Best private high schools in Indiana

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December 13, 2021
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Best private high schools in Indiana

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 Indiana 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. Reitz Memorial High School (Evansville)
- Enrollment: 692 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#24. Covenant Christian High School (Indianapolis)
- Enrollment: 365 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#23. Concordia Lutheran High School (Fort Wayne)
- Enrollment: 710 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#22. Roncalli High School (Indianapolis)
- Enrollment: 1141 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#21. Bishop Chatard High School (Indianapolis)
- Enrollment: 714 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#20. MTI School of Knowledge (Indianapolis)
- Enrollment: 312 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#19. Andrean High School (Merrillville)
- Enrollment: 550 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#18. Cardinal Ritter High School (Indianapolis)
- Enrollment: 635 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#17. Marian High School (Mishawaka)
- Enrollment: 635 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#16. Marquette Catholic High School (Michigan City)
- Enrollment: 240 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#15. St. Theodore Guerin High School (Noblesville)
- Enrollment: 733 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#14. Eman Schools (Fishers)
- Enrollment: 342 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#13. Evansville Day School (Evansville)
- Enrollment: 286 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#12. Saint Joseph High School (South Bend)
- Enrollment: 845 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#11. Heritage Christian School (Indianapolis)
- Enrollment: 1465 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#10. Lighthouse Christian Academy (Bloomington)
- Enrollment: 267 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#9. Trinity School at Greenlawn (South Bend)
- Enrollment: 201 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#8. Cathedral High School (Indianapolis)
- Enrollment: 1067 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#7. Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (Indianapolis)
- Enrollment: 734 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#6. University High School of Indiana (Carmel)
- Enrollment: 304 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#5. International School of Indiana (Indianapolis)
- Enrollment: 500 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#4. La Lumiere School (Laporte)
- Enrollment: 186 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#3. Canterbury School (Fort Wayne)
- Enrollment: 1030 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#2. Park Tudor School (Indianapolis)
- Enrollment: 950 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#1. Culver Academies (Culver)
- Enrollment: 832 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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