2017 Best Private High Schools in Arkansas

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 Episcopal Collegiate School

    • Little Rock, AR
    • 63 reviews
    Parent:ECS has been a great experience for my son and daughter. Both very different yet exceled in the nuturing yet rigorous academics, sports, and social camaraderie! But most of all they both got a very good education and lifelong learning experience!
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    Pulaski Academy

    • Little Rock, AR
    • 63 reviews
    Senior:I loved attending PA,the community always participates in the sports activities and the Bruin pride is heart warming! I grew up in the PA family and it helped me to become the well-rounded person I am today. Although I wish there had been sign language classes because I believe that it is a good skill to have, not only for communication but it opens more job opportunities later in life.
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    Subiaco Academy

    • Subiaco, AR
    • 13 reviews
    Junior:Subiaco Academy is like no other school. It will transform boys into idependent and mature men all while preparing them for college and beyond. Subiaco offers an education a public school could never achieve and an experience they will never forget. Long Lasting connections, friendships, and even brothers are created - things not easily obtained.
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    Shiloh Christian School

    • Springdale, AR
    • 39 reviews
    High School Senior:Shiloh is unique because it is not just a school, it is a family. I love how the teachers are always willing to help and they truly care about who you are. Shiloh provides amazing opportunities like the fifth grade play, the three day eighth grade retreat, the Service and Leadership Team, and Global Mission Experience trips for seniors. The Service and Leadership team equips students to become leaders in their community by serving others. Every Thursday we have chapel where students are challenged to lead worship and grow in their walks with Christ. Shiloh also provides college and AP classes so students are better prepared and ahead before they get to college. The Global Mission Experience trips consist of six different destinations where seniors are sent to share the gospel and learn about different cultures. I have been incredibly blessed by coming to Shiloh. I have been academically challenged in my classes, spiritually challenged through chapel and teachers, and physically challenged through sports. Shiloh is about doing life together, serving the Lord, and equipping students to change the world.
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    Little Rock Christian Academy

    • Little Rock, AR
    • 127 reviews
    Niche User:Headmaster Dr. Gary Arnold is world class. He came to LR Christian in 2006, and in his ten year tenure he has taken this school above and beyond what anyone thought possible -- expanding a beautiful campus, increasing test scores, and putting God at the forefront of everything we do. A few years ago, LR Christian was awarded a Blue Ribbon for academic excellence by the US Department of Education. This award was only given to three private schools in the nation that year. LR Christian is a phenomenal environment to grow up in. The staff truly loves and cares for its students. LR Christian taught me how to be a leader through academics and athletics. Playing football and baseball on campus at some of the best facilities in the state were huge privileges. I've made so many great friends over the years at school. I loved my time at LR Christian and would do it again in a heartbeat!
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    Catholic High School for Boys

    • Little Rock, AR
    • 44 reviews
    Senior:Catholic High has always been a school about tradition and rigor. I'm glad to be a part of the brotherhood that I've always heard about from others. From the great teachers to the great subjects, I'm glad to have been there every step of the way. I do believe that the school needs some changes in technology and certain resources. Some teachers still do not have enough resources to carry out certain lessons. Other than that, the school has been an amazing experience overall and I hope it continues to remain that way for future generations.
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    Trinity Christian School

    • Texarkana, AR
    • 14 reviews
    Niche User:I love the school. I can't say anything negative about it!
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    Life Way Christian School

    • Centerton, AR
    • 66 reviews
    Alum:I would 10/10 recommend sending your student here. Life Way Christian School prepared me mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and academically for college. The teachers here genuinely care about the student and their success and students. The teachers became a great support team for myself and they did a great job of partnering along side my parents to cheer me on and push me through my academic high school career. I love being able to go home and visit my old high school and watch the teachers and staff give that same dedication and support to my younger sister.
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    High School Sophomore:Because Union is a smaller school, the classes are closer together. At Union, i have formed life long relationships with the students in my class, and I look up to several of the older students. We have a mentoring program where the high school students are paired up with elementary students, and through this program, my friends and I have gotten the opportunity to be a positive influence for these children. The teachers are always there for us, and they are willing to help us with whatever we might be facing. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!
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    Mount St. Mary Academy

    • Little Rock, AR
    • 175 reviews
    Alum:Mount excels academically. The teachers place a high academic standard. They challenge students each day and are generally very supporting. I think it great that it is an all girls' school. However, there needs to be more diversity. This sounds harsh but 99% of the student body, faculty, and staff are white. I believe students could really benefit from an interaction with students of different backgrounds. Resources and parent involvement are average. Yes, each student is equipped with laptops and TI-Nspire calculators but only a few know how to use them properly. Career and college related advice really leaves a lot to wish for. Parents are invited to participate in religious (Mother Daughter Rosary & Father- Daughter Mass) and extracurricular activities (club sponsors, sports games). However, the most parents are expected to do is attend annual parent-teachers conferences, Junior meeting, Senior meeting, and graduation.
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    Conway Christian School

