Best private high schools in Missouri

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Best private high schools in Missouri

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 Missouri 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. De Smet Jesuit High School (St. Louis)
- Enrollment: 744 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#24. Barat Academy (Chesterfield)
- Enrollment: 42 (3:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#23. Rosati-Kain High School (Saint Louis)
- Enrollment: 265 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#22. St. Joseph's Academy (St. Louis)
- Enrollment: 505 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#21. St. Teresa's Academy (Kansas City)
- Enrollment: 605 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#20. Nerinx Hall High School (St. Louis )
- Enrollment: 564 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#19. Greenwood Laboratory School (Springfield)
- Enrollment: 397 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#18. Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School (Saint Louis)
- Enrollment: 542 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#17. Principia School (Saint Louis)
- Enrollment: 400 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#16. Cor Jesu Academy (Saint Louis)
- Enrollment: 626 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#15. Crossroads College Preparatory School (Saint Louis)
- Enrollment: 223 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#14. Visitation Academy (Saint Louis)
- Enrollment: 585 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#13. Chaminade College Preparatory School (St. Louis)
- Enrollment: 834 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#12. Columbia Independent School (Columbia)
- Enrollment: 378 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#11. Rockhurst High School (Kansas City)
- Enrollment: 938 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#10. Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (Joplin)
- Enrollment: 284 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#9. Whitfield School (Saint Louis)
- Enrollment: 440 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#8. Notre Dame de Sion School For Girls (Kansas City)
- Enrollment: 304 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#7. St. Louis University High School (St. Louis)
- Enrollment: 978 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#6. Saint Louis Priory School (Saint Louis)
- Enrollment: 307 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#5. The Barstow School (Kansas City)
- Enrollment: 745 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#4. The Pembroke Hill School (Kansas City)
- Enrollment: 1177 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#3. MICDS - Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School (Saint Louis)
- Enrollment: 1249 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#2. Thomas Jefferson School (Saint Louis)
- Enrollment: 81 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#1. John Burroughs School (St. Louis)
- Enrollment: 650 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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