Best private high schools in Connecticut

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Best private high schools in Connecticut

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 Connecticut 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. Cheshire Academy (Cheshire)
- Enrollment: 304 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#24. The Williams School (New London)
- Enrollment: 222 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#23. Sacred Heart Greenwich (Greenwich)
- Enrollment: 729 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#22. Westminster School (Simsbury)
- Enrollment: 400 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#21. Avon Old Farms School (Avon)
- Enrollment: 405 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#20. The Frederick Gunn School (Washington)
- Enrollment: 300 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#19. Westover School (Middlebury)
- Enrollment: 189 (4:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#18. Salisbury School (Salisbury)
- Enrollment: 310 (4:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#17. Greens Farms Academy (Westport)
- Enrollment: 713 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#16. St. Luke's School (New Canaan)
- Enrollment: 586 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#15. Kingswood Oxford School (West Hartford)
- Enrollment: 518 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#14. Hamden Hall Country Day School (Hamden)
- Enrollment: 600 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#13. Pierrepont School (Westport)
- Enrollment: 153 (4:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#12. Brunswick School (Greenwich)
- Enrollment: 984 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#11. Miss Porter's School (Farmington)
- Enrollment: 325 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#10. King School (Stamford)
- Enrollment: 694 (4:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#9. Suffield Academy (Suffield)
- Enrollment: 410 (4:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#8. Greenwich Academy (Greenwich)
- Enrollment: 784 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#7. Pomfret School (Pomfret)
- Enrollment: 355 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#6. Kent School (Kent)
- Enrollment: 575 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#5. The Taft School (Watertown)
- Enrollment: 601 (4:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#4. Hopkins School (New Haven)
- Enrollment: 714 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#3. The Loomis Chaffee School (Windsor)
- Enrollment: 726 (4:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#2. Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford)
- Enrollment: 868 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#1. The Hotchkiss School (Lakeville)
- Enrollment: 600 (4:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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