Best private high schools in North Carolina

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December 13, 2021
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Best private high schools in North Carolina

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 North Carolina 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. Woodlawn School (Mooresville)
- Enrollment: 205 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#24. The Oakwood School (Greenville)
- Enrollment: 394 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#23. Camelot Academy (Durham)
- Enrollment: 124 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#22. Cary Christian School (Cary)
- Enrollment: 785 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#21. Carolina Friends School (Durham)
- Enrollment: 501 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#20. Cannon School (Concord)
- Enrollment: 1003 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#19. Saint Mary's School (Raleigh)
- Enrollment: 297 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#18. Carolina Day School (Asheville)
- Enrollment: 626 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#17. Fayetteville Academy (Fayetteville)
- Enrollment: 388 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#16. Wayne Country Day School (Goldsboro)
- Enrollment: 310 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#15. Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill (Durham)
- Enrollment: 558 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#14. Christ School (Asheville)
- Enrollment: 294 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#13. St. David's School (Raleigh)
- Enrollment: 606 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#12. Cape Fear Academy (Wilmington)
- Enrollment: 652 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#11. Forsyth Country Day School (Lewisville)
- Enrollment: 873 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#10. Greensboro Day School (Greensboro)
- Enrollment: 750 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#9. Gaston Day School (Gastonia)
- Enrollment: 505 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#8. Salem Academy (Winston-Salem)
- Enrollment: 70 (3:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#7. Charlotte Latin School (Charlotte)
- Enrollment: 1469 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#6. Charlotte Country Day School (Charlotte)
- Enrollment: 1656 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#5. Asheville School (Asheville)
- Enrollment: 294 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#4. Ravenscroft School (Raleigh)
- Enrollment: 1232 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#3. Providence Day School (Charlotte)
- Enrollment: 1828 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#2. Durham Academy (Durham)
- Enrollment: 1228 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#1. Cary Academy (Cary)
- Enrollment: 784 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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