2017 Private High School College Readiness in Maryland

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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    Holton-Arms School

    • Bethesda, MD
    • 96 reviews
    High School Senior:This school legitimately changed my life. The Holton community helped me grow so much as a student and a person as a whole. I came from a good yet very large public school in Montgomery County and it was easy to feel anonymous and overlooked by your teachers. While that school produces many high achieving students, I can guarantee they do not have the same caliber of writing as Holton girls and they do not experience the same individualized attention that I have been lucky enough to experience at Holton. I know that my teachers genuinely care about me. They are always available outside of class to meet and chat, not only about the subject matter but whatever's on your mind. They come support students at sports games and clearly want the best for all of their students. The community is so unbelievably supportive and I've never felt so appreciated, respected, and free to be my authentic self. Holton encourages you to try new things, step outside your comfort zone, and chase your dreams. I know how cheesy this all sounds, but it's so, so true in my case and in the case of my 70ish sisters in plaid. Going to Holton was by far the best decision I ever made and I'm so grateful for the experiences I've had, the friends I've made, and the phenomenal education I've received. This community will rock your socks off. Seriously.
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    The Bryn Mawr School

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 126 reviews
    Alum:In my opinion, there was not enough done to promote respect for all and positive friendships/collaboration across cultures. As is predictable in an all-girls environment, I found that gossip and drama greatly impacted learning. Student support services on campus also failed to appear as advocates for all students. Unfortunately, there was favoritism and politics that colored much of my experience.
    At the same time, the BMS environment was where I developed my love for learning. It was the first place I ever felt close connections with teachers and adults at school. It supported me to think critically, creatively, and with passion for my interests. These sparks created at BMS have stayed with me throughout the past almost-decade since my graduation. I will always feel a deep sense of belonging and connectedness to the campus and the Mawrtian identity.
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    Gilman School

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 40 reviews
    Parent:Gilman gets boys! Across all levels, lower, middle and upper school, the teachers, administrators and staff understand and relate to the boys. I have been particularly impressed with how they help to develop boys into independent, confident, honorable young men. My boys have been challenged and pushed to strive to be better in academics, sports, leadership and other areas. The school continually pushes itself as an institution to better itself - stay on top of changes in education, changes in the way boys learn - constantly wanting to improve itself. It turns to parents, to the community, to its alums to find the answers. Setting an example of being a leader for their own students.
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    The Key School

    • Annapolis, MD
    • 86 reviews
    Parent:As parents, our focus is academics, but I think our daughter's focus is lacrosse. At Key, we are both happy! A phenomenal education, absolutely college ready - but the sports experience has also been wonderful! Our girl plays on a travel team, but at Key she gets more playing time than she would anywhere else and gets a chance to play different positions. As a result of the flexibility and visibility, players do make All Conference and All County. We love Key's coach (used to coach Division 1 college lax). He has been an incredible resource both on and off the field, and was instrumental for our daughter's recruiting process. I credit his efforts for the D1 commit she received during sophomore year. I am also so thankful for our athletic trainer and her expertise and the one-on-one time she gives our athletes. But what I'm most happy with is the loving, caring, and ETHICAL environment...and the camaraderie among the girls (everyone makes the team!) It's everything a parent could want!
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    McDonogh School

    • Owings Mills, MD
    • 113 reviews
    High School Junior:McDonogh has undoubtedly been the best thing to happen to me. I was looking at many other private schools in the area (Saint Pauls, Garrison, Bryn Mawr, NDP, etc) and nothing compares to the amazing faculty, staff, and facilities. The school is well-endowed and as a result the campus is like a fully-equipped college! The only thing I would change is to have a little more focus on arts.
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    Georgetown Preparatory School

    • North Bethesda, MD
    • 39 reviews
    Alum:I recently graduated from Georgetown Prep and have to say that my four years there were the best I have had in my life. I have made life long friends with my fellow classmates and my teachers. The teachers care greatly for their students. After school, I would be able to talk to my teachers about life and for advice. The academics were rigorous and Prep provided enormous resources to help us students succeed. The facilities athletics and academics facilities are first class. All in all, I LOVED my time at Prep!
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    Landon School

