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2023 Best High Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area

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  1. #1 Best Private High Schools in San Francisco Bay Area.

    The College Preparatory School

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    Private School,

    OAKLAND, CA,

    9-12,

    86 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I've absolutely loved my time at College-Prep. It's the perfect place for students to be challenged intellectually, yet it's in a safe and welcoming environment. In my experience, there isn't really...We get a pretty bad rep for sports, but it's a great place to try out new sports! If you're not an athlete and you want to start a sport, everyone's super nice and there aren't many expectations....

    Read 86 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 370,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  2. #4 Best Private High Schools in San Francisco Bay Area.

    Castilleja School

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    Private School,

    PALO ALTO, CA,

    6-12,

    57 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I am currently a senior at Castilleja, and I would never choose to attend another high school. When I first came, I was a little nervous as I had heard of Casti's reputation as rigorous and....

    Read 57 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 416,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  3. #5 Best Private High Schools in San Francisco Bay Area.

    The Harker School

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    Private School,

    SAN JOSE, CA,

    K-12,

    160 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says I attended Harker from Kindergarten through High School. Harker's repute as a powerhouse of intense and thorough academics is well-earned– students are constantly challenged in the classroom.....

    Read 160 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,972,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1,

  4. #7 Best Private High Schools in San Francisco Bay Area.

    The Quarry Lane School

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    Private School,

    DUBLIN, CA,

    PK, K-12,

    162 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says Quarry Lane has been a great school experience for my children and family. We've been with the school since preschool and Kindergarten and I've always felt that my children were genuinely cared for....

    Read 162 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 850,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  5. #8 Best Private High Schools in San Francisco Bay Area.

    San Francisco University High School

    Private School,

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA,

    9-12,

    63 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says UHS has a lot to offer as a school. It has amazing academics, great athletics/arts programs, and fantastic teachers. The students are driven and it's easy to bond over shared stress of finals, Civ,....

    Read 63 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 410,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1,

  6. #13 Best Private High Schools in San Francisco Bay Area.

    Urban School of San Francisco

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    Private School,

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA,

    9-12,

    59 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Urban teaches you what it means to interact thoughtfully with the Bay area and the world! The resources at Urban (trips, community engagement, teachers, clubs, etcetera) empower students to take...Note: Urban also lets students interview teachers, be on the board of trustees, help with strategic planning, etcetera! There is a huge amount of trust between the students and administration that....

    Read 59 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 420,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 9 to 1,

  7. #14 Best Private High Schools in San Francisco Bay Area.

    BASIS Independent Silicon Valley

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    Private School,

    SAN JOSE, CA,

    K-12,

    95 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says We are a first year family and we are so glad that we joined Basis SV. Our daughter is in middle school and even after just one year we have seen her grow into a more strong, confident, out-going,....

    Read 95 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,190,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 11 to 1,

  8. #15 Best Private High Schools in San Francisco Bay Area.

    The Athenian School

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    Private School,

    DANVILLE, CA,

    6-12,

    76 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says The Middle School was a terrific fit for my son. The teachers "got" him. He thrived academically and socially. The administration was transparent -- just about everything worked well.The High School didn't seem quite as well run, but was still a very positive experience, overall. Most of the classes were well-taught, but there were enough exceptions that I considered going to...Expectations for academic performance and involvement in extracurriculars can make it more than a full time job. Frankly, it's hard to understand how some kids managed their time, with multiple hours...And yet, the school was such a welcoming and supportive environment that it worked..

    Read 76 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 536,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

  9. #16 Best Private High Schools in San Francisco Bay Area.

    Woodside Priory School

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    Private School,

    PORTOLA VALLEY, CA,

    6-12,

    72 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Work Culture: Priory emphasizes balance. The people within this community care about your wellbeing and are more focused on creating great people than producing more robots who fuel Silicon Valley's...Social Life: Your social life is determined by who you hang out with and the general attitude of your class. Luckily, there were a lot of people in my class who loved to host parties or knew kids...Dating: Dating at Priory is pretty normal, but due to the small class sizes, it's pretty hard to keep your business private. Sports: Basketball, XC, and Girls Soccer are the strongest programs. Campus: Best in NorCal easily..

    Read 72 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 426,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  10. #3 Best Public High Schools in San Francisco Bay Area.

    Saratoga High School

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    Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District, CA,

    9-12,

    210 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says This school’s actually amazing academically, but when you take a look at the school beyond that, it’s a terrible environment. It’s no single individual’s fault- not the administration or the....

    Read 210 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,159,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 21 to 1,

  11. #19 Best Private High Schools in San Francisco Bay Area.

    Pinewood School - Upper Campus

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    Private School,

    LOS ALTOS HILLS, CA,

    7-12,

    29 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Pinewood School has changed me into the person I am today. This community has helped me open up more to get more out of the world instead of staying to my own all the time. I have learnt to be a....

    Read 29 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 297,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  12. #20 Best Private High Schools in San Francisco Bay Area.

    San Domenico School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    SAN ANSELMO, CA,

    K-12,

    108 Niche users give it an average review of 4.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says As educators, my husband and I know what to look for in terms of "style versus substance" of schools that claim to be able to focus on academics, social emotional learning, diversity, inclusion,....

    Read 108 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 680,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 9 to 1,

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