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Best private high schools in America

  • Best private high schools in America

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ 2017 Senate nomination reignited the national debate over whether public or private schools are better options for children’s educational outcomes. Public school proponents argue that private schools, many of which are religious, often do not meet national standards for teacher qualifications, testing, or curriculum; and can discriminate against applicants for acceptance. Meanwhile, private school supporters say smaller class sizes, more diverse course offerings, and higher overall test scores can give students a leg up after graduation.

    Regardless of which camp you’re in, it’s undeniable that certain private and public schools go above and beyond in providing for their students. Looking specifically at the private sector, Stacker analyzed Niche’s 2019 Best Private High Schools to determine where in the country these schools are. Niche ranked schools based on the reviews of parents and students, the quality of colleges students consider, student-teacher ratio, and more, assigning letter grades to each school’s academics, diversity, and extracurricular activities.

    Read on to criss-cross the country from Georgia to California and find out which schools are using tuition dollars to best-prepare high schoolers for their adult lives.

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  • #50. St. John's School

    Location: Houston, TX

    Number of students: 1,258

    Yearly tuition: $27,545

    Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: B

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #49. Hackley School

    Location: Tarrytown, NY

    Number of students: 834

    Yearly tuition: $44,225

    Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #48. The Bishop's School

    Location: San Diego, CA

    Number of students: 800

    Yearly tuition: $36,290

    Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A

  • #47. Greenhill School

    Location: Addison, TX

    Number of students: 1,315

    Yearly tuition: $31,675

    Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A+

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #46. The Hockaday School

    Location: Dallas, TX

    Number of students: 1,089

    Yearly tuition: $29,000

    Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A-

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #45. Peddie School

    Location: Hightstown, NJ

    Number of students: 550

    Yearly tuition: $48,800

    Student-teacher ratio: 6:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #44. The Hotchkiss School

    Location: Lakeville, CT

    Number of students: 632

    Yearly tuition: $48,080

    Student-teacher ratio: 6:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A

  • #43. The Pingry School

    Location: Basking Ridge, NJ

    Number of students: 1,128

    Yearly tuition: $39,523

    Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A-

  • #42. Germantown Friends School

    Location: Philadelphia, PA

    Number of students: 906

    Yearly tuition: $35,775

    Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: NG

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #41. The Chapin School

    Location: New York, NY

    Number of students: 725

    Yearly tuition: $43,000

    Student-teacher ratio: 6:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: B+

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

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