Most Selective Boarding Schools (2017-2018)

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  • Among "Schools with < 200 Students", view the boarding schools with the lowest acceptance rates.
  • 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

Among Schools with < 200 Students (out of 66 schools)

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 1.-4.
    <25%
    Grades: 7-12, PG
    447 W. Meadow Circle
    RichfieldUT 84701
    4356335326
  • 1.-4.
    <25%

    Grades: 6-12
    14 Greenwood Lane
    PutneyVT 05346
    802-387-4545
  • 1.-4.
    <25%

    Grades: K-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    3846 N. Hwy. 144
    GranburyTX 76048
    254.897.4822
  • 1.-4.
    <25%

    Grades: 10-12
    1460 Broadway Street #7032
    New YorkNY 10036
    646-504-6924
  • 5.-7.
    35%-40%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    92 Northwood Road
    Lake PlacidNY 12946
    518-523-3382
  • 5.-7.
    Oldfields School
    All-Girls 
    35%-40%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    1500 Glencoe Road
    Sparks GlencoeMD 21152
    410-472-4800
  • 5.-7.
    35%-40%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    314 Mountain Road
    Cornwall on HudsonNY 12520
    845-458-7542
  • 8.
    40%-45%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    371 West Farm Road
    BethlehemNH 03574
    6034442928
  • 9.-12.
    45%-50%
    Grades: 7-12
    9790 Thayer Street
    HoughtonNY 14744
    585-567-8115
  • 9.-12.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    541 Long Beach Road
    Saint JamesNY 11780
    6316861600
Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 11.-12.
    Purnell School
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    51 Pottersville Road, P.O. Box 500
    PottersvilleNJ 07979
    908-439-2154
  • 11.-12.
    South Kent School
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    40 Bulls Bridge Road
    South KentCT 06785
    860-927-3539
  • 13.-16.
    50%-55%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    4334 Hobbs Road
    GreensboroNC 27410
    336-217-7070
  • 13.-16.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8585 Ojai Santa Paula Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    805-646-4343
  • 13.-16.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12
    PO Box 8
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    805-688-5114
  • 13.-16.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    78 Academy Avenue
    Cornwall-on-HudsonNY 12520
    888-275-6962
  • 17.-18.
    55%-60%
    Grades: 9-12
    827 N. Tacoma Avenue
    TacomaWA 98403
    253-284-8600
  • 17.-18.
    55%-60%

    Grades: 9-12
    18 Lehmann Way, PO Box 522
    DublinNH 03444
    1-603-563-7075
  • 19.-32.
    Blue Ridge School
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    60%-70%
    Grades: 9-12
    273 Mayo Drive
    St. GeorgeVA 22935
    434-985-2811
  • 19.-32.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    950 S. Brehm Lane
    CarbondaleIL 62901
    618-457-0371
  • 19.-32.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    785 Beaver Street
    WalthamMA 02452
    781-314-0806
  • 19.-32.
    Chatham Hall
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    800 Chatham Hall Circle
    ChathamVA 24531
    434-432-5516
  • 19.-32.
    Hoosac School
    (Episcopal)
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    PO Box 9
    HoosickNY 12089
    518-686-7331
  • 19.-32.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    616 High Street
    BathME 04530
    207-443-7101
  • 19.-32.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-12, PG | 2-12, PG (day)
    425 Morse Hill Rd.
    AmeniaNY 12501
    845-373-2012
  • 19.-32.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    1000 Samuel Miller Loop
    CharlottesvilleVA 22903
    434-823-4805
  • 19.-32.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 4-9
    4382 Cascade Road
    Lake PlacidNY 12946
    518-523-9329
  • 19.-32.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1951 Delta Avenue
    West BranchIA 52358
    1-319-519-1856
  • 19.-32.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    2800 Monterey Road
    San MarinoCA 91108
  • 19.-32.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    1 Ames Hill Drive
    SpringfieldMA 01105
    4132858976
  • 19.-32.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 7-12
    4100 South Lindbergh Blvd.
    Saint LouisMO 63127
    314-843-4151
  • 19.-32.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    101 North University
    Beaver DamWI 53916
    800-860-7725
  • 33.-66.
    Academy of the Holy Family
    All-Girls  (Catholic)
    >70%
    Grades: 9-12
    54 W. Main Street Box 691
    BalticCT 06330
    860-822-6279
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12
    1701 Brandon Hall Drive
    AtlantaGA 30350
    770-394-8177
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    200 N. Carlisle St.
    New BloomfieldPA 17068
    717-582-2121
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    500 Holden Way
    CarbondaleCO 81623
    970-963-2562
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    454 Academy Drive
    DurangoCO 81301
    970-247-5898
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    1539 E. Howard St.
    PasadenaCA 91104
    626-398-2388
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    3042 College St.
    AustinburgOH 44010
    4402752811
  • 33.-66.
    Hillside School
    All-Boys 
    >70%

