2017 Best Private High Schools in Houston Metro

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.
See how this ranking was calculated
  • National
  • By State
  • By Metro
Viewing 1-25 of 41
  1. 1

    St. John's School

    • Houston, TX
    • 57 reviews
    Senior:This is a wonderful school. I learned so much as a result of being a student at this school: time management, writing skills, studying habits, work habits, multi-tasking, etc.. This school is very challenging and is most definitely not for everyone. If you are a forward-looking student who wants to excel and push yourself, then this is the type of school you should dream of. You are surrounded by incredibly intelligent teachers, overall faculty, and a very caring student body. This is a fantastic place to grow and learn, and I wouldn't trade the four years I spent at this school for anything.
    More about St. John's School
  2. 2

    The Kinkaid School

    • Houston, TX
    • 66 reviews
    Niche User:Kinkaid strives to produce well-rounded students and in my opinion as long as the student is willing to put in the effort needed, Kinkaid succeeds in doing that. I was given so many more opportunities to participate in a broad spectrum of activities than my friends who attended Houston publics schools and even my friends who attended other top tier private schools in the area. I played on 3 sports teams all four years of high school. I also participated in the choir for four years, the spring musical for 2 years and took AP and honors classes all throughout my career at Kinkaid. I found teachers to be understanding of all my activities and were willing to work with me to make sure I got everything taken care, especially when my athletic involvement began to require travel. My teachers were also supportive and encouraging, keeping up with my activities and my interests even after I was no longer in their classes. Teachers were always in attendance at big sporting events and major performances cheering on their students. I felt that the teachers at Kinkaid understood what the school was trying to accomplish and encouraged student involvement in after school activities. I appreciated the benefit of having such a well-rounded education that consisted of arts, athletics, and academics. It is one of the most unique things Kinkaid offers students. However, Kinkaid is very competitive. Students are always striving to be the best and brightest. It is not a place for those without a competitive drive or a desire to continue to improve. Sometimes, the competitiveness can drive a student away. However, I think that if a student at Kinkaid is willing to exert the efforts required of them they can receive an education that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. While the teachers, facilities and opportunities at Kinkaid all play an important role, it does eventually come down to the student's willingness to participate and desire to be a high achiever.
    More about The Kinkaid School
  3. 3

    The Emery/Weiner School

    • Houston, TX
    • 29 reviews
    Sophomore:I could not ask for a more positive, welcoming, nurturing atmosphere than what I have received at Emery. The relatively small class sizes allow for more teacher involvement and more interconnectedness within grades. The teachers and faculty members truly care about the successes of each and every student. Emery has provided me with tremendous opportunities in sports, academics, and in virtually every other facet of my school life. I am proud to say that's I love my school!
    More about The Emery/Weiner School
  4. 4

    The Awty International School

    • Houston, TX
    • 115 reviews
    Niche User:Awty is truly Houston's premier international school! Students are immersed in a rich culturally and linguistically diverse environment at Awty. You walk across campus and hear multiple languages being spoken at any given time. Students, teachers, and families flow seamlessly from one language to another. The diversity at Awty coupled with the high academic standards make Awty exceptional!
    More about The Awty International School
  5. 5
    Senior:My experience related to Strake Jesuit was one of community. As it is a Catholic all boys school, one of the main components of life there was brotherly love. In addition to priding itself on its community, Strake is also full of many resources to aid academic progress for the students. The teachers are very well trained and committed to their job. The buildings are almost like college campus with SmartBoards for each room, an entire building dedicated to STEM, a lunch room full of a variety of gourmet food, and also a library replete with books and rooms for quiet time or socialization. The school has excellent extracurricular programs such as athletics, band and orchestra, and a variety of other clubs created by the student body and moderated by the faculty. Recommendations for the school would be to provide more affordable lunches.
    More about Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School
  6. 6

    The John Cooper School

    • The Woodlands, TX
    • 80 reviews
    High School Senior:My overall experience at The John Cooper School has ben great. I started school here as a Kindergartener and am now a senior looking for colleges, I am whats known as a "Pioneer"! Some of the best things about this school are the grade trips and college counseling. The trips are so memorable and the college counseling is a great help.
    More about The John Cooper School
  7. 7

    St. Agnes Academy

    • Houston, TX
    • 207 reviews
    Senior:I have overall really enjoyed my years at St. Agnes. St. Agnes has fantastic teachers that truly care about you and want you to succeed. However, I certainly think some things can use some work such as the math department. If you don't click with math immediately you will struggle a lot, even if you see your teacher frequently and go to her tutorials. But all in all, with strong ideals, empowering staff and passionate teachers, it's hard to go wrong at St. Agnes! #Veritas
    More about St. Agnes Academy
  8. 8

