Here Are The 25 Best Private High Schools In America

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Private high schools, it seems, go hand in hand with fraternities. Maybe it’s because many of our members were educated there, or maybe it’s because they require students to adhere to a dress code of collared shirts and khakis, but for whatever reason, the two certainly have a close bond.

Your hometown private high school is probably a great school, but I’d be willing to bet it doesn’t hold a candle to the following ones:

1. Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts
2. Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire
3. Stanford Online High School, Stanford, California
4. St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire
5. The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
6. Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, California
7. Groton School, Groton, Massachusetts
8. Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut
9. The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut
10. Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
11. Flintridge Preparatory School, La CaƱada Flintridge, California
12. Cate School, Carpinteria, California
13. The Roxbury Latin School, Boston, Massachusetts
14. The College Preparatory School, Oakland, CA
15. Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Massachusetts
16. St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, Texas
17. Lakeside School, Seattle, Washington
18. The Harker School, San Jose, California
19. Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
20. Collegiate School, New York, New York
21. Crystal Springs Uplands School, Hillsborough, California
22. Polytechnic School, Pasadena, California
23. St. John’s School, Houston, Texas
24. Marlborough School, Los Angeles, California
25. Hopkins School, New Haven, Connecticut

Recognize any of these? They’re mostly in New England (go figure), but there are a few out west and down south, too. Some of them are pretty fucking famous. They have Wikipedia pages listing their numerous successful alumni and all their magnificent contributions to the world, have been mentioned in various media, and have been the basis for fictional schools in literature and film.

It’s worth noting that these schools were ranked on their ability to prepare their students for college, with measurable data such as AP classes taken and SAT scores taken into account. When you’ve got as much money being pumped into those schools as you do, you’d better hope they’ve got good test scores and great course offerings. Tuition at these high schools is more than the cost of a few years at many public colleges across the country, but considering the education and connections it provides, it’s probably worth it.

[via Town and Country, Business Insider]

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