Attending a boarding school is a great way to gain an edge and obtain entrance to an elite college. It will also provide its students the best education obtainable and help students network with powerful alumni.
Choosing a boarding school, like St. George’s School can be a daunting task. There are so many to choose from that it’s hard to know where to begin. The following boarding schools were chosen based on their average SAT scores, the size of the schools’ endowments and how selective they are when it comes to the acceptance rate.
At the top of the list is the Phillips Exeter Academy-also known as just Exeter. Located in New Hampshire, it has been supplying students to Harvard for many years. Students in grades 9-12 are accepted. There are more than 450 courses offered in 19 subject areas and they use a Harkness method-a plan that utilizes dialogue-based learning. More than 80% of the faculty have achieved advanced degrees. Exeter even offers free tuition to any students whose family income is less than $75,000, making their world-class education accessible to those who qualify. Mark Zuckerburg, (Facebook founder), Dan Brown, (author), and Christopher Kimball (Cook’s Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen), are among those who attended Exeter.
Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, is the oldest incorporated boarding school in the US and composed of 80% degree-holding students and uses the Harkness method as well. Notable students that have attended include George W. Bush, Humphrey Bogart, Jack Lemmon, and Julia Alvarez.
The Putney School in Vermont offers hands-on schooling to students in grades 9-12 and because of their progressive learning process, graduates are being accepted into the best schools in the country including Yale, Cornell, Columbia, Oberlin, and Dartmouth. Notable graduates include Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn), Nell Newman (founder of Newman’s Own), and (the actress) Felicity Huffman.
In Exton, Pennsylvania, you will find the Church Farm School which is a boarding school for boys grades 7-12. In addition to regular studies, students here provide community service, gain outdoor experiences, get leadership training, and gain exposure to cultural arts. Michael Eric (NBA star), and Chris Rehab (actor), are among their alumni.
There are many boarding schools and each one is different in their teaching methods and unique qualities, but one thing they all have in common is that they offer their students advantages that otherwise wouldn’t be obtained.