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    Private high schools that cost more than most colleges

    Perhaps one of the greatest epidemics plaguing the nation is the student loan crisis, as approximately 4 in 10 adults under the age of 30 face some degree of debt upon college graduation. This is a staggering figure, especially if one considers the fact that the overwhelming, ever-rising majority of high school students attend a free public high school, indicating that their financial burden stemming from academia is likely the cost of college.

    The regularity with which loans are taken out speaks to the difficulty of paying for university, and also highlights the immense wealth held by families who can afford to pay for college in full—and who send their children to private high schools before that. Families who ultimately decide to invest in a private education for their teenagers justify doing so by arguing that the long-term benefits will outweigh the short-term costs, and in many cases they do, but those short-term costs are staggering nonetheless.

    In seeking to find out just how much these elite preparatory academies cost, Stacker referenced data from Niche and Chronicle to compile a list of private high schools whose annual tuitions exceed that of many colleges and universities. The schools listed are included along with their annual tuition, as well the exact number of institutions of higher learning whose tuitions are exceeded by that of the particular private school. Read on to discover where the richest of the rich send their children to high school.

    Note: When pictures of the school were not available, pictured is the neighboring area or comparable college listed. 

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    #50. Newark Academy

    Newark Academy 2018 Tuition: $39,350
    Tuition is more than 2,421 colleges.
    Comparable college: Austin College, where tuition is $38,825.
    Location: Livingston, NJ

     

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    #49. Sidwell Friends School

    Sidwell Friends School 2018 Tuition: $39,360
    Tuition is more than 2,421 colleges.
    Comparable college: Millsaps College, where tuition is $38,930.
    Location: Washington, DC

     

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    #48. The Pingry School

    The Pingry School 2018 Tuition: $39,523
    Tuition is more than 2,427 colleges.
    Comparable college: University of Tulsa, where tuition is $39,502.
    Location: Basking Ridge, NJ 

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    #47. Holton-Arms School

    Holton-Arms School 2018 Tuition: $40,150
    Tuition is more than 2,446 colleges.
    Comparable college: Rochester Institute of Technology, where tuition is $40,068.
    Location: Bethesda, MA

     

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    #46. Head-Royce School

    Head-Royce School 2018 Tuition: $40,950
    Tuition is more than 2,486 colleges.
    Comparable college: St. Mary's College, where tuition is $40,800.
    Location: Oakland, CA

     

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    #45. The Thacher School

    The Thacher School 2018 Tuition: $40,970
    Tuition is more than 2,487 colleges.
    Comparable college: Cornell College, where tuition is $40,880.
    Location: Ojai, CA

     

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    #44. Dwight-Englewood School

    Dwight-Englewood School 2018 Tuition: $41,780
    Tuition is more than 2,513 colleges.
    Comparable college: Luther College, where tuition is $41,020.
    Location: Englewood, NJ

     

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    #43. Greenwich Academy

    Greenwich Academy 2018 Tuition: $41,890
    Tuition is more than 2,515 colleges.
    Comparable college: University of California–Los Angeles, where tuition is 41,270 (out-of-state).
    Location: Greenwich, CT

     

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    #42. Rye Country Day School

    Rye Country Day School 2018 Tuition: $41,900
    Tuition is more than 2,516 colleges.
    Comparable college: Stonehill College, where tuition is $41,300.
    Location: Rye, NY

     

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    #41. National Cathedral School

    National Cathedral School 2018 Tuition: $41,975
    Tuition is more than 2,518 colleges.
    Comparable college: Linfield College, where tuition is $41,612.
    Location: Washington, DC

     

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    #40. The College Preparatory School

    The College Preparatory School 2018 Tuition: $42,020
    Tuition is more than 2,521 colleges.
    Comparable college: Ripon College, where tuition is $41,835.
    Location: Oakland, CA

     

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    #39. Hopkins School

    Hopkins School 2018 Tuition: $42,200
    Tuition is more than 2,528 colleges.
    Comparable college: Wofford College, where tuition is $41,955.
    Location: New Haven, CT

     

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    #38. The Branson School

    The Branson School 2018 Tuition: $42,285
    Tuition is more than 2,531 colleges.
    Comparable college: Yeshiva University, where tuition is $42,000.
    Location: Ross, CA

     

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    #37. Crystal Springs Uplands School