    • Bethesda, MD
    • 24 reviews
    Niche User:Landon offers a very diverse curriculum, supported by an exceptional teaching staff, and they prepare the boys very well in order to matriculate to an enviable variety of the best schools across the county. The music and arts departments, along with athletics, are collectively well staffed by leading teachers, instructors, mentors and coaches -- Tops!
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    Friends School of Baltimore

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 56 reviews
    Alum:I attended The Friends School of Baltimore for 13 years and fell in love with every aspect of the school. I carry the SPICES (Quaker values) with me everyday. Along with great academics and student life, the opportunities and preparation for further education is unparalleled. One concern I had was the lack of diversity. However, this issue is in the works of being resolved. I made it my duty to speak with the diversity counselor, high school principal, and the head of school about the issue before I graduated. They were all very understanding and willing to make a change.
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    Park School

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 40 reviews
    Parent:The people, philosophy, academics, and community make Park a great school. Thoughtful interactions and engagements the students experience every day will and does lead them to a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. Balance of education, play, arts, and sports offers a well rounded school life and many opportunities to grow. There is support and encouragement relected by all faculty and Staff. The school is beautifully set on a picturesque campus which fits its name.
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    St. Andrew's Episcopal School

    • Potomac, MD
    • 58 reviews
    Junior:St.Andrews is an amazing school. Despite it being such a small private school, Its one of the best schools in the DMV. The teachers are always there when you need to talk to them, and students always feel safe going to teachers when they have problems with school, friends, or family. Everyone is welcome at St.Andrews and we make sure to include everyone in every activity. At St.Andrews, students are able to be who they are and learn to love and accept who they are.
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    Niche User:I had a fantastic time at this school! There is a wonderful sense of community combined with outstanding academics. I truly loved school and it pushed me to my fullest potential. I ended up with some amazing college choices, and now I'm confident as I go on to college because of the foundation that Stone Ridge gave me.
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    The Heights School

    • Potomac, MD
    • 26 reviews
    Alum:The community and spirit at the Heights is amazing. From several annual festival days full of tradition and athletics, to phenomenal spirit supporting our sports team, there is a great sense of family. The teachers are great at personal mentoring with students and prepare students well for the APs and college, without sacrificing rigor in the liberal arts and academic and personal development. One student received a perfect score on the AP Microeconomics exam, having been prepared so well in the school's courses, which go beyond what is sufficient. I would highly recommend and my friendships forged there still remain.
    Let us walk the way, boys!
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    St. James School

    • Saint James, MD
    • 42 reviews
    High School Junior:The academics are amazing, and I feel so prepared for college! Saint James offers a broad range of Advanced Placement courses in math, science, history, English, and foreign language. In regards to math, Saint James also offers college-level Multivariable Calculus to students who exceed past the regular high school math courses offered, including Advanced Placement. The workload is challenging, but not overwhelming for students at Saint James, simply because the environment we live in demands that we develop highly-effective time management skills.
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    Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 69 reviews
    Parent:As a graduate of BT and now a BT parent I can't say enough good things about my alma matre. From the caring teachers to the most amazing Director of Education, who remembers every graduate's name, I believe that I received a stellar education and am so pleased to provide the same experience for my children.

    We really consider Beth Tfiloh home. It's not perfect, but nothing is. It is as close to perfection as we have found and are surprised monthly by how much better they are today than they were when I was a student (22 years ago).
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    Glenelg Country School

    • Ellicott City, MD
    • 19 reviews
    Middle School Student:The school is great and welcoming. There are no real bullies, and teachers try to provide a safe environment. The kids are welcoming to new students, but the kids join cliques almost immediately (faster than in public schools). But everyone is still very friendly, so basically every kid has a group of friends. Most teachers are nice, and I can only think of 1 or 2 that weren't the best, but still pretty good. All in all, it's a great school to attend
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    The Bullis School

    • Potomac, MD
    • 67 reviews
    Alum:At Bullis, I was given an opportunity to excel in my strengths and improve my weaknesses. I was a year ahead in math and was able to take the classes necessary for me to continue rather than retaking a class or sitting out a year. I was able to overcome my weakness in writing with the help of the writing center and each of my English teachers, who had office hours and were very responsive to emails when I had questions. Any other academic struggles were settled with the help of the academic center, enrichment period, and the learning specialist. The fact that Bullis is a small school makes for individualized enrichment and allows specialized attention. If I could change anything at Bullis it would be the diversity. As a PWI, the school endures racial issues with microaggression, ignorance, and a lack of understanding. Bullis should make fewer accommodations to privileged children who get away with saying racist things.
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    St. Paul's School

