Best private high schools in Oregon

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Best private high schools in Oregon

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 Oregon 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. Horizon Christian High School (Tualatin)
- Enrollment: 153 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#24. Mannahouse Christian Academy (Portland)
- Enrollment: 510 (26:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#23. Portland Waldorf School (Milwaukie)
- Enrollment: 277 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#22. Faith Bible High School (Hillsboro)
- Enrollment: 161 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#21. Canyonville Academy (Canyonville)
- Enrollment: 73 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#20. Marist Catholic High School (Eugene)
- Enrollment: 389 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#19. Veritas School (Newberg)
- Enrollment: 230 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#18. Christa McAuliffe Academy School of Arts and Sciences (Lake Oswego)
- Enrollment: 600 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#17. La Salle Catholic College Preparatory (Milwaukie)
- Enrollment: 700 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#16. Portland Christian Jr/Sr High School (Portland)
- Enrollment: 260 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#15. Cascades Academy (Bend)
- Enrollment: 213 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#14. Blanchet Catholic School (Salem)
- Enrollment: 320 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#13. Westside Christian High School (Tigard)
- Enrollment: 185 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#12. Valor Christian School International (Beaverton)
- Enrollment: 215 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#11. St. Stephen's Academy (Beaverton)
- Enrollment: 282 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#10. Central Catholic High School (Portland)
- Enrollment: 816 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#9. Valley Catholic School (Beaverton)
- Enrollment: 1055 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#8. Oak Hill School (Eugene)
- Enrollment: 203 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#7. St. Mary's Academy (Portland)
- Enrollment: 685 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#6. Northwest Academy (Portland)
- Enrollment: 250 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#5. Delphian School (Sheridan)
- Enrollment: 252 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#4. Jesuit High School (Portland)
- Enrollment: 1284 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#3. St. Mary's School (Medford)
- Enrollment: 532 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#2. Oregon Episcopal School (Portland)
- Enrollment: 870 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#1. Catlin Gabel School (Portland)
- Enrollment: 779 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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