    Crystal Springs Uplands School 2018 Tuition: $42,430
    Tuition is more than 2,538 colleges.
    Comparable college: University of California–Santa Cruz, where tuition is 42,042 (out-of-state).
    Location: Hillsborough, CA

     

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    #36. St. Albans School

    St. Albans School 2018 Tuition: $42,484
    Tuition is more than 2,538 colleges.
    Comparable college: University of California–Berkeley, where tuition is 42,112 (out-of-state).
    Location: Washington, DC

     

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    #35. Riverdale Country School

    Riverdale Country School 2018 Tuition: $42,805
    Tuition is more than 2,547 colleges.
    Comparable college: Saint Louis University, where tuition is $42,166.
    Location: Bronx, NY

     

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    #34. Menlo School

    Menlo School 2018 Tuition: $42,830
    Tuition is more than 2,546 colleges.
    Comparable college: Wabash College, where tuition is $42,250.
    Location: Atherton, CA

     

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    #33. Poly Preparatory Country Day School

    Poly Preparatory Country Day School 2018 Tuition: $42,850
    Tuition is more than 2,546 colleges.
    Comparable college: University of California–Davis, where tuition is 42,396 (out-of-state).
    Location: Brooklyn, NY

     

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    #32. The Chapin School

    The Chapin School 2018 Tuition: $43,000
    Tuition is more than 2,549 colleges.
    Comparable college: University of California–Santa Barbara, where tuition is 42,423 (out-of-state).
    Location: New York, NY

     

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    #31. Lake Forest Academy

    Lake Forest Academy 2018 Tuition: $43,150
    Tuition is more than 2,555 colleges.
    Comparable college: Albion College, where tuition is $43,050.
    Location: Lake Forest, IL

     

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    #30. Phillips Academy

    Phillips Academy 2018 Tuition: $43,300
    Tuition is more than 2,564 colleges.
    Comparable college: College of William and Mary, where tuition is 43,099 (out-of-state).
    Location: Andover, MA

     

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    #29. Groton School

    Groton School 2018 Tuition: $43,400
    Tuition is more than 2,564 colleges.
    Comparable college: St. John's University, where tuition is $43,356.
    Location: Groton, MA

     

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    #28. Choate Rosemary Hall

    Choate Rosemary Hall 2018 Tuition: $43,580
    Tuition is more than 2,569 colleges.
    Comparable college: University of California–Irvine, where tuition is 43,530 (out-of-state).
    Location: Wallingford, CT

     

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    #27. Deerfield Academy

    Deerfield Academy 2018 Tuition: $43,750
    Tuition is more than 2,572 colleges.
    Comparable college: College of St. Benedict, where tuition is $43,738.
    Location: Deerfield, MA

     

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    #26. The Madeira School

    The Madeira School 2018 Tuition: $43,947
    Tuition is more than 2,578 colleges.
    Comparable college: Juniata College, where tuition is $43,875.
    Location: Mclean, VA

     

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    #25. Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

    Buckingham Browne & Nichols School 2018 Tuition: $43,970
    Tuition is more than 2,579 colleges.
    Comparable college: Virginia Military Institute, where tuition is 43,902 (out-of-state).
    Location: Cambridge, MA

     

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    #24. The Taft School

    The Taft School 2018 Tuition: $44,000
    Tuition is more than 2,578 colleges.
    Comparable college: Hampden-Sydney College, where tuition is $43,940.
    Location: Basking Ridge, NJ

     

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    #23. Lick-Wilmerding High School

    Lick-Wilmerding High School 2018 Tuition: $44,127
    Tuition is more than 2,580 colleges.
    Comparable college: Hendrix College, where tuition is $44,070.
    Location: San Francisco, CA

     

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    #22. Hackley School

    Hackley School 2018 Tuition: $44,225
    Tuition is more than 2,581 colleges.
    Comparable college: Gustavus Adolphus College, where tuition is $44,080.
    Location: Tarrytown, NY

     

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    #21. Winsor School

    Winsor School 2018 Tuition: $44,300
    Tuition is more than 2,581 colleges.
    Comparable college: Lake Forest College, where tuition is $44,116.
    Location: Boston, MA

     

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    #20. Castilleja School

    Castilleja School 2018 Tuition: $44,580
    Tuition is more than 2,587 colleges.
    Comparable college: University of California–San Diego, where tuition is 44,197 (out-of-state).
    Location: Palo Alto, CA

     

