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    Best boarding schools in America

    Students often seek every advantage possible when it comes to getting into college. Many find that edge in U.S. boarding schools, which enrolled more than 72,000 students for the 2018-2019 school year. A high percentage of these schools boast above-average standardized test scores, impressive curricula options, community-based living, and consistent acceptances to elite universities. Still, students and their families may have questions about whether or not boarding school is the best choice for the high school experience. And, for those with the financial means to pursue such secondary education, how does one decide which school is the best fit?

    With that in mind, Stacker looked at how American boarding schools compare to one another, consulting Niche's list of the 2019 Best Boarding Schools in America. The rankings are reportedly the most comprehensive data in the industry—calculated using data from the U.S. Department of Education, self-reported statistics from Niche users (parents and students), the National Center for Education Statistics, and information from the schools. Along with the numbers, Stacker included key findings from its own research. The net price for each school reflects annual tuition rates before taking into account boarding fees or financial aid.

    Most of the schools can demonstrate academic rigor and impressive facilities, and many have long histories complemented by state-of-the-art updates. A number have previously been (or, in many cases, still are) single-sex institutions. Well-known and celebrity alumni aren't uncommon, and more than one can claim a former U.S. president among their graduates. While New England campuses dominate the rankings, schools throughout the country are on the list.

    Whether or not you're curious about the subculture of U.S. boarding schools, considering them for a student in your own life, or perhaps wondering on what campuses a student can earn a pilot's license alongside Advanced Placement and college prep classes, you'll likely find answers in the slides here.

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  • #100. Walnut Hill School for the Arts
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    #100. Walnut Hill School for the Arts

    - Location: Natick, MA
    - Net price: $47,030
    - Number of undergraduates: 284
    - Teachers grade: A- (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: Not applicable
    - College prep grade: A+

    Walnut Hill School for the Arts offers extensive coursework in dance, music, theater, visual art, and writing, film, and media arts, as well as academic courses. Originally a traditional school for girls in 1893, the school became a co-educational school for the arts in the 1970s. Auditions and portfolio reviews are part of the admissions process.

  • #99. Fountain Valley School of Colorado
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    #99. Fountain Valley School of Colorado

    - Location: Colorado Springs, CO
    - Net price: $28,800
    - Number of undergraduates: 225
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    The highest-ranked boarding school in Colorado according to Niche, Fountain Valley School of Colorado enjoys a Rocky Mountain setting in contrast to the many East Coast campuses on the list. A number of activities and offerings, including an outdoor education program, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding, take advantage of the setting.

  • #98. Baylor School
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    #98. Baylor School

    - Location: Chattanooga, TN
    - Net price: $23,282
    - Number of undergraduates: 1,048
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: B-
    - College prep grade: A+

    Not to be confused with Baylor University in Texas, Chattanooga's Baylor School has grades six through 12, with boarding opportunities for grades nine and up. “Memoirs of a Geisha” author Arthur Golden is a graduate.

  • #97. Pomfret School
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    #97. Pomfret School

    - Location: Pomfret, CT
    - Net price: $40,000
    - Number of undergraduates: 355
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    Pomfret School's hometown of Pomfret, Conn., has a population of 4,247, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The school is one of the area's largest employers, and offers a community impact statement on five different topics—economic, recreational, cultural, human, and environmental.

  • #96. The Webb School
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    #96. The Webb School

    - Location: Bell Buckle, TN
    - Net price: $20,300
    - Number of undergraduates: null
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    The Webb School, whose notable alumni include three governors and a U.S. senator, will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2020. With 300 students currently enrolled, The Webb School is ranked as the second-best boarding school in Tennessee, and the ninth-best private school in the state.

  • #95. Worcester Academy
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    #95. Worcester Academy

    - Location: Worcester, MA
    - Net price: $33,822
    - Number of undergraduates: 605
    - Teachers grade: A- (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: Not applicable
    - College prep grade: A+

    Distinguished alumni of Worcester Academy include composer Cole Porter and co-founder of Merrill Lynch, Charles E. Merrill. In addition to grades six through 12, Worcester Academy offers a postgraduate program for students who, for a variety of reasons, may want more time to prepare for college.

  • #94. Saint John's Preparatory School
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    #94. Saint John's Preparatory School

    - Location: Collegeville, MN
    - Net price: $16,782
    - Number of undergraduates: 260
    - Teachers grade: A- (Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    One of two Minnesota schools to appear in the rankings, Saint John's Preparatory School includes grade 12 down through grade five (with boarding options for grades nine through 12). Facilities are on the grounds of Saint John's University, providing students the opportunity to explore and use both campuses.

  • #93. Maharishi School
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    #93. Maharishi School

    - Location: Fairfield, IA
    - Net price: $19,500
    - Number of undergraduates: 179
    - Teachers grade: B+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A+
    - College prep grade: A+

    Maharishi School describes itself as “one of America's most unique and progressive schools,” with much attention paid to the alertness and well-being of their students. Emphasis is placed specifically on rest, and days include yoga, meditation, and time to pursue personal passions and interests. In 2011, Oprah Winfrey stopped at Maharishi School and later profiled the visit on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

  • #92. TMI Episcopal
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    #92. TMI Episcopal

    - Location: San Antonio, TX
    - Net price: $23,450
    - Number of undergraduates: 475
    - Teachers grade: A- (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    The “TMI” in the name stands for Texas Military Institute, though participation in the school's Junior Reserve Officer Training (JROTC) program has been optional since 1974. At TMI Episcopal, about 30% of students are cadets in the school's JROTC program, one of the highest ranked in the country.

