Secondary school consists of two programs: the first is “middle school” or “junior high school” and the second program is “high school.” A diploma or certificate is awarded upon graduation from high school. After graduating high school (12th grade), U.S. students may go on to college or university.
Boarding school: The term conjures images of small, immaculately kept, verdant campuses; ties, blazers, and gray skirts; Dead Poets Society, The Emperor’s Club, A Separate Peace, and Hogwarts; forms, traditions, and academic excellence—these are all ideas we associate with boarding schools (not to mention expense).
When parents choose to send their children to boarding schools, they’re choosing to send them to the most selective, competitive, and influential schools in the country. These are the schools that open Ivy League doors; these are the grounds on which lucrative social networks are built.
Is it any surprise, then, that the founder of Facebook—the world’s largest social media network—attended a boarding school?
There are scores of articles available on the benefits of a boarding school education, but this isn’t one of them. Instead, we look at various criteria in order to determine which boarding schools in the United States are indeed the very best.
The 2021 Best Boarding High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents. Ranking factors include SAT/ACT scores, the quality of colleges that students consider, student-teacher ratio, boarding school ratings, and more. Data sourced from the U.S. Department of Education, Niche users, and the schools directly.
1 Phillips Exeter Academy Percentage of students who board: 80% Tuition, room, and board: $46,905 Percentage of students who receive some form of financial aid: 46% Notable alumni: Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook), Dan Brown (author), Christopher Kimball (Cook’s Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen) 2. Phillips Academy (Andover) Percentage of students who board: 75% Tuition, […]
Founded in 1889, the Thacher School in Ojai, California, is the oldest coed boarding school in the state. Nearly 90% of students live on campus, which naturally contributes to a strong campus community along with Formal Dinners four nights a week and seven-day-long camping trips each semester. Freshmen not only have a single room during […]
If you’ve ever seen Dead Poets Society, you’ve seen the campus of St. Andrew’s in Middletown, Delaware—the movie was filmed almost entirely on school grounds. Committed to its Episcopalian identity, St. Andrew’s is an all-boarding, coed private school for students in grades 9–12. Along with the all-boarding requirement, family-style meals during the week (where students […]
Founded in 1858, Shattuck-St. Mary’s is an independent coeducational boarding school in Faribault, Minnesota, and serves students in grades 6–12. The school also offers a post-graduate year. SSM provides a unique blend of tradition and innovation to their students. The school maintains its traditional Episcopalian identity and offers weekly chapel services, classes in religion, and […]
In the mountain city of Asheville, North Carolina, lies the Asheville School, a private coeducational boarding school founded in 1900 for students in grades 9–12. Students here learn to challenge themselves academically and personally. The natural setting of the area invites mountaineering: all first-year student go on a three-day wilderness camping trip complete with a […]
Founded in 1856 in Concord, New Hampshire, St. Paul’s School is an all-boarding school for students in grades 9–12. The school offers a post-graduate year. Not only do all of the students live on campus, but all of the faculty do, too, which works to promote a close, spirited campus community. The community also begins […]
Located just seven miles from the White House in Alexandria, Virginia, Episcopal High School is a private, coeducational school that boards 100% of its students, which contributes to a thriving campus community. As its name suggests, the school has a religious affiliation and all students are required to attend chapel three times a week. Proximity to […]
The Church Farm School Church Farm School, located in Exton, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1918, as a college preparatory, independent, boarding school for boys in grades 7–12. Loyal to its name and its Episcopal heritage, the school requires attendance at weekly chapel services and meetings. Students at CFS are required to take part in the co-curricular […]
