2017 Best Private High Schools in Seattle Metro
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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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High School Senior:All of the classes are fairly small, and students get plenty of help from teachers. I have made some amazing friends here, and everyday during winter, I would always look forward to practicing with the cross country ski team.
- Seattle, WA
- 59 reviews
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High School Senior:This experience was not a very typical because I chose to attend a private all girls school. The school shared a building with the lower and middle schoolers although in separated spaces, so it was not rare to run into little kids. The rigor of this school provided a good challenge for me while not overwhelming me to a point of breaking me. The class sizes were very small and I received very much individual attention and the bonding of the whole class made me feel very included at all times. The problem was not in that there weren't interesting classes, but rather that there were too many that I wanted to take that I couldn't fit it all into my schedule. There is no doubt that I would choose to attend this school again.
- Tacoma, WA
- 50 reviews
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Parent:I have been a parent at this school for four years and it will be tough to let this community go. I hoping my son can find a special community in the college he chooses to attend. I have been impressed on how much administration and faculty care about the kids success.
- Seattle, WA
- 25 reviews
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High School Junior:The rigor here surely prepares students for college. I have heard alumni say that college is actually easier than high school. I know that just by going to this school, I have a leg up in the college application process. Also, the school has many unique traditions. We have a peaceful and heartwarming holiday assembly in the winter, a day dedicated to community service called "Tussock Moth Day," and a program called Winterim in which the community provides education for fun activities. Winterim includes activities ranging from learning how to knit to traveling to Peru. One extremely useful Winterim trip includes college tours of a specific region. I am hoping to go on a Winterim program called "Explore New England Colleges."
- Tacoma, WA
- 49 reviews
Also, the community here is very welcoming and close-knit. I am very grateful to have been admitted into Charles Wright. Go tarriers!
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High School Sophomore:Before I started Forest Ridge, I was a really shy girl and barely talked. But after going there for three years I became more talkative and became friends with many people. It's really easy to make friends because we have a lot of community bonding activities. My favorite experiences have been when we had "Conge's," which is when we do a whole day, or half a school day of fun instead of classes. We only have these twice a year. Activities for this are planned beforehand between the teachers, but they never tell us when the day is because it's a surprise. One conge we had was announced during a 'fake test.' My teacher was reading the directions aloud to us and in the middle of it she said the words 'today is conge,' in a monotone voice. She continued on reading until we all realized what she just said and started screaming. If you've ever been in a classroom with all-girls, you can imagine how loud it got. The academic classes here are very good, and because of the small classroom sizes, the teachers get to know you on a personal level. That way we have more chances to work directly with our teachers. At this school we've also had many volunteering opportunities. In sixth grade, we volunteer at Saint Mary's Food Bank. In seventh grade we work with first graders at a public elementary school, teaching them to read, and in eight grade we get to choose from a variety of places. This is a great school.
- Bellevue, WA
- 37 reviews
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High School Junior:If I could go back to eighth grade again and choose Holy Names as my high school, I most definitely would. I have had so many wonderful experiences, and all of the other young women have become my sisters. I am very interested in the sciences, and am encouraged every day to work my hardest and be my bast self to achieve my dreams of being a woman in a STEM field. Holy Names is a wonderful place that has nurtured me for the entirety of my high school career and empowered me to work toward change in this world.
- Seattle, WA
- 182 reviews
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High School Senior:It is absolutely amazing but really hard. I knew that going in so I cannot complain, but I will anyways because I am a teenager. So much is expected of us today as kids, we need to grow up fast and adapt to the world or we will get left in the dust, trampled by the competition. The teachers here know how to push us as hard as they can and not break us. I have been stretched to my absolute limit before, and I was just fine, and thanks to that, now the limit is higher than before. If anthing I want to thank them for taking their jobs seriously because it has, without a doubt, made me better in so many ways.
- Seattle, WA
- 66 reviews
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High School Senior:My overall experience at Bellevue Christian School so far has been eye-opening because it has given me the opportunity to grow as a leader, student, and a better follower of the Lord. My favorite aspect of this school is that the teachers genuinely care about you not only as a student academically, but as a person on the inside.
- Clyde Hill, WA
- 45 reviews
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High School Senior:My school and I have a love/hate relationship... I feel like it is a safe environment and I have met some of the best friends I have had in my life, but I have also been consistently frustrated with the religion program, and how shallow it is. For a Catholic school, I find that unacceptable.
- Sammamish, WA
- 64 reviews
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High School Senior:This school is great because of two main reasons. One can develop a close relationship with his or her teachers and the teachers are always able to help you and stay after class or school to make sure the concept is clear. The other reason is the environment, the kids who go to the school always include other people and it is really easy to make friends. The reason I would not attend Kennedy if I had to start over high school is because of the price. After putting my older brother through Kennedy along with me I have realized that I probably could have gotten the same education in public schools as long as I applied myself. I love the teachers and kids at Kennedy but the price is too much in comparison to public school.
- Burien, WA
- 126 reviews
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High School Senior:It is a good school but I think in the high school they need to offer more of a variety of classes because after my sophomore year I got bored of the class choices. Also I think they need to include a class that teaches students how to pay bills, do taxes, and other things that will be helpful later on in life
- Shoreline, WA
- 96 reviews
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High School Junior:I liked the facilities were in good taste. However, strict clothes rules and confusing bell system might need to improve. People are generally kind. They mostly understand you well. They also try to improve themselves much.
- Seattle, WA
- 149 reviews
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High School Senior:The school is good when it comes to education, but the dress code is too strict, tuition is too high, and on top of the large tuition, the school is still always looking for ways to make even more money off of the student body. Mostly kids from Mill Creek & Snohomish who have too much access to their parents' money.
- Everett, WA
- 51 reviews
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Niche User:This school is strong in the arts, but very weak in science and math. If you are interested in certain areas, or not sure what you're interested in yet, this school will give you a well rounded education that covers a good variety of things. If you're interested in sports, stay away, it's too small for any real sports program.
- Seattle, WA
- 16 reviews
It has a great, tight knit community of good people. You'll be with the same class the entire time.
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