Best private high schools in Minnesota

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Best private high schools in Minnesota

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 Minnesota 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. Hillcrest Academy (Fergus Falls)
- Enrollment: 256 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#24. Liberty Classical Academy (White Bear Lake)
- Enrollment: 288 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#23. St. Croix Lutheran Academy (West Saint Paul)
- Enrollment: 460 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#22. Lourdes High School (Rochester)
- Enrollment: 373 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#21. New Life Academy (Woodbury)
- Enrollment: 740 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#20. Southwest Christian High School (Chaska)
- Enrollment: 458 (17:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#19. Holy Family Catholic High School (Victoria)
- Enrollment: 522 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#18. Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul)
- Enrollment: 940 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#17. Maranatha Christian Academy (Brooklyn Park)
- Enrollment: 832 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#16. Trinity School at River Ridge (Eagan)
- Enrollment: 256 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#15. Benilde-St. Margaret's School (St. Louis Park)
- Enrollment: 1135 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#14. DeLaSalle High School (Minneapolis)
- Enrollment: 762 (18:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#13. Academy of Holy Angels (Richfield)
- Enrollment: 670 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#12. Marshall School (Duluth)
- Enrollment: 445 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#11. Visitation School (Mendota Heights)
- Enrollment: 601 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#10. Saint Thomas Academy (Mendota Heights)
- Enrollment: 621 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#9. Providence Academy (Plymouth)
- Enrollment: 806 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#8. Shattuck-St. Mary's School (Faribault)
- Enrollment: 404 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#7. Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis)
- Enrollment: 810 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#6. Saint John's Preparatory School (Collegeville)
- Enrollment: 274 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#5. Breck School (Minneapolis)
- Enrollment: 1187 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#4. St. Paul Academy & Summit School (Saint Paul)
- Enrollment: 918 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#3. The Blake School (Hopkins)
- Enrollment: 1380 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#2. The International School of Minnesota (Eden Prairie)
- Enrollment: 312 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#1. Mounds Park Academy (St. Paul)
- Enrollment: 562 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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