Best private high schools in Idaho

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December 13, 2021
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Best private high schools in Idaho

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 Idaho 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.

#13. Lighthouse Christian School (Twin Falls)
- Enrollment: 295 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B

#12. Genesis Preparatory Academy (Post Falls)
- Enrollment: 121 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B

#11. Classical Christian Academy (Hayden)
- Enrollment: 239 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B

#10. Gem State Adventist Academy (Caldwell)
- Enrollment: 76 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#9. Cole Valley Christian Schools (Meridian)
- Enrollment: 1214 (17:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#8. Nampa Christian Schools (Nampa)
- Enrollment: 680 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#7. St. John Bosco Academy (formerly Summit Academy) (Cottonwood)
- Enrollment: 102 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#6. The Ambrose School (Meridian)
- Enrollment: 536 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#5. Logos School (Moscow)
- Enrollment: 353 (18:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#4. The Sage School (Hailey)
- Enrollment: 81 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#3. Bishop Kelly High School (Boise)
- Enrollment: 857 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#2. Sun Valley Community School (Sun Valley)
- Enrollment: 438 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#1. Riverstone International School (Boise)
- Enrollment: 371 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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