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    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.

    RELATED: Best public schools in America's biggest cities

  • #50. St. John's School
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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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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+

  • #40. The Loomis Chaffee School
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    #40. The Loomis Chaffee School

    Location: Windsor, CT

    Number of students: 690

    Yearly tuition: $45,360

    Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: NG

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #39. Pine Crest School
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    #39. Pine Crest School

    Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Number of students: 2,636

    Yearly tuition: $31,030

    Student-teacher ratio: 5:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: B+

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #38. Riverdale Country School
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    #38. Riverdale Country School

    Location: Bronx, NY

    Number of students: 1,154

    Yearly tuition: $42,805

    Student-teacher ratio: 6:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A-

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #37. Georgetown Day School
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    #37. Georgetown Day School

    Location: Washington, DC

    Number of students: 1,075

    Yearly tuition: $39,788

    Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #36. Hopkins School
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    #36. Hopkins School

    Location: New Haven, CT

    Number of students: 715

    Yearly tuition: $42,200

    Student-teacher ratio: 6:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A-

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #35. University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
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    #35. University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

    Location: Chicago, IL

    Number of students: 2,051

    Yearly tuition: $33,558

    Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A

  • #34. Middlesex School
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    #34. Middlesex School

    Location: Concord, MA

    Number of students: 406

    Yearly tuition: $49,480

    Student-teacher ratio: 4:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A-

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #33. Cranbrook Schools
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    #33. Cranbrook Schools

    Location: Bloomfield HIlls, MI

    Number of students: 1,659

    Yearly tuition: $34,200

    Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #32. Brearley School
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    #32. Brearley School

    Location: New York, NY

    Number of students: 719

    Yearly tuition: $49,680

    Student-teacher ratio: 6:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #31. Cate School
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    #31. Cate School

    Location: Carpinteria, CA

    Number of students: 280

    Yearly tuition: $49,700

    Student-teacher ratio: 6:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #30. Head-Royce School
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    #30. Head-Royce School

    Location: Oakland, CA

    Number of students: 875

    Yearly tuition: $40,950

    Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A+

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #29. Crystal Springs Uplands School
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    #29. Crystal Springs Uplands School

    Location: Hillsborough, CA

    Number of students: 350

    Yearly tuition: $42,430

    Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A

  • #28. Groton School
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    #28. Groton School

    Location: Groton, MA

    Number of students: 368

    Yearly tuition: $43,400

    Student-teacher ratio: 5:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #27. Noble and Greenough School
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    #27. Noble and Greenough School

    Location: Dedham, MA

    Number of students: 614

    Yearly tuition: $50,200

    Student-teacher ratio: 5:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A-

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #26. The Westminster Schools
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    #26. The Westminster Schools

    Location: Atlanta, GA

    Number of students: 1,874

    Yearly tuition: $29,275

    Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A-

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #25. Newark Academy
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    #25. Newark Academy

    Location: Livingston, NJ

    Number of students: 598

    Yearly tuition: $40,945

    Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #24. Milton Academy
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    #24. Milton Academy

    Location: Milton, MA

    Number of students: 1,000

    Yearly tuition: $47,330

    Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #23. Dalton School
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    #23. Dalton School

    Location: New York, NY

    Number of students: 1,322

    Yearly tuition: $44,640

    Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #22. Sidwell Friends School
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    #22. Sidwell Friends School

    Location: Washington, DC

    Number of students: 1,145

    Yearly tuition: $39,360

    Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #21. Polytechnic School
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    #21. Polytechnic School

    Location: Pasadena, CA

    Number of students: 859

    Yearly tuition: $37,500

    Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #20. The Thacher School
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    #20. The Thacher School

    Location: Ojai, CA

    Number of students: 246

    Yearly tuition: $40,970

    Student-teacher ratio: 6:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #19. Horace Mann School
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    #19. Horace Mann School

    Location: Bronx, NY

    Number of students: 1,694

    Yearly tuition: $48,600

    Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A-

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #18. Castilleja School
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    #18. Castilleja School

    Location: Palo Alto, CA

    Number of students: 438

    Yearly tuition: $44,580

    Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A

  • #17. The Harker School
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    #17. The Harker School

    Location: San Jose, CA

    Number of students: 2,048

    Yearly tuition: $48,500

    Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: B+

    Clubs and activities grade: A

  • #16. Collegiate School
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    #16. Collegiate School

    Location: New York, NY

    Number of students: 651

    Yearly tuition: $47,500

    Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A

  • #15. Winsor School
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    #15. Winsor School

    Location: Boston, MA

    Number of students: 450

    Yearly tuition: $44,300

    Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: B+

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #14. Flintridge Preparatory School
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    #14. Flintridge Preparatory School

    Location: La Canada Flintridge, CA

    Number of students: 500

    Yearly tuition: $34,200

    Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A+

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #13. Deerfield Academy
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    #13. Deerfield Academy

    Location: Deerfield, MA

    Number of students: 658

    Yearly tuition: $44,735

    Student-teacher ratio: 5:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A+

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #12. Regis High School
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    #12. Regis High School

    Location: New York, NY

    Number of students: 529

    Yearly tuition: $0

    Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A-

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #11. Stanford Online High School
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    #11. Stanford Online High School

    Location: Stanford, CA

    Number of students: 804

    Yearly tuition: $22,850

    Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A+

    Clubs and activities grade: NG

  • #10. The Lawrenceville School
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    #10. The Lawrenceville School

    Location: Lawrenceville, NJ

    Number of students: 822

    Yearly tuition: $51,440

    Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #9. St. Paul's School
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    #9. St. Paul's School

    Location: Concord, NH

    Number of students: 541

    Yearly tuition: $55,000

    Student-teacher ratio: 5:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A+

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #8. The College Preparatory School
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    #8. The College Preparatory School

    Location: Oakland, CA

    Number of students: 363

    Yearly tuition: $43,810

    Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A+

    Clubs and activities grade: A

  • #7. Lakeside School
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    #7. Lakeside School

    Location: Seattle, WA

    Number of students: 838

    Yearly tuition: $32,000

    Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A+

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #6. St. Mark's School of Texas
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    #6. St. Mark's School of Texas

    Location: Dallas, TX

    Number of students: 863

    Yearly tuition: $29,496

    Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #5. Choate Rosemary Hall
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    #5. Choate Rosemary Hall

    Location: Wallingford, CT

    Number of students: 859

    Yearly tuition: $43,580

    Student-teacher ratio: 4:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: NG

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #4. Trinity School
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    #4. Trinity School

    Location: New York, NY

    Number of students: 1,001

    Yearly tuition: $47,965

    Student-teacher ratio: 6:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #3. Phillips Exeter Academy
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    #3. Phillips Exeter Academy

    Location: Exeter, NH

    Number of students: 1,085

    Yearly tuition: $38,740

    Student-teacher ratio: 5:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #2. Harvard-Westlake School
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    #2. Harvard-Westlake School

    Location: Studio City, CA

    Number of students: 1,598

    Yearly tuition: $35,900

    Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A+

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #1. Phillips Academy
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    #1. Phillips Academy

    Location: Andover, MA

    Number of students: 1,150

    Yearly tuition: $43,300

    Student-teacher ratio: 5:1

    Academics grade: A+

    Diversity grade: A+

    Clubs and activities grade: A+

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