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Boarding Schools in the US

Where the world comes to learn


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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  School NamePaceCost

Montverde Academy   (est. 1912)  

  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • Traditional
Montverde, Florida

Founded in 1912, Montverde Academy is an elite college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-K3 through post-graduate studies with a distinct student population from over 80 countries worldwide.  View profile


US $7,875 to US $51,350
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  • Accelerated
US $7,875 to US $51,350
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Chamberlain International School   (est. 1976)  

  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • Traditional
Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)

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


US $100,000 to US $185,000
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  • Student-paced
US $100,000 to US $185,000
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Interlochen Arts Academy   (est. 1962)  

  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • Liberal Arts
Interlochen, Michigan(USA)

Interlochen Arts Academy is the nation’s premier fine arts boarding high school, where emerging artists from around the world transform their passion and potential into purpose.  View profile


US $38,000 to US $66,875
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  • Standard-enriched
US $38,000 to US $66,875
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Randolph-Macon Academy   (est. 1892)  

  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • Traditional
Front Royal, Virginia

There is a power within you. Unique academic programs, unusual opportunities, and a solid leadership education will help you unlock your potential. Come explore Randolph-Macon Academy, and discover The Power of Rise.  View profile


US $20,595 to US $233,575
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  • Standard-enriched
US $20,595 to US $233,575
View profile

AHA International School   (est. 2001)  

  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • Liberal Arts
Greensboro, North Carolina

Award-winning college preparatory academics. Pre-professional life skills. Global citizenship reimagined. Beyond academics, AHA features 88,000 square foot athletic center and natatorium, plus a 22-acre lake.  View profile


US $24,000 to US $42,000
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  • Standard-enriched
US $24,000 to US $42,000
View profile



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. You can also read our guides to questions to ask private schools and questions students get asked at school interviews.

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. Parents are also invited to review our US private school rankings

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.





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 (boarding school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • 26%6 - 12$7,500
    Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • $38,000 to $66,875
  • 9 - 12
    Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $20,595 to $233,575
  • $41,205 to $55,7706 - 12
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • 41%9 - 12$18,329



     
     Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • 1912$045%121681
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • 1976$0100%12017
    Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • $38,000 to $66,875
  • 1962545136
    Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $20,595 to $233,575
  • 1892$88594%31245
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • 200160%14035




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • TraditionalAcceleratedRigorousIndirect Support
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • TraditionalStudent-pacedSupportive10 to 12Special needs schoolHeavy integration
    Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • $38,000 to $66,875
  • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorousIndirect SupportLight integration
    Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $20,595 to $233,575
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 17No supportMedium integration
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedRigorous5 to 12No supportHeavy 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
     
     
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • $38,000 to $66,875
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $20,595 to $233,575
  • AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000




  •  
     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    3 - 1245%
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    6 - 12100%
    Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • $38,000 to $66,875
  • Day: Jan 14, 2021
    Boarding: Jan 14, 2021
    9 - 12
    Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $20,595 to $233,575
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    6 - 1294%
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    9 - 1260%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $20,595 to $233,575
  • 97%97%97%94%92%92%78%
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • 70%70%70%70%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $20,595 to $233,575
  • 94%94%94%94%91%84%82%
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • 50%50%50%50%




     
     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Traditional MathEqual Balance
    Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceTraditionalPerennialismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • $38,000 to $66,875
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $20,595 to $233,575
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000
  • Traditional 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
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • $38,000 to $66,875
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $20,595 to $233,575
  • AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000




  •  
     
    Badminton
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Cricket
    Equestrian
    Football
    Golf
    Gymnastics
    Ice Hockey
    Lacrosse
    Rowing
    Rugby
    Soccer
    Softball
    Squash
    Swimming
    Tennis
    Track and Field
    Volleyball
    Wrestling
    Montverde Academy
  • Montverde, Florida
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
  • $7,875 to $51,350
  • Chamberlain International School
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
  • $100,000 to $185,000
  • Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Interlochen, Michigan(USA)
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (503 students)
  • Day school (42 students)
  • $38,000 to $66,875
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Boarding school (312 students)
  • $20,595 to $233,575
  • AHA International School
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (20 students)
  • Boarding school (120 students)
  • $24,000 to $42,000




  • 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.











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