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What you need to know about boarding schools in the US

Just starting to learn about boarding schools in the US? We have the information you need to know, like how many boarding schools are in the US, how old are they, what are the best boarding schools, and how do you apply.

How many boarding schools are in the US?

There are just over 300 boarding schools in the US, and nearly a third of those are in New England. Want to learn some interesting facts about New England boarding schools? Of course you do! Check out these two blogs:

How old are most boarding schools in the US?

The oldest boarding schools date back to the mid-1700s, and most of those founded are still in existence today. The first boarding school was founded in 1744, with 14 more founded before 1800. Want to learn more about the oldest boarding schools in the country? Check out this article from Boarding School Review, which lists the 20 oldest boarding schools in the US. Fun Fact: Cheshire Academy is the 11th oldest boarding school in the US!

What are the best boarding schools in the US?

You’re going to find dozens of articles and boarding school rankings that each say something different in terms of the best boarding schools in the US. Something to keep in mind though is that every ranking out there is based on different information, which can range from SAT scores and grade point averages to college acceptances and even school endowments. Often, the information used to calculate these rankings is at least two or three years old, too.

This is a question that the individual applicant needs to answer, not an online ranking system. In short, every boarding school is the best boarding school for someone. Figure out what is most important in a boarding school for you, and then search. Check out this article I wrote with advice for applying to boarding school, which includes a sample spreadsheet to help you figure out which is the best boarding school for you.  

How do I apply to boarding schools in the US?

Every boarding school will have an admission process that typically includes an online application for the student and one for the parent, an interview, standardized testing results (like the SSAT), transcripts, teacher recommendations, and an application fee. Want to learn more about finding the right boarding school and completing your application? Check out this blog series that offers advice for applying to boarding school:

Already in the admission process or finishing up applications? Read this blog or take this boarding school quiz that will help you figure out if you’ve finished your application process and, if not, what’s left for you to do.

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Stacy Jagodowski

Written by Stacy Jagodowski

Ms. Jago joined the Cheshire Academy community in August 2013 as the director of strategic marketing and communications. Prior to coming to Cheshire Academy, she spent six years working in communications offices at both colleges and private school, as well as five years in admission at both boarding schools and day schools.

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