2017 Best Private High Schools in New Jersey

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 Lawrenceville School

    • Lawrenceville, NJ
    • 94 reviews
    Senior:The Lawrenceville School is considered one of the best high schools in the country for a reason. The academics are among the best. The teachers are all qualified and have extensive experience from the best high schools and colleges. In terms of diversity, Lawrentians are from around the world. At Lawrenceville, students are taught manage the many aspects of their lives, and I feel prepared to transition into college. The facilities are one of a college, including a STEM lab with VR and 3D printing, a building for every subject, and a huge library. The sports are also good here. The mandatory sport for each term brings out a lot of talent in students who would have never tried a sport otherwise. Also, students can participate in clubs, sports, and school sponsored volunteer activities. There is much more that could be said about how good the Lawrenceville School is. But I hope from what you have read, you can see how great a school it is.
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    Newark Academy

    • Livingston, NJ
    • 45 reviews
    Alum:As a first semester freshman in college, I am so grateful for my experience at Newark Academy. When interacting with the world around me, I feel confident, intelligent, and open-minded. NA helped me to view the world through a compassionate, mature lens, something that many students do not achieve in high school. I was pushed to be the best I can be while also appreciating the simple daily joys in life. The teachers and the community are unconditionally supportive. I owe so much to the NA community and I plan to continue to stay involved throughout my lifetime.
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    The Pingry School

    • Basking Ridge, NJ
    • 63 reviews
    Niche User:Pingry is becoming an incredibly diverse community. It teaches openness, service, honor, and inclusion. The faculty goes out of its way to give its time to students, and students are encouraged and guided to use their free time to meet with their teachers for extra help outside the classroom. Students at Pingry are incredibly intelligent and involved in everything. The top musicians are also involved in non-music activities, and many of the top athletes participate in music, drama, or the arts as well. The Honor code creates a unique environment where faculty can put its trust in students to do the right thing and make the right choices, allowing for a freer environment where the teacher isn't constantly looking over the students' shoulders. It's an incredible learning environment. Very rigorous.
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    Peddie School

    • Hightstown, NJ
    • 81 reviews
    Senior:Peddie is the most welcoming school I have attended so far in my life. The academic curriculum is solid and demands for efficiency from individuals, but it is also not overwhelming to an extent that may cause incapability to finish certain assignments. In addition, student life is diverse and colorful in the sense that students are closely knit with one another and form close bonds through a brief period of time. As a boarding student, I was able to so meet so many people I would not have met as a day student. The more outgoing I was, the better off I became in understanding the school community as well as connecting effectively with others. I made so many friends through plenty of interactions. Attending Peddie has been quite the memorable experience!
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    Delbarton School

    • Morristown, NJ
    • 60 reviews
    Niche User:SPECIAL school that espouses WORK ETHIC, KINDNESS, COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP. Administration & teachers are compassionate, astute in planning curriculum, knowledgeable about subjects. Standards are high/ RIGOROUS, workload is demanding, each boy expected to do best work following HONOR CODE. Facilities encourage ACTIVE LIFESTYLE - have to walk outdoors between building for meals, gym, and some classes. ARTS PROGRAM has great teachers/ musicians/ artists with TALENTED students. CLUBS are numerous. Community service is a sport here - not required but everyone does it by choice. All sports and participants are valued, great skills in TEAMWORK and SPORTSMANSHIP are learned outside the classroom. Many club sports too including gym soccer, ultimate frisbee, cricket. Sports not required, but many kids participate. The STUDENTS are responsible, conscientious. There is great community, comraderie, spirit. PARENTS are warm, welcoming.
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    Princeton Day School

    • Princeton, NJ
    • 54 reviews
    Senior:I had a great experience at PDS and would do it again. The school has great academics across all departments, although historically the history and arts departments have stood out. That said, the science department has advanced impressive amounts in the past few years. PDS has some extraordinary teachers, ones with significant success in their respective fields. There are, however, just like any school, those teachers who are simply okay.
    The sports teams have seen a high degree of success in the past few years, as well as increasing amounts of recruits.
    The school culture and community are also generally good, although school spirit seems to be somewhat down this year. The administration could also stand to be a little more involved, as sometimes it seems interactions with students are at arm's length.
    Overall, this is a great school with some areas that can be improved, and I expect the school to become only more nationally well-known and ranked as the school expands and improves.
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    The Montclair Kimberley Academy

    • Montclair, NJ
    • 82 reviews
    Senior:I've attended this school since fourth grade and I definitely had my ups and downs. I've been fortunate enough be taught by amazing teachers throughout my middle and high school experience. They have guided me, opened my mind and prepared me to face the challenges roaming out there after I graduate. However, there are topics the school could work on from some of the food they provide for lunch to expanding more recognition to the arts. the high cost to attend this school was also a struggle for my family. However, I'm very thankful for being able to experience the diversity and enlightenment offered by this school.
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    Dwight-Englewood School

    • Englewood, NJ
    • 38 reviews
    Niche User:My first two years at this school were tough, but after I finally adjusted, I found myself being more open to the people around me. There are people of all different backgrounds and mindsets, and one can learn a lot by interacting with a diverse group. Aside from ethnic diversity, there is also religious, social-class, sexual-orientation, and political diversity. If you want to learn more about yourself and the world around you, come to Dwight-Englewood School!
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    Kent Place School