    • Brooklandville, MD
    • 27 reviews
    Parent:We have 3 boys at St Paul's currently and all 3 love the school which positively impacts every aspect of their school experience; from academics to social and beyond. Our oldest is a Senior who summed up his love of the school. We were talking about his future in general terms and he said, "I don't exactly know what I want to do as a career, but I do know my kids will go to St Paul's."
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    Severn School

    • Severna Park, MD
    • 42 reviews
    Parent:Severn's strength is in its community. Students are happy, evidenced by smiles & laughter throughout. The lower school is full of joy & creativity. Academics in the upper & middle schools are strong-not the most difficult or challenging but respectably solid. In today's heavy stress environment, emotional wellness has a high value. Students are challenged by the rigor but do so within a supportive environment.
    Upper school athletics are strong. Options are more limited in middle school. Performing arts have a way to go. Severn hasn't figured out how to schedule so there is a critical mass together at one time for choir & band. Though there are limited opportunities for students to perform musically, there are events during the year where faculty & outside musicians are brought in to play in what should be done by students. The new building provides exciting opportunities with its forward thinking design. Above all, there is a lot to be said for good emotional health.
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    Sandy Spring Friends School

    • Sandy Spring, MD
    • 31 reviews
    Alum:Sandy Spring teaches you not just how to learn, but also how to listen and interact and be a good member of a community. From the personalized attention shown to each student to its foundation in Quakerism, SSFS puts the student first. Teachers will stop at no ends to make sure all students feel included and prepared to be a well-rounded and contributing member to society when they graduate. They want all their students to flourish academically and socially in preparing them for college and the world beyond and want all who pass through their doors to recognize that there is "that of God" in all humans.
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    Washington Waldorf School

    • Bethesda, MD
    • 20 reviews
    Niche User:The school's curriculum provides a very broad and rich experience for the children. Each child will have the opportunity to engage deeply in art, music and movement as well as traditional academic subjects.
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    Senior:Our Lady of Good Counsel is a great school. It has great lunches and is in a nice area. Most of all the teachers at Good Counsel are really amazing, always there to help!
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    Worcester Preparatory School

    • Berlin, MD
    • 25 reviews
    Sophomore:I transferred to WPS in the 6th grade, and am now a sophomore in high school. Worcester has changed me in so many ways. It challenges me and motivates me to be a better student and overall better person. Worcester is like a home, and it's students and faculty are like a family.
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    Boys Latin School of Maryland

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 23 reviews
    Senior:I like the togetherness of the school. They talk about a "brotherhood" and a "family" which you really do not understand until you go. When you go through the process of a Boys' Latin or "BL" experience you come out feeling differently. The only reserve that I have from the school is the lack of diversity. Not only with the teachers but the students as well, not many black students, little to no Asians or Latino people.
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    Roland Park Country School

    • Baltimore, MD
    • 109 reviews
    Alum:Roland Park was absolutely amazing. I went there for 7 years (6th-12th grades) and absolutely loved it! I found it to be a great balance of academics, athletics and arts and produced some of the most well-rounded girls I know. I'm still very close with a lot of the girls from my class, even though we graduated over 8 years ago, went off to different colleges, and moved to different cities. I was a better college student because of the leadership and study skills I learned at RPCS and I'm a better professional from the confidence that I built up in my time at Roland Park. If I still lived in Baltimore and had a daughter, I would without a doubt send her to Roland Park in hopes she would have the same wonderful experience I had.
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    St. Paul's School for Girls

    • Brooklandville, MD
    • 43 reviews
    Parent:The Saint Paul's School for Girls academic experience and school community is unparalleled. My daughter has thrived in her single-sex educational experience at SPSG. This nurturing community has rigorous academic standards and high expectations for each student, while crafting an individually-oriented total education for each girl. Under the leadership of Headmistress Penny Evins, this is school of excellence has become a heavyweight force in Maryland. The SPSG student and graduate is a leader of today and tomorrow.
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