Boarding elementary schools in California is not an easy task. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the right school – location, cost, curriculum, and class size to name a few. The top boarding elementary schools in California.

  1. Fairmont Schools

Fairmont Schools (Fairmont’s Boarding):

Fairmont’s boarding program is a unique opportunity to live and study alongside other students in grades 9 – 12. A Fairmont community member lives in each Boarding home and serves as the “Resident Parent.” The program offers daily professionally-catered meals, a private van/shuttle service to and from school, and a safe and caring home environment. The boarding house is located less than 10 miles from campus.

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Fairmont is a school that provides an A+ education for every student. We employ caring, passionate educators who participate in rigorous training and mandatory yearly evaluations to ensure that every student has an A + teacher. 

Our secular, coeducational P-12 educational program provides students with time-honored fundamentals as well as innovative approaches to learning, taking into account intellectual growth as well as social and emotional development. In addition, we offer award-winning academics and numerous opportunities for children to explore their unique talents through the arts, athletics, and special programs like robotics, speech, and debate. 

Fairmont is a safe place for high achievers, late bloomers, and everyone in between. We embrace a growth mindset at Fairmont; we believe that the rewards of hard work, taking risks, and never giving up are worth it. We celebrate our diverse campus communities where every child is valued and respected; this includes fostering a spirit of teamwork and mutual respect through all of our academic programs.

What are the different campuses offered by Fairmont Schools, and which one is right for you?

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO CAMPUS (Preschool – 12th Grade)

ANAHEIM HILLS CAMPUS (Preschool – 8th Grade)


PREPARATORY ACADEMY (9th – 12th Grade)

HISTORIC ANAHEIM CAMPUS (Preschool – 8th Grade)

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  1. Cate School

For more than 100 years, Cate has been combining East Coast tradition and West Coast energy and innovation in the service of highly motivated, independent-minded students. These students are comfortable in the company of adults, believe in themselves and their education, and want something more than they can get anywhere else. At this place of eucalyptus trees and Newtonian mechanics, sunsets, ceramics, and Salinger — a mesa between the mountains and the sea — they find it is the place for them. Maybe it is the place for you.

  1. Oak Grove School

Oak Grove School is a private, progressive, vegetarian K-12 school for boys and girls operated by the Krishnamurti Foundation of America. Founded in 1975 and accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, it is inspired by J. Krishnamurti’s philosophy and seeks to develop in students qualities of mind, heart, and body; it explores an approach to life that is whole, mindful and intelligent.

  1. Ribet Academy

Ribet Academy is a private co-educational boarding school located in urban Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1982, the school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Students from grades PK to 12 attend Ribet. The school’s science labs are home to Southern California’s largest marine biology lab and an orchestra and dance studios, a courtroom, a theater, and a photography studio. A member of the Condor League athletic conference of private preparatory schools in the Western part of the United States, Ribet has held national titles in Cheer, Dance, and Hip Hop. Tuition is $14,900 for domestic High School students and $17,900 for International students. The school’s mascot is the Fightin’ Frogs reflecting the pronunciation of its name

  1. Stevenson School

The Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California, was founded in 1952 by Robert and Marian Ricklefs in honor of the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. The school is a co-ed private Pre-K through 12 school that accepts boarding and day students. The school is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It has an Episcopalian chaplain serving its students and the community; Church in the Forest, founded in 1987, is home to this chaplain. The school began accepting girls to its boarding program in 1988.

  1. Santa Catalina School

The Santa Catalina School was founded in 1950 by Sister Margaret Thompson and the Dominicans. Its 36-acre campus is home to an all-girls boarding high school and a lower school. The school utilizes a uniform policy and seeks to challenge its students mentally and spiritually. Santa Catalina School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which has been accrediting schools since 1909, and by the California Association of Independent Schools, which has been serving California’s independent school communities since 1917. The school’s teams compete in league play in volleyball, tennis, water polo, field hockey, cross country, golf, basketball, soccer, swimming and diving, track and field, lacrosse, softball, and equestrian events. Students also compete for championships at the Mission Trail Athletics League level as well as for state titles at the CIF Central Coast Section level.