    • Summit, NJ
    • 20 reviews
    Parent:Leadership x 100 -If you want your girl to have authentic leadership opportunities, send her her. She will be surrounded by ambitious, smart, caring girls who celebrate each other's accomplishments. The school has great diversity. Girls work hard here but also get to be silly and have fun. The new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, visual arts, and math) center will be amazing and the Ethics center and teaches what is lacking in our schools today - character counts. I do wish the food choices for lunch were better but they are working on it. They take safety seriously here. Athletics - they have just added ice hockey and sailing. Wow!The parents are very supportive and involved here. Lots of opportunities for clubs and activities. Colleges seem to really like KPS students - take a look at the college list and you will be impressed. Thumbs up for this school - best choice I made for my two daughters!
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    Blair Academy

    • Blairstown, NJ
    • 56 reviews
    High School Junior:When you go to other preppy boarding schools in the Northeast, you notice a stuck-up, over-competitive attitude that can be extremely unattractive. At Blair, however, everyone wants to help each other succeed. It sounds kind of corny, but the community at Blair Academy is stronger than at any other school. The academics are superb and challenging, the athletic facilities are top-notch, the arts opportunities are amazing, and the administration is approachable and reasonable. Overall, this school is unmatched in its excellence.
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    Rutgers Preparatory School

    • Somerset, NJ
    • 41 reviews
    Parent:I was very fortunate to be able to send my three daughters to Rutgers Preparatory School. The curriculum, the art and music program, and the campus, including the science and technology labs are superior. However, the biggest treasure that RPS has is the quality of the faculty. They want the students to succeed and to see their own potential. They all have an innate interest for each and every student and it doesn’t stop when the students graduate. Faculty members keep in touch and they are delighted to hear from the many successful alumni. The students learn in a comfortable, fun, yet challenging environment and are exposed to many aspects of school life where they can blossom. My daughters discovered and developed their passion thanks to the care and attention of all their teachers from the lower school to their senior year.
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    The Hun School of Princeton

    • Princeton, NJ
    • 73 reviews
    Parent:My daughter joined The Hun School last year, she enjoys almost everything there. The school's friendly environment is more like a community, a big family. There are many activities and games students can participate. Wonderful school!
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    Stuart Country Day School

    • Princeton, NJ
    • 18 reviews
    Middle School Student:I attended Stuart for five years. I had many amazing teachers over the years, and some not so amazing. Stuarts education defineitly included learning through creativity. Stuart head a great education and some great opportunities. It also introduced me to wonderful people. A lot of my grade and the whole school were some of the nicest people I have ever met. Overall, I think Stuart was a great school even if it has areas in need of improvement, such as the arts and athletics.
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    Gill St. Bernard's School

    • Gladstone, NJ
    • 58 reviews
    Parent:Great school that not only focuses on academics, but also encourages students to try many different activities, join clubs, and pursue leadership opportunities. The environment is supportive, not cut-throat. So happy that our family is part of this community.
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    Ranney School

    • Tinton Falls, NJ
    • 9 reviews
    High School Senior:This school has great facilities and is constantly being updated to benefit the students and faculty. The campus is aesthetically pleasing and well-kept, and although it is described as an extremely preppy and cliquey school, everyone can find a group of students they enjoy being with and relate to the most, which makes it an acceptable community.
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    The Pennington School

    • Pennington, NJ
    • 29 reviews
    High School Senior:My overall experience at The Pennington School has been extravagant. I am always greeted and my presence is always adored throughout campus. My most memorable experience was homecoming day, when all alumni and current students came together for a meet and greet. This school is unique because the diversity of students and vast amount of international students. I would choose this school again if I did it all over again because I have never experienced a school campus which is more like a community.
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    Villa Walsh Academy

    • Morristown, NJ
    • 59 reviews
    Alum:Best education and environment imaginable! I was so prepared for college compared to my peers. I particularly liked the supportive environment, level of academic challenge, sports teams, and just overall friendships the school bred.
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    The Hudson School

    • Hoboken, NJ
    • 19 reviews
    Niche User:The faculty here is incredible- supportive, driven, eager to push each pupil to his/her best. And teachers are not limited to the classroom: during their free periods, they can often be seen engaging in intensive discussions and intellectual dialogues with their students.

    Other reviews have stressed the rigorous coursework and college preparatory focus; all of this is true, but I think the Hudson School goes even beyond that. Unlike many other "elite" private institutions, where each student follows the school's "one size fits all" mold of what education should be, Hudson students are pushed to actively shape their academic experiences. It is not rare for upperclassmen to propose and design their own courses, working closely with teachers in that field. The individual's passions and capabilities are prioritized above all else; no learning opportunity is sacrificed for bureaucratic expedience.

    In addition, due to the school's size, most classes take on a seminar format, cultivating critical thinking and expression abilities over regurgitation and textbook learning. As a result, I've found that the "regular" courses here tend to be more sophisticated than the standard AP curriculum. Case in point: I've been able to take AP's cold, not even reading over the syllabus, and get 5's with the training from my Hudson classes.

