2018 Best Private K-12 Schools in CaliforniaAbout this List

The 2018 Best Private K-12 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. Pilgrim School

    • Private School
    • Los Angeles, CA
    • PK, K-12
    • 22
    23 Best Private K-12 Schools in California

    Parent: Our experience has been terrific. My son spent 7-9 grades at a highly regarded west side school, and had an absolutely awful experience. He has an IQ of 165-170, but he also has ADD. He was undiagnosed when he attended the first school, and teachers and administrators at his former school told him over and over again that he was "lazy", "not working up to his potential", and finally "not up to the academic rigor" of the school. Not one of them noticed or remarked that his test scores were consistently high, his ability to deliver oral presentations and extemporaneous analyses was brilliant, but his ability to organize and turn in homework on a regular basis was shoddy--this is, I've subsequently learned, the first red flag of ADD. My son left that school feeling bitter and completely lacking in self-confidence. Pilgrim has been a Godsend for my son. Dr. Brooks and the teachers have been relentlessly positive with him and helped him rebuild his self-confidence as a student. Before Pilgrim, my son disliked math and science. Pilgrim's innovative math program and excellent teachers have changed his idea of his own strengths, and he now plans to major in engineering. Additionally, he's had a computer science teacher, Ms. Bacon, at Pilgrim who has inspired him and encouraged him to be a leader in in his comp. sci. classes. The small class sizes, individual attention, and caring teachers have made a huge difference for our son and his outlook on school.
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    • A+
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 374 Students
    • 7:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
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2018 Best Private K-12 Schools in California