Dollar Academy

Type of school: Co-Ed Senior school with a junior department or a prep school

Nearest international airport: Edinburgh (45km)

Age Range: 5-18

Number of pupils: 1200

Number of boarders: 100

Fees per term: Boarding: £7,581–£8,508
Day: £2,751–£3,678


Photo of Dollar Academy Campus 214x300Dollar Academy is one of Scotland’s best schools, providing boarding and day education for boys and girls aged 5–18.


Founded in 1818, Dollar Academy has a proud heritage and an outstanding academic reputation. The school helps students develop the enthusiasm, ability and ambition to successfully meet the challenges of university and beyond.



High-quality teaching produces outstanding academic achievement, and examination results at Dollar Academy regularly top league tables. Pupils here are highly successful in winning places at top universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews, as well as universities in the USA and mainland Europe. Popular subject choices are medicine and dentistry, law, accountancy, economics, business and art.



There are over 70 extracurricular clubs on offer including sports, art, music, drama and cultural activities. From rugby and cricket, to surfing, shooting and falconry, there is no shortage of options. Musically, there’s a world champion pipe band, a variety of large and small-scale productions and concerts, and a choice of 12 choirs and orchestras. There is also a full Combined Cadet Force programme and a very well-supported Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Dollar teams are always among the strongest in the country, and the school has internationalists across a range of activities. However, it is perhaps more important to note that the school places great emphasis on taking part: every pupil has the opportunity to perform and compete, often achieving success in activities that they have never tried before.


Photo of Dollar Academy Debating 300x224Boarding

The boarding facilities at Dollar Academy are first class. Boarding pupils have a full boarding experience, with a wide range of activities, including a full itinerary of sports, social events and excursions during weekends. Boarding pupils also benefit from an on-site gymnasium, swimming pool and all-weather courts.



Dollar Academy is located between the university cities of St Andrews and Edinburgh. The school occupies a beautiful 70-acre open campus in the centre of a picturesque Scottish town, edged on one side by a golf course, with breathtaking views of Scottish scenery.


Dollar Academy is just 30 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh International Airport, with dozens of direct flights each day to London and the continent.


Photo of Dollar Academy Cello 300x199Entry requirements

Parents can contact the Headmaster (the Rector) to discuss the interests and abilities of their child and entrance requirements. Visits to the school with an opportunity to meet key staff and pupils in relevant year groups can be arranged at any time of the year.


“A truly excellent education emphasises the development of the whole person; developing enthusiasm, ability, ambition and friendships that last for life.”