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Best private high school in every state

  • Best private high school in every state

    America's private high schools opened long before their public counterparts and even before the United States was first established. The Roman Catholic Church in the 1700s started private schools in Florida and Louisiana while in New York (a former Dutch colony called New Amsterdam), the Dutch West India Company and Dutch Reformed Church set up private schools that filled the void left by the colonies' lack of an education system.

    That changed in the 1840s when the U.S. instituted a uniform public school system. To stay relevant, private schools changed from marketing themselves as the only option to portraying their education as the "best" option. To this day, private high schools have positioned themselves as fast-tracks to admittance into elite universities. Faced with the rigorous demands of the highly competitive college admissions process and increased pressure over getting into the "right" school, parents (most often parents with means) often consider private schools for their children.

    To find out which is the best private high school in each state, Stacker examined data from Niche. We've included details such as the national private school ranking and the average student-to-teacher ratio to provide a more complete picture of how these academic institutions stack up against one another.

    Private schools have historically catered to America's most elite, with exorbitant tuition and legacy admissions ensuring the socioeconomic exclusivity of student bodies. Scholarships, incremental transparency in the admissions process, and improved (albeit still imperfect and unequal) access to excellent early education for students of all backgrounds have allowed more low-income students and minorities today to take advantage of these schools. Still, white students continue to represent the vast majority of private-school students. Stacker has further pulled racial demographics for each school to illustrate this point.

    Read on to find out the best private high school in every state.

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  • Alabama: Indian Springs School

    - Location: Indian Springs, AL
    - National private school ranking: #164 of 3,903
    - School type: private, boarding
    - Grades: 8-12
    - Tuition: $24,000
    - Students enrolled: 315 (51% female, 49% male)
    - Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    - Student diversity:
    --- White: 69.7%
    --- Asian: 21.2%
    --- African American: 6.7%
    --- Hispanic: 0.7%
    --- Multiracial: 1.7%
    --- Unknown: 0%

  • Alaska: Lumen Christi Catholic High School

    - Location: Anchorage, AK
    - National private school ranking: #2,153 of 3,903
    - School type: private, Catholic
    - Grades: 7-12
    - Tuition: $7,500
    - Students enrolled: 72 (42% female, 58% male)
    - Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    - Student diversity:
    --- White: 59.7%
    --- Asian: 2.8%
    --- African American: 2.8%
    --- Hispanic: 0%
    --- Multiracial: 12.5%
    --- Unknown: 16.7%

  • Arizona: Phoenix Country Day School

    - Location: Paradise Valley, AZ
    - National private school ranking: #137 of 3,903
    - School type: private
    - Grades: PK, K-12
    - Tuition: $25,000
    - Students enrolled: 750 (51% female, 49% male)
    - Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    - Student diversity:
    --- White: 56.4%
    --- Asian: 16.8%
    --- African American: 4.1%
    --- Hispanic: 8.1%
    --- Multiracial: 6.4%
    --- Unknown: 6.7%

  • Arkansas: Pulaski Academy

    - Location: Little Rock, AR
    - National private school ranking: #505 of 3,903
    - School type: private
    - Grades: PK, K-12
    - Tuition: data not available
    - Students enrolled: 1,393 (50% female, 50% male)
    - Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    - Student diversity:
    --- White: 74.0%
    --- Asian: 7.4%
    --- African American: 7.5%
    --- Hispanic: 2%
    --- Multiracial: 1.6%
    --- Unknown: 6.1%

  • California: Harvard-Westlake School

    - Location: Los Angeles, CA
    - National private school ranking: #2 of 3,903
    - School type: private
    - Grades: 7-12
    - Tuition: $39,700
    - Students enrolled: 1,598 (46% female, 54% male)
    - Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    - Student diversity:
    --- White: 55.6%
    --- Asian: 21.4%
    --- African American: 7.5%
    --- Hispanic: 8.5%
    --- Multiracial: 6.3%
    --- Unknown: 0%

  • Colorado: Kent Denver School

    - Location: Englewood, CO
    - National private school ranking: #115 of 3,903
    - School type: private
    - Grades: 6-12
    - Tuition: $27,330
    - Students enrolled: 701 (48% female, 52% male)
    - Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    - Student diversity:
    --- White: 71.6%
    --- Asian: 7%
    --- African American: 3.3%
    --- Hispanic: 4.6%
    --- Multiracial: 12.7%
    --- Unknown: 0.9%

  • Connecticut: Choate Rosemary Hall

    - Location: Wallingford, CT
    - National private school ranking: #5 of 3,903
    - School type: private, boarding
    - Grades: 9-12
    - Tuition: $45,710
    - Students enrolled: 850 (48% female, 52% male)
    - Student-teacher ratio: 4:1

    - Student diversity:
    --- White: 44.7%
    --- Asian: 13.6%
    --- African American: 6.2%
    --- Hispanic: 6.6%
    --- Multiracial: 8.5%
    --- Unknown: 2.4%

  • Delaware: St. Andrew's School

    - Location: Middletown, DE
    - National private school ranking: #51 of 3,903
    - School type: private, boarding
    - Grades: 9-12
    - Tuition: $55,500
    - Students enrolled: 310 (49% female, 51% male)
    - Student-teacher ratio: 6:1

    - Student diversity:
    --- White: 59.7%
    --- Asian: 17.1%
    --- African American: 11.3%
    --- Hispanic: 4.2%
    --- Multiracial: 7.7%
    --- Unknown: 0%

  • Florida: Pine Crest School

    - Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
    - National private school ranking: #39 of 3,903
    - School type: private
    - Grades: PK, K-12
    - Tuition: $33,500
    - Students enrolled: 2,636 (52% female, 48% male)
    - Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

    - Student diversity:
    --- White: 76.3%
    --- Asian: 3.4%
    --- African American: 2.2%
    --- Hispanic: 10.8%
    --- Multiracial: 7.1%
    --- Unknown: 0%

  • Georgia: The Westminster Schools

    - Location: Atlanta, GA
    - National private school ranking: #26 of 3,903
    - School type: private, Christian (General)
    - Grades: K-12
    - Tuition: $29,275
    - Students enrolled: 1,874 (50% female, 50% male)
    - Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    - Student diversity:
    --- White: 69.0%
    --- Asian: 11.5%
    --- African American: 9.0%
    --- Hispanic: 4.0%
    --- Multiracial: 5.5%
    --- Unknown: 1%

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