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Boarding Schools in the United States

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On this page we cover boarding schools and outline the means for applying to study in the US. For a complete guide to boarding, including information about admissions, please see our introductory guide.

Table of contents


  1. List of boarding schools in USA

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. Going to school in USA
  6. Further resources


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Boarding schools







 
  • Chamberlain International School
  • Heritage
  • Hampshire Country School
  • North Broward Preparatory School
  • The Gow School
  • Army and Navy Academy
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • St. Francis High School
  • THINK Global School
  • Buffalo Seminary
  • Foxcroft Academy
  • Southwestern Academy

 
School NameTypePaceCost

Chamberlain International School (est. 1976)

  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (25 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
Co-ed therapeutic boarding school in Massachusetts for students 11-22 years. Student support is offered for learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, NLD, ASD, attachment disorder, bipolar disorder and depression. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Student-paced

Heritage (est. 1984)

  • Provo, Utah
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (115 students)
Heritage offers expert care for at-risk adolescents including those diagnosed with Mood Disorder, depression, anxiety, defiance towards authority figures and those on the Autism Spectrum. Learn more on our website. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$138,000

Hampshire Country School (est. 1948)

  • Rindge, New Hampshire
  • 3 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (25 students)
A friendly, active boarding school for bright boys who have good intentions but who may be too impulsive, intense, or bothersome for other schools and whose intellectual interests may separate them from their peers. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Student-paced$56,200

North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)

  • Coconut Creek, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (900 students)
  • Boarding school (330 students)
North Broward Preparatory School is a K-12 co-educational day and boarding school located in S. Florida located minutes from the beach with IB, AP, and LD classes set on 80 acres with year round hockey. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$24,200 to $58,000

The Gow School (est. 1926)

  • South Wales, New York
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (15 students)
  • Boarding school (135 students)
The Gow School is a special needs private school that offers programs for grades seven through 12 in South Wales, New York. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$63,600

Army and Navy Academy (est. 1910)

  • Carlsbad, California
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
Army and Navy Academy is a life-changer for boys. As a Gurian Model School, we know how boys learn inside and outside the classrom, what motivates them, and how to develop each student's potential. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$22,000 to $37,500

Randolph-Macon Academy (est. 1892)

  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (56 students)
  • Boarding school (269 students)
Randolph-Macon Academy is located in Front Royal, Virginia. This college-prep school is for grades 6-12. Students develop a strong knowledge base while also building leadership skills and strong positive morals. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$14,350 to $40,525

St. Francis High School (est. 1927)

  • Hamburg, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Boys)
  • Day school (500 students)
  • Boarding school (26 students)
Located in Athol Springs, NY, a small suburban community in the town of Hamburg just south of the city of Buffalo. The 65 acre campus is located 13 miles from the Canadian border directly on the shores of Lake Erie. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Accelerated

THINK Global School (est. 2009)

  • New York, New York
  • 10 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (46 students)
THINK Global School is a traveling high school where you’ll live and study in a different country every semester, combining a top-notch education with place-based learning in four countries per year. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Student-paced$79,000

Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)

  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (178 students)
  • Boarding school (47 students)
Independent day and boarding school for college-bound girls. Our STEAM curriculum is unique, and creative, independent thinking is valued. Located in Buffalo, NY, girls access the best of city living. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Accelerated$19,840 to $46,715

Foxcroft Academy (est. 1823)

  • Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (352 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
Day & Boarding school with all boarding for International students Academic & Sports Grade 9 - 12 Tuition International $41,000 USD [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched$22,000 to $41,000

Southwestern Academy (est. 1924)

  • San Marino, California
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (34 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
Southwestern Academy is a coeducational boarding and day school with a location in San Marino, California and Rimrock Arizona. We offer small class instruction with personalized lessons and an international student body. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$19,850 to $48,850




Our boarding school guide has advice specific to finding boarding schools. For insights that are more general (on how to evaluate school options) we recommend you review our hub on choosing a school.

Private school expos

Private school expos are ideal launching pads for your school-finding journey. All expos are held in the fall at a number of centres across Canada. There are three expos hosted in Ontario, one in Toronto, one in Halton-Peel, and one in Ottawa. Expos are also held each fall in Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary. All are opportunities to speak with administrators from leading boarding schools within the regions in which the expos are held.

Parent discussion forum

Word-of-mouth is another powerful tool in your school-finding arsenal. The Our Kids private school discussion forum allows you to discuss your options and debate topics around gifted education. You can use our community of parents, educational experts, alumni, and schools to help answer your questions and stimulate your thinking.

Upcoming open house events

Attending open houses is obviously a great way to learn more about a school and get a feel for the environment. For some advice on open house visits, go here. For questions to ask that are specific to boarding programs, refer to our main boarding school hub.

