Most Selective Boarding Schools

All Schools
All Schools 
400+ students
400+ students 
200-400 students
200-400 students 
< 200 students
< 200 students 
More
  • Among "Schools with 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 400+ Students (out of 69 schools)

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    <25%
    Grades: 9-12
    4026 Maher St.
    NapaCA 94558
    (312)416-1955
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 600
    BlairstownNJ 07825
    (908)362-6121
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    333 Christian Street
    WallingfordCT 06492
    (203)697-2239
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    7 Boyden Lane
    DeerfieldMA 01342
    (413)774-1400
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    Georgetown Preparatory School
    Georgetown Preparatory School Photo - Boland Hall is the home to many of Prep's 110 resident students. Our campus is less than 5 miles from the Nation's Capital
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    10900 Rockville Pike
    North BethesdaMD 20852
    (301)214-1215
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1 Elm Street
    ByfieldMA 01922
    (978)499-3120
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    The Hockaday School
    The Hockaday School Photo
    All-Girls 
    <25%

    Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    11600 Welch Road
    DallasTX 75229
    (214)360-6526
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    11 Interlaken Road
    LakevilleCT 06039
    (860)435-3102
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    2500 Main Street
    LawrencevilleNJ 08648
    (800)735-2030
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1400 Lowell Road
    ConcordMA 01742
    (978)371-6524
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12 | K-12 (day)
    170 Centre Street
    MiltonMA 02186
    (617)898-2227
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    180 Main Street
    AndoverMA 01810
    (978)749-4050
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    20 Main Street
    ExeterNH 03833
    (603)777-3437
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    St. Paul's School
    St. Paul's School Photo - SPS 1
    (Episcopal)
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    325 Pleasant Street
    ConcordNH 03301
    (603)229-4700
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    Suffield Academy
    SuffieldCT 06078
    (860)386-4440
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    110 Woodbury Road
    WatertownCT 06795
    (860)945-7700
  • 1.-17.Rank: #1-17
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1175 West Baseline Road
    ClaremontCA 91711
    (909)482-5214
  • 18.-22.Rank: #18-22
    25%-30%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    245 North Undermountain Road
    SheffieldMA 01257
    (413)229-1003
  • 18.-22.Rank: #18-22
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1500 West Kennedy Road
    Lake ForestIL 60045
    (847)615-3267
  • 18.-22.Rank: #18-22
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    Office of Admission
    WindsorCT 06095
    (860)687-6400
  • 18.-22.Rank: #18-22
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    201 South Main Street
    HightstownNJ 08520
    (609)944-7501
  • 18.-22.Rank: #18-22
    The Pennington School
    (United Methodist)
    25%-30%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    112 West Delaware Avenue
    PenningtonNJ 08534
    (609)737-6128
  • 23.-26.Rank: #23-26
    30%-35%
    Grades: 9-12
    1200 N. Quaker Lane
    AlexandriaVA 22302
    (877)933-4347
  • 23.-26.Rank: #23-26
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    860 Beech Street
    PottstownPA 19464
    (610)326-1000
  • 23.-26.Rank: #23-26
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    One Lamplighter Way
    Mount HermonMA 01354
    (413)498-3227
  • 23.-26.Rank: #23-26
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 7-12, PG (day)
    19 Payson Avenue
    EasthamptonMA 01027
    (413)529-3241
  • 27.-32.Rank: #27-32
    35%-40%
    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    PO Box 801 39221 Woodward Ave.
    Bloomfield HillsMI 48303
    (248)645-3610
  • 27.-32.Rank: #27-32
    Kent School
    Kent School Photo - Our campus is located along the shores of the Housatonic River, adjacent to the town of Kent.
    (Episcopal)
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 2006
    KentCT 06757
    (860)927-6111
  • 27.-32.Rank: #27-32
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    300 East Seminary Street
    MercersburgPA 17236
    (717)328-6173
  • 27.-32.Rank: #27-32
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    6300 SW Nicol Road
    PortlandOR 97223
    (503)768-3115
  • 27.-32.Rank: #27-32
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12
    2132 Ivy Road
    CharlottesvilleVA 22903
    (434)296-5106
  • 27.-32.Rank: #27-32
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12
    66 Spring Street
    MarionMA 02738
    (508)291-8300
  • 33.-37.Rank: #33-37
    40%-45%
    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.
    DanvilleCA 94506
    (925)362-7223
  • 33.-37.Rank: #33-37
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12 | 5-12 (day)
    49 Clinton Avenue
    Dobbs FerryNY 10522
    (914)479-6420
  • 33.-37.Rank: #33-37
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1000 Shumway Avenue
    FaribaultMN 55021
    (507)333-1618
  • 33.-37.Rank: #33-37
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    3152 Forest Lake Road
    Pebble BeachCA 93953
    (831)625-8309
  • 33.-37.Rank: #33-37
    40%-45%

    Grades: 8-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    423 Main Street
    WilbrahamMA 01095
    (413)596-9107
  • 38.-43.Rank: #38-43
    45%-50%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    500 Old Farms Road
    AvonCT 06001
    (800)464-2866
  • 38.-43.Rank: #38-43
    Dana Hall School
    Dana Hall School Photo - Experimentation. Exploration. Creativity. Dana Hall`s visual artists are sensitive observers of themselves and the world around them.
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12 | 5-12 (day)
    45 Dana Road
    WellesleyMA 02482
    (781)489-1331
  • 38.-43.Rank: #38-43
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    1014 Cave Spring Road, SW
    RomeGA 30161
    (706)235-6051
  • 38.-43.Rank: #38-43
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    2 School Way
    WatsonvilleCA 95076
    (831)768-6137
  • 38.-43.Rank: #38-43
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    1415 Summit Avenue
    SeattleWA 98122
    (206)682-7309
  • 38.-43.Rank: #38-43
    45%-50%

