Best private high schools in Kansas

Written by:
December 13, 2021
Canva

Best private high schools in Kansas

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 Kansas 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. Bishop Carroll Catholic High School (Wichita)
- Enrollment: 1188 (17:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#24. Life Preparatory Academy (Wichita)
- Enrollment: 405 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#23. Veritas Christian School (Lawrence)
- Enrollment: 174 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#22. Overland Christian Schools (Overland Park)
- Enrollment: 148 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#21. St. Xavier Catholic School (Junction City)
- Enrollment: 208 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#20. Heritage Christian School (Topeka)
- Enrollment: 175 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: B+

#19. Sacred Heart Junior/Senior High School (Salina)
- Enrollment: 205 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#18. St. Mary's Colgan Catholic Schools High School (Pittsburg)
- Enrollment: 229 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#17. Thomas More Prep-Marian High School (Hays)
- Enrollment: 330 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#16. Heritage Christian Academy (Olathe)
- Enrollment: 592 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#15. Classical School of Wichita (Wichita)
- Enrollment: 262 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#14. Hayden High School (Topeka)
- Enrollment: 415 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#13. Cair Paravel Latin School (Topeka)
- Enrollment: 371 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#12. Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School (Wichita)
- Enrollment: 927 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#11. Bishop Miege High School (Roeland Park)
- Enrollment: 650 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#10. Maranatha Academy (Shawnee)
- Enrollment: 533 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#9. Trinity Academy (Wichita)
- Enrollment: 557 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#8. St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Overland Park)
- Enrollment: 910 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#7. Maur Hill - Mount Academy (Atchison)
- Enrollment: 160 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#6. St. James Academy (Lenexa)
- Enrollment: 901 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#5. Kansas City Christian School (Prairie Village)
- Enrollment: 385 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#4. Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (Overland Park)
- Enrollment: 199 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#3. The Independent School (Wichita)
- Enrollment: 430 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#2. Bishop Seabury Academy (Lawrence)
- Enrollment: 186 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#1. Wichita Collegiate School (Wichita)
- Enrollment: 875 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

You may also like: Best public high schools in Kansas

Trending Now