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    #19. Dalton School

    Dalton School 2018 Tuition: $44,640
    Tuition is more than 2,587 colleges.
    Comparable college: University of California–San Diego, where tuition is 44,197 (out-of-state).
    Location: New York, NY

     

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    #18. San Francisco University High School

    San Francisco University High School 2018 Tuition: $44,750
    Tuition is more than 2,588 colleges.
    Comparable college: Clark University, where tuition is $44,400.
    Location: San Francisco, CA

     

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    #17. Belmont Hill School

    Belmont Hill School 2018 Tuition: $44,800
    Tuition is more than 2,590 colleges.
    Comparable college: Ohio Wesleyan University, where tuition is $44,690.
    Location: Belmont, MA

     

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    #16. The Loomis Chaffee School

    The Loomis Chaffee School 2018 Tuition: $45,360
    Tuition is more than 2,609 colleges.
    Comparable college: Texas Christian University, where tuition is $44,760.
    Location: Windsor, CT

     

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    #15. The Harker School

    The Harker School 2018 Tuition: $45,877
    Tuition is more than 2,626 colleges.
    Comparable college: Knox College, where tuition is $44,958.
    Location: San Jose, CA

     

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    #14. Noble and Greenough School

    Noble and Greenough School 2018 Tuition: $46,250
    Tuition is more than 2,636 colleges.
    Comparable college: Illinois Wesleyan University, where tuition is $45,856.
    Location: Dedham, MA

     

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    #13. Cate School

    Cate School 2018 Tuition: $46,280
    Tuition is more than 2,638 colleges.
    Comparable college: St. Olaf College, where tuition is $46,000.
    Location: Carpinteria, CA

     

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    #12. Peddie School

    Peddie School 2018 Tuition: $47,000
    Tuition is more than 2,656 colleges.
    Comparable college: Lawrence University, where tuition is $46,101.
    Location: Hightstown, NJ

     

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    #11. Concord Academy

    Concord Academy 2018 Tuition: $47,160
    Tuition is more than 2,661 colleges.
    Comparable college: Syracuse University, where tuition is $46,755.
    Location: Concord, MA

     

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    #10. Milton Academy

    Milton Academy 2018 Tuition: $47,330
    Tuition is more than 2,666 colleges.
    Comparable college: Rice University, where tuition is $45,608.
    Location: Milton, MA

     

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    #9. Collegiate School

    Collegiate School 2018 Tuition: $47,500
    Tuition is more than 2,670 colleges.
    Comparable college: University of Virginia, where tuition is 46,975 (out-of-state).
    Location: New York, NY

     

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    #8. Middlesex School

    Middlesex School 2018 Tuition: $47,810
    Tuition is more than 2,682 colleges.
    Comparable college: Princeton University, where tuition is $47,140.
    Location: Concord, MA

     

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    #7. Trinity School

    Trinity School 2018 Tuition: $47,965
    Tuition is more than 2,688 colleges.
    Comparable college: Case Western Reserve University, where tuition is $47,500.
    Location: New York, NY

     

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    #6. The Hotchkiss School

    The Hotchkiss School 2018 Tuition: $48,080
    Tuition is more than 2,689 colleges.
    Comparable college: Vanderbilt University, where tuition is $47,664.
    Location: Lakeville, CT

     

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    #5. Horace Mann School

    Horace Mann School 2018 Tuition: $48,600
    Tuition is more than 2,702 colleges.
    Comparable college: University of Miami, where tuition is $48,484.
    Location: Bronx, NY

     

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    #4. The Lawrenceville School

    The Lawrenceville School 2018 Tuition: $51,440
    Tuition is more than 2,765 colleges.
    Comparable college: Yale University, where tuition is $51,400.
    Location: Lawrenceville, NJ

     

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    #3. St. Paul's School

    St. Paul's School 2018 Tuition: $55,000
    Tuition is more than 2,837 colleges.
    Comparable college: Tufts University, where tuition is $54,318.
    Location: Concord, NH

     

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    #2. St. Andrew's School

    St. Andrew's School 2018 Tuition: $55,500
    Tuition is more than 2,840 colleges.
    Comparable college: University of Chicago, where tuition is $54,825.
    Location: Middletown, DE

     

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    #1. Kent School

    Kent School 2018 Tuition: $58,450
    Tuition is more than 2,888 colleges.
    Comparable college: Columbia University, where tuition is $57,208.
    Location: Kent, CT

     

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