    Grades: 7-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    339 Nacoochee Drive
    Rabun GapGA 30568
    (706)746-7720
  • 44.-53.Rank: #44-53
    50%-55%
    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    7400 San Jose Blvd.
    JacksonvilleFL 32217
    (904)256-5030
  • 44.-53.Rank: #44-53
    50%-55%

    Grades: 6-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    7600 Lyons Road
    Coconut CreekFL 33073
    (954)305-6937
  • 44.-53.Rank: #44-53
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12
    3900 Jog Road
    Boca RatonFL 33434
    (561)210-2020
  • 44.-53.Rank: #44-53
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    6500 St. Stephen's Drive
    AustinTX 78746
    (512)327-1213
  • 44.-53.Rank: #44-53
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12 | K-12 (day)
    1500 Butterfield Road
    San AnselmoCA 94960
    (415)258-1905
  • 44.-53.Rank: #44-53
    50%-55%

    Grades: 7-12 | 5-12 (day)
    201 Campus Drive, PO Box 10
    Tallulah FallsGA 30573
    (706)754-0400
  • 44.-53.Rank: #44-53
    50%-55%

    Grades: 6-12
    438 Main Street
    SacoME 04072
    (207)282-5383
  • 44.-53.Rank: #44-53
    50%-55%

    Grades: 7-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    13051 Whittington Dr.
    HoustonTX 77077
    (281)496-7900
  • 44.-53.Rank: #44-53
    50%-55%

    Grades: 7-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    6189 Winter Garden-Vineland Rd
    WindermereFL 34786
    079057737
  • 44.-53.Rank: #44-53
    Wyoming Seminary Upper School
    Wyoming Seminary Upper School Photo - Sem offers an exciting range and long list of clubs, activities and leadership opportunities. Often student-initiated, these groups provide experiences not found in the classroom or on the playing fields.
    (United Methodist)
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    201 North Sprague Ave.
    KingstonPA 18704
    (570)270-2160
  • 54.Rank: #54
    55%-60%
    Grades: 7-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    17235 Seventh Street
    MontverdeFL 34756
    (407)469-2561
  • 55.-60.Rank: #55-60
    60%-70%
    Grades: 9-12
    1300 Academy Road
    CulverIN 46511
    (574)842-7100
  • 55.-60.Rank: #55-60
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    975 West Main Street
    Dover FoxcroftME 04426
    (207)564-8664
  • 55.-60.Rank: #55-60
    60%-70%

    Grades: 7-12 | 5-12 (day)
    60 Knox Lane
    WheelingWV 26003
    (304)233-1436
  • 55.-60.Rank: #55-60
    St. Croix Academy
    St. Croix Academy Photo - St. Croix's lakeside family-style dormitory was built in 2015 and is located on a beautiful lake with walkways to the Mississippi River and within walking distance of over 50 shops and restaurants.
    (Christian)
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-12
    1200 Oakdale Ave.
    St. PaulMN 55118
    (651)455-1521
  • 55.-60.Rank: #55-60
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    16923 Norwood Road
    Sandy SpringMD 20860
    (301)774-7455
  • 55.-60.Rank: #55-60
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    81 Providence Street
    WorcesterMA 01604
    (508)459-5481
  • 61.-69.Rank: #61-69
    >70%
    Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    1051 N Houston
    BullardTX 75757
    (903)894-5000
  • 61.-69.Rank: #61-69
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12
    425 South Lindbergh Blvd.
    St. LouisMO 63131
    (314)692-6640
  • 61.-69.Rank: #61-69
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    745 Main Street
    FryeburgME 04037
    (207)935-2013
  • 61.-69.Rank: #61-69
    The King's Academy
    The King's Academy Photo - The King's Academy's tranquil campus is located just outside the city of Knoxville near the majestic Great Smoky Mountains.
    (Christian)
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    202 Smothers Road
    SeymourTN 37865
    (865)573-8321
  • 61.-69.Rank: #61-69
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    101 West College Blvd
    RoswellNM 88201
    (800)421-5376
  • 61.-69.Rank: #61-69
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    2001 Riverside Drive
    GainesvilleGA 30501
    (800)462-2338
  • 61.-69.Rank: #61-69
    St. Francis High School
    St. Francis High School Photo - Friars' Hall
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    4129 Lake Shore Road
    HamburgNY 14075
    (716)627-1200
  • 61.-69.Rank: #61-69
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    1350 Gardena Avenue NE
    FridleyMN 55432
    (763)586-6316
  • 61.-69.Rank: #61-69
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    330 N. Glenview Avenue
    Milwaukee WI 53213
    (414)453-4567

Top School Listings by Category (2018-19)

Compare among: 

Recent Articles
You need to know what is being taught before you decide which boarding school is best for you.
Spotlight on boarding schools in Canada.
The quality of a summer camp depends very much on the quality and experience of the folks running it. When you select a summer program run by a boarding school, you are getting a program with experienced, well-organized professionals at the helm. More here.
Featured Schools
Featured Schools