    Finally, the Hudson School is one of the most accepting communities I've ever had the pleasure of being a part of. It really is as close to a safe haven from bullying and arbitrary student hierarchies as you can physically get. Corny as i sounds- being different isn't stigmatized, it's embraced. And students are treated like real people, not just numbers and statistics.

    Ultimately, I do not think any other school could have opened up the myriad opportunities Hudson has for me- intellectually, academically, philosophically, creatively, socially, personally. It truly is a special place.
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    Wardlaw-Hartridge School

    • Edison, NJ
    • 43 reviews
    Alum:As a recent graduate, I am finally able to see how Wardlaw-Hartridge has shaped me. Every year, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone through service-learning trips abroad, varsity sports, rigorous courses, enriching electives, club activities, and more. The welcoming and kind community at W-H helped me discover new strengths. As a current college student, many of the most dynamic teachers I have ever encountered are from my days at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School. I loved the diversity, which was not just racial, but also socioeconomic. It brought together a community made up of students with a diversity of experiences. In class, we analyzed works of literature from many different cultures. Wardlaw-Hartridge understands that we are all global citizens, living in a globally interconnected world. I will always be grateful for being given the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful school. Thank you W-H !
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    Moorestown Friends School

    • Moorestown, NJ
    • 57 reviews
    Parent:I am a parent of Lower and Middle School students and MFS serves our children very well. They are challenged academically and have many opportunities outside the classroom. We love MFS!
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    Freshman:Oakknoll is an amazing school that allows females to interact with others and be given immense opportunities as well as leadership skills. Even though oakknoll is not a diverse as some may like, this school is very open to all people and celebrates peoples diverences in regards to sexual orientation, learning abilities, family matters, and much more.
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    Oratory Preparatory School

    • Summit, NJ
    • 32 reviews
    Niche User:Oratory Prep was the 3rd school visited when we were looking for a HS for our oldest son. Right away, I knew I wanted my son to attend, and halfway through the tour, my son knew it was a perfect fit for him. The teachers go above and beyond-- making sure they are available to the boys, both in the mornings before school, and after school to provide any extra help needed. As a parent, you are always aware of how your son is performing in his classes, and should there be a concern, the teachers are actively involved in helping to resolve the problem. There is a wonderful fellowship among the boys and I find that is encouraged from the faculty. Values taught at home are carried over into their school day; an important presence, in my opinion. The support within the school is essential to the boys' success and is evident. I have nothing but praise for Oratory Prep, and I highly recommend.
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    Academy of the Holy Angels

    • Demarest, NJ
    • 129 reviews
    Senior:Overall, I had an enjoyable experience at AHA. The food got significantly better with the new provider. There's a wide variety of clubs and activities to choose from, and there are opportunities to create your own clubs. Wish there were more options in terms of classes, especially APs. Rules are strict; would like a bit more student freedom. Welcoming to non-Catholics and religion classes can be interesting. Math program needs some more support, Science is pretty good. English and History are decent but undervalued with the STREAM program emphasis. Strong Spanish program, other world languages are a bit lacking. Overall, though, students do well and teachers care. Nice philosophy and tries to integrate Growth Mindset into teaching; not sure if it is completely successful, but I like the effort. Warm, supportive community.
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    The Morristown-Beard School

    • Morristown, NJ
    • 61 reviews
    Parent:Headmaster Caldwell has made MBS a top premier independent private day schools in NJ. MBS has made big improvements: 2007-new athletic center, 2008-new middle school,2009-new auditorium,2011-new tech center, 2013-new turf field and 2017-new 25,000 sq. ft math/science building. MBS has become one of the most beautiful, updated and technologically advanced private day schools in NJ. MBS has a strong academic curriculum. Great sports. The majority of teachers maintain advanced degrees and are very supportive of the students. MBS has a very collaborative environment. The students are happy and the school always maintain a very positive vibe! School spirit is incredibly strong with CRIMSON Pride! Matriculation continues to expand and MBS students attend some of the most prestigious universities in the nation. It has been a wonderful experience for my children. Best choice we made as parents in providing our children with a solid base for a strong and successful future.
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    The Frisch School

    • Paramus, NJ
    • 36 reviews
    Niche User:From the friends Ive made, to the excellent extra curricular options (shout out to music and art!) this school has made my highschool experience a memorable and positive one. Most students are stressed, but really thats all a matter of how hard you want to work.

    The education itself is really what you make of it. If you're the kind of student that works ver hard to learn the information, you'll learn a lot. If you're the kind of student that crams, you will not learn as much.

    The extracurricular options are outstanding, including many different kinds of sport, art clubs, academic clubs, tech clubs, music ensembles, charity and community service, 5 publications, and clubs about culture and life in general as well as a weekly mishmar that gets kids out of taking a talmud final. All with their own amazing events held during the year.

    Other school events are always fun and very spirited.

    College and Israel Guidence has gotten mixed reviews, but I personally found both to be very helpful and supportive of my goals and desires pertaining my future, and I think, to a large extent, its a matter of asking for what you want
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