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The Best Schools in America's 50 Largest Cities

Source: Courtesy of Park Tudor School

16. Indianapolis area
> Best school: Park Tudor School
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 7:1
> Enrollment: 950

Park Tudor School ranks as the best school in the entire Indianapolis area. It educates students from pre-K through 12th grade. Located in the affluent Meridian Hills neighborhood, the school has a yearly tuition of $22,480.

Park Tudor School received an overall grade of A+ from school data platform Niche, as well as top scores for its academics, teachers, clubs and activities, and college prep as 100% of graduates go on to a four-year college. The students also report much higher ACT and SAT scores than the typical American student.

Source: Courtesy of Providence Day School

17. Charlotte area
> Best school: Providence Day School
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 11:1
> Enrollment: 1,788

The top school in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area is Providence Day School. Located in the Lansdowne area, the school received an A+ overall grade from school data platform Niche as well as A+ grades for its academics, clubs and activities, and college prep.

The school has a 100% graduation rate, and its students reported an average SAT score of 1340 and an average ACT score of 31 — both well above average. Providence Day offered the country’s first Global Studies Diploma, giving students a chance to learn about different cultures and customs around the world.

Source: Courtesy of Lakeside School

18. Seattle area
> Best school: Lakeside School
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 9:1
> Enrollment: 838

The Seattle area’s top school is Lakeside School, according to school data platform Niche. The school received A+ grades for its academics, teachers, clubs and activities, and college prep. Students reported an average SAT score of 1450 out of 1600, well above the national average of 1058.

Lakeside School educates students in fifth-12th grade. It has a student-to-teacher ratio of 9:1, compared to the 17:1 average ratio nationwide. This smaller class size allows students to get more individualized attention and helps them stay engaged in their classes.

Source: Courtesy of Kent Denver School

19. Denver area
> Best school: Kent Denver School
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 8:1
> Enrollment: 740

Kent Denver School ranks as the Denver area’s best school, according to educational data platform Niche. The private school educates students in sixth-12th grades and has an annual tuition of $32,841.

Kent Denver School ranks as both the top school for STEM education and college prep not just in the Denver area, but the entire state of Colorado. The school earned an A+ overall grade from Niche as well as top marks for its academics, teachers, clubs and activities, and college prep.

Source: Courtesy of Georgetown Day School

20. Washington, D.C. area
> Best school: Georgetown Day School
> Student-to-teacher ratio: 6:1
> Enrollment: 1,075

The Washington, D.C. area’s top school is Georgetown Day School, according to school data platform Niche. The private school educates just over 1,000 students from pre-K through 12th grade.

Georgetown Day School earned an A+ overall grade from Niche as well as A+ grades for its academics, teachers, clubs and activities, and its college prep. The school boasts a 100% graduation rate, and its students report SAT and ACT scores much higher than the average for students nationwide.

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