  • #91. The Bolles School
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    #91. The Bolles School

    - Location: Jacksonville, FL
    - Net price: $23,870
    - Number of undergraduates: 1,634
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: B+
    - College prep grade: A+

    One of two Florida schools to place in the rankings, The Bolles School has pre-K through 12th grade on four campuses. Boarding is available for grades nine and up. Some of its esteemed alumni include a number of Olympic and professional athletes, as well as two Pulitzer Prize winners in journalism.

  • #90. Pilgrim School
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    #90. Pilgrim School

    - Location: Los Angeles, CA
    - Net price: $31,350
    - Number of undergraduates: 432
    - Teachers grade: A- (Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Pilgrim School, with a tagline of “We grow students,” enrolls students from preschool through 12th grade. With an emphasis on college preparedness, students have access to individual technology. Despite a name tied to early American settlers, the Pilgrim School is relatively new; it was founded in 1958.

  • #89. Miss Hall's School
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    #89. Miss Hall's School

    - Location: Pittsfield, MA
    - Net price: $36,750
    - Number of undergraduates: 214
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    “Miss Hall” refers to school founder Mira Hall. The school was established in 1898, and has a long history as an all-girls boarding school. The campus is located in the Berkshires, and 73% of students take advantage of rooming opportunities.

  • #88. The Cambridge School of Weston
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    #88. The Cambridge School of Weston

    - Location: Weston, MA
    - Net price: $49,400
    - Number of undergraduates: 325
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    Offering more than 250 courses a year, The Cambridge School of Weston advocates “active, experiential learning.” Originally a girls school intended to prepare students for Radcliffe College, the school was the first independent in the country with a social justice graduation requirement.

  • #87. Saint James School
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    #87. Saint James School

    - Location: Hagerstown, MD
    - Net price: $31,900
    - Number of undergraduates: 234
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Ranked as the best Christian high school in Maryland, Saint James School's campus covers nearly 700 acres that include nine playing fields and 13 buildings. The school focuses on college preparedness.

  • #86. Verde Valley School
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    #86. Verde Valley School

    - Location: Sedona, AZ
    - Net price: $18,900
    - Number of undergraduates: null
    - Teachers grade: A- (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A+
    - College prep grade: A+

    The only Arizona school to make the rankings, Verde Valley School's location in Sedona allows for a number of outdoor programs and opportunities, including horseback riding, mountain biking, and rock climbing. Academics, including the International Baccalaureate program, are also blended with outdoors in what the school calls its “IB + Dirt” program.

  • #85. Tabor Academy
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    #85. Tabor Academy

    - Location: Marion, MA
    - Net price: $41,380
    - Number of undergraduates: 513
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: B
    - College prep grade: A+

    Tabor Academy, on Massachusetts' Buzzards Bay, also uses its location to the fullest extent. The school offers numerous academic and extracurricular opportunities as a school by the sea, with a fleet of 96 boats.

  • #84. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
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    #84. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

    - Location: La Canada Flintridge, CA
    - Net price: $25,800
    - Number of undergraduates: 403
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    An all-girls high school, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's mission emphasizes faith, integrity, and truth. Boarding students (roughly 60 each year) talk highly of the Southern California location and lifestyle available to them in the hills above Pasadena.

  • #83. The Governor's Academy
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    #83. The Governor's Academy

    - Location: Byfield, MA
    - Net price: $47,400
    - Number of undergraduates: 406
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    The Governor's Academy has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating boarding school in the United States. Its history includes relationships with Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, John Quincy Adams, Booker T. Washington, and more.

  • #82. American Hebrew Academy
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    #82. American Hebrew Academy

    - Location: Greensboro, NC
    - Net price: $24,000
    - Number of undergraduates: 152
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 4:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    One of two North Carolina schools to make the rankings, the American Hebrew Academy was named the #6 Best Jewish School in the United States, out of 85 institutions. A fairly new school, founded in 1996, it also has the distinction of being the only international Jewish College Prep Boarding School in the world.

  • #81. Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart
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    #81. Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

    - Location: Lake Forest, IL
    - Net price: $26,900
    - Number of undergraduates: 145
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: B+
    - College prep grade: A+

    Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is part of a network of 150 Sacred Heart schools, allowing the institution to foster a robust global exchange program in which 62% of students participate in some capacity. The all-girls high school also sees roughly 21% of its student body boarding.

  • #80. Westover School
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    #80. Westover School

    - Location: Middlebury, CT
    - Net price: $57,100
    - Number of undergraduates: 200
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 3:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Westover School, an all-girls high school, has a four-year STEM program called WISE (Women in Science Engineering). The campus also selects themes for each academic year.

  • #79. Suffield Academy
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    #79. Suffield Academy

    - Location: Suffield, CT
    - Net price: $40,500
    - Number of undergraduates: 410
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Originally founded in 1833, Suffield Academy now includes students from 22 states and 27 countries in its community. Over a third of the student population is a legacy, or a family member of a Suffield alumnus.