    Grades: 5-9
    404 Robin Hill Street
    MarlboroughMA 01752
    508-485-3483
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    5755 North State Road 9/P.O. Box 240
    HoweIN 46746
    888-462-4693
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    294 Lustre Road
    LustreMT 59225
    406-392-5735
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    476 Skiff Mountain Road
    KentCT 06757
    860-927-0047
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    614 South Main Street
    WoodstockVA 22664
    877-466-6222
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    615 East Marquette Woods Road
    St. JosephMI 49085
    1-269-429-7861
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    1500 Port Arthur Road
    LadysmithWI 54848
    715-532-0201
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    P.O. Box 4329
    West SedonaAZ 86340
    1-877-554-6277
  • 33.-66.
    Oak Hill Academy
    (Baptist)
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12
    2635 Oak Hill Road
    Mouth of WilsonVA 24363
    276-579-2619
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    5801 Beattyville Rd.
    JacksonKY 41339
    606-666-5422
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 3-8 | 1-8 (day)
    128 Oakland Farm Way
    TroyVA 22974
    434-293-9059
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    1000 Orme School Road, H.C. 63, Box 3040
    MayerAZ 86333
    928-632-7601
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1 Rock Point Road
    BurlingtonVT 05408
    8028631104
  • 33.-66.
    St. Catherine's Academy
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 4-8 | K-8 (day)
    215 N. Harbor Blvd.
    AnaheimCA 92805
    714-772-1363
  • 33.-66.
    St. Margaret's School
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12
    444 Water Lane PO Box 158
    TappahannockVA 22560
    804-443-3357
  • 33.-66.
    St. Thomas More School
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    45 Cottage Road
    OakdaleCT 06370
    860-823-3861
  • 33.-66.
    Salem Academy
    All-Girls  (Moravian)
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    500 East Salem Avenue
    Winston-SalemNC 27101
    336-721-2643
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12 | 5-12 (day)
    505 Spring Street
    Friday HarborWA 98250
    360-378-6393
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 5-12, PG
    500 Main Street
    New WindsorMD 21776
    855-405-8600
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    235 Squaw Valley Road | P.O. Box 2667
    Olympic ValleyCA 96146
    530-583-9393
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    574 Bernardston Road
    GreenfieldMA 01301
    413-774-2711
  • 33.-66.
    Subiaco Academy
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    405 North Subiaco Avenue
    SubiacoAR 72865
    479-934-1034
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12 | K-12 (day)
    400 Sunshine Drive
    MillerSD 57362
    605-853-3071
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    1 West Campbell Avenue, B-20
    CampbellCA 95008
    408-866-9988
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12
    22000 Hwy 27
    Lake WalesFL 33859
    863-676-6091
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    3511 Verde Valley School Road
    SedonaAZ 86351
    928.284.2272
  • 33.-66.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1079 Firetower Road
    ColoraMD 21917
    4106589279

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