When it comes to education, money should not be an object. Well, it is, but one should always try to get the best education that money can buy. It means saving up for the tuition fee of the top universities, be it the eight Ivy League members or equally prestigious universities like Stanford, UC Berkeley or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Admission to the top universities is very competitive, however. That is why one should prepare as early as possible in order to give our kids the best possible chance. It means sending them to the top boarding schools that have a high percentage of graduates going to the best universities.
The tuition, however, may be as steep as that of universities. In a couple of cases, they are even more expensive. Here is a list of the top 10 most expensive schools in the world.
1. Institut Le Rosey, Rolle, Switzerland – $99,566 per year
Simply known as Rosey, the school is a private, international boarding school located in Rolle in Switzerland. Emile Carnal established it in 1880. It is known as the “School of Kings” as it counts seven monarchs among its many notable alumni. It has a second campus in Bern where the entire school moves during the first three months of the year when winter is at its peak. The school has one teacher for every five students. Total enrollment is around 400 students only.
2. College Alpin International Beau Soleil, Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland – $93,158 per year
The school was established in 1910 in a Gstaad chalet before it moved to its current location a decade later. Its total enrollment is only 200 students, with the average class size being four students only. Around 50 nationalities are represented as the school strives to have a diverse ethnicity. Not one nationality has more than 10 percent of the entire student body. It has served children of European royalty and other famous people.
3. St. Albans School, Washington D.C. – $54,151 per year
Named after the first British martyr, this Episcopal school is located in Washington D.C. and serves students from the fourth to 12th grades. Harriet Lane Johnston founded it in 1909. It has about 575 students and 100 faculty members, of which 73 have advanced degrees. Its feeder schools include the National Cathedral School and the Beauvoir School, both of which are also located at the Washington National Cathedral.
4. Woodside Priory School, Portola Valley, California – $53,925 per year
Known as The Priory, the school was founded in 1957 by the Hungarian Benedictine monk named Fr. Egon Javor. It serves students from the sixth to the 12th grades. Enrollment stands at around 370 students divided into class sizes of 15 to 18 students. While it serves students mostly from the Bay Area, the school boasts of an international makeup of 16 countries.
5. Appleby College, Oakville, Ontario – $53,911 per year
For those who live in the area and do not need the school’s boarding facilities, the fee goes down to only $35,989 per year. Appleby College is an international school that serves students from the seventh to the 12th grades. John Guest established it in 1911, with help from Sir Byron Edmund Walker. Student enrollment is at 750. Located in Lake Ontario 50 kilometers west of Toronto, the school prides itself in its liberal arts education. It is the only school from Canada that is a member of the G20 schools.
6. Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, California – $53,600 per year
Though the school itself was only established in 1986, it can trace its roots to 1946 when Dr. Max Krone created the Idyllwild Arts Foundation. It was given to the University of Southern California in 1946 before the Foundation regained sole ownership and independent management of the school in the mid 80s. It has 300 students from the ninth to 12th grades, all of who are training in creative writing, dance, film, music, theater and the visual arts. Its graduates eventually attend schools like Julliard, Tisch, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, CalArts, Curtis Institute and the likes.
7. Dana Hall School, Wellesley, Massachusetts – $53,211 per year
The school was originally created to help students prepare for life in Wellesley College. With funding from a businessman named Charles Dana, the Dana Hall School was established in 1881 to help provide liberal arts education for young women. This girl’s school serves students from sixth to 12th grades.
8. Salisbury School, Salisbury, Connecticut – $53,015 per year
The Reverend George Emerson Quaile established the school in 1901. This school only accepts boys from the ninth to 12th grade levels. It has a highly selective acceptance process such that only a third of all applicants are accepted. Enrollment stands at 296 students with 62 faculty members.
9. Sandy Spring Friends School, Sandy Spring, Maryland – $52,850 per year
This is a college preparatory school associated with the Quakers that serves students from the kindergarten level all the way up to the 12th grade. It was established in 1961 and originally served 77 students in the 10th and 11th grades. The 12th grade was added a year later. The school then gradually expanded to include a 9th grade in 1973 and a middle school in 1980. It then got its lower school after its merger with Friends Elementary School in 1993. Though it is a Quaker school, only around 15 percent of its students are affiliated with the religion. The school also has an extensive program for international students, placing them in classes according to their level of proficiency in the English language. Enrollment stands at 561 students.
10. Purnell School, Pottersville, New Jersey – $52,800 per year
This small boarding school only serves girls from the ninth to 12th grade levels. Enrollment stands at 94 students with 18 faculty members, giving it an impressive student to teacher ratio of just above five students for every teacher. Established in 1963, the school has graduated more than 1,200 students.
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