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: 1220

Number of boarders: 90

Fees per term: Boarding: £8,319 - £9,336
Day: £3,018-£4,035


OutstDollar_Academy_Playfair_Buildinganding Teaching

Dollar is recognised as one of the UK’s leading schools; distinguished by its excellence in pastoral care, co-curricular provision and classroom teaching. This all-through school accepts boarders from the age of nine and is worth considering as an option for your son or daughter. Dollar comes highly recommended by parents and has a very sound reputation amongst the UK’s top universities. There is an outstanding teaching team to make sure that every child achieves his or her best and there are excellent facilities. This is a successful school filled with happy and very active children.


The teaching facilities are first class and include a new award-winning Modern Languages buildling, specialised teaching areas for Science, Music and Art, a drama studio, music auditorium and recording studio. The main school building is a striking neo-classical design by the eminent Scottish Architect William Henry Playfair and is noted for its ‘whispering gallery’ domed ceiling in the library. Dollar has three large boarding houses, each beautifully decorated and furnished and providing spacious and comfortable accommodation of a very high standard.

Pupils have ample social and recreation space, access to acres of sports fields, an on-site gymnasium, swimming pool, all-weather courts, private gardens, art studios and music practice rooms.


Dollar is considered to be one of Scotland’s leading rugby-playing schools and passionately encourages participation in the game at every level. The school also has a growing reputation for hockey with an excellent coaching team and close links with national bodies. Dollar has a reputation for nurturing talent and over the years has produced a large number of internationalists in both sports.


Dollar 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 breath-taking views of Scottish scenery. Dollar is just 30 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh International Airport, with dozens of direct flights each day to London and the continent.

Dollar - boarding suppertimeEntry requirements

Entrance is by assessment and places are offered based on performance in entrance test, interview or existing school reports.  Parents are encouraged to contact the school to discuss the interests and abilities of their child. Applications are accepted at any time of the year.  Scholarships and bursaries are available.

“My daughter has been well-cared for, encouraged and challenged academically. The boarding staff were great at keeping in touch with me and I’ve felt very reassured by how well she’s settled.” Parent of new boarder.