  • #77. Portsmouth Abbey School
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    #77. Portsmouth Abbey School

    - Location: Portsmouth, RI
    - Net price: $38,280
    - Number of undergraduates: 360
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Located on the coast of Rhode Island, Portsmouth Abbey School has nearly 80 courses available alongside six study abroad trips that include Rome, Spain, Ireland, England, and Costa Rica. The school was founded in the Catholic tradition and encourages spiritual development of its students.

  • #76. Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School
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    #76. Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School

    - Location: Kingston, PA
    - Net price: $24,300
    - Number of undergraduates: 771
    - Teachers grade: A- (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: Not applicable
    - College prep grade: A+

    Despite its name, Wyoming Seminary is comprised of an upper-grades school and a lower-grades school in Pennsylvania—in the Wyoming Valley, to be specific. Alongside robust academic, athletic, and arts offerings, the school's mission focuses on “the true, the beautiful, and the good.”

  • #75. Linden Hall
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    #75. Linden Hall

    - Location: Lititz, PA
    - Net price: $54,200
    - Number of undergraduates: 212
    - Teachers grade: A- (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A+
    - College prep grade: A+

    Linden Hall, an all-girls school with grades six through 12, was founded in 1746. Extracurriculars include an aviation program. A makerspace is also available, with technological equipment and supplies.

  • #74. Chatham Hall
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    #74. Chatham Hall

    - Location: Chatham, VA
    - Net price: $20,000
    - Number of undergraduates: 143
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 4:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    With 89% of students boarding at Chatham Hall, the all-girls school has an exceptionally high on-campus population. In addition to rigorous academics and traditional athletics, the school offers an established riding program.

  • #73. Santa Catalina School
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    #73. Santa Catalina School

    - Location: Monterey, CA
    - Net price: $52,000
    - Number of undergraduates: 232
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Santa Catalina, founded in 1950, is an all-girls school with a mission encompassing excellence, spirituality, responsibility, and service. The school offers 21 Advanced Placement courses, and an average class size of 12.

  • #72. Saint Andrew's School
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    #72. Saint Andrew's School

    - Location: Boca Raton, FL
    - Net price: $33,300
    - Number of undergraduates: 1,280
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: B
    - College prep grade: A+

    Originally a high school for boys, Saint Andrew's School now serves boys and girls from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The curriculum includes both Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, along with various extracurriculars, including aviation.

  • #71. Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
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    #71. Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

    - Location: Bellevue, WA
    - Net price: $33,530
    - Number of undergraduates: 373
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    One of only a handful of Pacific Northwest institutions to make the rankings, Forest Ridge is also the highest-ranked Catholic High School in Washington. Roughly half of high school students are involved in the Sacred Heart Exchange Program, which connects Forest Ridge to 150 other Sacred Heart schools around the world.

  • #70. Woodberry Forest School
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    #70. Woodberry Forest School

    - Location: Woodberry Forest, VA
    - Net price: $57,250
    - Number of undergraduates: null
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: B-
    - College prep grade: A+

    An all-boys school founded in 1889, Woodberry Forest School has every student living on campus. It's also ranked the Best All-Boys High School in Virginia, and the third-best boarding high school in the state.

  • #69. Dana Hall School
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    #69. Dana Hall School

    - Location: Wellesley, MA
    - Net price: $47,787
    - Number of undergraduates: 469
    - Teachers grade: B+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    Dana Hall, an all-girls school with a middle school and an upper-class school, has boarding available at grade nine. The upper school curriculum includes over 140 courses and a variety of Advanced Placement options, and emphasizes modern skills and technology.

  • #68. Grier School
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    #68. Grier School

    - Location: Birmingham, PA
    - Net price: $54,500
    - Number of undergraduates: 300
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Grier School, an all-girls campus, has an average class size of nine students, with none bigger than 14. Along with academic offerings that include Advanced Placement options, the student body participates in additional programs, including fine art, dance, music, theater, riding, and athletics. The Grier family bought the school three years after its 1853 founding, and has remained involved ever since.

  • #67. St. George's School
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    #67. St. George's School

    - Location: Middletown, RI
    - Net price: $42,550
    - Number of undergraduates: 355
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: B
    - College prep grade: A+

    St. George's School, the highest ranked of the three Rhode Island boarding high schools, has 85% of its student population boarding. The campus overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, and includes a marine research vessel.

  • #66. The International School of Minnesota
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    #66. The International School of Minnesota

    - Location: Eden Prairie, MN
    - Net price: $21,000
    - Number of undergraduates: 312
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A+
    - College prep grade: A+

    One of two Minnesota schools to make the rankings, The International School of Minnesota offers early childhood education, as well as a lower, middle, and upper schools. The curriculum includes world language instruction, and traditional college preparatory coursework, including Advanced Placement courses.

  • #65. Salisbury School
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    #65. Salisbury School

    - Location: Salisbury, CT
    - Net price: $61,000
    - Number of undergraduates: 310
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 4:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Salisbury, an all-boys school that opened in 1901, has an expansive campus of over 700 acres, with 10 residences. In addition to the college preparatory curriculum, there are such art programs as boatbuilding and woodworking.

