ELITE EIGHT: THE TOP-TIER OF AMERICA’S ELITE BOARDING SCHOOLS
The Elite Eight is a an informal moniker applied to a group of highly-selective boarding schools in the United States that are considered to be the most exclusive schools in the country. Whilst many of the schools are known to consider one another as equals and often collaborate with one another with respect to common admissions practices or their participation in formal associations (such as the Eight Schools Association – with which the term is sometimes erroneously associated, or the Ten Schools Admission Organization), the Elite Eight is not an official body. Nonetheless, it is a common term used by prospective pupils and admissions agents assisting families with attaining places to such elite prep schools.
The schools that comprise the Elite Eight, namely: Andover; Choate; Deerfield; Exeter; Groton; Hotchkiss; Lawrenceville; and St. Paul’s, are, historically the leading feeder schools to the Ivy League and are amongst the oldest and, most expensive, schools in the country. Each of the schools, traditionally all-boys schools but now co-educational, boasts an excellent academic pedigree and a host of famous names including Presidents, royalty and titans of industry amongst their alumni.
The schools regularly feature in rankings of the top performing schools in the United States and internationally, operating extremely selective admissions policies with applicants from all over the globe. The Elite Eight schools are often included in other common groupings such as HADES, GLADCHEMMS and St. Grottlesex with some members being excluded or replaced with other excellent schools, albeit the core group remains largely the same.
MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES
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