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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 28 schools)

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 1.-2.
    Georgetown Preparatory School
    Georgetown Preparatory School Photo - Try out our recording studio
    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 - The Flood Athletic Center
    All-Boys 
    30%-35%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    251 Canaan Road
    SalisburyCT 06068
    (860)435-5732
  • 4.-5.
    45%-50%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    500 Old Farms Road
    AvonCT 06001
    (800)464-2866
  • 4.-5.
    Blue Ridge School
    Blue Ridge School Photo - The historic Battle House is the center of the Blue Ridge campus.
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    273 Mayo Drive
    St. GeorgeVA 22935
    (434)985-2811
  • 6.-8.
    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
    (800)462-3862
  • 6.-8.
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12
    241 Woodberry Station
    Woodberry ForestVA 22989
    (888)798-9371
  • 6.-8.
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12
    58 Harrison Lane
    BethlehemCT 06751
    (203)266-7788
  • 9.-13.
    Christ School
    Christ School Photo
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    60%-70%
    Grades: 8-12
    500 Christ School Road
    AshevilleNC 28704
    (828)684-6232
  • 9.-13.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-9
    271 Pine Nook Road, P.O. Box 7
    DeerfieldMA 01342
    (413)774-9111
  • 9.-13.
    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
  • 9.-13.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    204 Grand Street
    MexicoMO 65265
    (573)581-1776
  • 9.-13.
    Trinity-Pawling School
    Trinity-Pawling School Photo - Our instructors are teachers and accomplished professional artists who are active in their fields. You'll learn from the best, and you'll do it in our Arts Center, a showpiece in itself, which houses a 400-seat theater, state-of-the-art sound system, rehearsal spaces, and practice rooms so you can discover and nurture your passions.
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG | 7-12, PG (day)
    700 Route 22
    PawlingNY 12564
    (845)855-4825
  • 14.-28.
    >70%
    Grades: 7-12
    2605 Carlsbad Blvd.
    CarlsbadCA 92008
    (888)762-2338
  • 14.-28.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    520 Hwy. 1 North
    CamdenSC 29020
    (800)948-6291
  • 14.-28.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-9
    62 Alumni Drive
    CanaanNH 03741
    (603)523-3548
  • 14.-28.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12
    425 South Lindbergh Blvd.
    St. LouisMO 63131
    (314)692-6640
  • 14.-28.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    225 S. Wayne Avenue
    WaynesboroVA 22980
    (800)946-7773
  • 14.-28.
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    3042 College St.
    AustinburgOH 44010
    (440)275-2811
  • 14.-28.
    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
  • 14.-28.
    Hillside School
    Hillside School Photo
    All-Boys 
    >70%

    Grades: 5-9
    404 Robin Hill Street
    MarlboroughMA 01752
    (508)485-3483
  • 14.-28.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    320 Iwo Jima Blvd
    HarlingenTX 78550
  • 14.-28.
    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
  • 14.-28.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    2001 Riverside Drive
    GainesvilleGA 30501
    (800)462-2338
  • 14.-28.
    St. Catherine's Academy
    St. Catherine's Academy Photo - With a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1, students can receive personal attention and specialized instruction.
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 4-8 | K-8 (day)
    215 N. Harbor Blvd.
    AnaheimCA 92805
    (714)772-1363
  • 14.-28.
    St. Francis High School
    St. Francis High School Photo - A view of Lake Erie from the front door
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    4129 Lake Shore Road
    HamburgNY 14075
    (716)627-1200
  • 14.-28.
    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
  • 14.-28.
    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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