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  • Among "All-Boys 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)

Among All-Boys Schools (out of 30 schools)

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 1.-2.
    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.-2.
    <25%

    Grades: 6-12
    14 Greenwood Lane
    PutneyVT 05346
    802-387-4545
  • 3.
    Salisbury School
    Salisbury School Photo
    All-Boys 
    30%-35%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    251 Canaan Road
    SalisburyCT 06068
    860-435-5732
  • 4.-6.
    45%-50%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    500 Old Farms Road
    AvonCT 06001
    800-464-2866
  • 4.-6.
    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
Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 6.
    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
  • 7.
    50%-55%
    Grades: 7-12 | 6-12 (day)
    1001 Eagle Road
    WaynePA 19087
    610-989-1200
  • 8.-10.
    Fork Union Military Academy
    Fork Union Military Academy Photo - The cadets in parade formation. The first full dress parade of the year begins usually at the end of April and is on Sunday.
    All-Boys  (Baptist)
    55%-60%
    Grades: 7-12, PG
    P.O. 278, 4744 James Madison Hwy
    Fork UnionVA 23055
    1-800-462-3862
  • 8.-10.
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12
    241 Woodberry Station
    Woodberry ForestVA 22989
    888-798-9371
  • 8.-10.
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12
    58 Harrison Lane
    BethlehemCT 06751
    2032667788
  • 11.-16.
    Christ School
    Christ School Photo
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    60%-70%
    Grades: 8-12
    500 Christ School Road
    AshevilleNC 28704
    8286846232
  • 11.-16.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-9
    271 Pine Nook Road, P.O. Box 7
    DeerfieldMA 01342
    413-774-9111
  • 11.-16.
    The Kiski School
    The Kiski School Photo - The Swank Student Center
    All-Boys 
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1888 Brett Lane
    SaltsburgPA 15681
    724-639-8035
  • 11.-16.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    204 Grand Street
    MexicoMO 65265
    573-581-1776
  • 11.-16.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 7-12
    304 S. Beach Blvd.
    Bay St. LouisMS 39520
    228-467-9057
  • 11.-16.
    Trinity-Pawling School
    Trinity-Pawling School Photo - One of the School`s most distinctive attributes is its signatory Effort System. Each boy at Trinity-Pawling is recognized and assessed in terms of the effort he devotes to a given endeavor. The learning objective inherent in this ethos of effort is to teach young people that the more they invest of themselves the greater their accomplishments will be.
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    700 Route 22
    PawlingNY 12564
    845-855-4825
  • 17.-30.
    >70%
    Grades: 7-12
    2605 Carlsbad Blvd.
    CarlsbadCA 92008
    888-762-2338
  • 17.-30.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    520 Hwy. 1 North
    CamdenSC 29020
    800-948-6291
  • 17.-30.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-9
    62 Alumni Drive
    CanaanNH 03741
    603-523-3548
  • 17.-30.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12
    425 South Lindbergh Blvd.
    St. LouisMO 63131
    314-692-6640
  • 17.-30.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    225 S. Wayne Avenue
    WaynesboroVA 22980
    1-800-946-7773
  • 17.-30.
    Hargrave Military Academy
    Hargrave Military Academy Photo - Respect! Integrity! Success! Earn it at Hargrave!
    All-Boys  (Baptist)
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    200 Military Drive
    ChathamVA 24531
    800-432-2480
  • 17.-30.
    Hillside School
    Hillside School Photo
    All-Boys 
    >70%

    Grades: 5-9
    404 Robin Hill Street
    MarlboroughMA 01752
    508-485-3483
  • 17.-30.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    320 Iwo Jima Blvd
    HarlingenTX 78550
  • 17.-30.
    Mount Michael Benedictine School
    Mount Michael Benedictine School Photo
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    22520 Mount Michael Road
    ElkhornNE 68022
    402-238-1457
  • 17.-30.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    2001 Riverside Drive
    GainesvilleGA 30501
    1-800-462-2338
  • 17.-30.
    St. Catherine's Academy
    St. Catherine's Academy Photo - Technology continues to grow, and St. Catherine's is committed to reflecting that in our educational program. Each classroom is equipped with a SmartBoard, and students can utilize personal computers through our traveling laptop cart. In addition, every student attends computer instruction in our new technology learning lab. Students learn basic computer and study skills and are instructed in the full suite of Microsoft programs most commonly required in college-prep high school classes.
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 4-8 | K-8 (day)
    215 N. Harbor Blvd.
    AnaheimCA 92805
    714-772-1363
  • 17.-30.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    4129 Lake Shore Road
    HamburgNY 14075
    716-627-1200
  • 17.-30.
    St. Thomas More School
    St. Thomas More School Photo
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    45 Cottage Road
    OakdaleCT 06370
    860-823-3861
  • 17.-30.
    Subiaco Academy
    Subiaco Academy Photo - Subiaco Abbey and Academy
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    405 North Subiaco Avenue
    SubiacoAR 72865
    479-934-1034

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