    Episcopal High School

    • Bellaire, TX
    • 70 reviews
    Niche User:Absolutely I would choose it again! It is such an amazing place! The teachers are so talented and caring, the parents are involved, the academics are excellent! I also appreciate that so many students have opportunities to try new things in a safe and supportive environment. It's an amazing community where students are academically challenged, engaged and happy to be here every day.
    More about Episcopal High School
  9. 9

    Robert M. Beren Academy

    • Houston, TX
    • 18 reviews
    Parent:POSITIVES: Kids really learn Hebrew and Judaics well at a very young age. Warm, caring environment and very good secular studies.
    NEGATIVES: Too much changeover in the administration (esp. the heads of school), bad behavior sometimes overlooked, school is too obsessed with growth for the sake of growth. They should be more selective about letting in families whose children do not contribute either to the academic nor the behavior quality of the students.
    More about Robert M. Beren Academy
  10. 10

    St. Stephen's Episcopal School

    • Houston, TX
    • 10 reviews
    Parent:This school has very good academics and is preparing students well for college. The teachers are very hands on and work hard to ensure that all the students do their best. Everyone is accepting, no matter what your background is.
    More about St. Stephen's Episcopal School
  11. 11
    High School Senior:The traditions at this school are so much fun! Its unique as it isn't for everyone. Duchesne is a private, all girls, catholic high school. Saying that, not everyone is catholic there and there are some LBGT students. There is a bit of racial diversity but nothing like a public school because we are so small. My senior class has less then 60 students. I would choose this school again because I don't think any other high school would have given me the rigorous academics to prepare me for college that Duchesne has. Also alumni have come back to say that Duchesne made their college experience really easy. I love Duchesne!
    More about Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart
  12. 12
    Senior:Teachers are able to sympathise with students in need, and truly want the best for each one. They ensure classes leave you with the desire to continue and aspire to be the best you possibly can. The facilities are beautiful, ranging from pools for P.E. to 3D printing for DT.

    With a buddy system intact, all students feel welcomed and are able to fit in despite their background. There is also a sense of community, seeing that secondary students are encouraged to work work with younger students, even Y2!

    A wide range of course types are available which I believe can be suited to any academic profile and life goal, from IBDP, CP, A Level, GCSE, IGCSE, and I believe they are soon branching into IB MYP.
    More about British International School of Houston
  13. 13
    Niche User:We have had a very positive experience with the school. There has been some administration challenges as the principal has changed. However, that has not affected us negatively in any way.
    More about The Woodlands Preparatory School
  14. 14

    St. Thomas Episcopal School

    • Houston, TX
    • 58 reviews
    Parent:We enrolled our kids (now in 8th and 11th grade and one in her first year of college) at STE when they entered kindergarten with the intention of putting them in a different school for high school. When our oldest daughter was in 8th grade they had a presentation for her grade with the head of upper school. He talked about how starting in 9th grade they would be working towards college and how the college counselor would work side by side with them to get into the college of their choice. After that we talked with out daughter and made the decision for her to stay at STE for at least one year of high school to see how she liked it and work with the college counselor. What a great decision that was! She graduated from STE and was accepted into 6 different colleges, ultimately attending her first choice school. We gave out other two kids the same choice. They have both decided to stay at STE so they can have the same experience as their older sister.
    More about St. Thomas Episcopal School
  15. 15

    St. Thomas High School

    • Houston, TX
    • 97 reviews
    Niche User:St. Thomas' admission process is amazing unlike other schools they care about there applicants, and they pay attention to them. They also answer questions and help you through this process. Their facilities are amazing for a small school. The best of these facilities is there library which contains a math lab and a l.r.c. A lot of people would say Strake Jesuit is the harder school but I think not St. Thomas' work load is very high and classes are hard and rigorous. Home work is about 3-5 hours a day depending which class you take. In conclusion it's a great school and a lot of people should treat it that way.
    More about St. Thomas High School
  16. 16

    Providence Classical School

    • Spring, TX
    • 8 reviews
    Parent:The education that my two kids received at Providence Classical School taught them to think critically, speak winsomely, and gave them a genuine love of learning. They were both well prepared for college and have both been successful. We were extremely pleased with the rigorous curriculum and small teacher/student ratio. For those families who value education and the love of learning, Providence is the place to be!
    More about Providence Classical School
  17. 18

