Special Report

The Best Private High School in Every State

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Kansas: Wichita Collegiate School
> Location: Wichita
> Students: 853
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 9:1
> Avg. SAT score: 1350
> Annual tuition: $19,710

The Wichita Collegiate School is a 42-acre campus in Wichita enrolling about 850 students. As is the case in most schools on this list, the school has a small class size of about 15 students on average, with a student-teacher ratio of 9:1. Wichita Collegiate also offers 19 AP courses for upperclassmen — more than any other school in the region. Popular colleges and universities for graduates include the University of Kansas, Wichita State, Kansas State, and Stanford.

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Kentucky: Kentucky Country Day School
> Location: Louisville
> Students: 856
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 7:1
> Avg. SAT score: 1370
> Annual tuition: $23,245

Kentucky Country Day School in Louisville is a K-12 school that offers small class sizes — an average of 16 students — and a student-teacher ratio of about 7:1. The school specializes in college prep. Popular higher education institutions among Country Day School alumni include University of Kentucky, Vanderbilt, University of Louisville, and Indiana University.

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Louisiana: Metairie Park Country Day School
> Location: Metairie
> Students: 720
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 8:1
> Avg. SAT score: 1340
> Annual tuition: $19,980

The Metairie Park Country Day School is a non-denominational private school for grades K-12 just outside of New Orleans. The school has a strong emphasis on preparation for college and adult life, and 100% of graduates go on to attend a four-year college. Many of those schools are highly competitive, as the average SAT score at Country Day is 1340 — higher than about 90% of all scores nationwide.

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Maine: Waynflete
> Location: Portland
> Students: 573
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 5:1
> Avg. SAT score: 1310
> Annual tuition: $34,170

Waynflete, located in Portland, ranks as the best private school in Maine. The school boasts a 5:1 student-teacher ratio — nearly the smallest ratio of any private school on this list. The school also has a perfect graduation rate and a high average SAT score. Graduates go on to competitive colleges and universities in the state and the broader New England region, including Bowdoin, Tufts, Bates, and the University of Vermont.

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Maryland: Holton-Arms School
> Location: Bethesda
> Students: 660
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 8:1
> Avg. SAT score: 1380
> Annual tuition: $40,150

Holton-Arms School is a century old all-girls private school in Bethesda, Maryland. The school has an 8:1 student-teacher ratio, and over 80% of faculty have advanced degrees. According to the school’s mission statement, Holton strives for a holistic education, developing not only students’ minds, but also their soul and spirit. Every graduate of Holton-Arms has been accepted to four-year colleges and universities. Tuition at Holton-Arms is a little over $40,000, though 23% of students receive some form of financial aid.