  • #64. McCallie School
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    #64. McCallie School

    - Location: Chattanooga, TN
    - Net price: $26,160
    - Number of undergraduates: 926
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: B+
    - College prep grade: A+

    McCallie School is both the top-rated boarding high school and the best high school for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in Tennessee. The all-boys school teaches students in grades six through 12, and has a mission that emphasizes honor, truth, and duty. In 2018, graduates went on to 85 different colleges.

  • #63. The Pennington School
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    #63. The Pennington School

    - Location: Pennington, NJ
    - Net price: $36,300
    - Number of undergraduates: 507
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    The Pennington School opened a Center for Learning in 1975, meant to address different learning styles. Currently, the school offers a number of Advanced Placement courses, including marine biology.

  • #62. The Northwest School
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    #62. The Northwest School

    - Location: Seattle, WA
    - Net price: $36,575
    - Number of undergraduates: 506
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Ranked the top boarding school in Washington, The Northwest School offers a liberal arts curriculum to students in grades six through 12. Alongside core values of respect, integrity, and safety, the school provides an outdoor program, environmental sustainability efforts, and global learning opportunities.

  • #61. Culver Academies
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    #61. Culver Academies

    - Location: Culver, IN
    - Net price: $48,500
    - Number of undergraduates: 814
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Culver Academies' lakeside campus is over 1,700 acres, with room for multiple athletic and academic facilities, including an equestrian center, ice arena, bird sanctuary, and challenge course. In addition to being ranked the top boarding high school in Indiana, it is also ranked as the best college prep private school in the state.

  • #60. Fairmont Preparatory Academy
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    #60. Fairmont Preparatory Academy

    - Location: Anaheim, CA
    - Net price: $24,680
    - Number of undergraduates: 577
    - Teachers grade: A- (Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: Not applicable
    - College prep grade: A+

    Fairmont Preparatory Academy's college prep curriculum includes both Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate coursework. Housing options for international students include both staying with a host family and boarding. Fairmont Preparatory Academy is one of four Fairmont private schools, all of which are located in Orange County, Calif.

  • #59. Stevenson School
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    #59. Stevenson School

    - Location: Pebble Beach, CA
    - Net price: null
    - Number of undergraduates: 750
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Stevenson, which offers pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, has seven dorms that house students on its Monterey campus. Along with academics and athletics, students have access to 150 leadership opportunities during their tenure.

  • #58. Westminster School
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    #58. Westminster School

    - Location: Simsbury, CT
    - Net price: $46,185
    - Number of undergraduates: 398
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: B
    - College prep grade: A+

    Westminster School has students from 22 states and 30 countries. Originally a boys school in New York when it was created in 1888, the campus moved to Connecticut in 1900, and girls were admitted in 1972.

  • #57. Asheville School
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    #57. Asheville School

    - Location: Asheville, NC
    - Net price: $33,975
    - Number of undergraduates: 294
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: Not applicable
    - College prep grade: A+

    Asheville School, the highest-ranked boarding school in North Carolina, serves both day and boarding students in grades nine through 12. The school's location in the Blue Ridge Mountains lends itself to a number of extracurricular programs, including equestrian and mountaineering.

  • #56. The Stony Brook School
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    #56. The Stony Brook School

    - Location: Stony Brook, NY
    - Net price: $29,800
    - Number of undergraduates: 361
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A+
    - College prep grade: A+

    The Stony Brook School offers 190 courses to students and an average class size of 15. Boarding opportunities are available for grades seven through 12, and about 200 students live on campus. A train station with routes directly to New York City is located just off campus.

  • #55. McDonogh School
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    #55. McDonogh School

    - Location: Owings Mills, MD
    - Net price: $30,720
    - Number of undergraduates: 1,399
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    Comprised of a lower, middle, and upper school, McDonogh School's campus boasts six acres of farmland that provide food for the campus and experiential learning opportunities for students at all levels. The boarding program, available five days a week, is used by about 100 students.

  • #54. Miss Porter's School
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    #54. Miss Porter's School

    - Location: Farmington, CT
    - Net price: $47,285
    - Number of undergraduates: 325
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    Miss Porter’s School is the second-highest ranked girls high school in Connecticut, and in the top 10% of girls high schools in the country. The school, founded in 1843, has day and boarding options, and emphasizes a personalized and innovative curriculum.

  • #53. Kent School
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    #53. Kent School

    - Location: Kent, CT
    - Net price: $58,450
    - Number of undergraduates: 575
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Kent School has a 1,200-acre campus with 13 playing fields, and sections of both the Appalachian Trail and the Housatonic River. With academic opportunities that include courses in disciplines such as engineering, meteorology, and global economics, Kent is ranked as the best Christian high school in the state of Connecticut.

  • #52. Thomas Jefferson School
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    #52. Thomas Jefferson School

    - Location: Saint Louis, MO
    - Net price: $27,700
    - Number of undergraduates: 85
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A+
    - College prep grade: A+

    Thomas Jefferson School, Niche's most diverse private high school in Missouri along with being the best boarding school in Missouri, was founded in 1946. The school provides a “classical liberal-arts” take on its college prep curriculum, and 100% of its graduates attend college.

  • #51. Westtown School
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    #51. Westtown School

    - Location: West Chester, PA
    - Net price: $36,895
    - Number of undergraduates: 697
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    The Westtown School, where 227 of its 370 upper school students board, was created by Philadelphia Quakers. It also has the distinction of being the first school in the country to educate both boys and girls, starting with its launch in 1799.

