High school is one of the best times of a person’s life. It is where you will meet friends that you will probably keep for the rest of your life. It also serves as a training ground for the future, preparing you either for work or for life in university.
This is why parents will stop at nothing to get their kids to the best high school available. The best high schools are known to present a better chance of getting students to one of the top universities in the country; these high schools also charge steep amounts for tuition. Here now is a list of the top 10 most expensive private high schools in America. The rankings only reflect the tuition and fees charged to daytime-only students. Excluded from the list are boarding-only schools and high schools for those with special needs.
10 The Foxcroft School - $41,680
The Foxcroft School is located in Middleburg in Virginia. It has a total enrollment of only 160 students. Established in 1914, this small, residential school only admits girls from grades 9 to 12. It has a student to faculty ratio of six to one, with 82 percent of the teachers possessing advanced degrees. The school boasts of classrooms that are all equipped with interactive whiteboards. It also has an observatory with several high-powered telescopes, as well as other accessories for astrophotography and to help observe the sun.
9 Horace Mann School - $42,100
Horace Mann School is a private high school located in the Bronx in New York City. Nicholas Murray Butler established the school in 1887 as a co-educational experimental and developmental unit of the Teacher’s College in Columbia. It is part of the Ivy Preparatory School League and has been considered as the second best college preparatory school in the country. It owns the John Dorr Nature Laboratory in Connecticut, which serves as its outdoor education center. Grades 9 to 12 currently have 756 students.
8 The Berkshire School - $42,150
The Berkshire School is a private co-educational school based in Sheffield in Massachusetts. Seaver Burton Buck established the school in 1907 near Mount Everett, considered as one of the highest mountains in the state. It was initially exclusively for boys, with the first girls accepted only in 1969. It sits on a vast eight-acre land that has massive solar power facilities, accounting for 40 percent of the school’s electricity needs. Grades 9 to 12 have 391 students.
7 Concord Academy - $42,200
Concord Academy is a private co-educational school based in Concord in Massachusetts. It has 381 students, with its graduates boasting of average SAT scores of 2000. The school initially accepted only girls when it was established in 1922. Some of its more notable products are Drew Faust, the 28th President of Harvard University, and Caroline Kennedy.
6 Lawrence Academy at Groton - $42,280
Lawrence Academy at Groton is a co-educational college preparatory school located in Groton in Massachusetts. It has 399 students who can take advantage of the school’s multiple state-of-the-art laboratories that specialize in language and the different sciences. Samuel Lawrence established the school in 1792, making it the 10th oldest boarding school in the country.
5 The Hotchkiss School - $42,445
The Hotchkiss School is based in Lakeville in Connecticut. It has 600 students that are allowed to participate in programs outside of campus in different countries, like China, France, Italy, Spain and South Africa. It has one of the largest financial endowments in the country for secondary schools. It is known for its extremely competitive admissions process, with a low 17 percent acceptance rate during the previous term. Maria Hotchkiss established the school in 1891 to help prepare young men for life in Yale. It has partnerships with international schools, including The Affiliated High School of Peking University, with Hotchkiss serving as the basis of the university’s secondary school.
4 Salisbury School - $42,550
The Salisbury School is located in Salisbury in Connecticut. It has 309 students that get together at least once a day. Dinners with the faculty are also held twice a week. The Reverend George Emerson Quaile established this private school for boys in 1901. Each class has a size of only 11 students, with a curriculum that is considered to be very traditional.
3 Riverdale Country School - $43,000
Riverdale Country School is based in the Bronx in New York. It has 1,050 students. It has the largest campus in New York City, with the school sitting on land that measures 27.5 acres. Dr. Frank Sutliff Hackett established the school in 1907 and the school is considered as one of the oldest day schools in the country. It is also one of the most competitive private high schools.
2 Birch Wathen Lenox School - $43,497
Birch Wathen Lenox School is a college preparatory school located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York. The school was established in 1991 after the merger of The Birch Wathen School, founded in 1921, and The Lenox Schook, created in 1916. Some of the school’s more notable alumni include the likes of actresses such as Brooke Shields and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and acclaimed media personality and journalist Barbara Walters. The school has 575 students and is known for its advanced training, providing its students with college-level research opportunities and conducting seminars on Women in Science Education.
1 The Lawrenceville School - $44,885
The Lawrenceville School is based in Lawrenceville in New Jersey. It has 816 students that are allowed more freedom and independence as they move up in grade level. Isaac Van Arsdale Brown established the school in 1810 as the Maidenhead Academy, before it became known by its current name in 1883. It initially accepted only boys, but the Board of Trustees voted in 1985 to make the school co-educational, with the first female students being admitted in 1987. Among its famous alumni are Randolph Heart, Michael Eisner and Malcolm Forbes.
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