Boarding schools are a long-standing tradition on the East Coast where many schools have been around for several hundred years. The top-ranked boarding schools can be expensive but offer students an outstanding education and an undeniable leg up getting into the nation's top colleges and universities. These renowned institutions attract top students from around the world, many of whom go on to become international leaders in their chosen field. "Forbes" magazine rates these schools according to factors like percentage of faculty with advanced degrees, endowment and percentage of graduating seniors accepted into top 10 colleges.

Boarding schools are a long-standing tradition on the East Coast where many schools have been around for several hundred years. The top-ranked boarding schools can be expensive but offer students an outstanding education and an undeniable leg up getting into the nation's top colleges and universities. These renowned institutions attract top students from around the world, many of whom go on to become international leaders in their chosen field. "Forbes" magazine rates these schools according to factors like percentage of faculty with advanced degrees, endowment and percentage of graduating seniors accepted into top 10 colleges.

Phillips Andover Academy

Located in the classic New England town of Andover 25 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts, Phillips Andover Academy has been one of the leading American boarding schools for decades. Dozens of leaders and creative minds have attended the school over the years, including George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Humphrey Bogart and author Julia Alvarez. According to "Forbes" magazine, 73 percent of Andover's faculty members hold advanced degrees and approximately 33 percent of graduates go on to attend the top schools in the nation, mainly MIT, Stanford and Ivy League schools. As of 2010, Phillips Andover Academy's endowment is $641.8 million. Founded in 1778, the school is the oldest incorporated academy in the country.

Phillips Andover Academy

180 Main Street

Andover, MA 01810

978-749-4000

andover.edu

Phillips Exeter Academy

Founded in 1781, Phillips Exeter Academy is located in Exeter, New Hampshire, and boasts an endowment of $854 million, according to "Forbes" magazine. Famous graduates of the school include George Plimpton, Gore Vidal and Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. Acclaimed author John Knowles wrote his 1959 novel "A Separate Peace" about attending Exeter during World War II.

Phillips Exeter Academy sends about 29 percent of its graduating seniors to the country's top schools each year, and 83 percent of its faculty members hold higher degrees. Exeter uses the Harkness style of education, similar to the Socratic method, in which students and teachers engage in open dialogue and questioning to obtain knowledge.

Phillips Exeter Academy

20 Main Street

Exeter, NH 03833

603-772-4311

exeter.edu

St. Paul's School

St. Paul's School is a classic New England boarding school located in Concord, New Hampshire, and was founded in 1856. The school has an endowment of $346 million and has educated people such as Senator John F. Kerry, J. Pierpont Morgan and William Randolph Hearst. According to "Forbes" magazine, 74 percent of St. Paul's faculty members hold higher degrees and 30 percent of its graduating seniors go on to attend the nation's top colleges and universities. Although St. Paul's accepts students of all faiths and backgrounds, it is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. According to its website, St. Paul's School attracts some of the best and brightest students from around the world.

St. Paul's School

325 Pleasant Street

Concord, NH 03301

603-229-3170

sps.edu