  • #50. Brooks School
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    #50. Brooks School

    - Location: North Andover, MA
    - Net price: $44,575
    - Number of undergraduates: 352
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    Brooks School offers a college preparatory curriculum alongside arts, athletics, and exchange-student opportunities. Campus facilities include eight science labs, one robotics lab, two theaters, and 12 playing fields. The school was founded in 1926 by a former headmaster of Groton School.

  • #49. Georgetown Preparatory School
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    #49. Georgetown Preparatory School

    - Location: North Bethesda, MD
    - Net price: $37,215
    - Number of undergraduates: 496
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    Georgetown Preparatory School, a Jesuit school for boys in grades nine through 12, is ranked by Niche as both the best Catholic high school and best boarding high school in Maryland. Notable alumni include comedian and journalist Mo Rocca, and a number of government officials and military leaders.

  • #48. The Masters School
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    #48. The Masters School

    - Location: Dobbs Ferry, NY
    - Net price: $45,900
    - Number of undergraduates: 667
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    The Masters School, with a blend of co-educational (grades five and nine through 12) and separated (grades six through eight) courses, sees 100% of its students earn college acceptance. Originally a girls school founded in 1877, the school has focused on college preparedness since the early 1900s and uses the Harkness teaching method.

  • #47. George School
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    #47. George School

    - Location: Newtown, PA
    - Net price: $39,975
    - Number of undergraduates: 547
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    A Quaker school, George School's core values emphasize transformative teaching and learning, integrity, diversity, and responsibility. The school, which opened in 1893, offers 59 International Baccalaureate and 21 Advanced Placement courses.

  • #46. Riverstone International School
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    #46. Riverstone International School

    - Location: Boise, ID
    - Net price: $18,995
    - Number of undergraduates: 327
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Riverstone International School is ranked as the best private K-12 school and the best high school for STEM in Idaho. An International Baccalaureate school, Riverstone reports that combined average SAT scores are 200 points higher than statewide averages.

  • #45. The Village School
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    #45. The Village School

    - Location: Houston, TX
    - Net price: $28,125
    - Number of undergraduates: 1,705
    - Teachers grade: A- (Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A+
    - College prep grade: A+

    The Village School is one of over 50 Nord Anglia international schools located across the globe. The school offers the International Baccalaureate program, as well as collaborations with The Massachusetts Institute of Technology for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math, and The Juilliard School in New York for the arts.

  • #44. Maumee Valley Country Day School
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    #44. Maumee Valley Country Day School

    - Location: Toledo, OH
    - Net price: $20,950
    - Number of undergraduates: 572
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A+
    - College prep grade: A+

    The most diverse of over 200 private high schools in Ohio, Maumee Valley Country Day School includes preschool through 12th grade. Originally launched as a girl's school in New York, the school moved to Toledo in 1884, and ultimately became co-educational in 1934.

  • #43. The Madeira School
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    #43. The Madeira School

    - Location: McLean, VA
    - Net price: $43,947
    - Number of undergraduates: 319
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    The Madeira School is ranked as the best of seven all-girls high schools in Virginia. For its first 25 years of operation, the campus was in Washington D.C.; the school moved to McLean, Va., in 1931. The curriculum includes both Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) and humanities opportunities, as well as an experiential learning program.

  • #42. Episcopal High School
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    #42. Episcopal High School

    - Location: Alexandria, VA
    - Net price: $58,500
    - Number of undergraduates: 451
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 4:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    Episcopal High School is rated as both the best Christian high school and best boarding school in Virginia. The entire student body lives on campus. All classes include a Washington Program component, using nearby metropolitan Washington D.C., in four areas of concentrated learning.

  • #41. Indian Springs School
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    #41. Indian Springs School

    - Location: Indian Springs, AL
    - Net price: $24,000
    - Number of undergraduates: 315
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    Author John Green and director of the Mars Curiosity Rover David Oh are among Indian Springs School's notable alumni. With a competitive curriculum that includes 15 Advanced Placement courses, the school is also ranked as Niche's top private high school in Alabama.

  • #40. The Hill School
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    #40. The Hill School

    - Location: Pottstown, PA
    - Net price: $59,050
    - Number of undergraduates: 525
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    At The Hill School, also known as The Family Boarding School, all students must board for at least a year of their academic careers. The school's motto, “Whatsoever Things Are True,” complements a curriculum rooted in the liberal arts.

  • #39. Northfield Mount Hermon School
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    #39. Northfield Mount Hermon School

    - Location: Mount Hermon, MA
    - Net price: $42,900
    - Number of undergraduates: 655
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    Originally two institutions (Northfield Seminary for Young Ladies and Mount Hermon School for Boys), the schools merged in 1971 to form Northfield Mount Hermon School. Notable alumni include actresses Laura Linney and Uma Thurman, founder of Reader's Digest DeWitt Wallace, and inventor of volleyball William Morgan.

  • #38. The Hun School of Princeton
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    #38. The Hun School of Princeton

    - Location: Princeton, NJ
    - Net price: $41,100
    - Number of undergraduates: 640
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: Not applicable
    - College prep grade: A+

    The Hun School updated and released a new mission statement in 2015, emphasizing empowerment, diversity, character, mentorship, and learning. Offerings include 210 courses taught in a skills-based curriculum, along with 58 clubs and 51 sports teams.

