Boarding schools in the US don't come cheap, but that's because they offer superior programmes and facilities at some of the finest campuses in the world. On top of that, these illustrious boarding schools have had the pleasure of educating some of America's most influential individuals.
Read on to discover our top picks for the 10 best boarding schools in the US.
1. Choate Rosemary Hall
Ages: Grades 9-12
Admissions: Online application, standardised test results, school report, recommendations plus interview. Application deadline is January 10 for enrolment the following year.
No. of Pupils: 850
Curriculum: Dynamic balance characterises the Choate Rosemary Hall experience, both in and out of the classroom, preparing students especially well for success in a world filled with challenges and opportunities.
Campus and facilities: Rosemary Hall, a school for girls, was founded in 1890 by Mary Atwater Choate; in 1896, she and her husband, William Choate, established the Choate School for boys on the same family property in Wallingford. The two institutions merged in 1974 to become Choate Rosemary Hall, a college- prep, co-educational private boarding school that sits on a 488-acre campus, featuring 10 academic buildings and 29 residential halls.
Noteworthy: The school’s traditional matriculation ceremony requires each student to sign a pledge card of commitment “to personal growth, to integrity, to self-discipline and to caring for others.” Choate offers 32 different sports and puts forth 81 teams in interscholastic competition. Intramural programmes include aerobics, dance, weight-training, yoga, winter running, rock climbing and volleyball.
Fees: US$60,950 (boarding); US$45,710 (day)
Choate Rosemary Hall, 333 Christian Street, Wallingford, Connecticut, choate.edu