Special Report

The Best Schools in America's 50 Largest Cities

Source: Courtesy of Trinity School

1. New York City area
> Best school: Trinity School
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 6:1
> Enrollment: 1,001

The Trinity School ranks as the best school in the New York City area — America’s largest population center — according to school data platform Niche. The private school, located in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, educates children K-12.

The Trinity School received A+ grades for its academics, teachers, clubs and activities, and college prep. Tuition for 12th grade at the school costs $47,965. It has a students-to-teacher ratio of 6:1, compared to a nationwide ratio of 17:1. This individualized attention can help students achieve academic success.

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2. Los Angeles area
> Best school: Harvard-Westlake School
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 8:1
> Enrollment: 1,625

The top school in the Los Angeles area is the Harvard-Westlake School in the Bel Air neighborhood of L.A. The seven-12 grade private, college prep school received an overall A+ grade from Niche, as well as A+ grades for aspects like academics, teachers, college prep, sports, and clubs and activities.

Harvard-Westlake School boasts a 100% graduation rate, and its students reported an average score of 1460 on the SAT and 33 on the ACT — both well above the average scores across all U.S. students.

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3. Chicago area
> Best school: University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 8:1
> Enrollment: 2,051

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools ranks as the top school in the Chicago area. It is located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, just west of Lake Michigan. The school has just over 2,000 students, from pre-K through 12th grade.

The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools has a student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1, less than half the ratio at the typical American school. Students benefit from smaller class sizes, as they are able to receive more specialized attention if they struggle with a concept, often boosting their academic performance.

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4. Houston area
> Best school: St. John’s School
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 7:1
> Enrollment: 1,258

The top high school in the Houston area is St. John’s School. The private, K-12 school has a 7:1 student-teacher ratio, and 99% of graduates go on to attend a four-year college. St. John’s ranks as the second best STEM high school in Texas, according to Niche.

St. John’s School is located in the Greenway / Upper Kirby area of Houston. The area is relatively affluent, with a median household income of over $107,000. The school’s tuition is just over $30,000.

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5. Phoenix area
> Best school: Phoenix Country Day School
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 7:1
> Enrollment: 750

The best school in the Phoenix area is Phoenix Country Day School. The private school educates children from pre-K through 12th grade. It received A+ grades from educational data platform Niche for its academics and its college prep.

Phoenix Country Day School has a student-to-teacher ratio of 7:1. The typical American school has 17 students per teacher. This individualized attention can help struggling students, as teachers can identify their issues and help them overcome challenges. After graduation, 100% of Phoenix Country Day students go on to a four-year college.

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