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  • 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 70 schools)

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 1.-18.
    <25%
    Grades: 9-12
    4026 Maher St.
    NapaCA 94558
    312-496-5533
  • 1.-18.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 600
    BlairstownNJ 07825
    908-362-6121
  • 1.-18.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    333 Christian Street
    WallingfordCT 06492
    203-697-2239
  • 1.-18.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    7 Boyden Lane
    DeerfieldMA 01342
    413-774-1400
  • 1.-18.
    Georgetown Preparatory School
    Georgetown Preparatory School Photo - Try out our recording studio
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    10900 Rockville Pike
    North BethesdaMD 20852
    301-214-1215
  • 1.-18.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1 Elm Street
    ByfieldMA 01922
    978-499-3120
  • 1.-18.
    <25%

    Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    11600 Welch Road
    DallasTX 75229
    214-360-6526
  • 1.-18.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    11 Interlaken Road
    LakevilleCT 06039
    860-435-3102
  • 1.-18.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    2500 Main Street
    LawrencevilleNJ 08648
    8007352030
  • 1.-18.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1400 Lowell Road
    ConcordMA 01742
    978-371-6524
Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • 11.-18.
    <25%
    Grades: 9-12 | K-12 (day)
    170 Centre Street
    MiltonMA 02186
    617-898-2227
  • 11.-18.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    201 South Main Street
    HightstownNJ 08520
    609-944-7501
  • 11.-18.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    180 Main Street
    AndoverMA 01810
    978-749-4050
  • 11.-18.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    20 Main Street
    ExeterNH 03833
    603-777-3437
  • 11.-18.
    St. Paul's School
    St. Paul's School Photo - SPS 1
    (Episcopal)
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    325 Pleasant Street
    ConcordNH 03301
    603-229-4700
  • 11.-18.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    Suffield Academy
    SuffieldCT 06078
    860-386-4440
  • 11.-18.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    110 Woodbury Road
    WatertownCT 06795
    860-945-7700
  • 11.-18.
    <25%

    Grades: 9-12
    1175 West Baseline Road
    ClaremontCA 91711
    909-482-5214
  • 19.-22.
    25%-30%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    245 North Undermountain Road
    SheffieldMA 01257
    413-229-1003
  • 19.-22.
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1500 West Kennedy Road
    Lake ForestIL 60045
    847-615-3267
  • 19.-22.
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    Office of Admission
    WindsorCT 06095
    860-687-6400
  • 19.-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.
    30%-35%
    Grades: 9-12
    1200 N. Quaker Lane
    AlexandriaVA 22302
    877-933-4347
  • 23.-26.
    30%-35%

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

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

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 7-12, PG (day)
    19 Payson Avenue
    EasthamptonMA 01027
    (413) 529-3241
  • 27.-32.
    35%-40%
    Grades: 9-12
    PO Box 801 39221 Woodward Ave.
    Bloomfield HillsMI 48303
    2486453610
  • 27.-32.
    Kent School
    Kent School Photo - Kent's newly renovated art studios offer ample space to explore your creativity.
    (Episcopal)
    35%-40%

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

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

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

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

    Grades: 9-12
    66 Spring Street
    MarionMA 02738
    508-291-8300
  • 33.-39.
    40%-45%
    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.
    DanvilleCA 94506
    9253627223
  • 33.-39.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    10 Main Street
    CheshireCT 06410
    2034397250
  • 33.-39.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12
    1300 Academy Road
    CulverIN 46511
    574-842-7100
  • 33.-39.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12
    49 Clinton Avenue
    Dobbs FerryNY 10522
    914-479-6420
  • 33.-39.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1000 Shumway Avenue
    FaribaultMN 55021
    507-333-1618
  • 33.-39.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    3152 Forest Lake Road
    Pebble BeachCA 93953
    831-625-8309
  • 33.-39.
    40%-45%

