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  • Among "Schools with < 200 Students", view the boarding schools with the lowest acceptance rates (2020-21).
  • 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 (2020-21)

Among Schools with < 200 Students (out of 67 schools)

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 1.-3.Rank: #1-3
    <25%
    Grades: 6-12
    14 Greenwood Lane
    PutneyVT 05346
    (802)387-4545
  • 1.-3.Rank: #1-3
    <25%

    Grades: 10-12
    1460 Broadway Street #7032
    New YorkNY 10036
    (646)504-6924
  • 1.-3.Rank: #1-3
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    101 North University
    Beaver DamWI 53916
    (800)860-7725
  • 4.-9.Rank: #4-9
    40%-45%
    Grades: 3-9 | K-9 (day)
    94 Old Main Street, PO Box 8
    DeerfieldMA 01342
    (413)774-4209
  • 4.-9.Rank: #4-9
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    92 Northwood Road
    Lake PlacidNY 12946
    (518)523-3382
  • 4.-9.Rank: #4-9
    Oldfields School
    Oldfields School Photo - Our community has a wonderful reopening experience under our belts, and we are looking forward to the months ahead! Oldfields is operating on campus and in person for the 2020-2021 school year. Application Fee Waiver Code: OSBSR
    All-Girls 
    40%-45%

    Grades: 8-12
    1500 Glencoe Road
    Sparks GlencoeMD 21152
    (410)472-4800
  • 4.-9.Rank: #4-9
    40%-45%

    Grades: 7-12
    4100 South Lindbergh Blvd.
    Saint LouisMO 63127
    (314)843-4151
  • 4.-9.Rank: #4-9
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    371 West Farm Road
    BethlehemNH 03574
    (603)444-2928
  • 9.-12.Rank: #9-12
    Blue Ridge School
    Blue Ridge School Photo - Our lake offers students a chance to relax, fish, canoe - in the center of campus.
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    45%-50%
    Grades: 9-12
    273 Mayo Drive
    St. GeorgeVA 22935
    (434)985-2811
  • 9.-12.Rank: #9-12
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    18 Lehmann Way, PO Box 522
    DublinNH 03444
    (603)563-7075
  • 9.-12.Rank: #9-12
    Hoosac School
    Hoosac School Photo - Hoosac School was founded in 1889.
    (Episcopal)
    45%-50%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    PO Box 9
    HoosickNY 12089
    (518)686-7331
  • 12.-16.Rank: #12-16
    50%-55%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8585 Ojai Santa Paula Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805)646-4343
  • 12.-16.Rank: #12-16
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12
    PO Box 8 / 5100 Figueroa Mountain Road
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    (805)688-5114
  • 12.-16.Rank: #12-16
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12
    78 Academy Avenue
    Cornwall-on-HudsonNY 12520
    (845)534-3710
  • 12.-16.Rank: #12-16
    St. Timothy's School
    St. Timothy's School Photo - Completed in 2012, Dixon Hall is our state-of-the-art academic building. The technology-rich facility features the Taft Lecture Hall, the Coleman World Languages and Cultures Center, and a Center for Learning and Teaching.
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8400 Greenspring Avenue
    StevensonMD 21153
    (410)486-7401
  • 16.-28.Rank: #16-28
    60%-70%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    785 Beaver Street
    WalthamMA 02452
    (781)314-0806
  • 16.-28.Rank: #16-28
    Chatham Hall
    Chatham Hall Photo - Our traditions are a vital force: They bridge the generations, bond students, and help us continually build our community. Best of all, they're a lot of fun (and they help make Chatham Hall the unique place it is).
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    800 Chatham Hall Circle
    ChathamVA 24531
    (434)432-5516
  • 16.-28.Rank: #16-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    616 High Street
    BathME 04530
    (207)443-7101
  • 16.-28.Rank: #16-28
    The Kiski School
    The Kiski School Photo - Kiski's outdoor classroom and project-based learning culture gives boys the opportunity to get out of traditional four-walled classrooms and experience the beautiful scenery that Western Pennsylvania autumn offers! With our dedicated STEAM and Makerspace areas, young men get to roll up their sleeves and enjoy hands-on learning!
    All-Boys 
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1888 Brett Lane
    SaltsburgPA 15681
    (724)639-8035
  • 16.-28.Rank: #16-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    541 Long Beach Road
    Saint JamesNY 11780
    (631)686-1600
  • 16.-28.Rank: #16-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    1000 Samuel Miller Loop
    CharlottesvilleVA 22903
    (434)823-4805
  • 16.-28.Rank: #16-28
    St. Thomas More School
    St. Thomas More School Photo
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    45 Cottage Road
    OakdaleCT 06370
    (860)823-3861
  • 16.-28.Rank: #16-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    1951 Delta Avenue
    West BranchIA 52358
    (319)519-1856
  • 16.-28.Rank: #16-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    2800 Monterey Road
    San MarinoCA 91108
  • 16.-28.Rank: #16-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    1 Ames Hill Drive
    SpringfieldMA 01105
    (413)237-4427
  • 16.-28.Rank: #16-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-9
    253 Bushy Hill Road
    IvorytonCT 06442
    (860)767-0848
  • 16.-28.Rank: #16-28
    Westover School
    Westover School Photo
    All-Girls 
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1237 Whittemore Rd.
    MiddleburyCT 06762
    (203)577-4521
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    Academy of the Holy Family
    Academy of the Holy Family Photo - Basketball Team
    All-Girls  (Catholic)
    >70%
    Grades: 9-12
    54 W. Main Street Box 691
    BalticCT 06330
    (860)822-6279
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 5-12, PG | K-12, PG (day)
    54-230 Kamehameha Hwy
    HauulaHI 96717
    (808)670-1909
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    500 Holden Way
    CarbondaleCO 81623
    (970)963-2562
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    454 Academy Drive
    DurangoCO 81301
    (970)247-5898
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    110 Darrow Road
    New LebanonNY 12125
    (518)704-2765
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    41 W Santa Clara St.
    ArcadiaCA 91007
    (626)623-6339
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    225 S. Wayne Avenue
    WaynesboroVA 22980
    (540)946-7706
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 5-12
    1950 S. Academy Dr
    MelbourneFL 32901
    (321)723-3211
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    Freeman Academy
    Freeman Academy Photo - Freeman Academy - Faith-inspired learning for LIFE
    (Christian)
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12 | K-12 (day)
    PO BOX 1000748 S. Main St.
    FreemanSD 57029
    (605)925-4237
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    3042 College St.
    AustinburgOH 44010
    (440)275-2811
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 3-10
    28 Patey Circle
    RindgeNH 03461
    (603)899-3325
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    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
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    Hillside School
    Hillside School Photo
    All-Boys 
    >70%

