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  • Among "Schools with 200-400 Students", 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 Schools with 200-400 Students (out of 81 schools)

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 1.-7.Rank: #1-7
    <25%
    Grades: 9-12
    1960 Cate Mesa Road, P.O. Box 5005
    CarpinteriaCA 93013
    (805)684-4127
  • 1.-7.Rank: #1-7
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    166 Main Street
    ConcordMA 01742
    (978)402-2250
  • 1.-7.Rank: #1-7
    <25%

    Grades: 8-12
    P.O. Box 116 , 242 Old Petersham Road
    HardwickMA 01037
    (413)477-6000
  • 1.-7.Rank: #1-7
    Groton School
    (Episcopal)
    <25%

    Grades: 8-12
    282 Farmers Row, Box 991
    GrotonMA 01450
    (978)448-7510
  • 1.-7.Rank: #1-7
    St. George's School
    St. George's School Photo - Our 125-acre campus is on a hilltop overlooking the ocean.
    (Episcopal)
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    P.O. Box 1910
    NewportRI 02840
    (401)842-6600
  • 1.-7.Rank: #1-7
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    5025 Thacher Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805)640-3210
  • 1.-7.Rank: #1-7
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    302 Portola Road
    Portola ValleyCA 94028
    (650)851-8223
  • 8.-10.Rank: #8-10
    25%-30%
    Grades: 9-12
    350 Noxontown Road
    MiddletownDE 19709
    (302)285-4231
  • 8.-10.Rank: #8-10
    St. Mark's School
    St. Mark's School Photo - St. Mark's School
    (Episcopal)
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12
    25 Marlboro Road
    SouthboroughMA 01772
    (508)786-6118
  • 8.-10.Rank: #8-10
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    995 Hopmeadow Street
    SimsburyCT 06070
    (860)408-3060
  • 11.-13.Rank: #11-13
    Brooks School
    Brooks School Photo - Come visit our beautiful 251 acre campus located on the shores of Lake Cochichewick.
    (Episcopal)
    30%-35%
    Grades: 9-12
    1160 Great Pond Road
    North AndoverMA 01845
    (978)725-6272
  • 11.-13.Rank: #11-13
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12
    285 Cory's Lane
    PortsmouthRI 02871
    (401)643-1248
  • 11.-13.Rank: #11-13
    Salisbury School
    Salisbury School Photo - Salisbury School Dinning Hall
    All-Boys 
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    251 Canaan Road
    SalisburyCT 06068
    (860)435-5732
  • 14.-17.Rank: #14-17
    Canterbury School
    Canterbury School Photo - Canterbury's student to teacher ratio is 11:1. The curriculum is extensive.
    (Catholic)
    35%-40%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    101 Aspetuck Avenue
    New MilfordCT 06776
    (860)210-3832
  • 14.-17.Rank: #14-17
    Emma Willard School
    Emma Willard School Photo
    All-Girls 
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    285 Pawling Avenue
    TroyNY 12180
    (518)833-1320
  • 14.-17.Rank: #14-17
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12
    44 Main Street, PO Box 992
    GrotonMA 01450
    (978)448-1530
  • 14.-17.Rank: #14-17
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    131 Millbrook School Road
    MillbrookNY 12545
    (845)677-8261
  • 18.-21.Rank: #18-21
    40%-45%
    Grades: 9-12
    360 Asheville School Rd.
    AshevilleNC 28806
    (828)254-6345
  • 18.-21.Rank: #18-21
    40%-45%

    Grades: 3-9 | K-9 (day)
    94 Old Main Street, PO Box 8
    DeerfieldMA 01342
    (413)774-4209
  • 18.-21.Rank: #18-21
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | K-12, PG (day)
    65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
    KamuelaHI 96743
    (808)881-4321
  • 18.-21.Rank: #18-21
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    172 Ash Street
    WinchendonMA 01475
    (978)297-4476
  • 22.-27.Rank: #22-27
    45%-50%
    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    P.O. Box 98, 2555 W. Highway 154
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    (800)287-9197
  • 22.-27.Rank: #22-27
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    230 Bushy Hill Road
    SimsburyCT 06070
    (860)408-4200
  • 22.-27.Rank: #22-27
    Holderness School
    Holderness School Photo - Our alumni consistently tell us that our student run Job Program was formative for their future success, noting proudly that they were supervisors, event planners, and project managers before they even graduated high school.
    (Episcopal)
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 1879
    PlymouthNH 03264
    (603)536-1747
  • 22.-27.Rank: #22-27
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    60 Main Street
    FarmingtonCT 06032
    (860)409-3530
  • 22.-27.Rank: #22-27
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    204 Main Street - P.O. Box 500
    AndoverNH 03216
    (603)735-6652
  • 22.-27.Rank: #22-27
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    12 Highland Street
    NatickMA 01760
    (508)650-5020
  • 28.-38.Rank: #28-38
    50%-55%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    80 Academy Drive
    WolfeboroNH 03894
    (603)569-7200
  • 28.-38.Rank: #28-38
    50%-55%

