Best private high schools in Michigan

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December 13, 2021
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Best private high schools in Michigan

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 Michigan 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. West Michigan Lutheran High School (Wyoming)
- Enrollment: 24 (4:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#24. Plymouth Christian Academy (Canton)
- Enrollment: 717 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#23. Spring Vale Christian School (Owosso)
- Enrollment: 68 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#22. Sacred Heart Academy (Mount Pleasant)
- Enrollment: 146 (4:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#21. St. Mary's Preparatory School (Orchard Lake)
- Enrollment: 533 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#20. Southfield Christian School (Southfield)
- Enrollment: 581 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#19. Grand Rapids Christian High School (Grand Rapids)
- Enrollment: 918 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#18. Everest Collegiate High School & Academy (Clarkston)
- Enrollment: 480 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#17. Genesee Academy (Swartz Creek)
- Enrollment: 259 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#16. Marian High School (Bloomfield Hills)
- Enrollment: 490 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#15. Michigan Islamic Academy (Ann Arbor)
- Enrollment: 257 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#14. University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy (Detroit)
- Enrollment: 887 (17:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#13. Mercy High School (Farmington Hills)
- Enrollment: 700 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#12. Detroit Catholic Central High School (Novi)
- Enrollment: 935 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#11. Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills)
- Enrollment: 305 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#10. Notre Dame Preparatory School & Marist Academy (Pontiac)
- Enrollment: 1110 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#9. Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor)
- Enrollment: 365 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#8. Brother Rice High School (Bloomfield Hills)
- Enrollment: 518 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#7. University Liggett School (Grosse Pointe Woods)
- Enrollment: 638 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#6. Frankel Jewish Academy of Metro Detroit (West Bloomfield)
- Enrollment: 145 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#5. Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen)
- Enrollment: 557 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#4. The Roeper School - Birmingham Campus (Birmingham)
- Enrollment: 269 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#3. Greenhills School (Ann Arbor)
- Enrollment: 632 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#2. Detroit Country Day School (Beverly Hills)
- Enrollment: 1515 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#1. Cranbrook Schools (Bloomfield Hills)
- Enrollment: 1659 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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