Best private high schools in Georgia

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December 13, 2021
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Best private high schools in Georgia

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 Georgia 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. The Mount Vernon School (Atlanta)
- Enrollment: 1213 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#24. Stratford Academy (Macon)
- Enrollment: 825 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#23. Mount Paran Christian School (Kennesaw)
- Enrollment: 1252 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#22. Holy Spirit Preparatory School (Atlanta)
- Enrollment: 444 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#21. Darlington School (Rome)
- Enrollment: 692 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#20. Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross)
- Enrollment: 1669 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#19. Notre Dame Academy (Duluth)
- Enrollment: 336 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#18. Landmark Christian School (Fairburn)
- Enrollment: 1038 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#17. Marist School (Atlanta)
- Enrollment: 1100 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#16. Augusta Preparatory Day School (Augusta)
- Enrollment: 511 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#15. Atlanta Girls' School (Atlanta)
- Enrollment: 186 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#14. The Savannah Country Day School (Savannah)
- Enrollment: 890 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#13. The Galloway School (Atlanta)
- Enrollment: 750 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#12. Wesleyan School (Peachtree Corners)
- Enrollment: 1171 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#11. Holy Innocents' Episcopal School (Atlanta)
- Enrollment: 1380 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#10. Athens Academy (Athens)
- Enrollment: 933 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#9. Pinecrest Academy (Cumming)
- Enrollment: 454 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#8. The Walker School (Marietta)
- Enrollment: 897 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#7. The Lovett School (Atlanta)
- Enrollment: 1661 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#6. Woodward Academy (College Park)
- Enrollment: 2522 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#5. The Paideia School (Atlanta)
- Enrollment: 1036 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#4. Atlanta International School (Atlanta)
- Enrollment: 1314 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#3. Fulton Science Academy Private School (Alpharetta)
- Enrollment: 870 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#2. Pace Academy (Atlanta)
- Enrollment: 1120 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#1. The Westminster Schools (Atlanta)
- Enrollment: 1870 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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