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  • Among "Schools with < 200 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 Students (out of 68 schools)

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 1.-4.
    <25%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    345 South Figueroa Street
    Los AngelesCA 90071
    (213)400-4585
  • 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
    Oldfields School Photo - VISUAL ARTS* Plethora of visual art classes offered during the academic day such as: studio, portfolio, digital design, ceramics, photography, architecture and design* Four state-of-the-art art studios* Renovated digital design classroom(PICTURE: Portfolio class held outside in the Spring)
    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
    (603)444-2928
  • 9.-14.
    Blue Ridge School
    Blue Ridge School Photo - The Fine and Performing Arts Department offers artistic boys a creative outlet and others a chance to discover their creativity.
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    45%-50%
    Grades: 9-12
    273 Mayo Drive
    St. GeorgeVA 22935
    (434)985-2811
  • 9.-14.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    18 Lehmann Way, PO Box 522
    DublinNH 03444
    (603)563-7075
  • 9.-14.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 7-12 | 6-12 (day)
    9790 Thayer Street
    HoughtonNY 14744
    (585)567-8115
  • 9.-14.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    541 Long Beach Road
    Saint JamesNY 11780
    (631)686-1600
  • 9.-14.
    Purnell School
    Purnell School Photo - Ninth grade students work on creating their own Advice Blog during their Seminar Class. Their blog is a part of Purnell's award-winning Affinities Program.
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    51 Pottersville Road, P.O. Box 500
    PottersvilleNJ 07979
    (908)439-4009
  • 9.-14.
    South Kent School
    South Kent School Photo - Since its founding in 1923, South Kent School has provided its students with the intellectual, moral, physical and social framework for scholastic achievement in college and productive citizenship in adult society.
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    40 Bulls Bridge Road
    South KentCT 06785
    (860)927-3539
  • 15.-18.
    50%-55%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    4334 Hobbs Road
    GreensboroNC 27410
    (336)217-7070
  • 15.-18.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8585 Ojai Santa Paula Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805)646-4343
  • 15.-18.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12
    PO Box 8
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    (805)688-5114
  • 15.-18.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    78 Academy Avenue
    Cornwall-on-HudsonNY 12520
    (845)534-3710
  • 19.
    55%-60%
    Grades: 9-12
    58 Harrison Lane
    BethlehemCT 06751
    (203)266-7788
  • 20.-31.
    60%-70%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    785 Beaver Street
    WalthamMA 02452
    (781)314-0806
  • 20.-31.
    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
  • 20.-31.
    Hoosac School
    Hoosac School Photo - Hoosac Hockey won the New England Championship in 2007. Our team has great history at Hoosac and we play several tournaments each year, like this one at RPI.
    (Episcopal)
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    PO Box 9
    HoosickNY 12089
    (518)686-7331
  • 20.-31.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    616 High Street
    BathME 04530
    (207)443-7101
  • 20.-31.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    1000 Samuel Miller Loop
    CharlottesvilleVA 22903
    (434)823-4805
  • 20.-31.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 4-9
    4382 Cascade Road
    Lake PlacidNY 12946
    (518)523-9329
  • 20.-31.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1951 Delta Avenue
    West BranchIA 52358
    (319)519-1856
  • 20.-31.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    2800 Monterey Road
    San MarinoCA 91108
  • 20.-31.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    1 Ames Hill Drive
    SpringfieldMA 01105
    (413)285-8976
  • 20.-31.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-9
    253 Bushy Hill Road
    IvorytonCT 06442
    (860)767-0848
  • 20.-31.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 7-12
    4100 South Lindbergh Blvd.
    Saint LouisMO 63127
    (314)843-4151
  • 20.-31.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    101 North University
    Beaver DamWI 53916
    (800)860-7725
  • 32.-68.
    Academy of the Holy Family
    Academy of the Holy Family Photo - Good-bye dinner for senior boarding students
    All-Girls  (Catholic)
    >70%
    Grades: 9-12
    54 W. Main Street Box 691
    BalticCT 06330
    (860)822-6279
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-10
    84 Alford Road
    Great BarringtonMA 01230
    (800)235-7186
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12
    1701 Brandon Hall Drive
    AtlantaGA 30350
    (770)394-8177
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    500 Holden Way
    CarbondaleCO 81623
    (970)963-2562
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    454 Academy Drive
    DurangoCO 81301
    (970)247-5898
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    1539 E. Howard St.
    PasadenaCA 91104
    (626)398-2388
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    225 S. Wayne Avenue
    WaynesboroVA 22980
    (800)946-7773
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 5-12
    1950 S. Academy Dr
    MelbourneFL 32901
    (321)723-3211
  • 32.-68.
    Freeman Academy
    Freeman Academy Photo - Freeman Academy - Faith-inspired learning for LIFE
    (Christian)
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12 | 1-12 (day)
    PO BOX 1000748 S. Main St.
    FREEMANSD 57029
    (605)925-4237
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    3042 College St.
    AustinburgOH 44010
    (440)275-2811
  • 32.-68.
    Hillside School
    Hillside School Photo
    All-Boys 
    >70%

