Traditional boarding schools provide a well rounded education focused on academics, athletics, and arts. Many have large campuses, resembling a small college, encompassing dormitories, classrooms, libraries, gymnasiums, athletic fields, swimming pools, and dining halls, while still maintaining a relatively small student population compared to public schools. The schools can accommodate a wide variety of student abilities and interests but we especially recommend these schools for confident, outgoing, athletic, or outdoorsy students with average to above average academic abilities and little to no behavior problems beyond the norm for their age. These schools are also best for international students looking for schooling in the United States.
Bement is an oasis—a small, kindergarten through grade 9 school nestled below the Pocumtuck Range and flanked by the sparkling Deerfield River. We’re a kind community that values happiness and hard work, and we teach our students to embrace challenges. We want our students to feel excited and fulfilled every day, whether they are kindergartners chasing butterflies or ninth graders conducting science experiments. We prepare our young people for the next phase of life—from first learning to read to writing a standout essay for entry into competitive secondary schools.
Cardigan Mountain School
Cardigan Mountain School is a boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 to 9.
At Cardigan, we understand and appreciate boys at this great age and stage of development.
We’ve created an environment designed to nurture not only their academic achievement,
but also their physical, social, ethical, and personal growth. Everything here—from
teaching and learning to arts, sports, and fun—is geared toward helping boys reach their
potential. We offer boys just the right amounts of structure and independence, challenge
and support, and a focus on both individual growth and a strong, positive sense of community.
This time-tested, comprehensive approach to the education of boys is what we call the Cardigan Way.
A junior boarding and day school for boys in grades six, seven, eight, and nine founded in 1922
and located in Deerfield, Massachusetts. The faculty and staff at Eaglebrook are committed to
teaching middle school boys the skills they will need for the rest of their lives.
As the oldest day and boarding school for students in Kindergarten through Grade Nine (boarding grades seven though nine), Fay School is a community built on five core values: academic excellence; honorable conduct; dedicated service; earnest effort; and wellness of mind, body, and spirit. While the school has grown and evolved since its founding in 1866, our central purpose has remained constant. Fay provides a broad and challenging program that empowers students to discover their talents, develop their intellectual abilities, establish essential academic skills and knowledge, and define their moral character. Earnest effort has been emphasized throughout the School’s history, as enshrined in our motto, Poteris modo velis (“You can if you will”).
The Fessenden School
Each day at Fessenden transforms a boy just a bit, leaving him stronger and wiser. In a challenging academic program, he rises to meet expectations and push his own boundaries. With a high-five from a peer, encouragement from a teacher, and a cheer from a coach, he becomes empowered to chart his own course. By his side: a pencil, a laptop, a paintbrush, a beaker, a soccer ball, a friend, a community. Today, he might take intellectual risks. Today, he might stop and reflect. And today, he might just find himself growing into someone he never expected.
Since its founding, Hillside School has committed to offering the best educational experience in a structured, supportive environment. Our boarding and day program for boys in grades five through nine is unique in its ability to meet each student at his learning threshold and then truly maximize his potential. Hillside parents frequently give us credit for offering the possibility for transformation, for bringing out the best in their boys, and ultimately for “saving their sons.”
Indian Mountain School
At Indian Mountain School, you will find a community joyfully engaged in learning and teaching. Our faculty work as teachers, coaches, advisors, dorm parents, and mentors. We understand fully the charge to educate the whole child. These excellent teachers delight in developing their students’ curiosity and creativity, encouraging them to experiment and innovate. Our teachers also recognize the developmental value of play.
North Country School
North Country School is a coeducational community of fourth through ninth graders in Lake Placid, New York.
A school with a casual dress code, the school has a strong focus on creativity and outdoor experiences.
Oaklawn Academy is an international boarding school that strives to provide the most appropriate environment: facilities, programs and personnel, for the Integral Formation of young men as Christian leaders. Our education is rooted in the living Catholic tradition of academic excellence, personal integrity, high moral standards and a spirit of service to others. It aims to offer to each student the key to his personal happiness and fulfillment in this life and the next, and it provides him with the means to be an active agent for improvement in whatever walk of life he chooses.
Ojai Valley School
The only independent and traditional boarding school outside of New England, Ojai Valley School has a strong California vibe to it. Dress code is casual and students can often be found taking trips to the beach in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Since its inception in 1911, Ojai Valley School has held progressive education and character development at the center of its philosophy and practice. Ojai Valley School offers many electives and offers experiences in base and wilderness camping throughout its program. The school has two campuses, a lower campus for students through grade eight, and an upper campus, located approximately 15 minutes away for students in grades nine through twelve.
At Rectory, students learn to understand themselves and the world around them. Rectory students can speak frankly about their strengths... and where they need to improve. Rectory students aren't just ready for their next school... they are ready for life.
Rumsey Hall School
Rumsey Hall School is committed to a whole-child approach to education and believes that teaching academics and teaching an attitude of mind are of equal importance. The School emphasizes effort as a criterion for success and is dedicated to helping each child develop toward his or her maximum stature as an educated person, a successful member of a family and a contributing member of a community.