2017 Best Private High Schools in Seattle 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.
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    Lakeside School

    • Seattle, WA
    • 67 reviews
    Alum:Lakeside is not for the fainthearted. I attended the school from the 5th-12th grade. The academics are of course top notch and prepare you well for college courses, but you should study HARD to keep up everything. Fortunately, teachers are more than accommodating and open to meeting with students during their free time. It is all too common to walk into the math office during any hour and see teachers helping students with homework, test/quiz corrections, etc. You must take the initiative to do well at Lakeside, though. You can't be embarrassed to ask questions when you're confused. Sensitivity has no place in the classroom, or at Lakeside in general. The school has a very competitive atmosphere- particularly when applying for colleges. That being said, students are mostly amicable. Sports are big Lakeside, and we generally do well.
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    The Overlake School

    • Redmond, WA
    • 74 reviews
    Parent:Have sent four children to this amazing small school. Academics, athletics fabulous project weeks Paris, Death Valley and Washington,DC to name some. Plays, friendships parent interaction and community.
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    The Bush School

    • Seattle, WA
    • 62 reviews
    Senior:The Bush School's theater department has had an absolutely incredible impact on my life for the better. After four years of involvement, I know that I am far more confident, outspoken, and motivated, and I'm incredibly grateful for the connections I've made along the way.
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    Annie Wright Schools

    • Tacoma, WA
    • 50 reviews
    High School Senior:Annie Wright, on the outside, is different because it's a girl's school. That phrase alone would throw most into a shamble. Honestly, after the first few months, even a boy-crazed girl like me can have a heart change. Everyone here has a different experience but for me, coming to Annie Wright has opened doors to new perspectives on life, such as how to write the most precise introductory paragraph ever.

    Annie Wright is also a close-knit community. We fight sometimes, but we somehow seem to coexist and love each other in the weirdest way. Everyone here isn't typical, there aren't defined stereotypes. People are perfectly comfortable being themselves. That's something I've come to appreciate. That and the no-distractions during a test. The close-knit community aspect is probably most evident in our annual Lip Sync, where people get up on stage, get rowdy, and get crazy with an audience to cheer them on.

    I would choose this school again in a heartbeat, because it is here where I've had the space to find my interests and reaffirm my beliefs (or change them). This school challenges you to think and defend your argument, hold your own against your peers, and work hard to maintain a social life. I will say academics is the number one priority here; if you aren't prepared to work hard, this may not be the place for you. Still, many girls here maintain that balance of school sports, and a boyfriend. It can work, and the rewards are amazing.
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    Seattle Academy

    • Seattle, WA
    • 69 reviews
    Junior:Though plagued by a lack of diversity among the student body, the curriculum and classroom setting remains extremely open to change and suggestions by students. Taking a variety of courses is extremely easy and students are given freedom to choose their level of math, foreign language, science classes, honors/non-honors track, and electives. However, the greatest strength in the school is their ability to prepare students to share their ideas in a clear and understandable fashion. All classes include a presentation element since the first day of sixth grade or freshman year. With the construction of the new STREAM building and a new Middle School building on the way, the facilities are new and clean. Students are also able to pursue a variety of extracurricular activities and travel experiences.
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    University Prep

    • Seattle, WA
    • 42 reviews
    Senior:I am a graduating senior this year, and personally love UPrep. I'd say academically, it is one of the strongest private schools in Washington, bested only by Lakeside. However, I think UPrep has advantages Lakeside doesn't - they focus on educating the whole student, versus Lakeside giving 6 hours of homework a night and overworking their students.

    I came from a public middle school to UPrep in high school, and it has been an amazing experience for me. I would highly recommend this school to anyone, and think it should be at the top of the list for best high schools in Washington.
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    Eastside Preparatory School

    • Kirkland, WA
    • 6 reviews
    Senior:I have been going to Eastside prep since 6th grade and I have loved it every year. All my teachers have been amazing, they go out of their way to help me succeed. For example, Ms. Wallace my chemistry teacher specially formatted a test for me using a dyslexic font and more space for me to write down my answers. The class of 2017 has been equally as great, loved being in it. I played Ultimate, Basketball, and soccer. We won the league for Ultimate and have an up and coming basketball program. Not only do they prepare you for college very well but they also help you navigate the college process, my college counselor, Mr. Delaney, made it so much easier. I hope where ever I go for college, I love it has much as I loved EPS.
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    The Northwest School

