2017 Private High School College Readiness in America

Explore the private high schools that best prepare their students for college success. Ranking based on SAT/ACT scores, 4-year matriculation rate, the quality of colleges that students consider, and student and parent ratings of college readiness.
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    Phillips Exeter Academy

    • Exeter, NH
    • 171 reviews
    High School Senior:Making lasting friendships and great connections. A strong sense of community. Harkness method, the best way to learn in the classroom.

    I would do it all over again!
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    Phillips Academy

    • Andover, MA
    • 36 reviews
    Niche User:The last three years at my boarding school have been amazing. I have meet people from all over the world from so many different racial, religious, political, and economic background, and it has been very eye-opening. My school is unique because all of the faculty members care about the students, and try their best to get to know everyone. There are so many opportunities at my school, and there is a club/sport/activity for everyone. The faculty members push us because they know we have so much potential, and I really appreciate that. I would choose this school again if I could do it all over because my experience has made me more confident, charismatic, and open to so many ideas.
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    The College Preparatory School

    • Oakland, CA
    • 57 reviews
    High School Senior:I love my school! One of the best things about the school is the community. The school tries to make freshmen feel as welcome as possible when they first start at school. Freshmen are assigned to a CAP group (Connections and Advisory Program) which consists of a faculty advisor, 8-9 other freshmen, and three senior mentors. During the summer, senior mentors write letters, call, and hang out with their freshmen, which helps the freshmen meet their fellow CAP group freshmen and seniors. Also, freshmen have orientation and Freshmen Retreat together before school starts with everyone else, so they really get to know the school and each other before the year begins. Even after freshmen year, everyone is so kind and inviting. I joined sports and dance and met a lot of upperclassmen and, as I got older, younger students, that have continued to be my friends even after they've graduated. I love the students' welcoming nature (I can pretty much have a conversation with anyone) and the overall nice feeling.
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    Stanford Online High School

    • Stanford, CA
    • 70 reviews
    High School Senior:I love my school. I'm a fifth-year graduating senior (started 8th grade), and OHS has given me more opportunities and a better education I could have ever, ever asked for, not to mention the friends I've made here. It's truly a community of incredible people, and the teachers are beyond phenomenal.
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    Horace Mann School

    • Bronx, NY
    • 91 reviews
    High School Junior:I was challenged and grew as an academic to be more intelligent and intellectual then I was in the first place. I discovered many things I didn't know I was even interested in and I now feel like a cultured person.
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    Harvard-Westlake School

    • Studio City, CA
    • 97 reviews
    High School Sophomore:I'm proud of being part of the Harvard Westlake community. Everyone is supportive of each other and I feel comfortable with everyone. The workload is sometimes too much, but teachers understand and are open to let you have an extra day. Using you time wisely is extremely important.
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    The Lawrenceville School

    • Lawrenceville, NJ
    • 94 reviews
    Niche User:The community is one that is like no other. People are all friendly. Students have relationships with teachers and all thier peers. There are clubs and organizations for every interest. The academics are challenging. The house system is unique and allows for unique friendships to be made.
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    The Harker School

    • San Jose, CA
    • 87 reviews
    Niche User: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!
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    Lakeside School

    • Seattle, WA
    • 66 reviews
    Niche User:Lakeside will challenge every student. It is not for everyone. But if you are focused, Lakeside will provide you with an outstanding foundation that is unparalleled.
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    St. Paul's School

    • Concord, NH
    • 45 reviews
    Niche User:I'd be completely lying if I said I loved my whole time at SPS. I transferred as a new sophomore and wasn't accustomed to the whole idea of what a prep school actually entailed. I felt very lost in athletics, academics, extracurriculars, socializing, and even myself. But that was because I hadn't utilized all my resources. And anybody currently at the school will know who this is when I say this: I became best friends with Humanities IV teacher and he changed my life. Every bit of success I encounter in this lifetime is because of him and his willingness to always be there for me. So before I get all mopey, I'll say this - it wasn't easy at first (but what really is?) but my experience did a full 180 once I started taking advantage of the resources and people St. Paul's had to offer.
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    Trinity School

    • New York, NY
    • 33 reviews
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    Polytechnic School

    • Pasadena, CA
    • 81 reviews
    Niche User: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.
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    Choate Rosemary Hall

    • Wallingford, CT
    • 87 reviews
    High School Senior:The teachers here are inspirational. The mix of people is pretty great too. Everyone has something incredible to offer the school, and it has been great being a member of this community.
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    St. John's School

    • Houston, TX
    • 56 reviews
    High School Senior:Everyone looks for somewhere they fit in, and for me St. Johns was perfect because I didn't know where i belonged. It provided me with such diverse options.
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    The Hotchkiss School

    • Lakeville, CT
    • 33 reviews
    Niche User:The people you meet are some of the most intelligent and genuine individuals from all over the world. The relationships you create are worthwhile. You learn so much from your peers.
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    Sidwell Friends School

    • Washington, DC
    • 27 reviews
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    Dalton School

    • New York, NY
    • 52 reviews
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    St. Mark's School of Texas

    • Dallas, TX
    • 30 reviews
    High School Junior:An education at St. Mark's doesn't revolve solely around academics. St. Mark's aims to educate the whole boy, and for this I wouldn't want to have gone to high school anywhere else.
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    The Westminster Schools

    • Atlanta, GA
    • 124 reviews
    High School Senior: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.
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    Niche User: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.
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    Castilleja School

    • Palo Alto, CA
    • 25 reviews
    High School Senior:This school really cares about the students and puts them first. They aren't always able to get everything right, but Castilleja always tries to improve and change with the times. I appreciated the all-girls environment and the supportive community.
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    Cranbrook Schools

    • Bloomfield Hills, MI
    • 181 reviews
    High School Senior: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.
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    Winsor School

    • Boston, MA
    • 44 reviews
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    Deerfield Academy

    • Deerfield, MA
    • 9 reviews
    High School Senior:My school is an amazing place to spend four years because the people in the community, the devoted teacher and the moments that will never be forgotten. My favorite experiences are spending hours in the hall talking and fooling around with my hall mates, that when friendship become true. I also love the games days against our rival school when the whole school comes out to support. The energy and school spirit is bursting out of the gym or when ever the game is.
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    Hopkins School

    • New Haven, CT
    • 50 reviews
    Niche User:Attending Hopkins has been one of the best experiences of my life. Coming from a public school where there was not a single advanced class, and the teachers seemed to loathe their jobs, it was an absolute breath of fresh air to step onto the (beautiful) campus. The admissions committee does an amazing job of choosing students who are mature, well-mannered, inclusive, and kind. Whether students are from Greenwich or from the absolute worst part of New Haven, everyone almost always gets along well (Unlike other schools that I had friends attending, or looked at myself, such as a certain school starting with C and ending with an -oate). Not to mention the absolutely amazing academics and advanced programs. Recently we've begun adding online classes into the older students' curriculums, so that students that want to take a class we don't offer-like Arabic or meteorology, off the top of my head-can. I can talk for hours, but overall it is just absolutely amazing.
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