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States with the Largest Number of Elite Boarding Schools

Posted By Ryan Duques

Prestigious boarding schools are rooted in history and tradition. It should be no surprise that most of the elite schools are located in states that date their beginnings before the revolutionary war. As families consider an elite school, they might want to travel to the north east as soon as they complete that SSAT exam.


The northeastern United States is home to the greatest number of Elite boarding schools, according to a recent report published by Business Insider (The 50 Most Elite Boarding Schools in The US, January 12, 2015).


With schools like Phillips Exeter Academy, Choate Rosemary Hall and Groton school, 58% of the most elite boarding schools are in the northeastern states of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.


According to Business Insider, they devised their list of the top 50 boarding schools by factoring in the school’s endowment, acceptance rate, and average SAT scores.


The state with the largest number of elite boarding schools is Massachusetts. The states boasts 12 schools, and some of the most prestigious in the world.


Deerfield Academy

Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts



Massachusetts elite boarding school’s making Business Insider’s list include:





Hotchkiss School in Connecticut

Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut



The state with the second largest number of elite boarding schools is Connecticut with eight of the top 50.


The Connecticut boarding schools making the list are:




States with the 50 Most Elite Boarding Schools


States with the most elite boarding schools



  • Massachusetts – 12 Schools
  • Connecticut – 9 Schools
  • Virginia – 4 Schools
  • California – 4 Schools
  • New Jersey – 3 Schools
  • New Hampshire – 3 Schools
  • Rhode Island – 2 Schools
  • Pennsylvania – 2 Schools
  • New York – 2 Schools
  • Washington, D.C. – 2 Schools
  • Texas – 1 School
  • Oregon – 1 School
  • Ohio – 1 School
  • North Carolina – 1 School
  • Michigan – 1 School
  • Maryland – 1 School
  • Illinois – 1 School
  • Delaware – 1 School


Source: 50 Most Elite Boarding Schools as determined by Business Insider, January 2015


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