    • Seattle, WA
    • 26 reviews
    Senior:The school has a great atmosphere, everyone goes by their first name and takes care of the school as a community. They allow students to find their passions and really be equals to their peers. The teachers are really supportive, they really want you to succeed! Everyone is encouraged to push themselves and go outside of their comfort zone.
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    Charles Wright Academy

    • Tacoma, WA
    • 51 reviews
    High School Senior:Coming from the public school system, I experienced a bit of a culture shock when I started my freshman year at Charles Wright. I was a very shy girl and was used to being ignored if I wasn't attempting to wedge my way into a clique of sorts, so I was completely taken aback when I began the school year and was met with friendly faces everywhere I went! The community here is so welcoming and amiable, bullying is as close to nonexistent as a high school can get. Just walking from class to class I would have several of my peers greet me by name in the halls as I passed by. It was unlike anything I have ever experienced in my schooling before and I firmly believed that socially healthy environment is what nurtured my best qualities to shape who I am today, ready to tackle any challenge that comes my way!

    The difference between my freshman self and my senior self is astronomical. While everyone changes and grows throughout their high school careers, I can easily say I would not have grown into someone I can be so proud of today. I have to thank Charles Wright Academy for fostering that great environment keen on aiding one's personal and academic growth for such a wonderful high school experience. I definitely feel ready to continue my journey through life, beginning with college!
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    The Bear Creek School

    • Redmond, WA
    • 46 reviews
    High School Junior:Overall I've had a pretty good experience. Would I change some things? Definitely. This isn't the place for you if you're not a Christian or would consider yourself to be politically liberal. But despite a lack of diversity I've made some great friends, have had good relationships with my teachers, taken really rigorous and interesting classes, and I feel really prepared for college.
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    Alum:Forest Ridge offers a unique all-girls education, for which I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of. Although not the typical co-ed experience, I felt the safe, small-school environment fostered lasting friendships while encouraging critical and creative thinking in the classroom. The faculty and facilities are amazing, with a staff of compassionate and thoughtful educators who will prepare students (very well!) for college. The focus is definitely academic and I've heard the new IB program is challenging, so expect less of an extracurricular focus. However, there are still many ways to get involved in sports and in the arts. I am an alum who is now studying medicine and I feel Forest Ridge helped to instill important values in me and taught me to be confident as an independent thinker. The school is "Catholic," but surprisingly offers much religious diversity. As an aside, the food is also outstanding!
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    Holy Names Academy

    • Seattle, WA
    • 184 reviews
    Senior:I love Holy Names Academy. It is a very supportive, liberal environment that accepts people for who they are and teaches love, acceptance, support, and grit. The classes are challenging, but the teachers are always available and excited about discussing the material you are struggling on, or just talking about life. That said, the material is difficult and the workload is often intense, but because of this, the student body resembles a family. We always have each other's backs, offering homework help, study partners, and best friends. You truly graduate with a new family. The prospect of graduation makes me incredibly sad.
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    Seattle Preparatory School

    • Seattle, WA
    • 66 reviews
    Senior:Prep has done an amazing job of pushing my academic abilities as well as helping to shape me as a person. Every year they have us address the question of human nature, to consider the world outside of ourselves, and have us hone in on our values and what kind of person we want to become. Prep guides its student teachings on five basic principles for readiness: committed to justice, spiritually alive, intellectually competent, loving, and open to growth. I feel as though this school has helped me grow in a healthy, productive way since my freshman year. I can't imagine myself at any other school. The teachers are wonderful and connect to students. Administration really helps the students get put in classes that best suit their needs, and they offer numerous resources. It is a guided learning process that has left me feeling really prepared for college.
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    West Sound Academy

    • Poulsbo, WA
    • 11 reviews
    Parent:As a parent, there is no other school in Kitsap County that I'd want my child to attend. This school is beyond anything I imagined and it's affordable in comparison to other local private schools. Today my daughter sat in on a college class at a top local university. When I asked her how the class was she said, "Great, I've already learned what they were teaching though, but I did write down one new word I didn't know." (She's 15 and a sophomore, but is already ahead of college classes.)

