The 50 Best Boarding Schools in the U.S.

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, room, and board: $48,850
  • Percentage of students who receive some form of financial aid: 47%
  • Notable alumni: George W. Bush, Humphrey Bogart, Jack Lemmon, Julia Alvarez

3. The Putney School

  • Percentage of students who board: 79%
  • Tuition, room, and board: $50,800
  • Percentage of students who receive some form of financial aid: 43%
  • Notable alumni: Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn), Nell Newman (founder of Newman’s Own), Felicity Huffman (actress)

4. Church Farm School

  • Percentage of students who board: 90%
  • Tuition, room, and board: $34,300
  • Percentage of students who receive some form of financial aid: 90%
  • Notable alumni: Talmadge O’Neill (Silicon Valley entrepreneur), Chris Raab (actor), Michael Eric (NBA)
  • Church Farm is also featured amongst “The 30 Best Christian Boarding Schools.”

5. Episcopal High School

  • Percentage of students who board: 100%
  • Tuition, room, and board: $49,700
  • Percentage of students who receive some form of financial aid: 32%
  • Notable alumni: Senator John McCain, Bryson Spinner (NFL)

6. St. Paul’s School

  • Percentage of students who board: 100%
  • Tuition, room, and board: $52,200
  • Percentage of students who receive some form of financial aid: 33% (need-based grants)
  • Notable alumni: Secretary of State John Kerry, John Jacob Astor IV, Judd Nelson (actor)

7. Asheville School

  • Percentage of students who board: 80%
  • Tuition, room, and board: $47,375
  • Percentage of students who receive some form of financial aid: 30%
  • Notable alumni: Dr. D. Ralph Millard (plastic surgery pioneer), Edward Gaylord (media mogul), Pete Dye, Jr. (world-renowned golf course designer), Jennifer Phar-Davis (fastest hiker through the Appalachian Trail)

8. Shattuck-St. Mary’s School

  • Percentage of students who board: 75%
  • Tuition, room, and board: $45, 425
  • Percentage of students who receive some form of financial aid: 100%
  • Notable alumni: Townes Van Zandt (poet, musician), Brent Musburger (sportscaster), Jimmy Chin (National Geographic photographer and mountain climber), and numerous NHL players and Olympians in ice hockey

9. St. Andrew’s School

  • Percentage of students who board: 100%
  • Tuition, room, and board: $53,500
  • Percentage of students who receive some form of financial aid: 47%
  • Notable alumni: Erin Burnett (CNN journalist), Loudon Wainright, Jr. (Life magazine columnist), Eric Boateng (basketball player)
  • St. Andrew is also featured amongst “The 30 Best Christian Boarding Schools.”

10. The Thacher School

  • Percentage of students who board: 93%
  • Boarding tuition: $58,920
  • Day tuition: $40,970
  • Acceptance Rate: 11%

 

The Thacher School

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 […]

St. Andrew’s School

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 […]

Shattuck-St. Mary’s School

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 […]

Asheville School

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 […]

St. Paul’s School

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 […]

Episcopal High School

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 […]

Church Farm School

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 […]

The Putney School

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 […]

Phillips Academy (Andover)

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

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. […]