2017 Best Boarding High Schools in America

The 2017 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.
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    Phillips Academy

    • Andover, MA
    • 36 reviews
    Niche User:The last three years at my boarding school have been amazing. I have meet people from all over the world from so many different racial, religious, political, and economic background, and it has been very eye-opening. My school is unique because all of the faculty members care about the students, and try their best to get to know everyone. There are so many opportunities at my school, and there is a club/sport/activity for everyone. The faculty members push us because they know we have so much potential, and I really appreciate that. I would choose this school again if I could do it all over because my experience has made me more confident, charismatic, and open to so many ideas.
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    Phillips Exeter Academy

    • Exeter, NH
    • 171 reviews
    High School Senior:Making lasting friendships and great connections. A strong sense of community. Harkness method, the best way to learn in the classroom.

    I would do it all over again!
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    The Lawrenceville School

    • Lawrenceville, NJ
    • 94 reviews
    Niche User:The community is one that is like no other. People are all friendly. Students have relationships with teachers and all thier peers. There are clubs and organizations for every interest. The academics are challenging. The house system is unique and allows for unique friendships to be made.
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    St. Paul's School

    • Concord, NH
    • 45 reviews
    Niche User:I'd be completely lying if I said I loved my whole time at SPS. I transferred as a new sophomore and wasn't accustomed to the whole idea of what a prep school actually entailed. I felt very lost in athletics, academics, extracurriculars, socializing, and even myself. But that was because I hadn't utilized all my resources. And anybody currently at the school will know who this is when I say this: I became best friends with Humanities IV teacher and he changed my life. Every bit of success I encounter in this lifetime is because of him and his willingness to always be there for me. So before I get all mopey, I'll say this - it wasn't easy at first (but what really is?) but my experience did a full 180 once I started taking advantage of the resources and people St. Paul's had to offer.
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    The Hotchkiss School

    • Lakeville, CT
    • 33 reviews
    Niche User:The people you meet are some of the most intelligent and genuine individuals from all over the world. The relationships you create are worthwhile. You learn so much from your peers.
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    Choate Rosemary Hall

    • Wallingford, CT
    • 87 reviews
    High School Senior:The teachers here are inspirational. The mix of people is pretty great too. Everyone has something incredible to offer the school, and it has been great being a member of this community.
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    Cranbrook Schools

    • Bloomfield Hills, MI
    • 181 reviews
    High School Senior:I am confident that the relationships that I have made with both students and teachers over my past fifteen years at Cranbrook will last my entire life. I feel that while at Cranbrook I have explored my interests, taken risks, and learned the importance of tradition and character. My academic and athletic success is largely due to the time I spent at Cranbrook, as it has made me into the person I am today and has given me lifelong friends.
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    Deerfield Academy

    • Deerfield, MA
    • 9 reviews
    High School Senior:My school is an amazing place to spend four years because the people in the community, the devoted teacher and the moments that will never be forgotten. My favorite experiences are spending hours in the hall talking and fooling around with my hall mates, that when friendship become true. I also love the games days against our rival school when the whole school comes out to support. The energy and school spirit is bursting out of the gym or when ever the game is.
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    Groton School

    • Groton, MA
    • 12 reviews
    Niche User:I love Groton. It's a hard school, but the people you meet and the classes you take make it worth it! I would do it again and recommend it to anyone applying to boarding school
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    Middlesex School

    • Concord, MA
    • 31 reviews
    Niche User:Extraordinary school that provides a broad, deep, and challenging program in a nurturing environment with an age-appropriate amount of structure. Students are encourage to stretch outside of their comfort zone. Amazing teachers, Writing program is first rate but other departments outstanding, too. Unified, warm community. Couldn't be happier with my child's experience.
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    Milton Academy

    • Milton, MA
    • 83 reviews
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    Cate School

    • Carpinteria, CA
    • 19 reviews
    Niche User:Cate School is amazing! I was incredibly lucky to be able to attend. I feel I received a world class education in one of the most beautiful high school campuses in the world. My teachers were always there for me, and I learned an incredible amount of valuable information in what felt like a short time span. I will always have tremendous gratitude and respect for Cate School and my experience there.
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    Lake Forest Academy

    • Lake Forest, IL
    • 31 reviews
    Niche User:I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The best school in Illinois, the midwest, and maybe even the nation. This is the place to go.
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    The Hockaday School

    • Dallas, TX
    • 102 reviews
    High School Senior:I wouldn't go anywhere else. Hockaday has made me a curious critical thinker and has given me an inseparable and supportive community for life. It's not perfect, but it's home for me in many ways. It values passion in women and creates an environment where your voice is heard.
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    The Taft School

    • Watertown, CT
    • 41 reviews
    High School Senior:Taft has been very dear to me these past three years, mostly because it is so welcoming and the community is very close, making it feel like a second home to me.
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    St. Stephen's Episcopal School

