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Exploring the Northeast: Boarding Schools in New England

When looking at options for high school, many students look to schools in the Northeast, which is home to 140 boarding schools. According to Boarding School Review, that means that nearly half of the boarding schools in the US are located in this region. In this blog series, we’ll look at boarding schools in the Northeastern part of the country, and what sets them apart from other schools. First up, boarding schools in New England.

New England boarding schools are steeped in history, making them a popular choice for many families. According to Boarding School Review, New England is the most densely populated area of the United States when it comes to boarding schools. In fact, 98 of these private institutions, ranging from coed and single sex to junior and college prep, are located within this region. That’s nearly a third of all boarding schools in the US!

Why are there so many boarding schools in New England? The history of our country plays a part in this phenomenon. The 13 colonies that came together to form the United States included four New England states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Vermont and Maine joined as the fourteenth and twenty-third states, respectively. With a history like that, it’s no wonder that of the 25 oldest boarding schools in the country, 16 of them are located in New England alone. Cheshire Academy is among this elite group that has stood the test of time, with its founding dating back to 1794. Learn more about the Academy’s exciting history here.

These prestigious schools are known for their strong academics, dedication to arts and athletics, and their connections to some of the best colleges and universities in the country, many of which are also located in New England. The proximity to these higher education institutions, as well as major cities including New York and Boston, makes New England a desirable geographic region for high school.

Boarding schools in New England also have a long list of distinguished alumni. From former US Presidents to famous Hollywood actors, these schools have educated numerous high profile individuals and helped launch many successful careers. Cheshire Academy is home to notable alumni including famed industrialist and financier J.P. Morgan; Robert Ludlum, author of “The Bourne Identity;” actor James Van Der Beek; and numerous professional athletes and well-known artists.

Tell us what you think about boarding schools in New England in the comments section below!


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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