2017 Best Private High Schools in New York

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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    Horace Mann School

    • Bronx, NY
    • 94 reviews
    Junior:After being accepted in 10th grade, my transition could not have been more easier than with the attention and friendliness of my teachers and fellow colleagues. As I walk into the school, each morning I hear a warm welcome. This contributes to the five core values of the school, which are life of the mind, mature behavior, mutual respect, a secure and healthful environment, and a balance between individual achievement and a caring community. These values aren't just stapled to the walls of the building, but they are shared among all the people of the community.
    Even in a great school, there are things that should be given more attention. More specifically, as a Russian speaking student, I think that it would be nice to be able to take a language in school that isn't offered in most high schools. It would not only give students the chance to try out another language, but it would also give native speakers the chance to maintain their knowledge of the Russian culture.
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    Trinity School

    • New York, NY
    • 34 reviews
    Parent:Trinity has been an amazing experience for my daughter. She came in 9th grade from an all girls school (Brearley) and my daughter had the fortune of choosing between Trinity, Dalton, Horace Mann and Exeter. We were worried about the academic intensity but my daughter was well-prepared by her time at Brearley and thrived in an environment where students are constantly challenged and pushed to do their very best. She loves her classmates, and finds the school much more diverse than Brearley. Overall a great experience so far!
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    Dalton School

    • New York, NY
    • 53 reviews
    High School Senior:After being at a school for thirteen years, it's hard not to only see the bad in it. There are many fantastic things that go on there, but I'm able to see the worst in it just because I want to see something new so desperately. The social diversity is hard to navigate, though, knowing the same group of 100 people for the past 13 years and seeing them in the halls can become drudging and tiring. There's also the additional part that the people tend to be uniform and there aren't as many social groups or cliques as there tend to be in other schools, making it hard for students to find a place within the school and make new friends after 13 years.
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    Collegiate School

    • New York, NY
    • 14 reviews
    Senior:Been here 13 years, amazing place, produces articulate and athletic boys who know it. Teachers are almost entirely college level professors with sophisticated appreciation of the material.
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    Regis High School

    • New York, NY
    • 86 reviews
    Senior:Regis is an extremely difficult school to get into, and depending on the courseload/extracurriculars one takes it can be very overbearing, especially if a commute is involved. I am currently on the soccer and volleyball teams, both of which played in the city championship this past year.
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    Riverdale Country School

    • Bronx, NY
    • 22 reviews
    Alum:Riverdale Country School is an exceptional place. Teachers are brilliant and passionate about their field, making for an engaging yet lively classroom experience. The dean of the upper school, KNF, is kind and intelligent, and is always working with other administrators and faculty members to make the school an inclusive place. This school has changed so much for the better since my freshman year and is only continuing to make progress. I came into college prepared and have no regrets attending RCS.
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    Rye Country Day School

    • Rye, NY
    • 68 reviews
    Parent:RCD is a school that has a warm and inviting environment. The headmaster of the school is involved in many aspects of the school, from the plays, sports events, fundraiser or parent meetings. He always is present as well as approachable . This is a huge plus to see staff of all levels involved. The teachers and staff of the school are the best in all they do to keep RCD running. Again it is exciting to see the staff of the school at sports/art events. This year school spirit is at a all time high-thanks the students and as well as the parents who attend and support the many teams of RCD. What makes RCD unique is that the school has takes the initiative of change. Whether it's with technology, safety, gender issues, diversity, etc...RCD takes on the challenge of how to incorporate the challenges of our ever changing world and effectively incorporate these issues into the school policy.
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    The Chapin School

    • New York, NY
    • 66 reviews
    Parent:When our lower school daughter gets within 50 feet, she runs to the front door. The school is filled with friendly, well behaved girls. As for diversity, about 35% of the class is "of color," which includes African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans (with sizable contingents of parents whose own parents or grandparents left China, India, or one of the Muslim countries). In other words, Chapin has deliberately spread beyond its WASP history. A large majority of parents are highly educated, disciplined, understated, and working at a high level in finance, banking, and law. At the same time, Chapin has the 2nd largest endowment in NYC, and there is significant financial aid. Some would prefer a more middle class group of parents, but Chapin has been a great, great place for our daughter.
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    Hackley School