  • #37. Blair Academy
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    #37. Blair Academy

    - Location: Blairstown, NJ
    - Net price: $42,400
    - Number of undergraduates: 460
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    Blair Academy, founded in 1848, provides a 463-acre campus with extensive athletic facilities including a golf course, lake, indoor pool, and multiple athletic fields. The educational philosophy emphasizes relationships, global engagement, and public service, among other attributes. Students may also take advantage of travel opportunities and dozens of clubs.

  • #36. 'Iolani School
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    #36. 'Iolani School

    - Location: Honolulu, HI
    - Net price: $23,450
    - Number of undergraduates: 1,900
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    The highest-ranked college prep private high school and best high school for science, technology, engineering, and math in the state of Hawaii, ‘Iolani School teaches students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The school offers a college preparatory curriculum and its motto is “One Team.” In the upper school, 23 Advanced Placement courses are available.

  • #35. United World College USA
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    #35. United World College USA

    - Location: Montezuma, NM
    - Net price: $36,750
    - Number of undergraduates: null
    - Teachers grade: A (Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A+
    - College prep grade: A+

    The only New Mexico school to earn a spot on Niche's rankings, United World College USA is one of 17 UWC schools, enrolling students from more than 90 countries for their final two years of high school. The International Baccalaureate program is available, along with opportunities in the arts, outdoors, and community service.

  • #34. The Athenian School
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    #34. The Athenian School

    - Location: Danville, CA
    - Net price: $41,000
    - Number of undergraduates: 533
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A+
    - College prep grade: A+

    The Athenian School, created in 1965, is also a founding member of the Round Square network of schools, which adopts a specific teaching philosophy with six themes for students to pursue and explore. In 2018, SAT combined averages from The Athenian School were 1385.

  • #33. Emma Willard School
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    #33. Emma Willard School

    - Location: Troy, NY
    - Net price: $37,690
    - Number of undergraduates: 358
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    An all-girls school established more than 200 years ago, the Emma Willard School has 135 courses available, including a host of performing arts opportunities, and a number of sports and other activities. Notable alums include actress Jane Fonda and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

  • #32. Western Reserve Academy
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    #32. Western Reserve Academy

    - Location: Hudson, OH
    - Net price: $36,750
    - Number of undergraduates: 405
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+
     
    In addition to its spot as the best boarding high school in Ohio, Western Reserve Academy is also ranked as the best private high school and the best high school for STEM. The school has an average class size of 12, and 100% of Western Reserve students go on to college.

  • #31. Cushing Academy
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    #31. Cushing Academy

    - Location: Ashburnham, MA
    - Net price: $41,300
    - Number of undergraduates: 406
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Cushing Academy, which has been co-ed since its founding in 1865, has a student body representing 25 states and 30 countries. The school's mission emphasizes curiosity, creativity, and confidence. Notable alumni include actress Bette Davis, television personality Nate Berkus, and wrestler John Cena.

  • #30. Mercersburg Academy
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    #30. Mercersburg Academy

    - Location: Mercersburg, PA
    - Net price: $35,325
    - Number of undergraduates: 439
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A+
    - College prep grade: A+

    Mercersburg Academy alumni include actors Benicio Del Toro and Jimmy Stewart, former Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes, Nobel laureate Burton Richter, and a number of Olympic athletes. To date, faculty members have been involved in the creation of more than 20 e-textbooks.

  • #29. The Webb Schools
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    #29. The Webb Schools

    - Location: Claremont, CA
    - Net price: $45,225
    - Number of undergraduates: 416
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Webb School of California was founded as a boys school in 1922, and now consists of two schools on one campus, with the addition of the Vivian Webb School, founded in 1981. Students are provided with a single-sex education that emphasizes liberal arts and sciences. Other highlights of The Webb Schools include a paleontology museum on campus.

  • #28. Oregon Episcopal School
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    #28. Oregon Episcopal School

    - Location: Portland, OR
    - Net price: $32,200
    - Number of undergraduates: 868
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Oregon Episcopal School is ranked as the best college prep high school and the best high school for science, technology, engineering and math in Oregon. It also is the oldest Episcopal school in the western United States. Boarding, currently a community of about 60 students, is available for students in grades nine through 12.

  • #27. St. Stephen's Episcopal School
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    #27. St. Stephen's Episcopal School

    - Location: Austin, TX
    - Net price: $28,390
    - Number of undergraduates: 696
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    St. Stephens Episcopal School, founded in 1949, has the distinction of being the first coeducational Episcopal school in the United States. To support a college preparatory curriculum, St. Stephens offers such facilities as an observatory, a fitness center, and an art gallery.

  • #26. Concord Academy
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    #26. Concord Academy

    - Location: Concord, MA
    - Net price: $50,445
    - Number of undergraduates: 404
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Founded in 1922 as a school for girls, Concord Academy became coeducational in 1971. The rigorous curriculum includes more than 230 courses in eight disciplines, including computer science, and modern and classical languages.

  • #25. St. Mark's School
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    #25. St. Mark's School

    - Location: Southborough, MA
    - Net price: $48,750
    - Number of undergraduates: 365
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 4:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    The tagline for St. Mark's School is “intentionally small, thinking big.” The average class size is 12 students, and signature programs relate to the school's core values of intellect, character, and leadership, along with traditional college prep courses.

