2019 Best College Prep Private High Schools Methodology

The 2019 Best College Prep Private High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users. Additional data is also collected from schools directly. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Composite SAT/ACT Score Average SAT/ACT composite score (normalized to the same scale), as reported by Niche users from this school. Self-reported by Niche users 30.0%
Top Colleges Score Average score of colleges that students are most interested in or go on to attend, based on Niche Best Colleges ranking. Self-reported by Niche users 25.0%
AP Test Pass Rate Percentage of AP students who pass at least one AP exam. Civil Rights Data Collection 10.0%
Culture & Diversity Grade Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents. Multiple Sources 10.0%
Parent/Student Surveys on College Prep Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the college readiness provided by the school. Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%
AP Enrollment Percentage of students enrolled in at least one AP course. Civil Rights Data Collection 5.0%
College Enrollment Percentage of seniors who go on to four-year colleges. National Center for Education Statistics 5.0%
Graduation Rate Percentage of 12th grade students who graduate. U.S. Department of Education 5.0%


The same methodology is used to produce the Niche College Prep Grade for each ranked school as well as additional schools. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, as self-reported by the schools. Niche also collects data directly from schools via our school data update form. If you work for a school and would like to update your data, please claim your school.

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