2017 Best Private High Schools in America
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The 2017 Best Private High 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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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.
- Andover, MA
- 36 reviews
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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.
- Lawrenceville, NJ
- 94 reviews
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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.
- Studio City, CA
- 97 reviews
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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.
- Concord, NH
- 45 reviews
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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.
- Oakland, CA
- 57 reviews
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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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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.
- Stanford, CA
- 70 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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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.
- Palo Alto, CA
- 25 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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NCS's academics are off the charts good. I chose to attend high school here because it is a common fact in the DC area that NCS is the best high school. Everyone alumni of the school talks about how college, even Ivy League schools, are easy after attending NCS. Every day I am astonished by the conversations we have in class, and how intellectual they are. For instance, as a sophomore at lunch we would continuously debate the amount of aid Africa should receive in order to reach the highest development level. Usually we were on the wary side of aid, trying to combat corruption in government (we were also inspired by the book Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo, which we all read in our free time). There's no other high school I would want to go to and I know with an NCS education I can go to any college I want.
- Washington, DC
- 33 reviews
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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.
- Deerfield, MA
- 9 reviews
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May daughter LOVES going to school. We would absolutely choose Prep again and again for our child if we had to do it all over. In fact, we have a younger child who can't wait to be a student at Flintridge Prep.
- La Canada Flintridge, CA
- 77 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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