    School of the Woods

    • Houston, TX
    • 2 reviews
  18. 19

    Lutheran South Academy

    • Houston, TX
    • 76 reviews
    Senior:I have been at LSA from 2nd grade-6th grade, then I left to go to public school, then I moved back to LSA in the middle of 10th grade. The academics and teachers here are very good, however we have new staff this year that are still learning and getting used to our school. I feel like the new teachers are not as good as the old ones, so in the future I am worried about the quality of the next generation of teachers. the teachers that we have now are very attentive and care about their students. I am very social student so it isn't hard for me to make friends, however if you tend to be quieter or different it might be harder because our school is very clique-y. Our sports are decent and fun, but its really hard to do multiple sports/activities at one time or in the same season. Our school is very safe, however the downside to it is that school does seem like a prison sometimes and we don't have much freedom.
    More about Lutheran South Academy
  19. 20

    Pope John XXIII High School

    • Katy, TX
    • 80 reviews
    High School Senior:My first 3 years of high school were pretty great. I began to get more involved my sophomore year, and the activities at school are wonderful. There are many extracurricular activities and clubs to become involved in, and the atmosphere is very welcoming. My senior year has been interesting as well, a lot of senior privileges were taken away due to the class below us (class of 2017) because they have a negative reputation, but other than that I've invested in many clubs. Student council is one thing I am proud to be apart of, although I've only been in it for one year, (I'm the secretary) it's been an honor being so involved with the student body. One of my most memorable experiences was organizing and planning homecoming, the dance, decorations, homecoming week, pep rally, and more. It was a lot of work but quite worth it. One last thing near and dear to my heart is the art program. We have an outstanding art teacher and our new art room is magnificent. We have so much talent in the art department and I am excited what we can accomplish. Even though I came to this school calling is Pope John and I am going to graduate now with it being called Saint John, I don't regret any of it. The environment is great, everyone is caring and it's not as preppy as you think a "white" school would be. (I'm Asian so I'm a minority here). I recommend this school to anyone looking for a small atmosphere private high school in the Katy area!
    More about Pope John XXIII High School
  20. 21

    The Covenant Preparatory School

    • Kingwood, TX
    • 23 reviews
    Alum:I graduated from this school, when it was Northeast Christian Academy. This school prepared me well for college and graduate school. The school has only improved with its new headmaster, who has brought in exceptional faculty and staff.
    More about The Covenant Preparatory School
  21. 22

    Houston Christian High School

    • Houston, TX
    • 69 reviews
    Senior:Houston Christian offers a great environment for extremely self-motivated students like myself, but I can see some issues if a student dislikes school. The classes are often easy enough to fall on that delicate line between needing to study just enough to make a good grade to make studying tiresome. There are some good teachers and some bad teachers. Math department is definitely the best!
    More about Houston Christian High School
  22. 23

    Rosehill Christian School

    • Tomball, TX
    • 31 reviews
    Senior:I love the environment that Rosehill provides for its students. It's an amazing opportunity to be able to go to a school that a good majority of people are in the same mind as me. I have been able to do many things that weren't possible in a public school. We get to take time out of our days to sit and talk about Christ and about being a Christian. I came to this school looking for a way to change my life around. Rosehill has been a great key component in my walk with Christ. The teachers and staff are very nice and will take the time to work with you. Rosehill has affected be both spiritually and academically. I am more prepared for college and am ready to start my life. There has been some drama but together we were able to overcome. I would like to see our school come together and be one body for Christ. I love Rosehill Christian and I wouldn't want to spend my last year in high school anywhere else.
    More about Rosehill Christian School
  23. 24
    Alum:Ever since I was young, I've always wanted to go to O'Connell. When I finally got that opportunity it was amazing. This school prepared me for college so much that I will be able to apply for nursing school fall of 2017! Nothing should ever change about this school.
    More about O'Connell College Preparatory School
  24. 25

    Cypress Christian School

    • Houston, TX
    • 40 reviews
    High School Senior:I've been at CCS since kindergarten, and I love it! I'm blessed to go to a school that focuses not just on Christianity, but prepares its students for life in the real world and teaches them how to hold on to and grow in their faith. I am starting my senior year now, and I'm excited to have a final year at CCS.
    More about Cypress Christian School
  25. 26

    Memorial Hall School

    • Houston, TX
    • 3 reviews