College-Preparatory & Junior Boarding Schools

There are several different types of boarding schools. You can find detailed profiles of boarding schools on our partner site, Boarding School Review. Distinctions between boarding schools are detailed below:

College-Preparatory Boarding Schools

College preparatory boarding schools' primary goal is to prepare students for the academic rigors of college life. If you're a generally well-motivated student seeking to excel and explore new opportunities, this is the type of boarding school you're looking for. All the schools listed in our boarding school directory are exclusively college-preparatory boarding schools. Depending on the school, college-prep boarding schools may also have programs to accomodate students with learning disorders (e.g., Attention Deficit Disorder). Within college-preparatory boarding schools, there are additional distinctions between schools:

  • All-boys or all-girls boarding schools - while fewer in number, there are a number of single-sex boarding schools in the USA. View a list of all-girls boarding schools or all-boys boarding schools.
  • Military schools - these boarding schools also prepare students for college-life, with the addition of military-type discipline and structure. View a list of military boarding schools.
  • Pre-professional arts schools - these schools specialize in helping students train and become artists in a variety of fields such as music, visual arts, theatre, ballet, and creative writing. Students are prepared for entrance into either traditional colleges or specialty schools like music conservatories (e.g., Juilliard). View a list of arts boarding schools.
  • Religious boarding schools - these schools have an emphasis on a particular religion and spiritual growth. View a list of Christian boarding schools.

Junior Boarding Schools

Junior boarding schools offer boarding opportunities for students grades 8 or lower. Note that some boarding schools focus exclusively on the junior boarding experience (and offer only junior boarding grades), while other schools offer both junior and college-prep boarding grades. View a list of junior boarding schools.

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