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Boston Area Private Schools

The greater Boston, Massachusetts metropolitan area offers a wealth of private K-12 school choices - over sixty institutions. Couple that with over thirty-seven colleges and universities, and you have an intellectual and academic life virtually unmatched by any other American city. Boston is also the jumping off point for dozens of boarding schools located within a couple of hours of Faneuil Hall.

A Tour of Boston Area Schools
The greater Boston, Massachusetts metropolitan area offers a wealth of private K-12 school choices - over sixty institutions! Couple that with over thirty-seven colleges and universities, and you have an intellectual and academic life virtually unmatched by any other American city.

Cambridge Friends School
A profile of Cambridge Friends School, a pre-K through 8 Quaker school in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Buckingham Browne & Nichols
A profile of Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a co-ed private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Guide to Boston
Explore Boston with the expert guidance of About.com's Guide to Boston.

The Academy at Charlemont, Charlemont
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 7-12, PG
School Type: Coeducational, day/boarding school
Comments: The Academy at Charlemont is a small school offering a classical education anchored in English, Latin, history, mathematics and science. Contemporary languages are also required.

The Advent School, Boston
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: N-6
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The historic Church of the Advent provided the initial space for this elementary school in the heart of Boston. Students are drawn from all over the city. They enjoy school programs enriched by the amenities Boston affords.

Epiphany School of Boston: A Tuition-Free School
The tuition-free Epiphany School provides a comprehensive education for middle school students from economically disadvantaged homes in Boston.

Archbishop Williams High School, Braintree
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Archbishop Williams High School offers a full college preparatory program. AWHS has AP and Honors courses as well as a Virtual High School.

Arlington Catholic High School, Arlington
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Arlington Catholic High School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It offers a college preparatory program with 97% of its graduates going on to college.

A Profile of the Commonwealth School in Boston
A profile of the Commonwealth School, located in Boston's Back Bay.

Beaver Country Day School, Chestnut Hill
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 6-12
School Type: Co-educational, day school
Comments: A Boston treasure since 1920, the school continues to set the pace in all aspects of middle and high school education. Beaver Country Day School is one of the nation's oldest and leading progressive schools. You won't find AP courses and other standardized tests at BCDS.

Belmont Day School, Belmont
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Belmont Day School specializes in elementary and middle school education. The focus is on developing the whole child and laying strong foundations for learning in the years ahead.

Belmont Hill School, Belmont
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-8
School Type: Boys, boarding/day school
Comments: Belmont Hill School offers a full array of academics including AP courses, honors courses, independent study, study abroad and study at local colleges for credit. 99% of students are day students.

Boston College High School, Boston
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: 7-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: Boston College High has offered a Jesuit education since 1863. This is a large school (1500 boys) with a wide range of athletics and extracurricular activities. The academics are high quality as you would expect from the Jesuits.

Boston University Academy, Boston
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational day school
Comments: Boston University Academy is a small school with very high academic achievements. The sports program is also tiny. You will have all the cultural amenities Boston affords.

Brimmer and May School, Chestnut Hill
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Brimmer and May School is a small school with just over 400 students. Strong academics and a respectable athletic program are but two of the school's many appealing features.

Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, Cambridge
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Buckingham Browne and Nichols School has Boston,specifically Cambridge which is home to Harvard University, as its backyard. The school has about 1,000 students and offers rigorous academic programs as you might expect of a school in such a setting.

British School, Boston
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The British School of Boston opened in 2000. It is an International Baccalaureate school which caters to an international clientele of students and families.

Cambridge Friends School, Cambridge
Religious affiliation: Quaker
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Cambridge Friends School is the only Quaker school in Massachusetts. Diversity is very important at CFS. Antihomophobia and antiracist education are integral parts of the CFS curriculum. As you'd imagine, CFS has high quality academics taught by a highly-qualified, experienced faculty.

Cambridge Montessori School, Cambridge
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-9
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Cambridge Montessori School offers the child-centered, independent, self-directed approach to learning for which Montessori schools are renowned. This school takes children right through to 9th grade which is something of a rarity for Montessori schools in the U.S.

Cardinal Spellman High School, Brockton
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Cardinal Spellman High is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It offers strong college preparatory courses taught in a school which upholds traditional Catholic values and traditions.

Catholic Memorial High, West Roxbury
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: 7-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: The Christian Brothers operate Catholic Memorial High. With that imprimatur you know that your son will benefit from the high academic standards, traditional Catholic teaching and a warm, caring community of students and teachers. CMH graduates matriculate to top colleges and universities.

The Chestnut Hill School, Chestnut Hill
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-6
School Type: independent, coeducational day school
Comments: The Chestnut Hill School offers a wide array of academic and extracurricular programs. If you live in the Boston area, you need to review the arts program and the music school, to name but two of Chestnut Hill's very special offerings.

Commonwealth School, Boston
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Commonwealth School provides a wide variety of college preparatory courses designed to expand students' thinking and develop the skills necessary to succeed at college level studies. This small school aspires to the highest standards with serious course requirements for graduation.

Cushing Academy, Ashburnham
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12, PG
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: Cushing Academy was one man's dream and gift. The school continues to blaze new trails with a rich curriculum as well as all the sports and extracurricular activities which you'd expect from a school of this standing. 86% of Cushing's students board.

Dedham Country Day School, Dedham
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Dedham Country Day School is an old, established elementary/middle school serving Dedham and the surrounding area. The school offers imaginative programs at every level. Its graduates move on to the best prep schools in the region and beyond.

Dexter Southfield School, Brookline
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational day school
Comments: Dexter Southfield School is a boys' school and a girls' school. The schools share the same headmaster and many administrative and teaching staff. If you live in the Boston area, you need to have a look at all DSS offers.