  • #24. Shady Side Academy
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    #24. Shady Side Academy

    - Location: Pittsburgh, PA
    - Net price: $30,975
    - Number of undergraduates: 1,032
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    Shady Side Academy, which offers preschool through grade 12, has five- and seven-day boarding options for students in grades nine through 12. The school is ranked by Niche as the top boarding school in Pennsylvania and has a 100% college matriculation rate. Shady Side also runs a farm that is part of the curriculum for all grade levels.

  • #23. Woodside Priory School
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    #23. Woodside Priory School

    - Location: Portola Valley, CA
    - Net price: $45,500
    - Number of undergraduates: 375
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A+
    - College prep grade: A+

    Ranked as the best Catholic high school in California, Woodside Priory School is the state's only Benedictine College Preparatory school. Founded in 1957, Priory sees about 20% of upper school students take advantage of boarding opportunities.

  • #22. The Taft School
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    #22. The Taft School

    - Location: Watertown, CT
    - Net price: $45,600
    - Number of undergraduates: 606
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    The Taft School student body represents 33 states and 44 countries. The curriculum has 29 Advanced Placement subjects, offered through seven different academic departments, as well as dozens of clubs and activities, arts opportunities, and athletics.

  • #21. Lake Forest Academy
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    #21. Lake Forest Academy

    - Location: Lake Forest, IL
    - Net price: $44,400
    - Number of undergraduates: 434
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: Not applicable
    - College prep grade: A+

    Lake Forest Academy, the best-ranked of Illinois' five boarding schools, was founded in 1857. The school's tagline, “Midwestern Heart. Global Mind,” speaks to its location 30 miles north of Chicago. One hundred percent of Lake Forest seniors attend college, and members of the 2018 graduating class enrolled in 77 different institutions.

  • #20. St. Albans School
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    #20. St. Albans School

    - Location: Washington, DC
    - Net price: $42,484
    - Number of undergraduates: 585
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    St. Albans School is Niche's fourth-highest ranked all-boys high school in the country. Founded in 1909, the school offers grades four through 12, and currently has 31 students boarding. In addition to rigorous academics, there are opportunities in travel, arts, and athletics.

  • #19. St. Andrew's School
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    #19. St. Andrew's School

    - Location: Middletown, DE
    - Net price: $55,500
    - Number of undergraduates: 310
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    St. Andrews, an all-boarding co-ed Episcopal school, ranks as both the best private high school and the most diverse private high school in Delaware. Founded in 1929, the 2,200-acre campus includes six boys dorms and eight girls dorms.

  • #18. Hackley School
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    #18. Hackley School

    - Location: Tarrytown, NY
    - Net price: $45,775
    - Number of undergraduates: 834
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Ranked as the best boarding high school in New York, Hackley School enrolls K-12 on its Hudson Valley campus. Among Hackley facilities are a performing arts center with a recording studio, a photo lab, a teaching garden, and seven computer labs. Thirty students board at the school.

  • #17. The Hockaday School
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    #17. The Hockaday School

    - Location: Dallas, TX
    - Net price: $29,000
    - Number of undergraduates: 1,089
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    The Hockaday School is ranked as the #5 best all-girls high school in the country and the best boarding high school in Texas. Comprised of a lower, middle and upper school for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, Hockaday provides rigorous academics, and 100% of its graduates attend college.

  • #16. Peddie School
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    #16. Peddie School

    - Location: Hightstown, NJ
    - Net price: $48,800
    - Number of undergraduates: 550
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Peddie School offers a total of 150 courses, including 18 Advanced Placement courses. The school emphasizes innovative teaching, and provides advanced facilities, including a digital fabrication laboratory.

  • #15. The Hotchkiss School
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    #15. The Hotchkiss School

    - Location: Lakeville, CT
    - Net price: $49,550
    - Number of undergraduates: 600
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    The Hotchkiss School, whose notable alumni include actress Allison Janney and founder of Time Inc., Henry R. Luce, was founded in 1891. The campus features 13 laboratory classrooms, an optics lab, a biomass facility, five black-and-white and color darkrooms, and a video editing room.

  • #14. The Loomis Chaffee School
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    #14. The Loomis Chaffee School

    - Location: Windsor, CT
    - Net price: $45,360
    - Number of undergraduates: 690
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: Not applicable
    - College prep grade: A+

    The Loomis Chaffee School, which opened in 1914, now teaches 250 courses to a student body that is 70% boarding, 30% day. Distinguished alumni include journalist and author Frank Bruni, 60th Secretary of State George P. Shultz, Olympic gold medalist Gretchen Ulion Silverman, and actress Betty Gilpin.

  • #13. Middlesex School
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    #13. Middlesex School

    - Location: Concord, MA
    - Net price: $49,480
    - Number of undergraduates: 406
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 4:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    Middlesex School counts actors Steve Carell and William Hurt, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, and two former governors among its alumni. The mission emphasizes students' intellectual, ethical, creative, and physical development. Facilities include an observatory and a recently opened arts pavilion and visual arts center.

  • #12. Cranbrook Schools
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    #12. Cranbrook Schools

    - Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI
    - Net price: $34,200
    - Number of undergraduates: 1,659
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Cranbrook Schools, which has earned #1 rankings in Michigan for best high school for STEM and best private high school, boasts a 319-acre campus with an ice arena, an art museum, an institute of science, and a natatorium. The upper school employs five full-time college counselors, and members of the past five graduating classes went on to attend 420 institutions worldwide.

