Elite Boarding School Options for Students

Choosing a boarding school is an option many families consider when looking at secondary education for their child. Some are looking for improved academic opportunities for their son or daughter, others seek the rich history and tradition offered across the nation by prestigious boarding schools. Whatever the reason, top boarding schools in the United States greet thousands of highly-qualified, energetic young people every Fall.
American boarding schools have long been seen as mostly East Coast institutions, like St. George’s School. We often think of the fine campuses and programs offered at Phillips Exeter Academy, Choate and St. Andrew’s as the only examples of traditional boarding schools. But in nearly all 50 states, fine boarding schools are available for some of the best students in the country. Schools like Oregon Episcopal provide cutting edge science education, while Tabor Academy across the country in Massachusetts encourages students to center their studies around the maritime history of the area, emphasizing marine and nautical science.
At St. Stephen’s Episcopal in Austin, Texas they believe that what happens outside the classroom is as important as what happens in it. Students are encouraged to explore their interests in film, dance, photography and art. The Webb School in Claremont, California is the only U.S high school with an art museum on campus. And at Blair Academy in New Jersey, students are encouraged to work and think in a “maker-space,” working out real-world design solutions. The school opportunities for young people are as varied as the students themselves.
In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in schools specifically for girls or boys. Much research cites the benefits of single-sex education–much of the evidence aimed at reducing the achievement gap in Math, Science and the Arts. Georgetown Preparatory offers boarding school for boys, while Emma Willard School in Troy, New York has opened its doors to girls only for the last 200 years. Similar schools exist in other states.
Choices abound for families seeking new experiences, challenging academics and the rich cultural traditions that remain at American boarding schools.

Stanley Solis