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  • Among "All-Girls 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)

Among All-Girls Schools (out of 16 schools)

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 1.Rank: #1
    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
  • 2.-3.Rank: #2-3
    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
  • 2.-3.Rank: #2-3
    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
  • 4.-7.Rank: #4-7
    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
  • 4.-7.Rank: #4-7
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    230 Bushy Hill Road
    SimsburyCT 06070
    (860)408-4200
  • 4.-7.Rank: #4-7
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    60 Main Street
    FarmingtonCT 06032
    (860)409-3530
  • 4.-7.Rank: #4-7
    Westover School
    Westover School Photo
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    1237 Whittemore Rd.
    MiddleburyCT 06762
    (203)577-4521
  • 8.-10.Rank: #8-10
    Grier School
    Grier School Photo
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%
    Grades: 7-12, PG
    2522 Grier School Road
    TyronePA 16686
    (814)684-3000
  • 8.-10.Rank: #8-10
    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
  • 8.-10.Rank: #8-10
    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
  • 11.Rank: #11
    Miss Hall's School
    Miss Hall's School Photo - The Athletic Department at Miss Hall's instills in student-athletes the values of fitness, teamwork, and competition while inspiring each girl to master physical skills, envision her potential, strive to attain goals, build confidence, and experience the power of community pride.
    All-Girls 
    55%-60%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    492 Holmes Road, PO Box 1166
    PittsfieldMA 01201
    (413)499-1300
  • 12.Rank: #12
    Chatham Hall
    Chatham Hall Photo - Whether you ve been riding your whole life or have always wanted to you can find a place in our program. The Chatham Hall campus is home to more than 30 horses, three teaching arenas, a permanent Hunter Trials course, and plenty of trails. We teach hunt seat the Modern Forward Riding System with an emphasis on horse and rider
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    60%-70%
    Grades: 9-12
    800 Chatham Hall Circle
    ChathamVA 24531
    (434)432-5516
  • 13.-16.Rank: #13-16
    Academy of the Holy Family
    Academy of the Holy Family Photo - April 2019 Retreat
    All-Girls  (Catholic)
    >70%
    Grades: 9-12
    54 W. Main Street Box 691
    BalticCT 06330
    (860)822-6279
  • 13.-16.Rank: #13-16
    St. Margaret's School
    St. Margaret's School Photo - BELIEVE IN SOMETHING GREATER. * What kind of person will you be? Honest? Trustworthy? Responsible? * Our honor code inspires a culture of honesty and promotes trust in one another. * We have confidence that you will do the right thing, even when no one is watching. * We believe in you.
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    PO Box 158, 444 Water Lane
    TappahannockVA 22560
    (804)443-3357
  • 13.-16.Rank: #13-16
    Saint Mary's School
    Saint Mary's School Photo - Saint Mary's School, established in 1842, is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12 in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is the fourth oldest girls' boarding/day school in the United States.
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    900 Hillsborough Street
    RaleighNC 27603
    (919)424-4100
  • 13.-16.Rank: #13-16
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    574 Bernardston Road
    GreenfieldMA 01301
    (413)774-2711

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