Over the past seven years, Test Innovators has helped more than 100,000 students prepare for the SSAT and the ISEE—the admissions tests required by the most competitive independent schools in the country. Every year we review our data from thousands of test-takers to determine the most popular schools.
Below are the 3 most sought-after Massachusetts schools, based on the number of students who stated their intention to apply in 2019.
Keep in mind that there are many wonderful schools not included on this list that may be perfect for you.
1. Phillips Academy Andover, Andover, Massachusetts
Founded in 1778 during the Revolutionary War, Phillips Academy Andover (commonly called Andover) is one of the oldest academies in the U.S. Over the years, the school has grown and transformed while maintaining its prestige and academic excellence. Today, Andover’s diverse student body consists of 1,150 students from 49 different countries. Andover is both a boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 with approximately 75% of students boarding and 25% of students attending day school. Along with over 300 course offerings, Andover students engage in more than 125 clubs and activities ranging from rock climbing to robotics.
2. Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Massachusetts
Deerfield Academy is a college-preparatory boarding and day school with 650 students in grades 9-12. Founded in 1797, Deerfield is one of the oldest secondary schools in the United States. Deerfield embraces a liberal arts curriculum, highlighting the humanities at seminar tables, STEM through experiments, and the arts in and out of the studio. Notable alumni include Henry W. Kendall, 1990 Nobel Prize recipient, Allen Stack, 1948 Olympic gold medalist swimmer, and Jeffrey Bewkes, CEO of Time Warner.
3. Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, Massachusetts
Situated on the Charles River only 10 miles from Boston, Noble and Greenough School boasts 187 acres of beautiful scenery and a wealth of academic, athletic, and arts programs. During their time at Noble and Greenough, 75-80% of students travel or study abroad. The fields and courts stay busy with 24 varsity teams holding several New England championship titles. The stages of Noble and Greenough are constantly bustling with theater productions, dance recitals, concerts, and choral ensembles. Though students stay busy with many different activities, Nobles preserves a sense of community with all-school morning assemblies four times a week, which bring together the upper and middle schools.
Visit our Most Competitive Schools of 2019 page to see what schools made the top 50 for 2019.