    Grades: 5-9
    404 Robin Hill Street
    MarlboroughMA 01752
    (508)485-3483
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    5755 North State Road 9/P.O. Box 240
    HoweIN 46746
    (888)462-4693
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    294 Lustre Road
    LustreMT 59225
    (406)392-5735
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    804 Dr Robert K Wallace Drive
    FairfieldIA 52556
    (641)472-9400
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    476 Skiff Mountain Road
    KentCT 06757
    (860)927-0047
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    614 South Main Street
    WoodstockVA 22664
    (540)459-2167
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    615 East Marquette Woods Road
    St. JosephMI 49085
    (269)429-7861
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    1500 Port Arthur Road
    LadysmithWI 54848
    (715)532-0201
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    220 West Lomita
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805)646-8236
  • 32.-68.
    Oak Hill Academy
    (Baptist)
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12
    2635 Oak Hill Road
    Mouth of WilsonVA 24363
    (276)579-2619
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    5801 Beattyville Rd.
    JacksonKY 41339
    (606)666-5422
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 1-8
    128 Oakland Farm Way
    TroyVA 22974
    (434)293-9059
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    1000 Orme School Road, H.C. 63, Box 3040
    MayerAZ 86333
    (928)632-7601
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12
    315 South Grove Avenue
    OwatonnaMN 55060
    (507)214-2200
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1 Rock Point Road
    BurlingtonVT 05408
    (802)863-1104
  • 32.-68.
    St. Catherine's Academy
    St. Catherine's Academy Photo - Our outstanding music department provides classroom instruction in music theory, music history, and musical experiences. Students are also welcome to play in the marching band and take private piano or guitar lessons.
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 4-8 | K-8 (day)
    215 N. Harbor Blvd.
    AnaheimCA 92805
    (714)772-1363
  • 32.-68.
    St. Margaret's School
    St. Margaret's School Photo - BELIEVE GREAT THINGS LIE AHEAD FOR YOU. * Life on the river is good. * Boating, fishing, water skiing, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, sailing, swimming, relaxing friends on the beach * Shopping, eating out, attending socials with other schools, visiting museums and other cultural events, are all part of the SMS experience.
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    PO Box 158, 444 Water Lane
    TappahannockVA 22560
    (804)443-3357
  • 32.-68.
    St. Thomas More School
    St. Thomas More School Photo
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    45 Cottage Road
    OakdaleCT 06370
    (860)823-3861
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    505 Spring Street
    Friday HarborWA 98250
    (360)378-6393
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 5-12, PG
    500 Main Street
    New WindsorMD 21776
    (855)405-8600
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    235 Squaw Valley Road | P.O. Box 2667
    Olympic ValleyCA 96146
    (530)583-9393
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    574 Bernardston Road
    GreenfieldMA 01301
    (413)774-2711
  • 32.-68.
    Subiaco Academy
    Subiaco Academy Photo - Subiaco Abbey and Academy
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    405 North Subiaco Avenue
    SubiacoAR 72865
    (479)934-1034
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12 | K-12 (day)
    400 Sunshine Drive
    MillerSD 57362
    (605)853-3071
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12
    22000 Hwy 27
    Lake WalesFL 33859
    (863)676-6091
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    3511 Verde Valley School Road
    SedonaAZ 86351
    (928)284-2272
  • 32.-68.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1079 Firetower Road
    ColoraMD 21917
    (410)658-9279

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