Best private high schools in New York

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Best private high schools in New York

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 York 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. The Browning School (New York)
- Enrollment: 397 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#24. United Nations International School - Manhattan Campus (New York)
- Enrollment: 1494 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#23. The Stony Brook School (Stony Brook)
- Enrollment: 446 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#22. Nightingale-Bamford School (New York)
- Enrollment: 592 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#21. Poly Prep Country Day School (Brooklyn)
- Enrollment: 1148 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#20. Packer Collegiate Institute (Brooklyn)
- Enrollment: 998 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#19. Friends Seminary (New York)
- Enrollment: 787 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#18. Emma Willard School (Troy)
- Enrollment: 357 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#17. Friends Academy (Locust Valley)
- Enrollment: 706 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#16. French-American School of New York (Mamaroneck)
- Enrollment: 725 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#15. Saint Ann's School (Brooklyn)
- Enrollment: 1085 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#14. Dwight Global Online School (New York)
- Enrollment: 181 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#13. Hackley School (Tarrytown)
- Enrollment: 834 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#12. Marymount School of New York (New York)
- Enrollment: 739 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#11. Avenues: The World School (New York)
- Enrollment: 1578 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#10. The Chapin School (New York)
- Enrollment: 725 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#9. The Spence School (New York)
- Enrollment: 751 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#8. Dalton School (New York)
- Enrollment: 1322 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#7. Rye Country Day School (Rye)
- Enrollment: 938 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#6. Collegiate School (New York)
- Enrollment: 651 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#5. Regis High School (New York)
- Enrollment: 532 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#4. Horace Mann School (Bronx)
- Enrollment: 1694 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#3. Riverdale Country School (Bronx)
- Enrollment: 1219 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#2. The Brearley School (New York)
- Enrollment: 768 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#1. Trinity School (New York)
- Enrollment: 1001 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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