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Boarding schools in Massachusetts

Getting to know boarding schools in Massachusetts

Among the states in the US, Massachusetts is notable for its long and rich history of educational offerings. Since colonial days, beginning with boarding schools in Boston, the state has been home to the most highly regarded schools in the US and in the case of Harvard University, one of the best known learning institutions in the world. Massachusetts was first to launch the public school movement. It was first to organize schools for students with learning disabilities. Known for its scholarship, Massachusetts boarding schools lead the way, offering students the opportunity to press their competitive advantage in high school and beyond.

Boarding schools in MA for students with learning disabilities include programs serving students with cognitive disorders, medical needs and ADHD. Schools offer smaller class size, 24-hour staff supervision and opportunities for close interaction between faculty and students. Notable among these special needs schools is the first US school for the blind.

MA boarding schools are part of a long history of educational innovation

Massachusetts was the first state to require school attendance. The state is home to the first teacher’s training college in the US and the first board of education was constituted in the state. The oldest junior boarding school in the US is also in the state of Massachusetts. Today boarding schools in Massachusetts are sought by families throughout the world who are seeking the very best for their children. Perhaps your child is not thriving in her current school. For any number of reasons, her present school is not bringing out the best in your student. Perhaps you like the idea of a boarding school because of the diverse learner community likely with many international students. Boarding schools offer highest quality facilities, labs, performing arts centers, fine art studios and sporting complexes. Some families seek the strong sense of community fostered in a boarding school with ample opportunity for faculty interaction with students. For whatever reason you seek a boarding school experience, Massachusetts and the surrounding states have many top notch options on offer.

Some examples of Massachusetts boarding schools and boarding schools in surrounding states

  • Buxton School, Williamstown, MA
  • Middlesex School, Concord, MA
  • Groton School, Groton, MA
  • Milton Academy, Milton, MA
  • Phillips Academy Andover, Andover, MA
  • Northfield Mount Hermon School, Mount Hermon, MA
  • Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA

New Hampshire

  • Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH
  • St Paul’s School, Concord, NH
  • Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, NH
  • Proctor Academy, Andover, NH


  • Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury, VT
  • The Putney School, Putney, VT

Rhode Island

  • Portsmouth Abbey School, Portsmouth, RI
  • St. George’s School, Middletown, RI
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