Top Western Boarding Schools
- For the 2020 school year, there are 46 top college-prep and junior boarding schools located throughout Western, serving 15,422 students.
Stevenson School Photo - Outdoor Education: Afternoon surfing, day hikes, weekend camping trips, and an 11-day wilderness trek introduce students to the wilderness environment while emphasizing the development of a positive attitude toward challenging situations.
Midland School Photo - Midland's 10-acre certified organic garden. It currently provides 80% of the produce that our community consumes in the dining hall.
Maui Preparatory Academy Photo - Our outrigger paddling team races in the Pacific Ocean on traditional Hawaiian Canoes. Where else can you do this?
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Photo - Fountain Valley School from the sky. Drone photo taken by Max Seigal FVS '06.
The Webb Schools Photo - Although community service hours are not required at Webb, many of our students voluntarily choose to participate in one or more of our numerous service activities. In the past few years, our students have traveled to Costa Rica, Thailand, Romania, Australia, Nepal, Fiji and three countries in Africa on service trips.
Idyllwild Arts Academy Photo - Idyllwild Arts Academy is home to 310 students from 35 countries and 26 US states, all devoted to intensive study of the arts. Located 2 hours from Los Angeles, 2 hours from San Diego, and 1 hour from Palm Springs, the Academy is an artistic crossroads for Southern California.
Woodside Priory School (Priory) Photo - The Priory is a Benedictine Catholic, independent college preparatory school. Founded by Hungarian monks in the 1950's, Priory has been an international school from its very beginning.
Ojai Valley School Photo - OVS students enjoy time hanging out with friends on the 195-acre high school campus, located in a stunning canyon overlooking the Ojai Valley. Throughout the year, student life is punctuated with fun events to balance the academic schedule. These include camping trips, prom and other socials, themed dress days, community service projects, and countless weekend excursions.
Riverstone International School Photo - Welcome to Riverstone International School! We look forward to welcoming you to our school in beautiful Boise, Idaho!
St. Catherine's Academy Photo - St. Catherine's recognizes the important role that athletics plays in the development of a well-rounded young man. Our physical education program and championship athletic teams seek to develop skills and capabilities that reach far beyond the athletic field.
Sun Valley Community School Photo - Our location allows students to enjoy a wide range of mountain activities that span four seasons. Students participate in alpine, big mountain, cross-country, freeski, and backcountry skiing, hiking, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, figure skating, hockey, and more.
Villanova Preparatory School Photo - Founded in 1924, Villanova Prep is the only Catholic boarding school in the Augustinian tradition. In this supportive environment steeped in Catholic values, students are comfortable taking risks and learning more about themselves throughout their Villanova experience.
Top Western Boarding Schools (2020)
- School Location Grades Students
- 563 Kamoku Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
Grades: 9-12 | K-12 (day) | 2020 students
- 345 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Grades: 9-12, PG | 40 students
- 5430 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503
Grades: 9-12 | n/a students
- 4026 Maher St.
Napa, CA 94558
Grades: 9-12 | 580 students
- 1615 Mater Dei Drive
Chula Vista, CA 91913
Grades: 9-12 | 869 students
- 1500 Benicia Road
Vallejo, CA 94591
Grades: 9-12 | 479 students
- 54-230 Kamehameha Hwy
Hauula, HI 96717
Grades: 5-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day) | n/a students
- P.O. Box 98, 2555 W. Highway 154
Los Olivos, CA 93441
Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day) | 249 students
- 1539 E Howard St.
Pasadena, CA 91104
Grades: 9-12 | 300 students
- 1539 E. Howard St.
Pasadena, CA 91104
Grades: 9-12 | 110 students
- 4800 139th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Grades: 9-12, PG | 5-12, PG (day) | 300 students
- 4 Lustre High Circle
Lustre, MT 59225
Grades: 9-12 | 25 students
- 1415 Summit Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day) | 508 students
- 6300 SW Nicol Road
Portland, OR 97223
Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day) | 877 students
- 5521 East Warm Springs Avenue
Boise, ID 83716
Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day) | 365 students
- 215 N. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
Grades: 4-8 | K-8 (day) | 150 students
- 1500 Butterfield Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Grades: 9-12 | K-12 (day) | 680 students
- 2800 Monterey Road
San Marino, CA 91108
Grades: 6-12, PG | 144 students
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