Founded in 1935, the Putney School in Vermont offers a rigorous yet progressive, hands-on education to students in grades 9–12. Students here are encouraged to pursue their personal academic interests, as well as to “present their thinking in coherent and compelling ways.” This approach is certainly working. Graduates gain entrance to the very best schools […]
Located in Andover, Massachusetts, Phillips Academy was founded in 1778,and is the oldest incorporated boarding school in the United States. Andover (as it is universally known) has the historic significance of being an original feeder school for Yale. It was also the first private secondary school to establish and implement a need-blind admission policy. Andover […]
Phillips Exeter Academy More commonly known as Exeter, this New Hampshire school has been the unofficial feeder for Harvard for decades, serving boys and girls in grades 9–12 (post-graduate year available). Students choose from more than 450 courses in 19 subject areas in true Exeter style: The Harkness method, the plan that calls for dialogue-based learning. […]
1. The Village School in Houston Accommodation type: residence, boarding house Language of studies English Education type: co-educational school Languages Taught: French, Spanish 2. Windermere Preparatory Private Boarding School Accommodation type: residence, boarding house Language of studies English Education type: co-educational school Languages Taught: Latin, Mandarin, Spanish, French 3. Valley International Academy Private School […]
Established: in 1890 Location: Granby, Massachusetts, USA Students age: from 12 to 19 years Training programs: middle and high school, US High School Diploma, ESL (English as a foreign language) Language of instruction: English Total number of students: 227 people (53% of foreigners, The hostel is 54%) Type of study: joint (mixed) Type of accommodation […]
Location: 1500 Benicia Rd, Vallejo, CA 94591, United States Students age: 14+ Type of training: blended Type of accommodation: student residences Language of instruction: English. St. Patrick-st. Vincent Catholic High School Amerigo is characterized by a high level of teaching and rich curricula, which include AP, Honors , STEM courses . The children will have […]
Year of foundation: 1960; Location: Chula Vista, California, USA; Language of instruction: English; Number of students: 869 people; Age of students: from 14 years; Type of education: private co-educational school. The Mater Dei Catholic High School (MDCHS) is located in Chula Vista, California, in the beautiful area of San Diego County. Mater Dei Catholic High […]
Founded: in 1792 Location: East Mackias, Maine, USA Age of students: 15-19 years Total number of students: 425 Number of foreign students: 75 people from 25 countries Average number of pupils in the class: up to 16 people Type of accommodation: residence, family Type of program: mixed (joint) Language of instruction: English. Washington Academy USA […]
Shattuck St. Mary’s School was founded in 1858 Location of Shattuck St Mary’s School: Mr. Faribo, Minnesota, USA Age of students at Shattuck St Mary’s School: 14-18 years Total number of pupils: 443 (322 in full board, 28% of students are foreign students from 31 countries of the world) Type of education: joint (mixed) Type […]
Established: in 1792 Location of the Fryeburg Academy: 745 Main Street, Fryeburg, ME 04037, United States Age of students: 15-19 years Total number of students of Fryeburg Academy: 585 people (21% of foreign students) Language of instruction: English Type of study: mixed Type of accommodation: residence (boarding house). Founded in 1792, the Fryeburg Private Academy […]
Established: in 2009. Location: 1 W Campbell Ave B20, Campbell, CA 95008, California, USA Educational programs: 9-12 grades (high school) Type of studying: mixed Total number of students: 430 people. The Independent College of Valley International Academy is located in the small town of Campbell, near San Jose in California. Here, both American citizens and […]
Year of foundation: 2000 Location: 6189 Winter Garden Vineland Rd, Windermere, Orlando, FL 34786, Age of students: 3-18 years Type of education: mixed Number of students: 1500, 20% are foreign students Programs: IB, US High School Diploma, primary classes, middle classes Among TOP-50 private schools of the country Accommodation: boarding house, from 13 years, from grade 7, twin-rooms […]
Year of foundation: 1966 Location: 13051 Whittington Drive Houston, TX 77077, United States Age of students: 3-18 years, residence from 13 years (Grades 7 – 12) Type of education: mixed Number of students: 1702 Programs: elementary school, high school, IB, Advanced Placement Accommodation: residence, twin-rooms Languages of Instruction: English Languages Taught: French, Spanish The cost of studying: 63800 USD per year with accommodation + […]