2018 Best Catholic High Schools in the Philadelphia AreaAbout this List

The 2018 Best Catholic 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, Catholic school ratings, and more. Data sourced from the U.S. Department of Education, Niche users, and the schools directly. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

  1. Villa Maria Academy High School

    • Private School
    • Malvern, PA
    • 9-12
    • 67
    14 Best Catholic High Schools in Philadelphia Area

    Niche User: Attending Villa Maria was one of the best decisions I could have made, and I wish I could go back. I came into college feeling extremely prepared, and I very quickly realized just how great of a job Villa did in prepping me for college. I was able to succeed in my classes from the start, whereas many of my peers who did not have as strong of foundation struggled. Villa made me into the person I am today. The school taught me to never second guess myself. The school helps form independent and strong women by empowering them to engage in class discussions, teaching them how to succeed in college and beyond, and giving them many opportunities to lead. The sense of community and family at Villa is something I have never experienced before. Each faculty member, staff member, and student at the school cares so deeply for one another. All want to see everyone at the school succeed and work to make that happen. The school pride seen at Pep Rallies, games, plays, performances, etc. is unreal and extremely touching. The traditions at the school not only link the students and alum, but they are also extremely fun! The school races robot pigs, classes sing songs to one another, the girls dress up for Halloween, and the Pep Rallies are always an event! There are more sentimental traditions as well, such as Daisy Chain when the Juniors officially become seniors, Carol and Ring when the girls are given their class rings, and Big/Little events in which the girls are assigned a "Big Sister" upperclassmen! I am so proud to be a Villa Marian for copious reasons. If I could, I would do it all over again!
    Read 67 Reviews

    • A
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 426 Students
    • 8:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
  2. Holy Cross Academy

    • Private School
    • Delran, NJ
    • 9-12
    • 58
    23 Best Catholic High Schools in Philadelphia Area

    Niche User: I transferred into Holy Cross in the middle of my freshman year because my parents did not like the idea of the large class sizes at the local high school. At the time I was very upset with this descision but after graduating and realize the amazing impact Holy Cross had on my life I could not be more thankful to have attended this school. From an athletic standpoint I was able to make the All- Star team every year I played tennis along with helping our team winning the division every year. From a leadership standpoint, since Holy Cross is a small school I was enabled to get involved in many clubs and activities and hold leadership roles in all of them. Finally academically, you definitely get what you put into it but now as a college I see that it is very much like that here and I believe Holy Cross did an excellent job of preparing me for that. Unlike most public schools, Holy Cross offers many classes that give a nice insight to possible majors such as Sociology, Psychology, Business, Government and Forensics (just to name a few). I found this very helpful when it came to declaring a major. Going along with college, my friends and I got more scholarship money to colleges that our friends with the same GPAs but attended public schools got for the same institution.
    Read 58 Reviews

    • A-
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 470 Students
    • 15:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
  • 1 of 2
2018 Best Catholic High Schools in the Philadelphia Area