2017 Best Private K-12 Schools in America
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The 2017 Best Private K-12 Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents. Ranking factors include SAT/ACT scores, the quality of colleges that students consider, student-teacher ratio, private school ratings, and more. Data sourced from the U.S. Department of Education, Niche users, and the schools directly.
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We have two children at Harker, both in lower school. Our fifth grader has been here since grade 2, our second grader started in Kindergarten, and we are constantly amazed at the level of support teachers provide to students, both academically and emotionally, in terms of character building. When our fifth grader has struggled with academics, teachers reached out to us with concrete advice, invitations to come to extra help in the morning and other suggestions for helping him thrive --and he has done so! Along with kind, calm, sensible *intelligent and thoughtful* teachers who brigh their humanity to the classroom, there is a lower school-wide program that helps students understand their emotions at times of frustration to help them understand how to deal with their concerns effectively. The after school care staff is incredibly polite, attentive and sharp, I've never had any concerns about playground misbehavior as the staff are super vigilant and the equipment is top-notch and well maintained. The kitchen is outstanding and provides healthy snacks (included) before and after school, and students can choose to have a nutritious school lunch prepared on site, or bring their own food from home. Just a great experience all around!
- San Jose, CA
- 87 reviews
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If you understand that you are attending a really challenging school and you are willing to put your best effort in (and you have the time to do all of the work after school), then this is the place for you. The teachers are absolutely incredible, there are so many opportunities for sports, clubs, traveling, etc. I would say that there is a significant sense of academic competitiveness. There are a lot of parents of Poly students who put too much pressure on their kids so make sure to check in on your stress level and keep communicating with your advisor! If you want relatively free evenings after school, don't count on it. There is a lot of homework. I would not have chosen another school. Poly is incredible and the community is very progressive (of course there is always more to improve upon). The LGBTQ scene has improved a lot and is on its way. Bullying is rarely a problem... Poly takes bullying very seriously and will not hesitate to suspend/kick you out. GO PANTHERS. p.s. Poly has one of the most beautiful high school campuses ever.
- Pasadena, CA
- 81 reviews
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I am confident that the relationships that I have made with both students and teachers over my past fifteen years at Cranbrook will last my entire life. I feel that while at Cranbrook I have explored my interests, taken risks, and learned the importance of tradition and character. My academic and athletic success is largely due to the time I spent at Cranbrook, as it has made me into the person I am today and has given me lifelong friends.
- Bloomfield Hills, MI
- 181 reviews
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Everything about Westminster has made me enjoy the experience. There are small things that I would change if I had the chance, but overall, it is a wonderful institution that truly prepares its students for the rest of their lives.
- Atlanta, GA
- 124 reviews
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I love the diverse environment and learning experience. My school is unique because it offers different clubs during the school year, and you can tailor your schedule to the type of classes your like. I would choose this school again because it makes you have a sound mind in a sound body, which is the school's motto.
- Beverly Hills, MI
- 93 reviews
More about Detroit Country Day School
Knowing how great of a school this is I would unquestionably do it all over again. The opportunities it has given me and the incredible teachers I've met and gotten to know help make Lab, Lab. Lab pushes you beyond anything you thought you could do, and without it I wouldn't feel as prepared for the rest of my life as I do now.
- Chicago, IL
- 90 reviews
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I wouldn't go anywhere else. Hockaday has made me a curious critical thinker and has given me an inseparable and supportive community for life. It's not perfect, but it's home for me in many ways. It values passion in women and creates an environment where your voice is heard.
- Dallas, TX
- 102 reviews
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As a senior at BB&N, I have nothing but good things to say about the school. Everyone is smart, works hard, plays hard, and is involved in many different faucets of school life. It's incredible. Especially coming from a bigger public school, smaller classes and amazing teachers (and the personal relationships you form with those teachers) is one of my favorite parts.
- Cambridge, MA
- 38 reviews
More about Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
Teachers are so friendly, caring, and want you to succeed. A lot of work but I learned a ton and am more than prepared for college and the work world. I love that you can do anything and everything from being the lead in the school play to playing football to leading clubs.
- Winnetka, IL
- 46 reviews
More about North Shore Country Day School
RCD is a school that has a warm and inviting environment. The headmaster of the school is involved in many aspects of the school, from the plays, sports events, fundraiser or parent meetings. He always is present as well as approachable . This is a huge plus to see staff of all levels involved. The teachers and staff of the school are the best in all they do to keep RCD running. Again it is exciting to see the staff of the school at sports/art events. This year school spirit is at a all time high-thanks the students and as well as the parents who attend and support the many teams of RCD. What makes RCD unique is that the school has takes the initiative of change. Whether it's with technology, safety, gender issues, diversity, etc...RCD takes on the challenge of how to incorporate the challenges of our ever changing world and effectively incorporate these issues into the school policy.
- Rye, NY
- 68 reviews
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I got a wonderful education from this school. The teachers were always there to help, and I had endless opportunities. My senior year I was on the women's soccer team and we won the first title for the women's program since its founding. We then went on to make it to state semi finals. It could not have been done if we didn't have a fantastic team and a wonderful coach.
- Philadelphia, PA
- 43 reviews
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The environment is stressful - there's a ton of work that you need to do each night, and sleep is a running joke among us. While the stress is palpable, teachers are always there for you and willing to meet with you after class, hold review sessions before tests, and will encourage you throughout the year and your time at school. Most teachers are very understanding and want you to ask questions. The class sizes are small, and generally class discussions are enjoyable. I love the school, and if I had to go back to when I was younger, I would still love to be at this school.
- New York, NY
- 66 reviews
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I absolutely adore my school. It is the only high school that I have attended and I wish I could go to this wonderful school for another 4 years. I've met the greatest and nicest people. I've formed bonds that will last for years to come; not only with the students but with the teachers and faculty. Hackley School is not just a school. It's has become a second family for me. I would recommend this school to whomever wants to get a high quality education but also wants to join what to me is the best school family ever.
- Tarrytown, NY
- 41 reviews
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I loved my high school years at Packer. I was able to do so many things through Packer. I was able to travel abroad, learn a new language, discover my academic interest, meet and become friends with a range of people. The school has a sense of comfort to it that is unique. It is in a great location. Students are passionate about their ideas, and take part in a range of activities.
- Brooklyn, NY
- 92 reviews
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Latin School of Chicago gave me an education that readied me for my college experience. The teachers got to know just about every student, and the bonds I made with my classmates will last awhile. There was something for everyone, if you looked and tried, and teachers made an effort if they noticed you were struggling.
- Chicago, IL
- 86 reviews
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