Special Report

The Best Private High School in Every State

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South Dakota: O’Gorman High School
> Location: Sioux Falls
> Students: 784
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 15:1
> Avg. SAT score: 1400
> Annual tuition: $5,750

O’Gorman High School has a 15:1 student to teacher ratio, the highest ratio of any private school to rank as the best in its state. Yet this ratio is still lower than the national student-to-teacher ratio of 17:1. The school also has the lowest annual tuition of any school on this list, at under $6,000. O’Gorman has one of the best average SAT scores in the nation, at 1400.

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Tennessee: University School of Nashville
> Location: Nashville
> Students: 1,071
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 9:1
> Avg. SAT score: 1370
> Annual tuition: $25,776

The University School of Nashville sits right across the street from Vanderbilt University. The school aims to prepare students for the rigors of a college education. The school has both one of the highest average SAT and ACT scores of any Tennessee private high school, and 100% of graduates from the school go on to attend a four-year college. It beat out over 100 other private schools in the state for the top ranking.

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Texas: St. Mark’s School of Texas
> Location: Dallas
> Students: 863
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 9:1
> Avg. SAT score: 1480
> Annual tuition: $29,496

St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas is an Episcopal all boys school. It ranks as the best private high school out of 278 private high schools in the state. It also ranks as the best Texas high school for STEM out of more than 700 institutions.

The school has among the best test scores of any school in the country. The average SAT score of 1480 is tied for the the best in Texas and tied for seventh best in the nation. Its average ACT score of 33 is also tied for best in the state and one of the best in the nation.

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Utah: The Waterford School
> Location: Sandy
> Students: 973
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 7:1
> Avg. SAT score: 1390
> Annual tuition: $25,390

The Waterford School in Sandy, Utah, about 12 miles South of Salt Lake City, received top marks in nearly all areas from Niche. It earned A+ grades not just for its overall quality, but also for its academics, teachers, college prep, sports, and clubs and activities. It also received an A- for diversity. The curriculum at Waterford emphasizes “independent thought, critical thinking, responsibility, passionate learning, and service to others.” The average SAT and ACT scores at the school are among the best in Utah.

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Vermont: The Putney School
> Location: Putney
> Students: 235
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 3:1
> Avg. SAT score: 1300
> Annual tuition: $36,700

At The Putney School in Putney, Vermont, there are just three students for every teacher, one of the lowest ratios of any private school in the country, and well below the average national ratio of 17:1. This type of small class size encourages participation from students and allows them to get individualized attention that can benefit their education. The Putney school received A+ grades for its college prep and academics from Niche.