13 Private Schools for the Extremely Rich
13 Private Schools for the Extremely Rich

1.  Institut Le Rosey

(Institut Le Rosey)

Switzerland is known for the most expensive private school in the world. Founded in 1880, it is the oldest and largest boarding school in the country. Known as the “School of Kings” for educating princes and princesses, Le Rosy is home to history makers and changers from different parts of the world. So, if you ever go there, it’s likely that your classmates will be children of very powerful individuals. In the winter time, the school moves to its second campus, a ski resort in the alps to “to escape the winter fog which settles over the Lake Léman area.” Aside from academics, students take on sport and art activities everyday to enhance their “multiple intelligence” experience.   

Location: Rolle, Switzerland

Annual base tuition for day student, not including boarding, in USD: $106,570     


2.  Eton College

(Eton College)

Founded almost 600 years ago, 19 students of Eton College attended at different times but ended up in the same career: U.K. Prime Minister. Most students enter at age 13 and stay until they are 18 with endless opportunities and activities including fencing, judo, boating, music, art, drama, and of course, personal experience and growth with friends.

Location: West Berkshire, United Kingdom

Annual base tuition, not including boarding, in USD: $49,255


3.  The Lawrenceville School

(The Lawrenceville School)

The school has one of the best athletic training rooms, with state-of-the-art equipment, including multi-axle ankle machines, stationary bikes, and a cybex. Aside from having basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, it also has a golf course, a boathouse, hockey rink, baseball diamonds, and more. Instead of sitting at desks like most classrooms, students sit around an oval table with the teachers making for more interactive and lively discussions. If you want to know your teacher well, then this school is perfect since each class has a maximum of 12 students.

Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Annual base tuition, not including boarding, in USD: $44,885


4.  Lawrence Academy

(Lawrence Academy)

Founded in 1793 by Samuel Lawrence, the school is the 10th oldest boarding school in the United States. Each year enrollment stands at approximately 400 students with a 13 percent international student body. The campus is 100 acres, including 10 dormitories, 30 classrooms and 6 science labs.   

Location: Groton, Massachusetts

Annual base tuition, not including boarding, in USD: $42,130   


5.  Charterhouse School

(Charterhouse School)

Charterhouse School offers two courses of study: the IB Diploma programme, or Cambridge Pre-U and A-Level subjects. In the Class of 2011, 13 went on the Oxford and 9 to Cambridge. The school produced champions this past year in shooting and rowing.

Location: Surrey, United Kingdom  

Annual base tuition, not including boarding, in USD: $41,840

  • RobertGo

    i don’t understand. How keeping the American public completeltely uninvolved in helping the military makes sense. I understand the need to know philosify.

  • Calum

    “Prime Minister of England”

    There has never been a ‘Prime Minister of England’. There have, however, been plenty of Prime Ministers of the Kingdom of Great Britain/United Kingdom with the first coming several decades after England ceased to exist as a nation-state.

    • Shadeburst

      Give the man a break. “He” (pun geddit) doesn’t even know when to use apostrophe-s. How would he know about complicated stuff like geography and politics?

  • Natala

    A completely incomplete and random selection — who made this list anyway? Sounds like a list of ‘I wish I went to’ and ‘I actually went to’. If you’re going to focus on American and English private schools, then just do that. If you’re categorizing by price, this is an innacurate top 13 — many better International Schools charge more than this. And if they are top private schools, what about schools in Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, NZ, Australia, South Africa, France, Germany, Russia or elsewhere? Switzerland certainly has more than one elite boarding school. Even in the international world of amazing schools, these aren’t reputable ones at all. What happened to the United World Colleges, the top scoring schools in IB or AP? The write-ups of these schools aren’t impressive — 500 SAT scores are not amazing. Daniel He, do a little bit more research, please!

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    • Reder!c

      It’s obvious the list is based on price and nothing else. Get a grip. You sound bitter.

  • truthbetoldXIX

    The fact that Canadian Academy is on her is a complete and utter joke. The school is a mockery of anything resembling an education system and to put it in a list containing the likes of Charterhouse, Eton and Le Rosey is an insult to places of superior learning.

    • really

      I bet a Canadian Academy alum would have at least spotted your typo.

      Perhaps you missed the context of the list? “Private schools for the extremely rich” listed by tuition? There is no place in the article the author claims that the schools on the list are the best or even all represent the MOST expensive – it’s a sampling.

