List of Low Cost and Tuition-Free Boarding Schools (No Cost Boarding Schools)
Many families considering sending their child to boarding school are caught off-guard by the costs involved. So, naturally, they want to know if there are any boarding schools that are free to attend. The fact is, there aren’t many free boarding schools in America. The ones that are free or low cost are usually full and with a waiting list. Many are publicly-funded, so eligibility is based on your location (state).
Cost of Boarding School
The costs associated with educating AND housing AND feeding a child are such that most free or low cost boarding schools are either publicly funded or backed by wealthy philanthropists. If you are dead-set on sending your child to a boarding school but are shocked by the tuition rates, always check with the school to see if they offer need-based financial aid packages or payment plans. Below is a list of tuition-free boarding schools that you may want to explore further. Please let us know if we have missed any schools!
- Alabama School of Fine Arts – Grades 7-12 The Alabama School of Fine Arts, located in Birmingham, Alabama, is a co-educational public school for grades 7-12.
- Illinois Math & Science Academy – Grades 10-12 The Illinois Math & Science Academy is a top public high school located in Aurora, Illinois, just 45 miles away from Chicago. The school is co-ed.
- Maine School of Science & Math – Grades 9-12 A picturesque magnet school located in Limestone, Maine. It provides students a challenging curriculum in science, mathematics, technology, and the arts.
- Mississippi School of the Arts – Grades 11-12 Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) is located in Brookhaven and offer grades 11-12. Approximately sixty miles south of Jackson.
- North Carolina School of the Arts – Grades 9-12 The UNC School of the Arts was founded in 1963. Today this publicly-funded school has over 1,100 students enrolled in grades 9-12, PG.
- Oklahoma School of Science and Math – Grades 11-12 Located very near the capitol building in the heart of Oklahoma City’s downtown, the OSSM is a very prestigious, publicly-funded, co-ed high school.
- Milton Hershey School – Grades PK-12 The Milton Hershey School was founded in 1909 by the chocolatier himself, Milton Hershey, as a way to give back to the community.
- Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities – Grades 11-12 Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities’ philosophy is to foster an apprenticeship style of instruction in the arts.
- Academy of Math & Science – Grades 11-12 Texas Academy of Math and Science is a residential private early college program located in the suburban area of Denton, Texas. This co-ed academy serves 11-12.
- Burr and Burton Academy – Grades 9-12 Burr and Burton Academy was founded in 1829 in Manchester, Vermont. It is a private, coeducational, independent school.
- The Chinquapin School – Grades 6-12 Chinquapin Preparatory School in Highland, Texas, is a private, nonprofit college prep school dedicated to the education of low-income students. (almost free)
- The SEED School – Grades 6-12 The SEED School, Washington DC is one of the first public boarding schools in the nation. It is a tuition-free charter school that was opened in 1997.
- Conserve School – Grades 10-11 Conserve School is located just outside of the town of Land O’ Lakes in northern Wisconsin. It is a 1,200-acre campus surrounded by four private lakes. (small fee)
OTHER LOW COST OPTIONS:
CAL FARLEY’S CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS (several locations in Texas). (WEB: www.calfarleysboysranch.org). No longer taking kids with behavioral issues. Call: (800) 687-3722.
CHEROKEE HOME FOR CHILDREN (Co-ed ages 2-18) (WEB: www.chc4kids.org)
COOKSON HILLS CHRISTIAN HOME (WEB: cooksonhills.org) Co-ed Ages 5-17
EDGEWOOD RANCH (WEB: edgewoodranch.com) Co-ed Ages 7-17
FAITH RANCH (Uvalde, Texas). Phone 210-232-6611
FRENCH CAMP ACADEMY (French Camp, MS) (WEB: www.frenchcamp.org) Phone: (662) 547-6482
FLYING H YOUTH RANCH (Naches, WA) (WEB: www.flyingh.org) Phone: (509) 658-2990
HAPPY HILL FARM (Granbury, TX) (WEB: www.happyhillfarm.org) Phone: (254) 897-4822
HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Bethel, Missouri ) (WEB: hcaboardingschool.org) Has 225 students enrolled in grades K4-12. Address: 101 Nations Blvd., Bethel, MO 63434 Phone (660) 284-6300
MAIN PLACE YOUTH (Girls Ages 12-18) (WEB: www.mainplaceyouth.org)
MASONIC-EASTERN STAR HOME FOR CHILDREN (Ages 5-18) (WEB: www.meshc.org)
MARVELOUS GRACE ACADEMY (Girls ages 7-17) (WEB: www.mgga.us)
MICHIGAN BOOT CAMP (weekend only) Mid-Course Correction (Web: www.midcoursecorrection.org) Phone: 810-227-0243
MIRACLE FARM (Web: www.miraclefarm.org) Phone: 979-836-0901
MOUNTAIN STATES CHILDREN’S HOME (Co-ed, ages 11-18) (Web: www.msch.org)
OKLAHOMA BAPTIST HOMES FOR CHILDREN (Co-ed, ages 6-17) (WEB: www.obhc.org/bch-okc)
PILGRIM’S REST ACADEMY Phone: (270) 276-5152 (Ages 7-12)
PINE HAVEN SCHOOL (WEB: www.pinehaven.net/school.htm)
SHENANDOAH BAPTIST ACADEMY (Cleveland, TN) Phone: (423) 339-0103 (WEB:sbcministries.com/sba) This is an extraordinary school with incredible teachers, a challenging curriculum, outstanding athletics and exciting missions opportunities.
SHILOH CHRISTIAN CHILDREN’S HOME (WEB: www.shilohranch.org) (Co-ed Ages 5-15)
TEXAS BOYS RANCH (Lubbock, TX) (Web: www.texasboysranch.org) Phone: 806-747-3187
TEXAS BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOMES (Round Rock, Texas) (WEB: http://www.childrenatheartministries.org) Phone: (512) 255-3682
TUPELO CHILDREN’S MANSION (Tupelo, MS) (Girls ages 12-17) (WEB: mansionkids.org) Phone: (662) 842-6982
VICTORY BOYS ACADEMY (WEB: victoryboysacademy.org) Office: 417-452-2682 Ages 10-15
VICTORY HOUSE (Girls Ages 16-18) (WEB: victoryhouse.ws)
WEST TEXAS BOYS RANCH (WEB: www.wtbr.org) Phone: (325) 949-1936
WILL LOU GRAY OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL (West Columbia, SC) (WEB: www.willougray.org) Phone: (803) 896-6480