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2023 Best High Schools in California

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  1. #1 Best Private High Schools in California.

    Harvard-Westlake School

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    Private School,

    CA,

    7-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says Joyful pursuit of excellence! My two daughters are attending Harvard-Westlake. One is in lower school and the other is a junior in the upper school. For the past several years they have been evolving...Applying historical-cultural insights to contemporary moments, have a richer appreciation for the need to be an engaged active glocal and global citizen and are more than ready for college!.

    Read 162 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,620,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

  2. #2 Best Private High Schools in California.

    The College Preparatory School

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    Private School,

    OAKLAND, CA,

    9-12,

    87 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 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 87 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 370,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  3. #4 Best Private High Schools in California.

    Stanford Online High School

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    Online School,

    REDWOOD CITY, CA,

    7-12,

    160 Niche users give it an average review of 4.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Stanford OHS is a rigorous academic environment that promotes curiosity through every academic subject. The courses offered at the school are fascinating and so unique, especially the Core track....

    Read 160 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 923,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 12 to 1,

  4. #6 Best Private High Schools in California.

    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,

  5. #9 Best Private High Schools in California.

    The Harker School

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    Private School,

    SAN JOSE, CA,

    K-12,

    162 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 162 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,972,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1,

  6. #10 Best Private High Schools in California.

    Polytechnic School

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    Private School,

    PASADENA, CA,

    K-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says As a parent of current poly students, I can attest to the quality of the teachers, faculty, student body and facilities. Poly is academically rigorous and sets high expectations for its students...inclusion, tolerance and integrity are all modeled and reinforced throughout the campus at every grade level. Poly can of course continue to work on its diversity by reaching out to the larger Los....

    Read 107 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 872,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  7. #13 Best Private High Schools in California.

    The Quarry Lane School

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    Private School,

    DUBLIN, CA,

    PK, K-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says QLS has been a unique place for my kids to grow academically. We have been at the school since QLS Pre-school. QLS admin and teachers did a stellar job during the pandemic closures by coordinating to...Our oldest graduated and is attending an Ivy League school and younger one in middle school. I feel confident that QLS is preparing students to be successful young adults academically, teaching them....

    Read 167 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 850,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  8. #18 Best Private High Schools in California.

    Westridge School

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    Private School,

    PASADENA, CA,

    4-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says When we were looking for private school, we were looking for a school not only offers robust academic curriculums, but also emphasizes on character and social-emotional learning. Our daughters have....

    Read 128 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 550,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 5 to 1,

  9. #19 Best Private High Schools in California.

    San Francisco University High School

    Private School,

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA,

    9-12,

    65 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 65 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 410,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1,

  10. #22 Best Private High Schools in California.

    Menlo School

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    Private School,

    ATHERTON, CA,

    6-12,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says Menlo School definitely encouraged students to start learning how to be independent. One of the most useful things I learned was how to communicate with my teachers/professors instead of depending on...The lunch scene is pretty good. The main entree, so to say, was served right onto a plate, where each student could ask for what they specifically wanted. There were vegetarian options, although...In terms of education, Menlo went above and beyond. As an alum, going into college was scary but I soon realized I was more than prepared for the workload and the work itself..

    Read 78 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 795,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  11. #23 Best Private High Schools in California.

    The Webb Schools

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    Private School,

    CLAREMONT, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says Recent alum here, fantastic school for academic development. The teachers here are top notch and the relationships they foster with students is extremely unique at the high school level. We were...The ONLY negative gripe I have with Webb is the college admissions staff and their deceiving system that is inherently unequal. They claim to use a system based on "fit," but instead cater to a....

    Read 87 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 404,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

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