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2017 Best Private High Schools Ranking Methodology

The 2017 Best Private High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users. Additional data is also collected from schools directly. Learn where our data comes from. Note: Niche has a separate ranking for 2017 Best Public High Schools.

Factors Considered

FactorDescriptionSourceWeight
Composite SAT/ACT ScoreAverage SAT/ACT composite score (normalized to the same scale), as reported by Niche users from this school.Self-reported by Niche users30.0%
Top Colleges ScoreAverage score of colleges that students are most interested in or go on to attend, based on Niche Best Colleges ranking.Self-reported by Niche users25.0%
College EnrollmentPercentage of seniors who go on to four-year colleges.National Center for Education Statistics15.0%
Culture & Diversity GradeBased on racial diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.Niche10.0%
Parent/Student Surveys on Overall ExperienceNiche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and parents from the school.Self-reported by Niche users10.0%
Student-Teacher RatioRatio of students to full-time teachers. Please note: Student-teacher ratio is not a representation of average class size.National Center for Education Statistics10.0%

This ranking assesses 3,229 U.S. private high schools. The same methodology is used to produce the Overall Niche Grade for each ranked school as well as additional schools. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, as self-reported by the schools. Niche also collects data directly from schools via our school data update form. If you work for a school and would like to update your data, please contact us.

For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here.

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