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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
    8056844127
  • 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
    (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
    3022854231
  • 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
    All-Boys 
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    251 Canaan Road
    SalisburyCT 06068
    860-435-5732
  • 14.-17.
    Canterbury School
    Canterbury School Photo - Canterbury offers students many opportunities for community service. Each summer a group of students spend a week volunteering in Lourdes, France. Students have also volunteered in Nicaragua and Puerto Rico.
    (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 - In the Holderness classroom, each student is literally in the front row, with an average class size of 12. We offer AP courses spanning multiple disciplines and encourage students to pursue an intellectual passion of their own in their twelfth-grade year as part of the Senior Thesis program.
    (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
    8604093530
  • 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 - An afternoon in the Student Center
    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
    2034397250
  • 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 Teachers challenge students to think critically about subject matter.
    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 - With an average class size of 11 students, our inspiring educators build relationships that go beyond the traditional student-teacher dynamic.
    (Episcopal)
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12
    17641 College Road
    HagerstownMD 21740
    3017339330
  • 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
    1-800-462-3862
  • 39.-47.
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    7 Campus Center, PO Box 188
    MeridenNH 03770
    6034692100
  • 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 - Dedicated in 2012, the Grass Family Turf Field is a FIFA II/quality synthetic field with 100% organic infill. It is the home field for St. Timothy's field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer teams.
    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.-65.
    Christ School
    Christ School Photo
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    60%-70%
    Grades: 8-12
    500 Christ School Road
    AshevilleNC 28704
    8286846232
  • 48.-65.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-9
    271 Pine Nook Road, P.O. Box 7
    DeerfieldMA 01342
    413-774-9111
  • 48.-65.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    8150 Oliver Rd.
    EriePA 16510
    814-866-6979
  • 48.-65.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    1950 S. Academy Dr
    MelbourneFL 32901
    321 723-3211 x 30040
  • 48.-65.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    6155 Fountain Valley School Road
    Colorado SpringsCO 80911
    719-391-5251
  • 48.-65.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    P.O. Box 309
    HebronME 04238
    207-966-5225
  • 48.-65.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    52500 Temecula Road
    IdyllwildCA 92549
    19514687223
  • 48.-65.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-9 | Pre-K-9 (day)
    211 Indian Mountain Road
    LakevilleCT 06039
    435-480-0871
  • 48.-65.
    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.-65.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    204 Grand Street
    MexicoMO 65265
    573-581-1776
  • 48.-65.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 3-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    723 El Paseo Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805)646-1423
  • 48.-65.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    18 Goodfriend Drive
    East HamptonNY 11937
    631-907-5400
  • 48.-65.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    63 Federal Road
    BarringtonRI 02806
    401-246-1230
  • 48.-65.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 7-12
    304 S. Beach Blvd.
    Bay St. LouisMS 39520
    228-467-9057
  • 48.-65.
    Stuart Hall School
    Stuart Hall School Photo - Fine Arts Emphasis at Stuart Hall School allows students to discover their passion and sends students to prestigious arts programs in the areas of Music, Visual Art, and Theatre every year.
    (Episcopal)
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    235 West Frederick Street
    StauntonVA 24401
    540-213-3746
  • 48.-65.
    Trinity-Pawling School
    Trinity-Pawling School Photo - At Trinity-Pawling, innovation is a key component of our curriculum. Every day, faculty and students engage in hands-on learning, creating, designing, and prototyping-and our Innovation Sites (I-Sites) make it all possible! These 3 dedicated spaces on campus are a home base for collaboration, creativity, and exploration.
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG | 7-12, PG (day)
    700 Route 22
    PawlingNY 12564
    845-855-4825
  • 48.-65.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    12096 N. Ventura Ave
    OjaiCA 93023
    805-646-1464
  • 48.-65.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    400 VES Road
    LynchburgVA 24503
    434-385-3607
  • 66.-86.
    >70%
    Grades: 8-12
    501 Park Street North
    St. PetersburgFL 33710
    727-384-5500
  • 66.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    2605 Carlsbad Blvd.
    CarlsbadCA 92008
    888-762-2338
  • 66.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    520 Hwy. 1 North
    CamdenSC 29020
    800-948-6291
  • 66.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-9
    62 Alumni Drive
    CanaanNH 03741
    603-523-3548
  • 66.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    2001 Washington Street
    BraintreeMA 02184
    857-400-9700
  • 66.-86.
    Cotter Schools
    Cotter Schools Photo - Cotter Schools has many art offerings including painting, drawing, and computer art.
    (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12 | 7-12 (day)
    1115 West Broadway Street
    WinonaMN 55987
    507-453-5113
  • 66.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    12 Norfolk Road, P.O. Box 80
    LitchfieldCT 06759
    860-567-1802
  • 66.-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
  • 66.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    610 Hillcrest Dr.
    Fergus FallsMN 56537
    218-739-3371
  • 66.-86.
    >70%

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

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    320 Iwo Jima Blvd
    HarlingenTX 78550
  • 66.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 Green St.
    AtchisonKS 66002
    913-367-5482
  • 66.-86.
    Mount Michael Benedictine School
    Mount Michael Benedictine School Photo - Mount Michael Benedictine School
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    22520 Mount Michael Road
    ElkhornNE 68022
    402-238-1457
  • 66.-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
  • 66.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 5-9 | K-9 (day)
    201 Romford Road
    Washington DepotCT 06794
    8608680535
  • 66.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    290 Quintard Rd.
    SewaneeTN 37375
    931-598-5651
  • 66.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    1600 St. Bernard Drive, S.E.
    CullmanAL 35055
    256-255-5890
  • 66.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    2280 Watertower Road, Box 4000
    CollegevilleMN 56321
    1-800-525-7737
  • 66.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12 | 4-12 (day)
    2801 Ranch Road 12
    San MarcosTX 78666
    1-800-428-5120
  • 66.-86.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    1 Community School Drive
    Sun ValleyID 83353
    208-622-3955
  • 66.-86.
    >70%

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

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