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The 6 Best Boarding Schools in the World

Best boarding schools: While for some, the idea of attending a boarding school might seem somewhat obsolete, the benefits this type of education brings are undeniable: they promote independence, they offer a new perspective, and they bring together students from all over the world.

We have compiled a list of some of the best boarding schools worldwide, in a style similar to our coverage of the 10 Most Expensive Private Schools in the World (this report covers boarding schools as well as day schools). 

Our top 6 contains schools from all corners of the world, from the US all the way to New Zealand.

Let’s take a look at the countdown of the best boarding schools:

No. 6: JFK International, Switzerland

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Located in a village in the Swiss Alps, JFK International is home to only about 60-70 pupils, aged 5 to 14. Apart from having an excellent academic curriculum, the JFK International boarding school also organizes a number of excursions and other fun activities to help children develop. Teachers at JFK put a lot of focus on their relationship with the children and each pupil is treated as an individual.

No. 5: Branksome Hall, Canada


Branksome Hall is a one-century old boarding school for girls, teaching students from all ages, from a kindergarten level to pre-university. This Canadian boarding school also offers the International Baccalaureate, which is a worldwide recognized prestigious certification.

No. 4: Diocesan School for Girls, New Zealand

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Although tradition is an important aspect for the Diocesan boarding school in Auckland, New Zealand, this teaching institution employs cutting-edge resources to ensure that the students have access to only the best education. Although most students that enroll in Diocesan are New Zealand natives, the school can house up to 35 boarding students.

No. 3: Westminster School, United Kingdom

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This London school is one of the most renowned international day and boarding schools. Most of its graduates end up in prestigious universities, such as Cambridge or Oxford. The roots of the Westminster boarding school can be traced as far back as one thousand years. Numerous public figures have attended the school, and its most famous alumni include musicians Gavin Rossdale and Dido, actor Peter Ustinov, or composer Andrew Lloyd Weber.  

No. 2: Choate Rosemary Hall, United States

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Situated in Wallingford, Connecticut, the Choate Rosemary Hall is a co-ed boarding school that offers a sound academic curriculum as well as no less than 32 different sporting activities. Former US president John F. Kennedy is one of Choate’s most famous alumni.

No. 1: Charterhouse, United Kingdom


With a history of over 400 years, Charterhouse is one of the most prestigious teaching institutions within the United Kingdom. Nonetheless, the educational system employed at Charterhouse is by no means traditional or outdated. The teachers at this boarding school put their focus not only on academic work, but also on a variety of extra-curricular activities. International pupils who would like to attend the boarding school are required to pass a series of tests, in English, Science, and Mathematics. However, the number of spots awarded is limited.

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