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  • Among "All-Girls 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-Girls Schools (out of 17 schools)

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 1.
    <25%
    Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    11600 Welch Road
    DallasTX 75229
    214-360-6526
  • 2.-3.
    35%-40%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    285 Pawling Avenue
    TroyNY 12180
    518-833-1320
  • 2.-3.
    Oldfields School
    Oldfields School Photo - STUDENTS* 180 girls from 28 states and 11 countries* 80% boarding, 20% day* Opportunities for each girl to develop and pursue leadership opportunities* Opportunities to try new things in a supportive and encouraging environment(PICTURE: Roommates from Jamaica and the United States)
    All-Girls 
    35%-40%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    1500 Glencoe Road
    Sparks GlencoeMD 21152
    410-472-4800
  • 4.-8.
    Dana Hall School
    Dana Hall School Photo - Step Sing - one of the many special traditions at Dana Hall. They're a little hard to explain, but traditions play an important role in life at Dana Hall School, serving not only as symbols of the past, but also staples in the present. These special activities also provide amazing opportunities for teamwork and organization.
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%
    Grades: 9-12
    45 Dana Road
    WellesleyMA 02482
    781-489-1331
  • 4.-8.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    230 Bushy Hill Road
    SimsburyCT 06070
    860-408-4200
Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 6.-8.
    45%-50%
    Grades: 9-12
    60 Main Street
    FarmingtonCT 06032
    8604093530
  • 6.-8.
    Purnell School
    Purnell School Photo - Students working on a History project with the help of their teacher.
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    51 Pottersville Road, P.O. Box 500
    PottersvilleNJ 07979
    908-439-4009
  • 6.-8.
    Westover School
    Westover School Photo - Life in the Dorms
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    1237 Whittemore Rd., P.O. Box 847
    MiddleburyCT 06762
    203-577-4521
  • 9.-10.
    Grier School
    Grier School Photo
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%
    Grades: 7-12, PG
    2522 Grier School Road
    TyronePA 16686
    814-684-3000
  • 9.-10.
    The Madeira School
    The Madeira School Photo - Madeira fields varsity and JV teams in 12 sports
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8328 Georgetown Pike
    McLeanVA 22102-1200
    703-556-8273
  • 11.-13.
    Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
    Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Photo - Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy students come from all over the world to create friendships that last a lifetime. Boarding students enter an emotionally and physically safe community that fosters a sense of sisterhood.
    All-Girls  (Catholic)
    55%-60%
    Grades: 9-12
    440 St. Katherine Dr.
    La Canada FlintridgeCA 91011
    626-685-8521
  • 11.-13.
    Miss Hall's School
    Miss Hall's School Photo - We hear it over and over again, from girls who live right down the road and from girls who live halfway around the world: 'The first time I visited, I immediately felt part of the community!'
    All-Girls 
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    492 Holmes Road, PO Box 1166
    PittsfieldMA 01201
    413-499-1300
  • 11.-13.
    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)
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8400 Greenspring Avenue
    StevensonMD 21153
    410-486-7401
  • 14.
    Chatham Hall
    Chatham Hall Photo - Chatham Hall has transformed the 12,256-square-foot Edmund J. and Lucy Lee Library into a dynamic learning commons. It serves as an academic and technological hub for collaborative learning, research, study, and teaching on campus. Versatile meeting and study spaces promote an engaging atmosphere for learning, and integration of more advanced technology opens doors for creative new teaching methods. The library
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    60%-70%
    Grades: 9-12
    800 Chatham Hall Circle
    ChathamVA 24531
    434-432-5516
  • 15.-17.
    Academy of the Holy Family
    Academy of the Holy Family Photo - Celebrating AHF's 142nd Birthday!
    All-Girls  (Catholic)
    >70%
    Grades: 9-12
    54 W. Main Street Box 691
    BalticCT 06330
    860-822-6279
  • 15.-17.
    St. Margaret's School
    St. Margaret's School Photo - Become individualistic.
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12
    PO Box 158, 444 Water Lane
    TappahannockVA 22560
    804-443-3357
  • 15.-17.
    >70%

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

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