    • Conway, AR
    • 21 reviews
    Senior:I absolutely love this school. It has an amazing atmosphere. It is such a small school that it is easy to know everyone here; some people feel like family. Not only do the academics challenge me intellectually, but they are have Christian concepts incorporated into them. We get to see the perspectives and worldviews of many other religions, and we learn how to defend our own by learning those. Everyone gets to be involved in sports because it is so small; students can excel in multiple things. All of the students are well-rounded because there is an endless amount of opportunities at this school. The staff all care about each and every student here. They enforce the rules well when needed, but they are also very friendly. It does not get much better than Conway Christian.
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    Fayettville Christian School

    • Fayetteville, AR
    • 10 reviews
    Senior:I have attended Fayetteville Christian School for 14 years and am in the process of completing my 15th and final year at this school (K - 12), and I must say that enrolling me into Fayetteville Christian School was the best decision my parents ever made. I have made lifelong friends and unbreakable bonds with people, and I have learned so many very important life lessons there, that you just can't get anywhere else. Not to mention, my ability to learn more than ever about Christ and how to live a Christian lifestyle. I have unforgettable memories and experiences. The people of Fayetteville Christian School are truly people of the Lord, and I challenge anyone who doesn't believe me, to visit and see for themselves.
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    St. Joseph School

    • Conway, AR
    • 3 reviews
    High School Senior:I absolutely love this school. All the teachers care about the students' academic achievement and are very helpful. Also, our coaches have all played sports before and know how to coach it well. The atmosphere of our school is amazing. Everyone gets along and there is never any bullying.
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    Central Arkansas Christian High School

    • North Little Rock, AR
    • 13 reviews
    Senior:My experience at Central Arkansas Christian has been filled with great friends, great teachers, and great memories. The teachers provide an environment where the students feel loved and important. The school provides countless service opportunities throughout the year to aid the surrounding community. Sports are very important to the student body. At every meet, match, and game there is a student section cheering on their fellow classmates. The education at the school is carried out by teachers who love their subject and want the best for each student. Although I am finishing my time at Central Arkansas Christian, its impact on my life will last forever.
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    Arkansas Baptist School System

    • Little Rock, AR
    • 21 reviews
    Alum:This school changed my life! I went there for 8 years and they were the best years of my life. This school prepared me for college with the difficulty and amount of course work. It also helped me go out into the world and defend my faith and share my testimony. At this school I was able to go on a missions trip to share the Gospel and serve others in Cajarmarca, Peru for 10 days.
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    Harding Academy

    • Searcy, AR
    • 15 reviews
    Freshman:I had a pretty good time at Harding Academy. The school takes academics and athletics very seriously, but puts a lot of time into faith rather than academics. The students here are very prudent for the most part and there is not much social life outside of school besides going to church on Wednesdays or Sundays. The students also look down upon you if you don't devote your time just for academics and sports instead of enjoying your downtime.
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    Ridgway Christian School

    • Pine Bluff, AR
    • 31 reviews
    High School Senior:This school has presented me with opportunities that I could not get from any other school in this school district. I have been on a cultural exchange trip to Germany in tenth grade, last year I was able to host a student from Germany for two weeks, and this year I am taking eight college courses in my senior year that count as dual and concurrent enrollment courses.
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    High School Senior:I love everything about this school. It's awesome how I can come and worship Jesus freely. Even in our text books we have biblical based knowledge. We get to have a whole class just to learn and read the bible. All the teachers and staff have around the same beliefs. It's just great!
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    Abundant Life School

    • Sherwood, AR
    • 6 reviews
    Senior:My experience at Abundant Life school has been well. I have been going there for almost 5 years now, which is saying something since this is the longest I have stayed at a school. Abundant life has a decent education system just like any other school would. The only factor that is really different there is that we are a private Christian school, so we can learn and talk about God openly there. It is a great aspect to have in my life so I will be able to teach others about Christ in my years to come. The only thing I would change about the school would be to get college prepatory classes, which would be beneficial to us students.
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    West Memphis Christian School

    • West Memphis, AR
    • 25 reviews
    Niche User:It's a great place to make lasting friendships and become close to one another
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    Crowley's Ridge Academy

    • Paragould, AR
    • 27 reviews
    Niche User:The way the school models a servant-leader heart is outstanding. During homecoming week besides the silly things most schools do during this time. CRA takes one day to allow the students to go out to the community and be a servant - a day of caring/random acts of kindness that sort of thing.

    They take the academics very seriously offering up to 24hrs of college credit for juniors and seniors to take concurrently. Being a smaller Christian school they rely heavily on donors and fundraising and do a good job of involving the community. They offer chapel everyday with a combined senior high and elementary chapel on Fridays where each high schooler skips a seat to allow an elementary student to sit with them.

    The emphasis on being like Jesus can be seen in every aspect of the school.
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    Southwest Christian Academy

    • Little Rock, AR
    • 35 reviews
    High School Senior:Though there are some opportunities I wish I had, like advanced placement classes, I have had a wonderful time at Southwest Christian Academy. The teachers and staff have the best in mind for the students, and are willing to help out Students in need. I honestly feel like I have a second family. Southwest Christian Academy has helped me grow into the confident young woman I am.
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