      • truthbetoldXIX

        Regarding money, this list is obviously highly lacking as having attended Canadian Academy and a boarding school in the UK, I can testify that there are an almost inexhaustive amount of schools over this side of the world costing far more than CA could ever hope to pull in.

    • Dave

      You don’t go to CA to get an education. You go to CA to have a great time.

    • Jon TouVelle

      Now, I’m not going to disagree with you on the fact that Canadian Academy shouldn’t be on the list. It is not a school filled with extremely rich people, nor do I think that extremely rich people shave have any desire to go out of their way to attend the school on a near deserted, man-made island. However, to call a school that routinely sends multiple students each year to colleges such as Oxford, Stanford, Cambridge, and the like a “mockery of anything resembling an education system” seems slightly harsh, wouldn’t you agree? Furthermore, neigh 100% of the upperclassmen are candidates in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, so by attacking the “system” you’re more so insulting an internationally recognized educational foundation by which students are chosen by the most prestigious universities in the world.

      • truthbetoldXIX

        Mate I went to CA, I hightailed it out of there as fast as possible. If it wasn’t for the terrible teachers, the overly zealous and religious American draft from the bible belt or the general stupid amount of spending on things that frankly held very little importance to an education it would have been almost bearable.

        An absolutely cringeworthy example of a school.

    • Anonymoose

      To break it to ya as a CA student I’d be actually be astonished if it was even close to Eton or Le Rosey.

  • Annon

    Who told this guy that Woodstock has good food? When I graduated from Woodstock school at the age of 18 I weighed the same as when I was 14.. The food was so bad we would sneak out (and risk getting punished) to eat noodles at some roadside shop that catered to taxi drivers.. And i will never forget the day when they served some meat loaf that made half the school (or more) really, really ill..

  • Anil Barretto

    I was at Woodstock in ’67 – thought the food was adequate and plentiful – but felt Americans left much on their plates – know this as I polished off much of what they left – I was asked not to return not because I was getting a trifle rotund, but insisted that religion was irrational – still perplexed today as to how I contracted ameobic dystentary …

  • mujokan

    Would an education at one of these schools have taught the writer the difference between “its” and “it’s”? I hope so.

  • Nate Spiegel

    although my education didn’t cost 40 grand a year (public school kid here) I know how to actually function adequately in society surrounded by other people who aren’t insanely rich and have everything provided for me.

  • Bill Petrone

    Our daughter attended one of these schools because they recognized her potential and believed she would be the type of person, student, and athlete who would reflect positively on their institution. They were extremely generous in providing us with the financial support to make her wonderful journey, and ours, possible. I cannot speak for the other schools, but The Lawrenceville School can only be described as outstanding in its concern for students, families, faculty, and the community.

  • Charles Levy

    Greenwood College School, Toronto, Canada – $31,700 not on the list?

  • http://LindseyNagy.me/ Lindsey S. Nagy

    I attended The Hill School (founded in 1851, was all-boys until 1999 and is Lawrenceville’s – #3 on this list – direct rival proving to be the oldest school rivalry). It was one of the best decisions of my life. It’s annual costs are similar to those listed and yet I’m glad The Hill is NOT on this list for all of the RIGHT reasons…Prep schools sculpt the lives of the students that attend them and not just per the “rich” assumptions they focus on in this article, but per the commitment they serve to young minds eager to learn. Many attendees receive financial aid and have parents whom simply want *the best* for their kids and sacrifice a lot for them to experience such an opportunity.

  • Wim Van Aalst

    Shanghai college students had a 100 percent pass rate. The rest was sent to a labor camp… ha ha!

  • Katy Zujkowski

    The Hill School was founded in 1851 by the Rev. Matthew Meigs as the Family Boarding School. While there is a focus on tradition, new initiatives include a 1-to-1 iPad program for all students, a digital media studio with a mobile video production unit, and the introduction of new courses in robotics, computer science, art & design, environmental science, modern languages, and humanities. Hill students are drawn from 29 states and 25 foreign countries; totaling 505 students enrolled with a Student/teacher ratio: 7-1 and the typical class size is at 12-14 students. There are 24 Advanced Placement subjects offered and 191 students took 411 AP exams in 2013. This rigorous academic schedule speaks to the 75 teaching faculty members of whom 63% hold or are currently working towards advanced degrees. While Day tuition is $35,500 and Boarding tuition is $51,400, about 41% of students receive financial aid. – Best experience of my life.

  • Jess

    I went to #12 and it was pretty great.

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