    • Tarrytown, NY
    • 43 reviews
    Senior:This school has prepared me beyond believe for my academic and athletic endeavors in college. I truly feel as if I am prepared to tackle all of my academic work without feeling overwhelmed, due to Hackley's intense writing program and vigorous courses. The teachers show a real love for teaching and their students, and the students here all show a love for learning. Hackley has allowed me to not only be accepted into Cornell University, but it has also prepared athletically as I will be playing football at Cornell and I was recruited by numerous other ivy and academically challenging schools to play football. Hackley is constantly trying to improve in all facets for their students, from an intellectual to infrastructural standpoint . The only problem I had with Hackley was that my social life was hindered due to the school work and there isn't consistent support for sports teams from students (except for important games).
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    Packer Collegiate Institute

    • Brooklyn, NY
    • 95 reviews
    High School Junior:Packer has taught me the work ethic that I will need in college and in the future, for which I am very grateful. While there are certain things that I would change, specifiaclly in the administatrion and their ability to listen to the student's feedback and make important changes, I am still happy that I was given such good education the past 3 years. With that said, the school should make more of an effort to create a less competitive and stressful environment for its students considering the level of stress is really high at most times of the year.
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    Senior:I have seen Poly from every angle. Poly provides every tool for you to be ready for college. Every single department is stellar and has teachers who have have doctorates or been professions in that general field. The library is reliable and Google Drive makes projects and communication with teachers simple. One sceptisim is that some people beyond our doors might find some Poly kids as lazy rich kids. That might be true in some cases, but Poly gives you the opportunity to get into amazing schools: you must put in the work. Those who put in the work get rewarded with going to the most competitive universities in the countries and will be the most prepared for College and most importantly the real world. I have enjoyed my 8 years at Poly. Poly has everything someone should be around, diversity, passionate teachers, strong athletics, clubs, arts and everyone should consider going there.
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    Emma Willard School

    • Troy, NY
    • 38 reviews
    High School Sophomore:Emma Willard School really emphasizes being your own woman and creating experiences unique to yourself. All the students are different and have different interests. There are activities for everyone, and if you want to learn something that's not offered, there is always the practicum program!

    The students are all hard workers, but they know have to have fun as well! The class sizes are small and intimate, which makes learning so much easier. Teachers are really knowledgeable and accessible, as most of them live on campus.

    I would highly recommend checking out this school!
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    Saint Ann's School

    • Brooklyn, NY
    • 22 reviews
    Alum:I've been going here since I was three and regardless of what Uma Thurman's ex Husband says about the students -- "kids look dirty and disheveled" -- the school is a phenomenal place to grow up. Although not as flashy as other private schools, Saint Ann's students appreciate the grunge, myself included, because it's what gives the school character. The faculty are almost always committed, interested and intelligent about the subject they're teaching and that truly makes a world of difference. Students actually enjoy learning and are taught to ponder and challenge the material instead of just regurgitating it. Although racial and socioeconomic diversity are not at all up to par, the school is making efforts to improve the situation. Overall, a fantastic place to go.
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    The Stony Brook School

    • Stony Brook, NY
    • 29 reviews
    Junior:The school has a very tight-knit community. The teachers really care about the students and encourage them to succeed. Lots of activities to keep everyone's interest! Academically though, it's very challenging, especially with having to play sports.
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    Friends Seminary

    • New York, NY
    • 32 reviews
    Parent:My daughter and son graduated from Friends Seminary (both attended from Grades 7-12). The community was a wonderful place for our family and the school prepared our children well for college. Particularly, what attracted our family to Friends, is its commitment to the Quaker tenets of diversity and service. The school is always evolving to fulfill the needs of its student body. We heard that they just opened a Center for Peace, Equity and Justice at the school....wish our children were still there to utilize it!
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    Brearley School