    • Austin, TX
    • 53 reviews
    High School Senior:I've loved my three and a half years so far in high school. St. Stephen's has been tough academically but you learn to appreciate it once you start applying to college. Everyone is together going through the rigors of the school and it really brings everyone together, no matter how different their lives are out of school. On top of that, everyone is just really friendly to each other even if they don't hangout in the same "group". The faculty and students get along very well and you'll always see kids saying hi to a teacher every time they pass each other. The teachers have the best interests of us students in mind and are always willing to meet. The only way not to get a great education is to try to fail.
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    St. Andrew's School

    • Middletown, DE
    • 55 reviews
    High School Senior:I have had the greatest four years of my life here at SAS. Both the students and the faculty are the nicest people that I have ever met. I cannot imagine a better environment to take advantage of a great education as well as make tons of life long friends along the way.
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    Noble & Greenough School

    • Dedham, MA
    • 15 reviews
    High School Sophomore:Just going to Nobles gives people an immediate impression of you as an academic and an athlete. Nobles is a school at which the players on the field are highly skilled and demonstrate a mastery of their sport that comes with years of practice and dedication. But what's most surprising is their performance in the classroom in addition. No student at Nobles could have been accepted without being well-rounded. In addition to athletics and academics, the arts at Nobles leave little to be desired. The art teachers work along side the students in a welcoming atmosphere that often times serves as a release from the demanding academic and athletic day. Nobles is a school with such high standards and and demands a lot from its students that the biggest complaint of kids is that it all gets to be too much sometimes. In these times students turn to the truly quality fellow classmates they are surrounded by for support. Being surrounded by such likeminded and quality people is truly one of the most enjoyable aspects of the school
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    St. Albans School

    • Washington, DC
    • 31 reviews
    High School Senior:Just so much to do and so little time to do it all. I wish I had another year to attend this school so I could do everything I wanted to do and what I've loved all over again.
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    Peddie School

    • Hightstown, NJ
    • 80 reviews
    High School Sophomore:This school can be very challenging for those who are used to being unchallenged at their public schools. Athletics are very good in most sports. The overall atmosphere is very positive and comforting.
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    The Loomis Chaffee School

    • Windsor, CT
    • 73 reviews
    Niche User:I think that I received a quality education, with rigorous preparation for college, particularly in writing. I learned how to budget my time and to study more effectively. I liked having access to my teachers at all points of time in the day, including the evening. I enjoyed going on the Italy trip in the summer, which focused on language and the arts; it was one of the best travel experiences I had encountered. I also received a scholarship to participate in the trip from Loomis. I wish that the school was not always a fishbowl. Personal relationships were not always private and there were some elite groups of students. I also wished that I had a better experience on one of my teams in my last couple of years. I felt like I didn't get enough support with the recruitment of my sport. I did almost all of this on my own, with the help of my father.
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    Oregon Episcopal School

    • Portland, OR
    • 68 reviews
    High School Senior:I really love OES and think that most things are great here. The academic facilities are great (science labs, library, etc.) and the people are really diverse. Students are really passionate about their school too. You always get pushed to try new things and to do more. The workload is really tough (As an upperclassman, I'm usually up doing homework past midnight or later), especially if you want to do extracurriculars like sports or acting, both of which are very strong at OES as well. Unfortunately we have no baseball, softball, or football teams, and the gym and weight room could be loads better. If soccer or lacrosse are your thing then this is the sports place for you we regularly have a few D1 players every year graduating in those sports. If you are big into other sports then it might be tougher. If you like competition in academics or arts or really anything you will find it here but if you don't like competition then I would not recommend OES. I was the best student at my middle school and at OES I'm not even near the top, but I like that people are above me because it pushes me to be better. The administration is normally pretty good although there is a big focus on political issues like racial/gender/sexual orientation/socioeconomic inequality and I feel like every other week there's some presentation about it. Generally the nature of those presentations is left-leaning although that might just be a west coast thing.

    Overall, if I had to make the choice of where to go for high school again I would choose OES every single time. The community is great and people help each other out a ton. You can find all types of people here and do pretty much anything you want and have the resources to do it well.
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    Emma Willard School

    • Troy, NY
    • 38 reviews
    High School Sophomore:Emma Willard School really emphasizes being your own woman and creating experiences unique to yourself. All the students are different and have different interests. There are activities for everyone, and if you want to learn something that's not offered, there is always the practicum program!

    The students are all hard workers, but they know have to have fun as well! The class sizes are small and intimate, which makes learning so much easier. Teachers are really knowledgeable and accessible, as most of them live on campus.

    I would highly recommend checking out this school!
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    Concord Academy

    • Concord, MA
    • 65 reviews