Best private high schools in New Jersey

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December 13, 2021
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Best private high schools in New Jersey

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 New Jersey 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. Bergen Catholic High School (Oradell)
- Enrollment: 714 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#24. The Hun School of Princeton (Princeton)
- Enrollment: 640 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#23. Primoris Academy (Westwood)
- Enrollment: 95 (3:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#22. Moorestown Friends School (Moorestown)
- Enrollment: 634 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#21. Oratory Preparatory School (Summit)
- Enrollment: 384 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#20. Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child - Upper School (Summit)
- Enrollment: 326 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#19. Gill St. Bernard's School (Gladstone)
- Enrollment: 590 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#18. The Pennington School (Pennington)
- Enrollment: 527 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#17. Morristown-Beard School (Morristown)
- Enrollment: 546 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#16. Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (Princeton)
- Enrollment: 434 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#15. The Wilberforce School (Princeton)
- Enrollment: 304 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#14. Ranney School (Tinton Falls)
- Enrollment: 720 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#13. Montclair Kimberley Academy (Montclair)
- Enrollment: 1034 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#12. Blair Academy (Blairstown)
- Enrollment: 479 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#11. The Wardlaw + Hartridge School (Edison)
- Enrollment: 471 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#10. Princeton Day School (Princeton)
- Enrollment: 946 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#9. Rutgers Preparatory School (Somerset)
- Enrollment: 640 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#8. Kent Place School (Summit)
- Enrollment: 649 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#7. Peddie School (Hightstown)
- Enrollment: 550 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#6. Dwight-Englewood School (Englewood)
- Enrollment: 947 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#5. Delbarton School (Morristown)
- Enrollment: 649 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#4. Princeton International School of Math and Science (Princeton)
- Enrollment: 115 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#3. Newark Academy (Livingston)
- Enrollment: 656 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#2. The Pingry School (Basking Ridge)
- Enrollment: 1175 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#1. The Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville)
- Enrollment: 822 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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