    • New York, NY
    • 10 reviews
    Middle School Student:Being a middle schooler, Brearley offers extremely demanding academics and work load, and especially in 7th grade I didn't enjoy how much homework I had every single night, including weekends. However, I think the classes and courses are amazing, and any kid who goes there will end up going through life with an astoundingly good education and understanding for life.
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    Alum:My years at Columbia Prep have been amazing. I have grown on so many levels and was able to connect with real teachers, faculty, and students. I feel prepared for college and life in a way. However, this is coming from someone who has not spent their entire lives in the private school bubble. I think most lifers and transfers from another local UWS or UES private school may not be as ready for the real world as I am. I mean what do you expect in a system with the children of the NYC elite. Diversity is something that varies year to year. One class may be extremely diverse then the next has one student of color. But the admissions team works diligently to bring in the diversity and do the best they can. Sometimes it's not enough, and others it's perfect. There's a new headmaster next year so maybe things can change in those aspects. The community is amazing and the teachers really make the school what it is.
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    Ramaz School

    • New York, NY
    • 22 reviews
    Alum:I received an amazing education. The classes were stimulating and challenging, and the teachers were usually extremely qualified and knowledgable. The college guidance were very helpful and the school has great relationships with many universities across the country.
    However, I often felt the administration did not care about the needs of the students. The student body often felt there was a lack of communication between them and the faculty. To Ramaz's credit, they are trying to work on this aspect and converse more frequently and openly with students and alumni.
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    Brooklyn Friends School

    • Brooklyn, NY
    • 33 reviews
    Parent:This review is about the 2s program at the Family Center. I cannot say enough positive things about our experience here under the outstanding leadership of Sara Soll. Our daughter had the most warm, loving and truly magical first school experience we could have ever wished for her! Her teachers are some of the kindest and most genuine educators I have ever met. The school is impeccably managed and I always knew my child was in safe care when she was at the Family Center. There is great diversity, a lovely and accepting parent community and lots of opportunities to get involved. As a parent who visited many 2s programs and who was VERY anxious about my child's school experience, I highly recommend the Family Center as the place that put all my worries to rest.
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    Nightingale-Bamford School

    • New York, NY
    • 10 reviews
    Freshman:This school has taught young women to become their own person and form their own views. The teacher and student relationships are one of a kind. The nightingale community lives in the hearts of every girl, because once a nightingale girl, always a nightingale girl.
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    Manlius Pebble Hill School

    • Syracuse, NY
    • 18 reviews
    Alum:Manlius Pebble Hill is a remarkable place. It is truly an environment for children and young adults to flourish in. MPH allows students to become the best versions of themselves, equipping them will tools for lifelong learning and an unmatched capacity for compassion.
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    The Spence School

    • New York, NY
    • 6 reviews
    Junior:The Spence School is an extremely academically rigorous and challenging school. It has challenged me in every sense: in the classroom and outside. The political and social conversations held in the school are strictly "Spence conversations", meaning you wouldn't find these conversations at any other school. The girls are respectful of one another and there is a strong sense of camaraderie within the school. I truly love everything about Spence, and if you pulled aside any Spence girl or Spence alum, they would say the exact same thing.
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    Convent of the Sacred Heart

    • New York, NY
    • 28 reviews
    Senior:I can really say CSH is my second home! The classes are really hard but you make life long friends. The teachers are always there for you if you are behind, confused or just want to talk.
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    Portledge School

    • Locust Valley, NY
    • 21 reviews
    Parent:I have two children (twins) attending Portledge and in the 8th grade this year. Their needs and personalities are extremely different. One child is terribly shy and the other is highly social. The Portledge Faculty have inspired and individually challenged both of my children to excel within their academics all 9 years of attendance. They are in all advanced classes and continue to LOVE school, respect their teachers. The comradery of students in all of the grades is amazing.

    Boarding school was our initial plan after 8th grade. However, due to the success we have experienced and the academic program Portledge offers (International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement) we will continue with their education through 12th grade.

    Our experience has been nothing less then EXCEPTIONAL and can not imagine our children attending any where else.
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    Marymount School

    • New York, NY
    • 13 reviews
    High School Freshman:You wouldn't find anything better
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