St. George's

Business Insider released their annual list of the 50 Most Elite Boarding Schools in America on February 17th.

[contextly_auto_sidebar] Portsmouth Abbey School came in at #46 on the 2016 list with an acceptance rate of 37%, endowment of $45 million and enrollment of 360.

The website had the following to say about the Portsmouth, RI school; “Portsmouth Abbey School boasts 1.24 miles of coastline along Narragansett Bay and houses 70% of its students. The Roman Catholic school is also home to a fully operational, on-campus monastery led by a community of Benedictine monks. The Benedictine ideal of a “community life of work and prayer” informs the school’s ethos, which teaches students to balance academics with social and physical activities.”

St. George’s School came in at #20 on the 2016 list with an acceptance rate of 25%, endowment of $138 million and enrollment of 365.

The website had the following to say about the Newport, RI school; “In addition to lively academic discussion and debate in the classroom, St. George’s School emphasizes experiential learning in the local community and around the world. Every semester the seaside Episcopal school sends students on one leg of a transatlantic voyage in a 69-foot marine-research vessel called Geronimo, where they get a firsthand education in marine biology.”

For the second year in a row, Phillips Exeter Academy earned the No. 1 spot on the list.

They relied primarily on data from, a website that collects information on boarding schools directly from the institutions. Gaps in the data were confirmed with individual schools or taken from Niche, another organization that researches and compiles information on schools.

Read on to see the rest of the 50 most elite boarding schools in America

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