  • #11. Cate School
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    #11. Cate School

    - Location: Carpinteria, CA
    - Net price: $49,700
    - Number of undergraduates: 280
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Cate School incorporates its Southern California location into students' lives and learning. The school offers 155 courses, with an average class size of 10 to 12 students. Cate was founded in 1910 as a boys school for students in grades seven through 12.

  • #10. Groton School
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    #10. Groton School

    - Location: Groton, MA
    - Net price: $43,400
    - Number of undergraduates: null
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    The mission of Groton School, whose alumni include President Franklin D. Roosevelt, emphasizes character, learning, leadership, and service. The school, which serves grades eight through 12 with a rigorous curriculum and extensive arts, athletics, and extracurricular opportunities, recently updated its 1899 schoolhouse, which now offers a fabrications lab, state-of-the-art classrooms, and more adaptable spaces.

  • #9. Noble and Greenough School
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    #9. Noble and Greenough School

    - Location: Dedham, MA
    - Net price: $50,200
    - Number of undergraduates: 614
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A-
    - College prep grade: A+

    Named for the founder and a teacher who later partnered with him, Noble and Greenough School is comprised of a middle- and upper-school, with five-day boarding opportunities for upper-school students. The academic curriculum is complemented by the Experience and Community Engaged Learning (EXCEL) program, which partners with over 100 organizations to provide service, travel, and project opportunities.

  • #8. Milton Academy
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    #8. Milton Academy

    - Location: Milton, MA
    - Net price: $47,330
    - Number of undergraduates: 1,000
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Milton Academy's motto is “Dare to be true.” The 185-acre campus has 12 athletic fields and four athletics buildings, an observatory, and a gallery. Milton sees 100% of seniors matriculate to college.

  • #7. The Thacher School
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    #7. The Thacher School

    - Location: Ojai, CA
    - Net price: $40,970
    - Number of undergraduates: 246
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    The Thacher School states that its 2% attrition rate is regularly the lowest of any U.S. boarding school. In addition to competitive academics, students have access to a horse program, outdoor opportunities such as rock-climbing, arts, and athletics. Thacher is also ranked as the best boarding high school in California.

  • #6. Deerfield Academy
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    #6. Deerfield Academy

    - Location: Deerfield, MA
    - Net price: $44,735
    - Number of undergraduates: null
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A+
    - College prep grade: A+

    Deerfield Academy, founded in 1797, enrolls students from 38 states and 38 countries. Academic programs emphasize the humanities and STEM, with students also having the opportunity to take advantage of courses in the arts. Alumni include “Lost” actors Matthew Fox and Nestor Carbonell.

  • #5. The Lawrenceville School
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    #5. The Lawrenceville School

    - Location: Lawrenceville, NJ
    - Net price: $51,440
    - Number of undergraduates: 822
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Ranked the best private high school and the best boarding school in New Jersey, The Lawrenceville School was founded in 1810. The recently updated mission statement emphasizes learning, integrity, and high purpose, and “inspiring the best in each to seek the best for all.” Notable alumni include country singer Dierks Bentley, rocker Huey Lewis, multiple governors and senators, and a number of professional athletes.

  • #4. St. Paul's School
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    #4. St. Paul's School

    - Location: Concord, NH
    - Net price: $59,900
    - Number of undergraduates: 541
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A+
    - College prep grade: A+

    St. Paul's School, rated the most diverse private high school and the best Christian high school in New Hampshire, has all students living on campus in a total of 18 dorms. Originally a boys school, St. Paul's was the location of both the first ice hockey games and the first squash courts in the United States.

  • #3. Choate Rosemary Hall
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    #3. Choate Rosemary Hall

    - Location: Wallingford, CT
    - Net price: $45,710
    - Number of undergraduates: 850
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 4:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: Not applicable
    - College prep grade: A+

    Choate Rosemary Hall, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2018, counts among its alumni John F. Kennedy, and actors Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Paul Giamatti. Signature academic programs include courses in robotics, Arabic and Middle Eastern studies, environmental immersion, and government and public service. A new arts center is scheduled to open in 2019.

  • #2. Phillips Exeter Academy
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    #2. Phillips Exeter Academy

    - Location: Exeter, NH
    - Net price: $38,740
    - Number of undergraduates: 1,085
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A
    - College prep grade: A+

    Offering more than 450 courses, Phillips Exeter Academy was established in 1781. The student population is 80% boarding, 20% day students, with 43 states and 29 countries represented. Exeter has seen 100% of its graduates enroll in more than 180 colleges in the past three years.

  • #1. Phillips Academy
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    #1. Phillips Academy

    - Location: Andover, MA
    - Net price: $43,300
    - Number of undergraduates: 1,150
    - Teachers grade: A+ (Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1)
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Diversity grade: A+
    - College prep grade: A+

    The oldest incorporated boarding school in the United States, Phillips Academy is more commonly known as “Andover.” The school now conducts need-blind admission, and meets 100% of demonstrated need, stating a desire to “provide world-class education...regardless of their families' economic circumstances.” Alumni include actor Humphrey Bogart, Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, and actress Olivia Wilde.

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