    Grades: 5-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    20950 SW Rock Creek Road
    SheridanOR 97378
    (503)843-3521
  • 28.-38.Rank: #28-38
    Grier School
    Grier School Photo
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    2522 Grier School Road
    TyronePA 16686
    (814)684-3000
  • 28.-38.Rank: #28-38
    50%-55%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    66 School Street
    GranbyMA 01033
    (413)255-0000
  • 28.-38.Rank: #28-38
    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
  • 28.-38.Rank: #28-38
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    70 Main Street
    New HamptonNH 03256
    (603)677-3401
  • 28.-38.Rank: #28-38
    Saint James School
    Saint James School Photo - Saint James' picturesque 689-acre campus is conveniently located only 70 miles from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.
    (Episcopal)
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12
    17641 College Road
    HagerstownMD 21740
    (301)733-9330
  • 28.-38.Rank: #28-38
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    30 School Street
    TiltonNH 03276
    (603)286-1733
  • 28.-38.Rank: #28-38
    50%-55%

    Grades: 7-12 | 6-12 (day)
    319 Webb Road East
    Bell BuckleTN 37020
    (931)389-6003
  • 28.-38.Rank: #28-38
    Westtown School
    Westtown School Photo - Main building
    (Society of Friends)
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    975 Westtown Rd
    West ChesterPA 19382
    (610)399-7900
  • 28.-38.Rank: #28-38
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12
    241 Woodberry Station
    Woodberry ForestVA 22989
    (888)798-9371
  • 39.-46.Rank: #39-46
    55%-60%
    Grades: 9-12
    827 N. Tacoma Avenue
    TacomaWA 98403
    (253)284-8600
  • 39.-46.Rank: #39-46
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    45 Georgian Road
    WestonMA 02493
    (781)642-8650
  • 39.-46.Rank: #39-46
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    10 Main Street
    CheshireCT 06410
    (203)439-7250
  • 39.-46.Rank: #39-46
    Christchurch School
    Christchurch School Photo - "Set your course at the river. " Established in the Episcopal tradition, Christchurch is inclusive, welcoming students and families of all faiths and backgrounds.
    (Episcopal)
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12
    49 Seahorse Lane
    ChristchurchVA 23031
    (804)758-2306
  • 39.-46.Rank: #39-46
    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
  • 39.-46.Rank: #39-46
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    7 Campus Center, PO Box 188
    MeridenNH 03770
    (603)469-2100
  • 39.-46.Rank: #39-46
    Miss Hall's School
    Miss Hall's School Photo - "The best thing about MHS is how friendly everyone is and how easy it is to become part of the community. I had an abundance of new friends on the first day of orientation, and I had bonded with my teachers by the end of the first week of classes." - Current Student
    All-Girls 
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    492 Holmes Road
    PittsfieldMA 01201
    (413)499-1300
  • 39.-46.Rank: #39-46
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    63 Federal Road
    BarringtonRI 02806
    (401)246-1230
  • 47.-61.Rank: #47-61
    Christ School
    Christ School Photo
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    60%-70%
    Grades: 8-12
    500 Christ School Road
    AshevilleNC 28704
    (828)684-6232
  • 47.-61.Rank: #47-61
    Eaglebrook School
    Eaglebrook School Photo - At the heart of the school is the shared life of teachers, their families, and boys working together. This is the common room of Halsted House, one of five dormitories on campus.
    All-Boys 
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-9
    271 Pine Nook Road, P.O. Box 7
    DeerfieldMA 01342
    (413)774-9111
  • 47.-61.Rank: #47-61
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    6155 Fountain Valley School Road
    Colorado SpringsCO 80911
    (719)391-5251
  • 47.-61.Rank: #47-61
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    339 Paris Road PO Box 309
    HebronME 04238
    (207)966-5225
  • 47.-61.Rank: #47-61
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    52500 Temecula Road
    IdyllwildCA 92549
    (951)468-7223
  • 47.-61.Rank: #47-61
    60%-70%

