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  • Among "Schools with 200-400 Students", 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 Schools with 200-400 Students (out of 86 schools)

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 1.-8.
    Brooks School
    Brooks School Photo - Come visit our beautiful 251 acre campus located on the shores of Lake Cochichewick.
    (Episcopal)
    <25%
    Grades: 9-12
    1160 Great Pond Road
    North AndoverMA 01845
    (978)725-6272
  • 1.-8.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1960 Cate Mesa Road, P.O. Box 5005
    CarpinteriaCA 93013
    (805)684-4127
  • 1.-8.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    166 Main Street
    ConcordMA 01742
    (978)402-2250
  • 1.-8.
    <25%

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

    Grades: 8-12
    282 Farmers Row, Box 991
    GrotonMA 01450
    (978)448-7510
  • 1.-8.
    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.-8.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    5025 Thacher Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805)640-3210
  • 1.-8.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    302 Portola Road
    Portola ValleyCA 94028
    (650)851-8223
  • 9.-11.
    25%-30%
    Grades: 9-12
    350 Noxontown Road
    MiddletownDE 19709
    (302)285-4231
  • 9.-11.
    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
  • 9.-11.
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    995 Hopmeadow Street
    SimsburyCT 06070
    (860)408-3060
  • 12.-13.
    30%-35%
    Grades: 9-12
    285 Cory's Lane
    PortsmouthRI 02871
    (401)643-1248
  • 12.-13.
    Salisbury School
    Salisbury School Photo - Langdon Chapel
    All-Boys 
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    251 Canaan Road
    SalisburyCT 06068
    (860)435-5732
  • 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.
    35%-40%

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

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

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    131 Millbrook School Road
    MillbrookNY 12545
    (845)677-8261
  • 18.-20.
    40%-45%
    Grades: 9-12
    360 Asheville School Rd.
    AshevilleNC 28806
    (828)254-6345
  • 18.-20.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | K-12, PG (day)
    65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
    KamuelaHI 96743
    (808)881-4321
  • 18.-20.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    172 Ash Street
    WinchendonMA 01475
    (978)297-4476
  • 21.-27.
    45%-50%
    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    P.O. Box 98, 2555 W. Highway 154
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    (800)287-9197
  • 21.-27.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    230 Bushy Hill Road
    SimsburyCT 06070
    (860)408-4200
  • 21.-27.
    Holderness School
    Holderness School Photo - We think that great things happen when students work alongside practicing artists. They learn not only to speak and understand the language of the arts, but how the arts can break down barriers between people, and inside them.
    (Episcopal)
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 1879
    PlymouthNH 03264
    (603)536-1747
  • 21.-27.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    60 Main Street
    FarmingtonCT 06032
    (860)409-3530
  • 21.-27.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    204 Main Street - P.O. Box 500
    AndoverNH 03216
    (603)735-6652
  • 21.-27.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    12 Highland Street
    NatickMA 01760
    (508)650-5020
  • 21.-27.
    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
  • 28.-38.
    50%-55%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    80 Academy Drive
    WolfeboroNH 03894
    (603)569-7200
  • 28.-38.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    10 Main Street
    CheshireCT 06410
    (203)439-7250
  • 28.-38.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 5-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    20950 SW Rock Creek Road
    SheridanOR 97378
    (503)843-3521
  • 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.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12
    190 Woodward Drive
    Indian SpringsAL 35124
    (888)843-9477
  • 28.-38.
    The Madeira School
    The Madeira School Photo - Madeira's has six cozy dorms to hang out
    All-Girls 
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8328 Georgetown Pike
    McLeanVA 22102-1200
    (703)556-8273
  • 28.-38.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    70 Main Street
    New HamptonNH 03256
    (603)677-3401
  • 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.
    50%-55%

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

    Grades: 7-12 | 6-12 (day)
    319 Webb Road East
    Bell BuckleTN 37020
    (931)389-6003
  • 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
  • 39.-47.
    55%-60%
    Grades: 9-12
    827 N. Tacoma Avenue
    TacomaWA 98403
    (253)284-8600
  • 39.-47.
    55%-60%

