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  • Among "All-Girls Schools", view the boarding schools with the lowest acceptance rates (2020-21).
  • 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 (2020-21)

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.Rank: #2
    Emma Willard School
    Emma Willard School Photo
    All-Girls 
    35%-40%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    285 Pawling Avenue
    TroyNY 12180
    (518)833-1320
  • 3.Rank: #3
    Oldfields School
    Oldfields School Photo - Our community has a wonderful reopening experience under our belts, and we are looking forward to the months ahead! Oldfields is operating on campus and in person for the 2020-2021 school year. Application Fee Waiver Code: OSBSR
    All-Girls 
    40%-45%
    Grades: 8-12
    1500 Glencoe Road
    Sparks GlencoeMD 21152
    (410)472-4800
  • 4.-6.Rank: #4-6
    Dana Hall School
    Dana Hall School Photo - The Dana Hall Dragons are ready to roar.
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%
    Grades: 9-12 | 5-12 (day)
    45 Dana Road
    WellesleyMA 02482
    (781)489-1331
  • 4.-6.Rank: #4-6
    45%-50%

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

    Grades: 9-12
    60 Main Street
    FarmingtonCT 06032
    (860)409-3530
  • 7.-9.Rank: #7-9
    Grier School
    Grier School Photo
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%
    Grades: 7-12, PG
    2522 Grier School Road
    TyronePA 16686
    (814)684-3000
  • 7.-9.Rank: #7-9
    The Madeira School
    The Madeira School Photo - Capitol Hill internships in the offices of senators and representatives are a hallmark of the junior year at Madeira
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8328 Georgetown Pike
    McLeanVA 22102-1200
    (703)556-8273
  • 7.-9.Rank: #7-9
    St. Timothy's School
    St. Timothy's School Photo - Completed in 2012, Dixon Hall is our state-of-the-art academic building. The technology-rich facility features the Taft Lecture Hall, the Coleman World Languages and Cultures Center, and a Center for Learning and Teaching.
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8400 Greenspring Avenue
    StevensonMD 21153
    (410)486-7401
  • 10.-11.Rank: #10-11
    Chatham Hall
    Chatham Hall Photo - Our traditions are a vital force: They bridge the generations, bond students, and help us continually build our community. Best of all, they're a lot of fun (and they help make Chatham Hall the unique place it is).
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    60%-70%
    Grades: 9-12
    800 Chatham Hall Circle
    ChathamVA 24531
    (434)432-5516
  • 10.-11.Rank: #10-11
    Westover School
    Westover School Photo
    All-Girls 
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1237 Whittemore Rd.
    MiddleburyCT 06762
    (203)577-4521
  • 12.-16.Rank: #12-16
    Academy of the Holy Family
    Academy of the Holy Family Photo - Basketball Team
    All-Girls  (Catholic)
    >70%
    Grades: 9-12
    54 W. Main Street Box 691
    BalticCT 06330
    (860)822-6279
  • 12.-16.Rank: #12-16
    Miss Hall's School
    Miss Hall's School Photo - A talented, supportive community of learners awaits you at MHS. Our faculty are dedicated mentors who are passionate about their subjects and creative in their teaching, unafraid to ditch the textbook in favor of collaborative, project-based learning.
    All-Girls 
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    492 Holmes Road
    PittsfieldMA 01201
    (413)499-1300
  • 12.-16.Rank: #12-16
    St. Margaret's School
    St. Margaret's School Photo - WE BELIEVE YOU BELONG HERE. * 10 acre historic waterfront campus * 42 acre athletic complex * Within 2 hours of Washington, DC, Richmond, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    PO Box 158, 444 Water Lane
    TappahannockVA 22560
    (804)443-3357
  • 12.-16.Rank: #12-16
    Saint Mary's School
    Saint Mary's School Photo - Saint Mary's School offers a historic, 23-acre campus in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina, and is only minutes from the renowned Research Triangle. Its unique location provides a vibrant 24/7 campus with unlimited opportunities for learning both on and off campus.
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    >70%

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

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

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