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The Best Schools in America's 50 Largest Cities

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6. Philadelphia area
> Best school: Germantown Friends School
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 6:1
> Enrollment: 1,070

The best school in the Philadelphia area is Germantown Friends School, according to educational data platform Niche. The private Quaker school also ranks as the top STEM school not just in the area, but all of Pennsylvania.

With just over 1,000 students, Germantown Friends School has a very low student-to-teacher ratio at 6:1, nearly one-third the rate for all American schools. It also has a perfect 100% graduation rate, and its students tend to score much better in both the SAT and ACT scores than the typical American student.

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7. San Antonio area
> Best school: Keystone School
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 8:1
> Enrollment: 495

San Antonio’s most highly rated school is the Keystone School. It received A+ grades from Niche for its academics, diversity, and college prep. The private school charges an annual tuition of $22,207 for the highest grade offered.

Keystone School educates pre-K through 12th grade students, though it is relatively small with an enrollment under 500. It has a student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1, less than half of the nationwide rate, allowing its students to receive more individualized attention. The school boasts a 100% graduation rate, and its reported ACT and SAT scores are much higher than average.

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8. San Diego area
> Best school: The Bishop’s School
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 8:1
> Enrollment: 800

The Bishop’s School ranks as the best school in the entire San Diego area. It received not just an A+ grade overall from educational data platform Niche, but A+ grades for its academics, teachers, clubs and activities, and college prep as well.

The Bishop’s School is a private, Christian, college prep school located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It has 800 students, grades 6-12, and holds a 100% graduation rate. The school’s Center for the Creative Sciences offers students a chance to work with laser cutters, 3D printers, and more as a part of STEM educational opportunities..

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9. Dallas-Fort Worth area
> Best school: St. Mark’s School of Texas
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 7:1
> Enrollment: 903

The top school in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is St. Mark’s School of Texas — a private, episcopal all-boys school located in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas. Available to students in grades 1-12, St. Mark’s ranks as the best elementary school in America.

According to Niche, St. Mark’s received an A+ overall grade, as well as top marks for its teachers, academics, clubs and activities, and college prep.

10. San Jose, CA
> Best school: The Harker School
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 10:1
> Enrollment: 1,975

The best school in the San Jose, California, area is The Harker School. School data platform Niche gave the private school A+ grades for its academics, teachers, and college prep — as well as an overall A+ grade. The school educates just under 2,000 students grades pre-K through 12th grade.

As you might expect from a school in Silicon Valley, The Harker School ranks among the top five high schools for STEM education in the country. Even among highly-rated private schools, the Harker School charges high tuition — for high school seniors, tuition is $51,300 per year.

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