    Grades: 3-9 | K-9 (day)
    94 Old Main Street, PO Box 8
    DeerfieldMA 01342
    (413)774-4209
  • 39.-47.
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    45 Georgian Road
    WestonMA 02493
    (781)642-8650
  • 39.-47.
    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.-47.
    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.-47.
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    7 Campus Center, PO Box 188
    MeridenNH 03770
    (603)469-2100
  • 39.-47.
    Miss Hall's School
    Miss Hall's School Photo - At MHS we are committed to helping each girl to develop, test, comprehend, and act from her own spirit, core values, abilities, expertise, and judgment.
    All-Girls 
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    492 Holmes Road, PO Box 1166
    PittsfieldMA 01201
    (413)499-1300
  • 39.-47.
    St. Timothy's School
    St. Timothy's School Photo - St. Timothy's Dance program offers students the opportunity to explore and continue their progress in a variety of dance techniques, from ballet to tap to modern, regardless of skill level.
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8400 Greenspring Avenue
    StevensonMD 21153
    (410)486-7401
  • 39.-47.
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12
    241 Woodberry Station
    Woodberry ForestVA 22989
    (888)798-9371
  • 48.-64.
    Christ School
    Christ School Photo
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    60%-70%
    Grades: 8-12
    500 Christ School Road
    AshevilleNC 28704
    (828)684-6232
  • 48.-64.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-9
    271 Pine Nook Road, P.O. Box 7
    DeerfieldMA 01342
    (413)774-9111
  • 48.-64.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    8150 Oliver Rd.
    EriePA 16510
    (814)866-6979
  • 48.-64.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    6155 Fountain Valley School Road
    Colorado SpringsCO 80911
    (719)391-5251
  • 48.-64.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    P.O. Box 309
    HebronME 04238
    (207)966-5225
  • 48.-64.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    52500 Temecula Road
    IdyllwildCA 92549
    (951)468-7223
  • 48.-64.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-9 | Pre-K-9 (day)
    211 Indian Mountain Road
    LakevilleCT 06039
    (435)480-0871
  • 48.-64.
    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
  • 48.-64.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    204 Grand Street
    MexicoMO 65265
    (573)581-1776
  • 48.-64.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 3-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    723 El Paseo Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805)646-1423
  • 48.-64.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    18 Goodfriend Drive
    East HamptonNY 11937
    (631)907-5400
  • 48.-64.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    63 Federal Road
    BarringtonRI 02806
    (401)246-1230
  • 48.-64.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 7-12
    304 S. Beach Blvd.
    Bay St. LouisMS 39520
    (228)467-9057
  • 48.-64.
    Stuart Hall School
    Stuart Hall School Photo - Academic inquiry and risk-taking lay an important foundation to our curriculum. Students are encouraged to explore new courses and areas of study they hadn't previously considered. Because of our small class size, every student is known, supported, and challenged to grow as an individual throughout their time at Stuart Hall.
    (Episcopal)
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    235 West Frederick Street
    StauntonVA 24401
    (540)213-3746
  • 48.-64.
    Trinity-Pawling School
    Trinity-Pawling School Photo - At Trinity-Pawling, we strive to give every athlete, regardless of talent, a tremendous experience. We strive to get to know each young man on a personal level and to serve as mentors in their lives-challenging them to become the best version of themselves.
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG | 7-12, PG (day)
    700 Route 22
    PawlingNY 12564
    (845)855-4825
  • 48.-64.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    12096 N. Ventura Ave
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805)646-1464
  • 48.-64.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    400 VES Road
    LynchburgVA 24503
    (434)385-3607
  • 65.-86.
    >70%
    Grades: 8-12
    501 Park Street North
    St. PetersburgFL 33710
    (727)384-5500
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    2605 Carlsbad Blvd.
    CarlsbadCA 92008
    (888)762-2338
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    520 Hwy. 1 North
    CamdenSC 29020
    (800)948-6291
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-9
    62 Alumni Drive
    CanaanNH 03741
    (603)523-3548
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    2001 Washington Street
    BraintreeMA 02184
    (857)400-9700
  • 65.-86.
    Cotter Schools
    Cotter Schools Photo - Cotter family spirit; Fall, Spring, and Winter sports offered for boys and girls including football, soccer, cross country running, golf, tennis, swimming, and volleyball.
    (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12 | 7-12 (day)
    1115 West Broadway Street
    WinonaMN 55987
    (507)453-5113
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    12 Norfolk Road, P.O. Box 80
    LitchfieldCT 06759
    (860)567-1802
  • 65.-86.
    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
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    610 Hillcrest Dr.
    Fergus FallsMN 56537
    (218)739-3371
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12
    66 School Street
    GranbyMA 01033
    (413)255-0000
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    320 Iwo Jima Blvd
    HarlingenTX 78550
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 Green St.
    AtchisonKS 66002
    (913)367-5482
  • 65.-86.
    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
  • 65.-86.
    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
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 5-9 | K-9 (day)
    201 Romford Road
    Washington DepotCT 06794
    (860)868-0535
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    290 Quintard Rd.
    SewaneeTN 37375
    (931)598-5651
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    1600 St. Bernard Drive, S.E.
    CullmanAL 35055
    (256)255-5890
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    1101 Genesee Street
    DelafieldWI 53018
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    2280 Watertower Road, Box 4000
    CollegevilleMN 56321
    (800)525-7737
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12 | 4-12 (day)
    2801 Ranch Road 12
    San MarcosTX 78666
    (800)428-5120
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    1 Community School Drive
    Sun ValleyID 83353
    (208)622-3955
  • 65.-86.
    >70%

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

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