Best private high schools in Arkansas

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Best private high schools in Arkansas

America's private high schools opened long before their public counterparts and even before the United States was first established. The Roman Catholic Church in the 1700s started private schools in Florida and Louisiana while in New York (a former Dutch colony called New Amsterdam), the Dutch West India Company and Dutch Reformed Church set up private schools that filled the void left by the colonies' lack of an education system.

That changed in the 1840s when the U.S. instituted a uniform public school system. To stay relevant, private schools changed from marketing themselves as the only option to portraying their education as the "best" option. To this day, private high schools have positioned themselves as fast-tracks to admittance into elite universities. Faced with the rigorous demands of the highly competitive college admissions process and increased pressure over getting into the "right" school, parents (most often parents with means) often consider private schools for their children.

Stacker compiled a list of the best private high schools in Arkansas using rankings from Niche. Private schools have historically catered to America's most elite, with exorbitant tuition and legacy admissions ensuring the socioeconomic exclusivity of student bodies. Scholarships, incremental transparency in the admissions process, and improved (albeit still imperfect and unequal) access to excellent early education for students of all backgrounds have allowed more low-income students and minorities today to take advantage of these schools. Still, white students continue to represent the vast majority of private-school students.

Read on to find out the best private high schools in your state.

#25. Sacred Heart Catholic School (Morrilton)
- Enrollment: 279 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#24. Trinity Christian School (Texarkana)
- Enrollment: 315 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#23. Crowley's Ridge Academy (Paragould)
- Enrollment: 287 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#22. Garrett Memorial Christian School (Hope)
- Enrollment: 236 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#21. St. Joseph School (Conway)
- Enrollment: 492 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#20. Harding Academy (Searcy)
- Enrollment: 677 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#19. West Side Christian School (El Dorado)
- Enrollment: 174 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#18. Ozark Adventist Academy (Gentry)
- Enrollment: 100 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#17. Ridgefield Christian School (Jonesboro)
- Enrollment: 193 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#16. Mountain Home Christian Academy (Mountain Home)
- Enrollment: 135 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#15. Life Way Christian School (Centerton)
- Enrollment: 583 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#14. Conway Christian School (Conway)
- Enrollment: 500 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#13. Fayetteville Christian School (Fayetteville)
- Enrollment: 248 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#12. Central Arkansas Christian Schools (North Little Rock)
- Enrollment: 781 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#11. Shiloh Christian School (Springdale)
- Enrollment: 1020 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#10. Union Christian Academy (Fort Smith)
- Enrollment: 167 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#9. Mount St. Mary Academy (Little Rock)
- Enrollment: 533 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#8. Arkansas Baptist School System (Little Rock)
- Enrollment: 701 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#7. Catholic High School for Boys (Little Rock)
- Enrollment: 760 (18:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#6. Providence Classical Christian Academy (Rogers)
- Enrollment: 562 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#5. Thaden School (Bentonville)
- Enrollment: 277 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#4. Little Rock Christian Academy (Little Rock)
- Enrollment: 1446 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#3. Subiaco Academy (Subiaco)
- Enrollment: 189 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#2. The Episcopal Collegiate School (Little Rock)
- Enrollment: 782 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#1. Pulaski Academy (Little Rock)
- Enrollment: 1393 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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