School nameDateLocation
Army and Navy AcademyFebruary 08, 2017 7:30 amArmy and Navy Academy
2605 Carlsbad Blvd. Carlsbad California 92008
Army and Navy AcademyMarch 08, 2017 7:30 amArmy and Navy Academy
2605 Carlsbad Blvd. Carlsbad California 92008




Broadly speaking, the cost of boarding reflects the cost private school tuition in general, though with premiums added to cover housing and meals.

Many schools offer financial aid, including scholarships and bursaries. Financial aid is needs-based, and financial aid programs are created as a means of broadening the student base and attracting students, independent of means, who will contribute most to the culture of the school. Generally speaking, the larger and more expensive schools provide the most aid.

You can read more about financial aid and scholarships in our dedicated guide.

Below you'll find the range of costs at United States boarding schools:

 
Tuition (baording school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
The Gow School$63,60030%7 - 12$22,000
Army and Navy Academy$37,50020%7 - 12$7,500
THINK Global School$79,00010 - 12
Buffalo Seminary$46,7159 - 12
Foxcroft Academy$22,000 to $41,00010%9 - 12$7,500
Southwestern Academy$39,900 to $48,85028%6 - 12$15,000




 
 Founding dateEndowmnentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
per grade
Chamberlain International School1976$0100%
Heritage198471%
Hampshire Country School194850%253
North Broward Preparatory School1957$10,000,00060%1230176
The Gow School1926$26,000,00095%
Army and Navy Academy1910$30072%
Randolph-Macon Academy1892$88594%30944
St. Francis High School1927100%
THINK Global School200913%4415
Buffalo Seminary1851$12,000,00060%21855
Foxcroft Academy1823$9,000,00068%450113
Southwestern Academy192440%12918




 
 
Primary curriculum
Secondary curriculum
Curriculum pace
Academic culture
Average class size
Language immersion
Special needs support
Tech integration
Chamberlain International SchoolTraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Very High
HeritageProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 10Very HighMedium integration
Hampshire Country SchoolLiberal ArtsStudent-pacedSupportive4Very HighLight integration
North Broward Preparatory SchoolLiberal ArtsInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous18Very HighHeavy integration
The Gow SchoolTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive4 to 5Very HighHeavy integration
Army and Navy AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous5 to 19ModerateMedium integration
Randolph-Macon AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 17LimitedMedium integration
St. Francis High SchoolTraditionalAcceleratedRigorous18LimitedMedium integration
THINK Global SchoolProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive12Limited
Buffalo SeminaryLiberal ArtsAcceleratedRigorous9 to 1LimitedHeavy integration
Foxcroft AcademyLiberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorousLimitedMedium integration
Southwestern AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive5 to 15LimitedLight integration





 Legend:

 ADHD

Learning disorders:
 Dyslexia
 Auditory processing disorder
 Dyscalculia
 Dysgraphia
 Language processing disorder
 Non-verbal learning disorders
 Visual motor deficit
Development disorders:
 Autism
 Asperger's

Behavioural and emotional:
 Troubled teens
 Depression
 Suicidal
 Substance abuse
 Oppositional defiant disorder
Physical:
 Dyspraxia
 Blindness
 Deafness
 Cystic fibrosis
 Multiple physical
 




 
 Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
Chamberlain International SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
100%
HeritageBoarding: rolling71%
Hampshire Country SchoolBoarding: rolling50%
North Broward Preparatory SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 126 - 1260%
The Gow SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
7 - 1295%
Army and Navy AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
7 - 1272%Feb 8, 2017
Randolph-Macon AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 1294%
St. Francis High SchoolDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
Homestay: rolling
100%
THINK Global SchoolBoarding: Mar 1, 201613%
Buffalo SeminaryDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 1260%
Foxcroft AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
9 - 129 - 1268%
Southwestern AcademyDay: rolling
Boarding: rolling
6 - 126 - 1240%




 




 
 
Nursery/Toddler
Preschool
JKSKK123456789101112
Chamberlain International School
Heritage
Hampshire Country School50%50%50%50%50%
North Broward Preparatory School60%60%60%60%60%60%60%
The Gow School98%95%98%98%98%100%
Army and Navy Academy95%80%75%70%60%50%
Randolph-Macon Academy94%94%94%94%91%84%82%
St. Francis High School
THINK Global School10%3%
Buffalo Seminary60%60%60%
Foxcroft Academy80%75%70%50%
Southwestern Academy




 
 MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
Chamberlain International School
HeritageEqual BalanceExpositoryEqual BalancePragmatismAudio-LingualEqual Balance
Hampshire Country SchoolTraditional MathExpositoryTraditionalEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
North Broward Preparatory SchoolEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
The Gow SchoolTraditional MathInquiryTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceCreative
Army and Navy AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
Randolph-Macon AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
St. Francis High SchoolTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
THINK Global School
Buffalo SeminaryTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
Foxcroft AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPerennialismAudio-LingualCreative
Southwestern AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance




