2018 Best Schools in the Washington, D.C. AreaAbout this List

Explore the best schools in your area based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

  1. Holton-Arms School

    • Private School
    • Bethesda, MD
    • 3-12
    • 97
    5 Best Private High Schools in Washington, D.C. Area

    High School Senior: This school legitimately changed my life. The Holton community helped me grow so much as a student and a person as a whole. I came from a good yet very large public school in Montgomery County and it was easy to feel anonymous and overlooked by your teachers. While that school produces many high achieving students, I can guarantee they do not have the same caliber of writing as Holton girls and they do not experience the same individualized attention that I have been lucky enough to experience at Holton. I know that my teachers genuinely care about me. They are always available outside of class to meet and chat, not only about the subject matter but whatever's on your mind. They come support students at sports games and clearly want the best for all of their students. The community is so unbelievably supportive and I've never felt so appreciated, respected, and free to be my authentic self. Holton encourages you to try new things, step outside your comfort zone, and chase your dreams. I know how cheesy this all sounds, but it's so, so true in my case and in the case of my 70ish sisters in plaid. Going to Holton was by far the best decision I ever made and I'm so grateful for the experiences I've had, the friends I've made, and the phenomenal education I've received. This community will rock your socks off. Seriously.
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    • A+
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 641 Students
    • 6:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
  2. The Field School

    • Private School
    • Washington, DC
    • 6-12
    • 22
    15 Best Private High Schools in Washington, D.C. Area

    Parent: Material is taught from multiple perspectives and teachers pay attention to each child's learning style. Small class size allows kids to bloom as public speakers and gain confidence as learners. There are high academic standards and expectations without competitiveness or excessive pressure. At times, the highest motivated students don't have as much opportunity for enrichment as in other schools in the geographic area and sometimes have to wait for their classmates to catch up. A studio period allows for each student to express themselves through art -- ceramics to theatre to rock band to digital media and no one has to give that elective up for an academic course. Dance (except for middle schoolers) and classical orchestra are missing. Even students with vastly different interests and different social groups are kind to one another; there are no "mean girls." No cut JV sports and PE options allow all students of all abilities to participate and to be active. It would be nice if some PEs such as Zumba or dance were offered all year long. Community building activities such as parent social and grandparents day keep entire families involved in the school. 6 years of languages are offered. Language and math classes can include range of ages from 7th grade through 12th and sometimes the classroom behavior of the less mature students can be a distraction for the older students.
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    • A+
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 356 Students
    • 6:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
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