While quality education need not be equated with price, there is certainly some level of expertise and experience that a hefty tuition fee can contribute to a child’s growth. Connections, proper grooming, and not to mention the best facilities await children of parents who can afford expensive private schools.
Have a look for yourself: here are the 10 most expensive private high schools in America today. (Excluded, of course, are boarding-only schools and those that are especially suited for special-needs kids.)
10 Kent School, Kent, Connecticut
Covering 1200 acres of land, including a part of the Appalachian Trail and a piece of the Housatonic River, it’s no wonder that Kent School’s tuition fee is a substantial $40,005 per student. Aside from having 13 playing fields, Kent also has a high-end fitness center that would be the envy of any gym-freak. And of course, their dining hall serves gourmet-quality food, made only with the freshest ingredients—Kent even grows their own basil and potatoes.
9 Dana Hall School, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Dana Hall, an all-girls’ school, has a tuition fee of $40,116 per student. Expensive as it might be, this price tag comes with its perks. Dana Hall, for example, has an incredibly sophisticated riding center—complete with high-end stables, horses, training gear, and of course, the best teachers. The school is also known for its exceptional music program.
8 Groton School, Groton, Massachusetts
12 squash courts, eight indoor tennis courts, two ice rinks, and a four-lane, 25 meter pool are just a few of the facilities that Groton School has for athletics. The tuition fee of $40,150 per student also includes a superb curricular instruction, with students having the option to learn even languages such as Latin and Greek, and take higher math and science courses such as Evolutionary Biology.
7 Middlesex School, Concord, Massachusetts
Middlesex School boasts of a focused teacher to student ratio with 5 students per 1 teacher, and peaking at just 12 students per class. With a tuition fee of $40,260 per student, Middlesex School allows for a very laid-back environment. Teachers can bring dogs to school. Students are encouraged to chill and grab a smoothie after classes, or even catch some fish at the school’s large pond. Not only does Middlesex promote a high standard of academic education, but also a very progressive way of life as well: they hone students who can handle diversity and is accepting of different cultures.
6 Lawrence Academy, Groton, Massachusetts
Lawrence Academy’s tuition fee of $40,660 per student does not only give a child access to high-end science, math, and language laboratories, they are also given incredibly talented teachers with a forward-thinking pedagogy. Students of the Lawrence Academy experience less note-taking and more of the talking and thinking. Teachers at Lawrence act more as coaches, letting students learn through action rather than through just listening to lectures.
5 Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut
With state-of-the-art facilities for all academic, arts, and athletics programs (including having its own golf course), it can be easy to see where the $40,750 tuition fee of the Hotchkiss School goes to. With an average class size of 12 students, teachers are also able to pay more attention to students’ needs. Not to mention, Hotchkiss has off-school programs that gives students opportunities to travel to South Africa, Spain, France, and Italy, to name a few countries.
4 Riverdale Country School, Bronx, New York
To study in Riverdale Country School, one must pay a tuition fee of $42,000. This buys a student access to superb facilities, such as high-end art studios, fencing rooms, and a 25-yard swimming pool. Students are also given opportunities to travel for both social causes (such as going to Botswana) and to hone their language skills (such as going to Spain, France, or China).
3 Salisbury School, Salisbury, Connecticut
An all-boys’ school, Salisbury School prides itself in its ability to imbibe in its students skills that a proper gentleman would need in life. Its tuition fee of $42,229 per student ensures that each student receives an exceptional academic program, with use of high-end facilities and given the opportunity to learn unique things--the arts and crafts program even has boatbuilding in their list. The school also has a farm to table program, which gives students the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of agriculture. Students help in growing and harvesting organic vegetables that the chefs in the dining hall use. The dining service is also superb, with special services such as home-cooked style meals and special dinners during movie night.
2 Foxcroft School, Middleburg, Virginia
The all-girls Foxcroft School provides students with high-end facilities, a practical pedagogy, and skills for modern living. The tuition fee of $42,700 per student might be viewed as well worth it: students have access to high-powered telescopes at the school’s observatory; they can engage and study life up close with a dedicated animal room at their science hall; and even have the classroom luxuries such as interactive whiteboards. The kitchen is also well-equipped, with students given the ability to cook up their own creations. They even have a dedicated website that publishes the current week’s menu.
1 The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
The Lawrenceville School might be America’s realistic equivalent to Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the book Harry Potter. The school has a house system, wherein houses composed of the school’s students compete for excellence in athletics, academics, and community service.
The hefty tuition fee of $43,314 per student is well-spent on facilities, teachers, and pedagogy. Lawrenceville has an indoor ice skating rink and a golf course, for example. Classrooms are custom-built, with a unique layout that uses what they call a “Harkness Table” as the center of class discussions. Instead of rows of desks and tables, each classroom only has one oval table, in which all students and teachers sit. This allows for maximum interaction, as students cannot avoid eye-contact with other students and their teachers, and are thus motivated to speak and participate.