    In 7th grade, her History Bowl team won state and competed in Washington DC in the Nationals. They have a strong Knowledge Bowl team as well. The students at WSA work hard and are interested in learning. They are kind, accepting of others, and I feel grateful she has a school with so many people who care about her. As an IB school, they are way above other schools in the area and have small class sizes, which also helps as well.
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    Bellarmine Preparatory School

    • Tacoma, WA
    • 111 reviews
    Senior:At Bellarmine, I have been able to compare my Protestant faith to the Catholic faith. I learned many things about the Catholic Church, and I have been able to take parts of their traditions and apply them to my faith and relationship with Jesus. Also, the quality of education at Bellarmine is stellar. I have absolutely loved every single one of my teachers and have been able to develop my maturity, motivation, and critical thinking through the challenging atmosphere around me. If I could change something at Bellarmine, it would be to slightly lessen the weekly load of homework. Bellarmine distinguishes itself as a highly challenging academic environment, however, I feel that there is often an excessive amount of homework. If they gave a slightly lesser load, the rigor of the school would not be degraded, but the students would have more time to get proper sleep or work on other things such as college applications.
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    Bellevue Christian School

    • Clyde Hill, WA
    • 46 reviews
    Senior:Bellevue Christian School is a wonderful school. The teachers are encouraging, the counselors are proficient in helping you with college readiness, the environment is supportive and close knit. The overall faith based learning is magnificent. One thing I would like to see change is the lack of clubs we have at Bellevue Christian, although every year a few clubs are added which is reassuring.
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    Northwest Yeshiva High School

    • Mercer Island, WA
    • 8 reviews
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    Eastside Catholic School

    • Sammamish, WA
    • 67 reviews
    Senior:Eastside Catholic has a very tight-knit community due to the small student population. I always felt like my teachers wanted me to succeed and they were always available for extra help when I needed it. I enjoyed participating in many of the sports and clubs that were offered and I found that most of these extracurricular activities were well supported by the school. There were a few cases where favoritism was shown for some activities over others, however it was never to a point where I felt like I was not valued. I attended the school for 7 years and I had a great experience. I hope the school continues to progress and to not let go of its key values involving academics, relationships, and faith.
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    Shoreline Christian School

    • Shoreline, WA
    • 6 reviews
    Parent:Our son is thriving at school! He loves his teacher and we love the fact that she continues to challenge and engage him academically. At SCS there is intentional care for the whole person - so while academics are important so is his spiritual, emotional and social health. The teachers are excellent and have the freedom to innovate in the classroom and share their faith with their students. Everything is taught from a Christian worldview which lines up with how we talk about the world at home and mirrors what he learns at church. Love it!
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    Chrysalis School

    • Woodinville, WA
    • 1 review
    Senior:I really enjoy the options for a personalized plan at Chrysalis, and the flexible curriculum allows me to learn at my own pace. However, I wish the student body were more diverse, and that there was more of a sense of community among students.
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    Kennedy Catholic High School

    • Burien, WA
    • 127 reviews
    Senior:At Kennedy Catholic High School, the vast diversity and openness in the Lancer community helps everyone find their place here. There are many sports, activities, and clubs that students can join. Kennedy also has an excellent curriculum that challenges students to achieve their goals. Most importantly, the people at Kennedy are open-minded and compassionate, making all feel welcome.
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    King's Schools

    • Shoreline, WA
    • 101 reviews
    Alum:Coming from a very sincere Christian family, I was placed in King's since 6th grade, the year I came to study abroad from South Korea. This school was very small and cozy, very welcoming as well. I attended this school for 7 years until I graduated from high school, and it was a blast; I loved every bit of my school life here. The music program, especially, was phenomenal in that it was overflowing with opportunities to enter nationwide musical competitions and to go on mission trips to help those in need, both domestic and international.
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    Bishop Blanchet High School

    • Seattle, WA
    • 153 reviews
    Alum:Looking back, I can say that Bishop Blanchet did a very good job at preparing me for the challenges of college life. There are many dedicated and passionate teachers here that do their very best to help their students succeed both in and beyond the classroom (many of them also help out in extracurricular activities and school sports). The facilities are dated, but are very well-maintained, and the campus is always kept beautiful. Unfortunately, I graduated before the field lights were installed, so I cannot speak to those. The food is average, but the lunch staff is nice and always friendly. Finally, although the academics are challenging, there are many resources available to help students succeed.
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    Archbishop Murphy High School

    • Everett, WA
    • 55 reviews
    Junior:This school is very nurturing to all students. It's an awesome transition from the public school life! It is also an amazing place to prepare for life after high school. I would highly recommend this school to anyone. The academics are great as well as the various sports. Everyone here is kind and courteous and willing to help at any cause. I love attending this school!
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    Seattle Waldorf School

    • Seattle, WA
    • 16 reviews
    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.

    It has a great, tight knit community of good people. You'll be with the same class the entire time.
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