    Grades: 5-9 | Pre-K-9 (day)
    211 Indian Mountain Road
    LakevilleCT 06039
    (435)480-0871
  • 47.-61.Rank: #47-61
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 257, 1614 Main St., Rte. 17
    Kents HillME 04349
    (207)685-1606
  • 47.-61.Rank: #47-61
    The Kiski School
    The Kiski School Photo - Kiski's Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) class.
    All-Boys 
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1888 Brett Lane
    SaltsburgPA 15681
    (724)639-8035
  • 47.-61.Rank: #47-61
    60%-70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    204 Grand Street
    MexicoMO 65265
    (573)581-1776
  • 47.-61.Rank: #47-61
    60%-70%

    Grades: 3-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    723 El Paseo Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805)646-1423
  • 47.-61.Rank: #47-61
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    18 Goodfriend Drive
    East HamptonNY 11937
    (631)907-5400
  • 47.-61.Rank: #47-61
    Stuart Hall School
    Stuart Hall School Photo - Students at Stuart Hall School come from all over the nation and the world. Our community is built on mutual trust and academic inquiry, and we seek to develop the personal character, honor, and creativity of each member of our school.
    (Episcopal)
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    235 West Frederick Street
    StauntonVA 24401
    (540)213-3746
  • 47.-61.Rank: #47-61
    Trinity-Pawling School
    Trinity-Pawling School Photo - We teach our art classes in a step-by-step manner-how to match pitch, to throw a pot, to draw a line. Even if you think you're not artistic, you'll build on these skills over time so you can develop your own creativity and awaken the artist in you.
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG | 7-12, PG (day)
    700 Route 22
    PawlingNY 12564
    (845)855-4825
  • 47.-61.Rank: #47-61
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    12096 N. Ventura Ave
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805)646-1464
  • 47.-61.Rank: #47-61
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    400 VES Road
    LynchburgVA 24503
    (434)385-3607
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    >70%
    Grades: 8-12
    501 Park Street North
    St. PetersburgFL 33710
    (727)384-5500
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    2605 Carlsbad Blvd.
    CarlsbadCA 92008
    (888)762-2338
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    520 Hwy. 1 North
    CamdenSC 29020
    (800)948-6291
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    >70%

    Grades: 6-9
    62 Alumni Drive
    CanaanNH 03741
    (603)523-3548
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    2001 Washington Street
    BraintreeMA 02184
    (857)400-9700
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    Cotter Schools
    Cotter Schools Photo - Successful math team - Cotter Schools has placed first or second in State competition the last 20 years!
    (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    1115 West Broadway Street
    WinonaMN 55987
    (507)453-5113
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    12 Norfolk Road, P.O. Box 80
    LitchfieldCT 06759
    (860)567-1802
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12 | 5-12 (day)
    610 Hillcrest Dr.
    Fergus FallsMN 56537
    (218)739-3371
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    320 Iwo Jima Blvd
    HarlingenTX 78550
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 Green St.
    AtchisonKS 66002
    (913)367-5482
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    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
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    Randolph-Macon Academy
    Randolph-Macon Academy Photo - Randolph-Macon Academy's Flight Program includes a drone class called Unmanned Flight Operations. Students finish with the knowledge base for the FAA exam so they can obtain their commercial drone license if they so desire. This class is just one of the innovative offerings at R-MA.
    (United Methodist)
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    200 Academy Drive
    Front RoyalVA 22630
    (540)636-5484
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    5521 East Warm Springs Avenue
    BoiseID 83716
    (208)424-5000
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    290 Quintard Rd.
    SewaneeTN 37375
    (931)598-5651
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    1600 St. Bernard Drive, S.E.
    CullmanAL 35055
    (256)255-5890
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    1101 Genesee Street
    DelafieldWI 53018
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    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
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    Saint Stanislaus High School
    Saint Stanislaus High School Photo - Mr. Anderson's chemistry class gets to perform cool experiments!
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    304 S. Beach Blvd.
    Bay St. LouisMS 39520
    (228)467-9057
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12 | K-12 (day)
    2801 Ranch Road 12
    San MarcosTX 78666
    (800)428-5120
  • 62.-81.Rank: #62-81
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    120 South 100 West
    Mt. PleasantUT 84647
    (435)462-1400

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