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Apply Ivy Visits Holderness School

Overview One of the unique things about Holderness School that was noticeable during my visit is how active everyone is. Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, about 2 hours north of Boston, winter sports and activities are an integral part of life at the school. While students don’t have to be athletes, it […]

Apply Ivy Visits Concord Academy

Concord Academy is a boarding school located in the Boston suburb of Concord, Massachusetts. The campus location is unique in that it is a 5-minute walk down the street from the heart of Concord, a quaint and historic town. The town essentially serves as an extension of the campus, which is smaller, compared to the […]

Starting Boarding School Applications Early

When people think about applying to US boarding schools, they often start preparing for the application process in the Fall of the preceding year. When the new school year starts, it serves as a reminder that the student will be going away to school the following year and creates some urgency to begin applying. The […]

Apply Ivy Visits St. Paul’s School

St. Paul’s School is a co-ed boarding school in Concord, New Hampshire, about a 1.5-hour drive north of Boston. The campus is a sprawling 2,000 acres with buildings ranging from historic to modern and extensive athletic facilities. Walking around St. Paul’s almost feels like a small town, and with 100% of the students and faculty […]

Apply Ivy Visits Santa Catalina School

Overview Santa Catalina is an all-girls boarding school located in Monterey, California, which is a 2-hour drive south of San Francisco. The boarding school is for Grades 9-12 (Upper School), while there is also a Lower School and a Middle School, comprised of co-ed day students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8.  The campus is in […]

Apply Ivy Visits Dunn School

When I visited Dunn School, I understood why one faculty member described it as a West Coast school with an East Coast feel. This may have been because of the sprawling green fields surrounding the campus, the white-wooden fences and the cottage-style architecture. The school is located in Los Olivos, in the heart of Southern […]

Apply Ivy Visits Idyllwild Arts Academy

Overview Idyllwild Arts Academy is unlike any other boarding school in California, in many different ways. When visiting a school in California, I didn’t expect to find a campus surrounded by forests 5,300 feet up in the mountains. The school is located in the San Bernardino Forest, equidistant from Los Angeles and San Diego, and […]

Apply Ivy Visits The Thacher School

Overview The Thacher School is located in the Ojai Valley of Southern California, about 2 hours northwest of Los Angeles. The campus is a mixture of California mission-style and modern architecture and is surrounded by mountains that are ideal for outdoor activities. While many schools provide numerous activities in the outdoors, embracing the outdoors is […]

Apply Ivy Visits Cate School

Overview Cate School is set on a bluff with beautiful views of the ocean on one side and mountains on the other side. The campus, called the Mesa, is located in the Southern California coastal town of Carpinteria, 20 minutes away from Santa Barbara and about 2 hours away from Los Angeles. Atmosphere At first […]

Apply Ivy Visits Middlesex School

Overview I visited Middlesex School on a rainy, spring day. Despite the damp weather, the students welcomed it after enduring the extended winter. The school is located in the suburb of Concord, Massachusetts, about 40 minutes from Boston. The main buildings of the campus surround a circular drive, which helps to emphasize the inclusive culture […]