Best private high schools in Florida

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December 13, 2021
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Best private high schools in Florida

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 Florida 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. Windermere Preparatory School (Windermere)
- Enrollment: 1601 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#24. Montverde Academy (Montverde)
- Enrollment: 1191 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#23. Carrollwood Day School (Tampa)
- Enrollment: 1060 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#22. Tampa Preparatory School (Tampa)
- Enrollment: 704 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#21. Community School of Naples (Naples)
- Enrollment: 800 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#20. The Benjamin School (North Palm Beach)
- Enrollment: 1135 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#19. Canterbury School (Fort Myers)
- Enrollment: 717 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#18. Belen Jesuit Preparatory School (Miami)
- Enrollment: 1386 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#17. Shorecrest Preparatory School (St. Petersburg)
- Enrollment: 1019 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#16. Scheck Hillel Community School (North Miami Beach)
- Enrollment: 1172 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#15. Miami Country Day School (Miami)
- Enrollment: 1250 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#14. Trinity Preparatory School (Winter Park)
- Enrollment: 860 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#13. Riviera Schools (Miami)
- Enrollment: 835 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#12. Lake Highland Preparatory School (Orlando)
- Enrollment: 1952 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#11. Saint Andrew's School (Boca Raton)
- Enrollment: 1335 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#10. Posnack Jewish Day School (Davie)
- Enrollment: 825 (4:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#9. Palmer Trinity School (Miami)
- Enrollment: 770 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#8. NSU University School (Davie)
- Enrollment: 1764 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#7. Gulliver Preparatory School (Pinecrest)
- Enrollment: 2185 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#6. Berkeley Preparatory School (Tampa)
- Enrollment: 1401 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#5. Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart (Miami)
- Enrollment: 849 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#4. American Heritage Schools, Palm Beach Campus (Delray Beach)
- Enrollment: 1797 (4:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#3. American Heritage Schools, Broward Campus (Plantation)
- Enrollment: 2785 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#2. Pine Crest School - Fort Lauderdale Campus (Fort Lauderdale)
- Enrollment: 1803 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#1. Ransom Everglades School (Coconut Grove)
- Enrollment: 1130 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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