    Grades: 4-9
    404 Robin Hill Street
    MarlboroughMA 01752
    (508)485-3483
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    255 Squaw Valley Road | P.O. Box 2180
    Olympic ValleyCA 96146
    (530)583-8665
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    4 Lustre High Circle
    LustreMT 59225
    (406)392-5735
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    804 Dr Robert K Wallace Drive
    FairfieldIA 52556
    (641)472-9400
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 11-11
    485 Chewonki Neck Road
    WiscassetME 04578
    (207)882-7323
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    476 Skiff Mountain Road
    KentCT 06757
    (860)927-0047
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 5-12, PG
    614 S MAIN ST
    WoodstockVA 22664
    (540)459-2167
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 5-12, PG
    614 South Main Street
    WoodstockVA 22664
    (540)459-2167
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    615 East Marquette Woods Road
    St. JosephMI 49085
    (269)429-7861
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    Miss Hall's School
    Miss Hall's School Photo - A talented, supportive community of learners awaits you at MHS. Our faculty are dedicated mentors who are passionate about their subjects and creative in their teaching, unafraid to ditch the textbook in favor of collaborative, project-based learning.
    All-Girls 
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    492 Holmes Road
    PittsfieldMA 01201
    (413)499-1300
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    1500 Port Arthur Road
    LadysmithWI 54848
    (715)532-0201
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 4-9
    4382 Cascade Road
    Lake PlacidNY 12946
    (518)523-9329
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    Oak Hill Academy
    Oak Hill Academy Photo
    (Baptist)
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12
    2635 Oak Hill Road
    Mouth of WilsonVA 24363
    (276)579-2619
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 1-8
    128 Oakland Farm Way
    TroyVA 22974
    (434)293-9059
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    Olney Friends School
    Olney Friends School Photo - Each Wednesday, students take part in a dedicated three-hour art block with advanced art electives offered throughout the week. Recently, Olney has offered Murals, Digital Video, Impressionistic Art, Scaling and Scenery, Theater, Guitar, Native Art, Woodworking and Box Making courses.
    (Society of Friends)
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    61830 Sandy Ridge Road
    BarnesvilleOH 43713
    (740)425-3655
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    1000 Orme School Road, H.C. 63, Box 3040
    MayerAZ 86333
    (928)632-7601
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12
    315 South Grove Avenue
    OwatonnaMN 55060
    (507)214-2200
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1 Rock Point Road
    BurlingtonVT 05408
    (802)863-1104
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    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
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    1101 Genesee Street
    DelafieldWI 53018
    (800)752-2338
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    St. Margaret's School
    St. Margaret's School Photo - WE BELIEVE YOU BELONG HERE. * 10 acre historic waterfront campus * 42 acre athletic complex * Within 2 hours of Washington, DC, Richmond, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    PO Box 158, 444 Water Lane
    TappahannockVA 22560
    (804)443-3357
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    505 Spring Street
    Friday HarborWA 98250
    (360)378-6393
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    574 Bernardston Road
    GreenfieldMA 01301
    (413)774-2711
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    Subiaco Academy
    Subiaco Academy Photo - Subiaco Students with Father Cassian
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    405 North Subiaco Avenue
    SubiacoAR 72865
    (479)422-9775
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12 | K-12 (day)
    400 Sunshine Drive
    MillerSD 57362
    (605)853-3071
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12
    22000 Hwy 27
    Lake WalesFL 33859
    (863)676-6091
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    3511 Verde Valley School Road
    SedonaAZ 86351
    (928)284-2272
  • 28.-68.Rank: #28-68
    >70%

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

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