    Grades: 8-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    423 Main Street
    WilbrahamMA 01095
    413-596-9107
  • 40.-45.
    45%-50%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    500 Old Farms Road
    AvonCT 06001
    800-464-2866
  • 40.-45.
    Dana Hall School
    Dana Hall School Photo - At Dana Hall, a dorm is not just a place to sleep -- it's a home away from home, a personal space in a larger community, and the springboard for life skills and confidence that Dana students gain as they develop independence.
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    45 Dana Road
    WellesleyMA 02482
    781-489-1331
  • 40.-45.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    1014 Cave Spring Road, SW
    RomeGA 30161
    706-235-6051
  • 40.-45.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    2 School Way
    WatsonvilleCA 95076
    831-768-6137
  • 40.-45.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    1415 Summit Avenue
    SeattleWA 98122
    206-682-7309
  • 40.-45.
    45%-50%

    Grades: 7-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    339 Nacoochee Drive
    Rabun GapGA 30568
    706-746-7720
  • 46.-55.
    50%-55%
    Grades: 7-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    7400 San Jose Blvd.
    JacksonvilleFL 32217
    9042565030
  • 46.-55.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12
    7600 Lyons Road
    Coconut CreekFL 33073
    954-305-6937
  • 46.-55.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12
    3900 Jog Road
    Boca RatonFL 33434
    561-210-2020
  • 46.-55.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    6500 St. Stephen's Drive
    AustinTX 78746
    512-327-1213
  • 46.-55.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12 | K-12 (day)
    1500 Butterfield Road
    San AnselmoCA 94960
    415-258-1905
  • 46.-55.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 7-12 | 5-12 (day)
    201 Campus Drive, PO Box 10
    Tallulah FallsGA 30573
    706-754-0400
  • 46.-55.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 6-12
    438 Main Street
    SacoME 04072
    207-282-5383
  • 46.-55.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 7-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    1305 Whittington Drive
    HoustonTX 77077
    847-840-3064
  • 46.-55.
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12
    6189 Winter Garden-Vineland Rd
    WindermereFL 34786
    954-305-6937
  • 46.-55.
    Wyoming Seminary Upper School
    Wyoming Seminary Upper School Photo - Athletics at Wyoming Seminary are competitive. Sem offers several choices to student-athletes every season, and over 75% of Sem students participate in our athletic programs.
    (United Methodist)
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    201 North Sprague Ave.
    KingstonPA 18704
    570-270-2160
  • 56.
    Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
    Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Photo
    All-Girls  (Catholic)
    55%-60%
    Grades: 9-12
    440 St. Katherine Dr.
    La Canada FlintridgeCA 91011
    626-685-8521
  • 57.-61.
    60%-70%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    975 West Main Street
    Dover FoxcroftME 04426
    207-564-8664
  • 57.-61.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 7-12 | 5-12 (day)
    60 Knox Lane
    WheelingWV 26003
    304-233-1436
  • 57.-61.
    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
    6514551521
  • 57.-61.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    16923 Norwood Road
    Sandy SpringMD 20860
    301-774-7455
  • 57.-61.
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    81 Providence Street
    WorcesterMA 01604
    508-459-5481
  • 62.-70.
    >70%
    Grades: 8-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    1051 N Houston
    BullardTX 75757
    903-894-5000
  • 62.-70.
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12
    425 South Lindbergh Blvd.
    St. LouisMO 63131
    314-692-6640
  • 62.-70.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    745 Main Street
    FryeburgME 04037
    207-935-2013
  • 62.-70.
    The King's Academy
    The King's Academy Photo - TKA offers a wide variety of competitive athletics.
    (Christian)
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    202 Smothers Road
    SeymourTN 37865
    865-573-8321
  • 62.-70.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    101 West College Blvd
    RoswellNM 88201
    800-421-5376
  • 62.-70.
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    2001 Riverside Drive
    GainesvilleGA 30501
    1-800-462-2338
  • 62.-70.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    4129 Lake Shore Road
    HamburgNY 14075
    716-627-1200
  • 62.-70.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    1350 Gardena Avenue NE
    FridleyMN 55432
    763-586-6316
  • 62.-70.
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    330 N. Glenview Avenue
    Milwaukee WI 53213
    4144534567

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