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Rathdown School

Rathdown School - Boarding

One of Ireland's leading boarding schools for girls, in Dublin, Ireland will close in June 2025

A warm welcome to Rathdown Boarding School, located in Dublin, Ireland, a friendly and caring home-from-home environment at the heart of the Rathdown community with accreditation from the Boarding School Association.

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Rathdown boarders, seeking an excellent education in a private school in Ireland, come from a diverse range of backgrounds and nationalities. Girls travel not only from around Ireland but also from the four corners of the world, many of whom join our dedicated international programme.

They become part of a community that supports and embraces them during their school years and for the rest of their lives.  Many domestic and International pupils aged from 11 – 18 years old enjoy full-time 7-day boarding in our two boarding houses on our beautiful school grounds. We also offer short-term boarding options for day pupils to ensure added flexibility for parents if away or to coincide with busy study periods.

Students can study in an organised environment and outside of study time make the most of the extensive extra-curricular activities on offer, including a full programme of activities and trips for our student's participation and enjoyment. Our Boarders achieve excellent results in their state examinations and accept places at the best Universities in Ireland and abroad. Girls leave Rathdown School as confident and responsible young adults. As part of the boarding experience, regular outings and social evenings are organised and the girls also avail of the extensive sports and recreation facilities available on site. The boarding house is a sanctuary where girls eat, sleep, play, relax and study.

The variety of student nationalities at Rathdown promotes an awareness of cultural diversity, which fosters mutual understanding and respect for the individuality of others. The girls share their living spaces and leisure activities, learn about each other’s cultures and form friendships that will last a lifetime.

Our team of dedicated boarding staff works around the clock to provide a secure, supportive and caring environment for each and every student, ensuring peace of mind for parents and a happy, memorable experience for the girls. We aim is to provide a safe, friendly and fun boarding environment which reflects the qualities of a good home life, nurturing younger girls and guiding them through adolescence towards maturity.

By fostering self-discipline and offering the opportunity to handle responsibility, we promote social confidence and assurance without arrogance.  All of our experienced boarding staff operate under the supervision of the Head of Boarding and provide the care, comfort and support which is so important for the girls’ well-being and success. The boarding houses are a ‘home away from home’, a relaxing environment with an extended family of friends, many of whom become friends for life.

If you would like to find out more about boarding at Rathdown, please contact us on

I look forward to welcoming you.

Frieda Burke | Head of Boarding

To find out more information about boarding at Rathdown School please email the Registrar or call +353 (0)1 285 3133.