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Exploring the Northeast: Boarding Schools in New York

Did you know that nearly half of all boarding schools in the US are located in the Northeast? According to Boarding School Review, 45 percent of all boarding schools are in this region. That’s why this blog series is looking at boarding schools in the Northeastern part of the country, and what sets them apart from other schools. Last week, we talked about boarding schools in New England. This week, we’re discussing boarding schools in New York. 

According to Boarding School Review, New York is home to 20 boarding schools. This covers not just boarding schools in New York City, but the entire state. New York boasts a wide range of major industries, including agriculture, tourism, finance, international trade, and fashion, and is one of the most settled states in the country. New York is home to a large and diverse population, and similarly, is home to a wide range of boarding schools. From single sex and five-day boarding schools to Quaker and Christian schools, there is an institution to accommodate any student’s needs, even a middle school student looking for a junior boarding school. The size of the boarding schools in New York range from less than 100 students to nearly 800 students.

There are six boarding schools in New York that offer five-day boarding options, which means students spend the night in dorms during the school week but head home for the weekends. Five-day boarders will follow the same schedule as full boarders and receive many of the same benefits of boarding school, but without the weekend activities. Some would agree that it’s the weekend activities that make boarding school a complete experience, truly preparing students for life away from home. Others believe that five-day boarding gives students just enough boarding experience to prepare them for college, but still spend plenty of time at home with mom and dad. Five-day boarding programs can be helpful for families who live within driving distance, but have more than the typical 30-minute commute. Often, five-day boarding comes with a reduced tuition cost, too.

Boarding schools in New York City in particular are a draw for aspiring artists and designers, as well as musicians and actors. With NYC being considered one of the “Big Four” cities, alongside Paris, Milan, and London, the appeal to attend school here is evident if one has a passion for fashion. The close proximity to top fashion schools including Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Parsons, The New School for Design lends to the allure of boarding schools in New York City. But, New York isn’t the only place for aspiring artists to attend boarding school. Famed Fashion Designer Andrew Fezza and Hollywood Actor James Van Der Beek are both graduates of Cheshire Academy, a top boarding school in CT with a strong high school arts program.  

There are some unique programs at schools outside of New York City, including those with agriculture focuses. Some schools near the Adirondack Mountains are home to extensive gardens, working farms, maple sugaring operations, and more. These schools often offer equestrian programs, and students can even bring their horses to school with them.

Similar to the college admission process, it’s common for students to apply to several boarding schools, as admission is never guaranteed, and New England boarding schools often rank right up there with those from New York. Admission to boarding schools in New York can be competitive, and with nearly 100 nearby boarding schools in New England alone, there are plenty of options for students near New York. Thanks to their close proximity, students can experience many of the same opportunities as boarding schools in New York.

Tell us what you think about boarding schools in New York 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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