2018 Best Private High Schools in IowaAbout this List

The 2018 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. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

  1. Bishop Heelan Catholic High School

    • Private School
    • Sioux City, IA
    • 9-12
    • 53
    12 Best Private High Schools in Iowa

    High School Senior: I switched to Catholic/Private schools starting in the 6th grade. It was a scary transition for me, not knowing if I was going to like it, and going away from my friends for the past 5 years was going to be tough. The first thing that I noticed about Bishop Heelan is that we say we are a family, and we really truly are. When I came here, I never felt, judged, out of place, or anything else a kid imagines high school to be like. Everyone was so accepting and encouraged you to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. You will always have people by your side and there for you when needed the most. We may not be the biggest school, but we have the best family that there could ever be. It is basically like your home away from home. My favorite experiences have also been attending school dances and being involved in athletics, and school events. We were pretty successful in athletics throughout the years I have attended, and it was a great feeling being involved in them, getting to go to some state tournaments, and even winning one time! Everyone is encouraging people to go out for sports, even if they have never tried them, or do the play or musical! We are also involved with the community a lot here at Heelan. We have an annual service day every year during homecoming week, and every homeroom goes to some place around Siouxland and help them all day. These are just a few of the many reasons why I wouldn't have wanted to go anywhere else.
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    • A-
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 533 Students
    • 14:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
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2018 Best Private High Schools in Iowa