Private High School Academics Grade Methodology

The Private High Schools Academics grade 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
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 34.2%
College Enrollment Percentage of seniors who go on to four-year colleges. National Center for Education Statistics* 22.8%
Composite SAT/ACT Score Composite SAT/ACT ScoreAverage SAT/ACT composite score (normalized to the same scale), as reported by Niche users from this school. Self-reported by Niche users 20.1
Parent/Student Surveys on Academics Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the academics at the school. Self-reported by Niche users 11.4%
Student-Teacher Ratio Ratio of students to full-time teachers. Please note: Student-teacher ratio is not a representation of average class size. National Center for Education Statistics* 11.4%

* Since private schools are not required to report to the Department of Education, most data sourced from the Department of Education can also be updated directly by private schools via their Niche Partner Portal. If you work for a private school and would like to update your data, please claim your school.

Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, as self-reported by the schools.

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