 
 
Student council
School newspaper
Yearbook
Radio club
Photograph club
Art club
Choir
Band
Dance club
Yoga club
Drama club
Debate club
Chess club
Math club
Science club
Robotics club
Computer club
Environmental club
Outdoor club
Community service
Chamberlain International School
Heritage
North Broward Preparatory School
The Gow School
Army and Navy Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy
St. Francis High School
THINK Global School
Buffalo Seminary
Foxcroft Academy
Southwestern Academy




 
 
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Cricket
Equestrian
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Rowing
Rugby
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track and Field
Volleyball
Wrestling
Chamberlain International School
Heritage
North Broward Preparatory School
The Gow School
Army and Navy Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy
St. Francis High School
THINK Global School
Buffalo Seminary
Foxcroft Academy
Southwestern Academy




The United States is home to some of the oldest and most respected boarding schools on the continent, as well as some of the most progressive schools in the world. All participate in a robust, world-class academic tradition that, in many ways, is second to none.

The US is also home to a greater variety of quality boarding options than you'll find in any other part of the world. Included are preeminent schools in the arts, athletics, and military training, as well as schools renowned as pioneers in academic development and special needs. When it comes to boarding options, if you can't find it here, it's very likely that you can't find it anywhere.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements, as well as the degrees offered, can vary between schools based on focus, curriculum, and affiliation. Often, international students who board in the US will work toward the fulfillment of an International Baccalaureate Diploma.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

The International Baccalaureate is a two-year advanced secondary school curriculum that was founded in 1968 and is now taught in schools in more than 140 countries, including many alternative institutions in Canada.

The IB curriculum was created for students aged 16 to 19. It is intended to provide a well-rounded, high quality, advanced course of study that delivers the basics of high school education while challenging students to apply their knowledge and skills through collaboration, discussion, and communication.

In order to earn an IB diploma students complete a course of study in six core subject areas (language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, and the arts) an essay of up to 4000 words, and sit standard, externally assessed exams. In addition to course work, students are also required to complete two formal projects and a minimum of 50 hours of community service.

University recognition of the IBDP

Each of Canada's universities is free to sets its own admissions standards and to assess each candidate based on their own internal criteria. There is no national university entrance exam or governing body overseeing university admissions. As a result, admission criteria can vary widely, even between universities within Canada. Students are required to contact colleges or universities directly to find a list of admission requirements and deadlines, and to submit transcripts in support of their application.

While the specific details of recognition can vary between universities—or, in some cases, even between faculty within a university—the IB diploma is widely accepted as an admission credential if scores earned meet certain targets. In some instances, IB courses and exams are recognized for transfer credit within an institution, used in fulfillment of university degree requirements and/or fulfilling course prerequisite requirements.





NOTE: This is not a legal document, and is intended only to provide a very general overview of the process required of Canadians when applying to study in the United States. For up-to-date information, please refer to the US Department of Homeland Security “Study in the States” guidelines.

Canadians attending high school in the US, including boarding schools, need to enter the country with an F-1 student visa. The visa can be obtained by following these steps:

  1. apply to and be accepted by a school that has been approved by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). (If you would like to check if the school you are applying to is SEVP approved, click here.)
  2. complete the Form I-20, "Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Status." The school will give you this form along with your acceptance notification. If you are applying to more than one school, each school will send a separate I-20 form. Use only the form for the school you will be attending. The I-20 is proof that you have been registered with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
  3. Check your I-20 form against your passport to confirm that your name is spelled correctly, and that it shows your correct date of birth. If not, contact the school and ask that they send you a corrected I-20.
  4. Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee and keep a copy of the receipt. You can pay it online. Print out a copy of the receipt as you’ll need to be able to show that the fee has been paid when you appear for your visa interview.
  5. Complete form DS 160, the online nonimmigrant visa application.  
  6. Make an appointment for a visa interview at a US embassy or consulate. To find the nearest office to you, click here. At the interview you’ll be asked to demonstrate that you:
      1. have been accepted by a school in the US
      2. are able to pay the tuition and travel costs,
      3. are prepared for the program you’ve been accepted to
      4. don’t intend to remain permanently in the US
  7. Be sure to take the following with you when you attend your visa pplication interview:  
      1. Form I–20
      2. I–901 SEVIS fee payment receipt
      3. printout of your DS-160 confirmation page
      4. visa application fee payment receipt
      5. passport valid for at least 6 months after you plan to enter the US
      6. a Two-inch by two-inch photo of yourself
  8. Receive your F-1 visa and get ready to go! You can enter the US up to 30 days before the first day of school. When you enter you’ll be asked to show all your documentation, at which point you’ll be given a Form I-94, your arrival/departure record.