The Complete ICT Guide to Boarding Schools
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I posted a couple times recently about boarding schools, and since then I have done extensive research on the subject.  I wanted to post this here for anyone interested, and also for my own personal future reference.  My sources include various websites, school websites, forums, personal contacts, lower school contacts, alumni, and a wonderful little sociological study on the subject that I highly recommend for anyone whose interest may be piqued called "Preparing for Power: America's Elite Boarding Schools" from the mid-80s which deals with the unique inculturation/socialization of these schools as "total institutions" which turn students into "cold tempered steel" for elite governance of the U.S.

Some quotes from said book to frame the discussion:


Quote:Boarding school students, we began to see, are taught that they should be moral and treat life as an exciting challenge, but what they often learn is that life is hard, and that winning is essential for survival.  The "muscular Christianity" that so well describes the essence of prep pride is exactly right: speak like a man or woman of God, but act like a man or woman who knows the score and can settle a score without flinching.



Quote:Part of the preparation for power is learning to live in a world of seeming contradictions.  By learning to reconcile the difference between what the schools teach and what is learned, students discover that power and pain are inseparable and that to a large degree the price of privilege is the loss of autonomy and individuality.



Quote:The exclusive prep school played an important role in the formation and maintenance of an American upper class because the schools enrolled both Eastern patricians and parvenus. By putting a Boston patrician under the same roof with a New York parvenu, the schools ensured that blood and money would recognize their class interests were the same and that they should act in concert. The shared ordeal of the prep rite of passage would create bonds of loyalty that differences in background could not unravel. The collective identity forged in prep schools would become the basis of upper-class solidarity and consciousness.

Quote:To justify inequality requires the powerful to acquire a style of behavior that legitimates unequal relationships. The “habit of command,” which Randall Collins has called the essence of upper-class style, is a learned behavior. In Great Britain, public school graduates often became literal soldiers for their class, either by serving in the officer corps of the British army or by becoming civilian administrators somewhere in the British empire. Being able to command respect could mean the difference between life and death to public school boys in “Her Majesty’s service.”  The aristocratic and military traditions of the British upper class, however, are quite different from those of the American upper class. The American upper class is primarily a business elite, and in the economic marketplace inherited titles and battle flags count for little. The founders of American boarding schools imitated the British in many ways, but stopped short of trying to create a military and administrative elite, even though many of the schools’ founders dreamed of an American empire to rival the British.


Interesting stuff!  But what about the schools themselves?  We can distinguish a few different classes of such schools: The Academy, the descendant of Puritan schools dating from before the revolution (Exeter, Andover); the Episcopalian School, which attempted to more perfectly imitate the British boarding school and teach the Episcopalian elite as well as other extreme Anglophiles (St. Paul's, Groton); and the Entrepreneurial School, a later development that attempted to split the difference between these two types that were either primarily secular or non-denominational/Protestant (Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville).  There are other lesser types including Catholic schools (which are mostly not "elite" - more on that later), progressive schools (which, who cares), and Quaker schools (also who cares).

These distinctions pale in comparison to the question of which schools count as truly "elite."  Here we can distinguish a top 8 or top 16.  I present this list culled of those which, despite being prestigious, lack a college matriculation list that is truly impressive.  Any of these schools would mean almost automatic acceptance into an Ivy if you are fairly competent.  For those who aren't academically successful enough, they will end up in certain "elite" private schools that appear specifically designed for very rich students who couldn't quite make it into an Ivy.  Not to say anything bad about them - I'm sure they're great schools.  These include: Tulane, Tufts, Trinity College, Colby, Colgate, NYU; plus some more STEM oriented elite schools like Carnegie Mellon, Hopkins, and MIT; as well as certain elite Catholic schools like Boston College, Notre Dame, and especially Georgetown.

The absolute best of the best schools include:
  • Phillips Exeter
  • Phillips Academy Andover
  • St. Paul's School
  • Groton
  • Deerfield
The continuation of these absolute best schools that still lead to the same outcomes and carry almost identical prestige, but which fall *a hair* short of being the absolute best include:
  • Lawrenceville
  • Hotchkiss
  • Taft
  • Choate Rosemary
  • Milton
  • Middlesex
  • Brooks
A couple other honorable mentions that are not as exclusive (but with promising acceptance rates into the 30's), start to factor in many state schools into their matriculation list, and are farther removed from New England include:
  • Episcopal High School (Alexandria, VA)
  • St. Andrew's School (Middleton, DE)
  • St. George's School (Newport, RI)
  • The Hill School (Pottstown, PA)
  • Portsmouth Abbey (Portsmouth, RI)*
Of this last group, Portsmouth Abbey was most intriguing to me because it is the only Catholic school to be anywhere near these lists.  It is run by Benedictines and includes some of what we would consider the Catholic elite as its alumni (Kennedys, Buckleys); Sean Spicer, Charlie Day of It's Always Sunny, Benedict Fitzgerald, and various Republican politicos went here as well.  Unlike the others, it also appears uncommonly conservative/Republican.  It boasts a more impressive matriculation list than, say, St. Andrew's; however, it should be noted that a big reason for this is an emphasis on matriculation to Catholic schools like Georgetown, Boston College, Notre Dame (and even lesser ones like Holy Cross and Drexel); Brown and Penn accept a substantial number of students, as does Hopkins, Chicago, and oddly the Naval Academy.

Tuition at these schools hovers around $60,000/year; however, grants awarded to the lower 35-40% financially usually approximates $35,000-$45,000.  Acceptance rates range from 12% to almost 40% (particularly for that last batch of schools).  They attempt to present a face of strong diversity, advertising 35%-50% "students of color".  This can be deceptive: the actual breakdown is typically something like <10% Black, 5-10% Hispanic, 20-30% Asian, and about 5% White/Asian Biracial.  For a school that is 50% "diverse," those numbers are boosted exclusively by accepting more Asian students; as with the Ivies, the Black/Hispanic percentage essentially NEVER rises above 10 percent, despite appearances otherwise.

(Also please note that unlike most of these schools, Phillips Exeter is an explicitly Satanic school, offering electives such as "Critiquing Christianity". Even in comparison to the other schools, it is off the deep end in terms of leftism)

(On that same subject, apparently the Entrepreneurial schools house the most Jews, whereas the Episcopalian schools are somewhat known for having as little as 0 Jews even to this day; this is not something I could confirm, however)

Fun facts: The novel "A Separate Peace" was written about Phillips Exeter; the film "Dead Poet's Society" was filmed at St. Andrew's; Andover is best known as being the school that ALL the Bushes went to, from H.W. to W. to Jeb; the acronym HADES refers one set of the perceived "best of the best" and stands for: Hotchkiss, Andover, Deerfield, Exeter, St. Paul's.
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