 84.-107.
    The Madeira School
    The Madeira School Photo - Madeira's has six cozy dorms to hang out
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8328 Georgetown Pike
    McLeanVA 22102-1200
    (703)556-8273
  • 84.-107.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12
    PO Box 8
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    (805)688-5114
  • 84.-107.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    70 Main Street
    New HamptonNH 03256
    (603)677-3401
  • 84.-107.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    78 Academy Avenue
    Cornwall-on-HudsonNY 12520
    (845)534-3710
  • 84.-107.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12
    7600 Lyons Road
    Coconut CreekFL 33073
    (954)305-6937
  • 84.-107.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12
    3900 Jog Road
    Boca RatonFL 33434
    (561)210-2020
  • 84.-107.
    Saint James School
    Saint James School Photo - 75% of Saint James students are actively engaged in the fine arts, comprised of music, visual art, dance, and theater.
    (Episcopal)
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12
    17641 College Road
    HagerstownMD 21740
    (301)733-9330
  • 84.-107.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    6500 St. Stephen's Drive
    AustinTX 78746
    (512)327-1213
  • 84.-107.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12 | K-12 (day)
    1500 Butterfield Road
    San AnselmoCA 94960
    (415)258-1905
  • 84.-107.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 7-12 | 5-12 (day)
    201 Campus Drive, PO Box 10
    Tallulah FallsGA 30573
    (706)754-0400
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