East Boston Central Catholic School, East Boston
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: East Boston Central Catholic School provides a balanced curriculum and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

The Eliot Montessori School, South Natick
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: N-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Eliot Montessori School was established in 1971. It is a small school offering preschool through 8th grade to approximately 120 children.

Epiphany School, Dorchester
Religious affiliation: Episcopal
Grades: 5-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Epiphany School provides tuition free schooling for children from economically disadvantaged families living in Boston neighborhoods.

Holden School, Boston
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 7-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Holden School merged with the Compass organization in 2007. This special needs school offers alternative and special schooling for students who are not served adequately by other programs.

Inly School, Scituate
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: N-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Inly School servers 16 towns on Boston's south shore with toddler, pre-school, kindergarten, elementary and middle school programs.

The Kingsley Montessori School, Boston
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-6
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Kingsley Montessori School offers a traditional Montessori program. Its graduates move on to the best schools in the area.

Maimonides School, Brookline
Religious affiliation: Jewish
Grades: K-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Maimonides School was founded in 1937. It has a faculty of over 150 professionals including 6 ordained rabbis. The school offers serious college preparatory studies combined with Jewish teachings as well as a host of enrichment activities.

Matignon High School, Cambridge
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Matignon High School serves the Cambridge community with a college preparatory program and sports including hockey.

Meridian Academy, Jamaica Plain
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 6-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Meridian Academy is a new, small private school serving the Jamaica Plain area of Boston. The school has plans to expand through to 12th grade. The curriculum blends progressive and traditional elements to achieve a student-centric approach.

Mother Caroline Academy, Dorchester
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 5-8
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments: Mother Caroline Academy serves about 60 girls from families of limited means in the Dorchester area of greater Boston.

Mount Alvernia Academy, Chestnut Hill
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: N-6
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception established Mount Alvernia Academy in 1927. It offers rigorous academics combined with traditional Catholic values.

The Newman School, Boston
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-PG
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Newman School enjoys a superb city setting on the Back Bay in Boston. A small school with superb college preparatory courses enriched by all the amenities Boston affords, The Newman School was named in honor of Cardinal John Henry Newman and embraces Judeo-Christian values.

Noble and Greenough School, Dedham
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian Grades: 7-12 School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school Comments: Noble and Greenough is a very selective school. So have the right stuff to be accepted to enjoy the rigorous college prep curriculum, great sports and all the other features which this great school affords. Students can board in 9th through 12th grades.

North Cambridge Catholic High School, Cambridge
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: North Cambridge Catholic High School is a member of the Cristo del Rey Network of schools. Students do work-study to partially offset the cost of their schooling.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School, Roxbury
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School is a small Catholic elementary school which was established in 1889. The school is accredited by NEASC.

The Park School, Brookline
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Park School serves approximately 545 students from a 26 acre campus in Brookline. 91% of Park's graduates go on to independent secondary schools.

Roxbury Latin School, West Roxbury
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 7-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: Roxbury Latin School was founded in 1645. It is one of the country's most selective private schools. The academics are of the highest order. The sports program is small but vital as you'd expect from a city school with limited space. RLS benefits from all the cultural amenities Boston offers.

Saint Catherine of Genoa Parish School, Somerville
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: St. Catherine of Genoa Parish School has served the Somerville area since 1930. The school is accredited by the NEASC.

Saint Sebastian School, Needham
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 7-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: Saint Sebastian Schools has been educating young men since 1941 when it was founded by the Archbishop of Boston. The school offers rigorous academics and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Shady Hill School, Cambridge
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school.
Comments: Shady Hill School is known for its unique approach to teaching. A teaching approach called "Central Subject" is the hallmark of a Shady Hill education.

Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, Newton
Religious affiliation: Jewish
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston operates 2 campuses in Newton. The school serves 500 students and was founded in 1961.

Southfield School, Brookline
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-12
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments: Southfield School is now part of Dexter-Southfield School. The two schools educate boys and girls separately but use the same staff and many of the same facilities.

Thayer Academy, Braintree
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 6-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Thayer Academy was established with a bequest from General Sylvanus Thayer. Thayer was the Father of the U.S. Military Academy and founder of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. The school which bears his name offers strong academics, sports and extracurricular activities.

The Tobin School, Natick
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-4
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Tobin School actually consist of 4 programs dedicated to educating elementary school age children. The schools have small classes with teacher-directed learning.

Torah Academy, Brookline
Religious affiliation: Jewish
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school.
Comments: Torah Academy offers single gender classes from 2nd grade onwards. This is a Jewish school in the orthodox tradition.

Trinity Catholic High School, Newton
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Trinity Catholic High School offers college prep, honors and advanced placement courses. The school serves the Newton area with traditional Catholic values and teaching.

Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian Grades: 9-12 School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school Comments: Walnut Hill School for the Arts is affiliated with the prestigious New England Conservatory. It seeks talented, passionate students who are exposed to some of the finest musicians and artists in the world.

The Winsor School, Boston
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 5-12
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments: The Winsor School is one of the country's selective schools. Only 16% of applicants were accepted in 2008. The school offers rigorous academics, a wide array of extracurricular activities and extensive sports.

A Profile of the Winsor School, Boston
A description of the Winsor School, a girls' school in Boston.

A Profile of the Roxbury Latin School
A Profile of Roxbury Latin, one of the oldest private schools in the country.

The Woodward School, Quincy
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 6-12
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments: The Woodward School originally educated only Quincy-born girls. Since 1969 it has welcomed girls from everywhere. It is a leader in educating young women for serious college academics.

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