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  • Among "Schools with 400+ 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 400+ Students (out of 66 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
    (800)462-5247
  • 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 - Average class size is 16. Student to teacher ratio is 8:1. Boarding Faculty to Student Ratio is 1:5
    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, PO Box 6008
    LawrencevilleNJ 08648
    (609)895-2030
  • 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.-21.Rank: #18-21
    25%-30%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    245 North Undermountain Road
    SheffieldMA 01257
    (413)229-1003
  • 18.-21.Rank: #18-21
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    Office of Admission
    WindsorCT 06095
    (860)687-6400
  • 18.-21.Rank: #18-21
    25%-30%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    201 South Main Street
    HightstownNJ 08520
    (609)944-7501
  • 18.-21.Rank: #18-21
    The Pennington School
    (United Methodist)
    25%-30%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    112 West Delaware Avenue
    PenningtonNJ 08534
    (609)737-6128
  • 22.-25.Rank: #22-25
    30%-35%
    Grades: 9-12
    1200 N. Quaker Lane
    AlexandriaVA 22302
    (877)933-4347
  • 22.-25.Rank: #22-25
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    860 Beech Street
    PottstownPA 19464
    (610)326-1000
  • 22.-25.Rank: #22-25
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    100 Academy Drive
    MercersburgPA 17236
    (717)328-6173
  • 22.-25.Rank: #22-25
    30%-35%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    One Lamplighter Way
    Mount HermonMA 01354
    (413)498-3227
  • 26.-32.Rank: #26-32
    35%-40%
    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    PO Box 801 39221 Woodward Ave.
    Bloomfield HillsMI 48303
    (248)645-3610
  • 26.-32.Rank: #26-32
    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
  • 26.-32.Rank: #26-32
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1500 West Kennedy Road
    Lake ForestIL 60045
    (847)615-3267
  • 26.-32.Rank: #26-32
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12
    44 Main Street, PO Box 992
    GrotonMA 01450
    (978)448-1530
  • 26.-32.Rank: #26-32
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    6300 SW Nicol Road
    PortlandOR 97223
    (503)768-3115
  • 26.-32.Rank: #26-32
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12
    2132 Ivy Road
    CharlottesvilleVA 22903
    (434)296-5106
  • 26.-32.Rank: #26-32
    35%-40%

    Grades: 9-12
    66 Spring Street
    MarionMA 02738
    (508)291-8300
  • 33.-36.Rank: #33-36
    40%-45%
    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    2100 Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd.
    DanvilleCA 94506
    (925)362-7223
  • 33.-36.Rank: #33-36
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12 | 5-12 (day)
    49 Clinton Avenue
    Dobbs FerryNY 10522
    (914)479-6420
  • 33.-36.Rank: #33-36
    40%-45%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    3152 Forest Lake Road
    Pebble BeachCA 93953
    (831)625-8309
  • 33.-36.Rank: #33-36
    40%-45%

    Grades: 8-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    423 Main Street
    WilbrahamMA 01095
    (413)596-9107
  • 37.-42.Rank: #37-42
    45%-50%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    500 Old Farms Road
    AvonCT 06001
    (800)464-2866
  • 37.-42.Rank: #37-42
    Dana Hall School
    Dana Hall School Photo - The Dana Hall Dragons are ready to roar.
    All-Girls 
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12 | 5-12 (day)
    45 Dana Road
    WellesleyMA 02482
    (781)489-1331
  • 37.-42.Rank: #37-42
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    1014 Cave Spring Road, SW
    RomeGA 30161
    (706)235-6051
  • 37.-42.Rank: #37-42
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    1415 Summit Avenue
    SeattleWA 98122
    (206)682-7309
  • 37.-42.Rank: #37-42
    45%-50%

    Grades: 7-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    339 Nacoochee Drive
    Rabun GapGA 30568
    (706)746-7720
  • 37.-42.Rank: #37-42
    45%-50%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    1 Community School Drive
    Sun ValleyID 83353
    (208)622-3955
  • 43.-50.Rank: #43-50
    50%-55%
    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    7400 San Jose Blvd.
    JacksonvilleFL 32217
    (904)256-5030
  • 43.-50.Rank: #43-50
    50%-55%

    Grades: 6-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    7600 Lyons Road
    Coconut CreekFL 33073
    (954)305-6937
  • 43.-50.Rank: #43-50
    50%-55%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    6500 St. Stephen's Drive
    AustinTX 78746
    (512)327-1213
  • 43.-50.Rank: #43-50
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12 | K-12 (day)
    1500 Butterfield Road
    San AnselmoCA 94960
    (415)258-1905
  • 43.-50.Rank: #43-50
    50%-55%

    Grades: 7-12 | 5-12 (day)
    201 Campus Drive, PO Box 10
    Tallulah FallsGA 30573
    (706)754-0400
  • 43.-50.Rank: #43-50
    50%-55%

    Grades: 6-12
    438 Main Street
    SacoME 04072
    (207)282-5383
  • 43.-50.Rank: #43-50
    50%-55%

    Grades: 7-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    13051 Whittington Dr.
    HoustonTX 77077
    (281)496-7900
  • 43.-50.Rank: #43-50
    Wyoming Seminary Upper School
    Wyoming Seminary Upper School Photo - Wyoming Seminary's athletic success stretches across all three seasons of competition. The Blue Knights field hockey team won their seventh state championship in 2018, while the wrestling team is ranked No. 2 in the country. Sem offers 22 varsity sports, including rowing and girls wrestling.
    (United Methodist)
    50%-55%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    201 North Sprague Ave.
    KingstonPA 18704
    (570)270-2160
  • 51.Rank: #51
    55%-60%
    Grades: 7-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    17235 Seventh Street
    MontverdeFL 34756
    (407)469-2561
  • 52.-58.Rank: #52-58
    60%-70%
    Grades: 9-12
    1300 Academy Road
    CulverIN 46511
    (574)842-7100
  • 52.-58.Rank: #52-58
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    975 West Main Street
    Dover FoxcroftME 04426
    (207)564-8664
  • 52.-58.Rank: #52-58
    60%-70%

    Grades: 7-12 | 5-12 (day)
    60 Knox Lane
    WheelingWV 26003
    (304)233-1436
  • 52.-58.Rank: #52-58
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    3900 Jog Road
    Boca RatonFL 33434
    (561)210-2020
  • 52.-58.Rank: #52-58
    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
  • 52.-58.Rank: #52-58
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    16923 Norwood Road
    Sandy SpringMD 20860
    (301)774-7455
  • 52.-58.Rank: #52-58
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    81 Providence Street
    WorcesterMA 01604
    (508)459-5481
  • 59.-66.Rank: #59-66
    >70%
    Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    1051 N Houston
    BullardTX 75757
    (903)894-5000
  • 59.-66.Rank: #59-66
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12
    425 South Lindbergh Blvd.
    St. LouisMO 63131
    (314)692-6640
  • 59.-66.Rank: #59-66
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    745 Main Street
    FryeburgME 04037
    (207)935-2013
  • 59.-66.Rank: #59-66
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    101 West College Blvd
    RoswellNM 88201
    (800)421-5376
  • 59.-66.Rank: #59-66
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    3535 Commerce Rd.
    Orchard LakeMI 48324
    (248)683-0517
  • 59.-66.Rank: #59-66
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    1350 Gardena Avenue NE
    MinneapolisMN 55432
    (763)586-6318
  • 59.-66.Rank: #59-66
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    6189 Winter Garden-Vineland Rd
    WindermereFL 34786
    (407)905-7737
  • 59.-66.Rank: #59-66
    >70%

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

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