The 15 best private high schools in America for 2021, where class sizes are small and test scores are high

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For many affluent families, the allure of sending their children to private school has never been stronger.

While some private schools have closed permanently since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, others — particularly those in the northeastern US that are offering in-person instruction — have seen a surge in applications during the pandemic, Paul Sullivan recently reported for The New York Times.

Attending a top private high school can provide a solid academic foundation and help students gain entrance into the nation’s top colleges and universities. And during the pandemic, children have been struggling with online public education.

Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, just released its 2021 rankings of the best private high schools in the US. Founder and CEO Luke Skurman said that 2020 has been an “unprecedented year,” with many people making big life decisions such as choosing a new school for their kids.

“Especially in these uncertain times, we believe transparency is crucial,” Skurman said in a press release. “Parents and students should be able to find out what it’s really like to attend a school before applying and enrolling.”

Niche’s ranking looked at 4,260 schools across the US, analyzing test scores, college data, data from the U.S. Department of Education, and thousands of ratings from Niche users. Some data was collected from the schools directly. The full breakdown of Niche’s methodology can be found here.

Below, Business Insider has included each school’s location, student body population, annual tuition, student-teacher ratio, and other relevant information. Read on to learn more about what makes these 15 schools the best in America.

Abby Jackson and Emmie Martin contributed to previous versions of this article.

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15. Crystal Springs Uplands School

Location: Hillsborough, California
Students: 539
Student-Teacher Ratio: 9:1
Tuition: $46,780
Average Financial Aid: unknown
Application deadline: January 10
How to Apply

“The school has lived up to and exceeded our expectations,” one parent wrote of Crystal Springs Uplands School in a Niche review last year. “Our child has been challenged and gotten stronger in her core classes. She is also playing sports, as most students do and participating in clubs. Our experience with the teachers and administration have been positive. The school does provide scholarships for mid-low income families. The diversity has been a strength for her classes and social life. And by the way, the food in the cafe is excellent.”

14. Castilleja School

Location: Palo Alto, California
Students: 430
Student-Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Tuition: $47,970
Average Financial Aid: $31,200
Application deadline: January 7
How to Apply

“Too good for words. Castilleja is an all-girls, friendly environment,”one student wrote in 2019. “In the classes, they don’t consist of a lot of students, so teachers can get one on one time with their students. The food is absolutely yummy! The tie ceremony is my …read more

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