Most Selective Boarding Schools
- 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.
Dana Hall School Photo - Teams sports are not the only avenue for Dana students to gain the essential health benefits of fitness and athletics.
Darlington School Photo - We are proud to say that 100 percent of our graduates go on to college, earning more than $8 million in scholarships each year.
Oregon Episcopal School Photo - Our beautiful 59-acre campus provides the perfect setting for open minds to inquire, explore, and grow in order to succeed in an ever-changing global community.
The Taft School Photo - More than a century has passed since Mr. Taft founded our school. While the world and the school have changed dramatically, his fundamental values endure: work hard, without regard for public acclaim; develop all your talents: academic, artistic, and athletic; and most importantly, give of yourself to others.
The Northwest School Photo - We believe that students who have been truly engaged by a community of scholars, artists, and international peers will graduate with an insatiable love of learning, a respect for diverse opinions and beliefs, the knowledge to navigate critical and complex ideas.
North Central Texas Academy Photo - The NCTA music department produces some outstanding musicians and singers -- many taking #1 ratings at State TAPPS meets. The NCTA art team captured the TAPPS State Championship three years in a row -- 2011, 2012, and 2013 . . . an amazing feat!
Tallulah Falls School Photo - So much of a student's success in school can be related to their peers. Our students come from all walks of life with the common goal of reaching their highest potential personally and academically. As a community, they encourage each other to greater success.
Phillips Exeter Academy Photo - Every classroom at Exeter has a Harkness table, which seats a teacher and 12 students, placing students at the center of the learning process.
Stevenson School Photo - Outdoor Education: Afternoon surfing, day hikes, weekend camping trips, and an 11-day wilderness trek introduce students to the wilderness environment while emphasizing the development of a positive attitude toward challenging situations.
Suffield Academy Photo - The Bell on Suffield's Bell Hill is a central school symbol. All students ring it after receiving their Suffield diplomas at Commencement, and victorious athletic teams ring it throughout the year.
Hill School Photo - The Hill School sets a high standard for students in their dress and appearance to express pride in themselves and their respect for one another. Academic Dress is worn throughout the academic day whenever students are in an academic or public area, chapel services, sit-down meals, required evening performance, or any other designated occasion.
Hawai'i Preparatory Academy Photo - The HPA football team plays schools on island and across the state.
San Domenico School Photo - The San Domenico Dance department offers an in depth training program in ballet, modern dance, jazz and choreography with professional master teachers and choreographers. The four-year program offers opportunities to explore dance from the beginning to the advanced level. Courses may include homework such as, journaling, book reports, field trips, performance critiques, resumes, biographies, grant proposals and choreography.
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 Angeles, CA 90071
4026 Maher St.
Napa, CA 94558
1 Elm Street
Byfield, MA 01922
14 Greenwood Lane
Putney, VT 05346
Grades: K-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
3846 N. Hwy. 144
Granbury, TX 76048
1460 Broadway Street #7032
New York, NY 10036
Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
112 West Delaware Avenue
Pennington, NJ 08534
Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
6300 SW Nicol Road
Portland, OR 97223
2132 Ivy Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Grades: 8-12, PG
314 Mountain Road
Cornwall on Hudson, NY 12520
18 Lehmann Way, PO Box 522
Dublin, NH 03444
Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
P.O. Box 98, 2555 W. Highway 154
Los Olivos, CA 93441
Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
230 Bushy Hill Road
Simsbury, CT 06070
Grades: 7-12 | 6-12 (day)
9790 Thayer Street
Houghton, NY 14744
Grades: 6-12, PG
541 Long Beach Road
Saint James, NY 11780
Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
1415 Summit Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
7400 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32217
7600 Lyons Road
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
17641 College Road
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Grades: 9-12 | K-12 (day)
1500 Butterfield Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960
438 Main Street
Saco, ME 04072
Top School Listings by Category (2018-19)
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