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2024 Best Private Schools in California

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  1. #1 Best Private High Schools in California.

    Harvard-Westlake School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    STUDIO CITY, CA,

    7-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says At Harvard-Westlake School, the campus exudes academic excellence and a vibrant community spirit. Students engage in rigorous coursework, propelled by passionate and accomplished faculty. The....

    Read 175 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,620,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

  2. #3 Best Private High Schools in California.

    The Nueva School

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    Private School,

    HILLSBOROUGH, CA,

    PK, K-12,

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

    Featured Review: Middle school student says Nueva is one of the best schools I have ever been to. My first year attending was in 6th grade, and I am currently a middle school student at the Hillsborough campus. Nueva offers a multitude of....

    Read 73 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 853,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1,

  3. #5 Best Private High Schools in California.

    Castilleja School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    PALO ALTO, CA,

    6-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says Over the recent years, some argue that our schools have been influenced by certain so called 'progressive' ideologies. I feel the current version is not the traditional progressive ideology but a...Supporters of these ideologies appear to question the traditional merit-based system and place a strong emphasis on discussing matters primarily through racial lens. Martin luther king spent his...Historically, societies have "only" thrived on systems that prioritize merit and fairness. It is essential to emphasize a bias-free, merit-based system that doesn't take race into account, ensuring...As a Hispanic immigrant parent, I am proud of Castilleja for championing the values of courage, truth, and equal opportunity for all members of our diverse society..

    Read 65 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 424,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  4. #6 Best Private High Schools in California.

    Crystal Springs Uplands School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    HILLSBOROUGH, CA,

    6-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Crystal is definitely a humanities-focused school. The English and history programs are very demanding, and the honors-level classes require significant time and effort to excel. It's small, so a...Poor administration in areas such as food (as they continually negotiate the contract down) and a commitment to wasting time with endeavors like DEI and various mandatory meetings detract from the....

    Read 51 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 565,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 9 to 1,

  5. #8 Best Private High Schools in California.

    The Bishop's School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    LA JOLLA, CA,

    6-12,

    105 Niche users give it an average review of 4.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I have attended Bishop's from 6th to 12th grade. The teachers are generally excellent; they are all qualified and most are truly passionate about helping students understand their fields. I never...Bishop's is a good school for driven kids because time-management is paramount and many programs (e.g. visual arts, sports, and debate) rely primarily on students' own engagement rather than....

    Read 105 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 800,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

  6. #11 Best Private High Schools in California.

    Windward School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    LOS ANGELES, CA,

    7-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says My elementary and secondary years were at predominantly white schools. They were spaces where my dual – maybe even triple! – identity was obvious, and where I learned to navigate my status. I was a...Truth be heard since I was a multiethnic minority in a largely white environment, it could have been simpler to assimilate. Instead, I accepted my standing out as a gift and advocated for...As I move forward to University I’m determined to stay the course, foster inclusivity, and advance multicultural understanding. I know how it feels to be an underrepresented multiethnic and....

    Read 82 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 625,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1,

  7. #16 Best Private High Schools in California.

    The Quarry Lane School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    DUBLIN, CA,

    PK, K-12,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says Our child has been attending The Quarry Lane School since 6th grade and is now a Junior, pursuing the IB diploma program. We specifically chose Quarry Lane for our child, because of the utmost....

    Read 198 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 975,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  8. #22 Best Private High Schools in California.

    Westridge School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    PASADENA, CA,

    4-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Attending an all-girls school like Westridge has been a formative experience for me. The academics are very challenging and the school culture is a bit toxic surrounding academics. There is a culture....

    Read 132 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 550,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 5 to 1,

  9. #25 Best Private High Schools in California.

    Fairmont Preparatory Academy

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    ANAHEIM, CA,

    9-12,

    110 Niche users give it an average review of 4.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says Fairmont Preparatory Academy is an ideal school, offering a positive and excellent academic environment that molds well-rounded individuals. Despite these strengths, concerns have arisen regarding...Specifically, I've learned that a student is allowed to take home the AP Chemistry test without supervision. Additionally, they can also retake the test. This preferential treatment raises concerns...To rectify this and promote fairness, I suggest considering adjustments to the workload for students facing health challenges. Offering slightly less demanding courses could accommodate their needs....

    Read 110 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 527,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

  10. #26 Best Private High Schools in California.

    Elite Open School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA,

    3-12,

    86 Niche users give it an average review of 4.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I am currently enrolled at Elite Open School, and so far my entire experience has been very supportive. The faculty members and counselors, with their unwavering dedication, have consistently....

    Read 86 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 185,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

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