Special Report

The Best Private High School in Every State

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Montana: Billings Central Catholic High School
> Location: Billings
> Students: 330
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 10:1
> Avg. SAT score: 1090
> Annual tuition: $8,640

Billings Central Catholic High School ranks as the best private high school in Montana. Upon graduating, nearly all alumni from the school, which is affiliated with the Catholic church, go on to a four-year college. There are only 330 students at the school in grades nine to 12, and one teacher for every 10 students. The school is one of only two on this list where annual tuition is less than $10,000.

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Nebraska: Brownell Talbot School
> Location: Omaha
> Students: 441
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 9:1
> Avg. SAT score: 1470
> Annual tuition: $19,950

The Brownell Talbot School in Omaha, Nebraska, has a strong track record of preparing students for college entry exams. The average SAT score at Brownell Talbot is 1470, higher than or in line with the average score in all but two other schools on this list. Every student who graduates from Brownell Talbot goes on to a four-year college. While many graduates stay in state for college and attend the University of Nebraska, the University of Michigan, NYU, and Northeastern are also popular options for Brownell alumni.

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Nevada: The Meadows School
> Location: Las Vegas
> Students: 865
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 9:1
> Avg. SAT score: 1390
> Annual tuition: $27,500

The most expensive high school in Nevada also ranks as the best in the state. The Meadows School in Las Vegas costs $27,500 annually, and it beat out 14 other schools for Niche’s top ranking among all private high schools in the state. Like many of the other private high schools to rank as the best in their state, The Meadows School boasts a 100% graduation rate and an average SAT score of 1390, which leads the state.

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New Hampshire: Phillips Exeter Academy
> Location: Exeter
> Students: 1,085
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 5:1
> Avg. SAT score: 1440
> Annual tuition: $38,740

Phillips Exeter Academy ranks not just as the best private high school in New Hampshire, but the second best private high school in the entire country, according to Niche. The yearly tuition is nearly $39,000, and with boarding the cost increases to nearly $50,000. The school’s test scores are among the best in the country. The average SAT score of 1440 and average ACT score of 33 both rank in the top 25 of all schools in the country.

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New Jersey: The Lawrenceville School
> Location: Lawrenceville
> Students: 822
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 7:1
> Avg. SAT score: 1440
> Annual tuition: $51,440

The Lawrenceville School, in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, between New York City and Philadelphia, received top marks from Niche in a number of key areas. Niche gave the grade nine to 12 private school an A+ score for its academics, teachers, clubs and activities, and its college prep. The relatively low 7:1 students-to-teacher ratio allows students to get more individualized attention.