Best private high schools in Washington

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December 13, 2021
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Best private high schools in Washington

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 Washington 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. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic High School (Vancouver)
- Enrollment: 188 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#24. Archbishop Murphy High School (Everett)
- Enrollment: 432 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#23. Gonzaga Preparatory School (Spokane)
- Enrollment: 834 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#22. Hillside Student Community School (Bellevue)
- Enrollment: 37 (3:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#21. Bellevue Christian School (Clyde Hill)
- Enrollment: 1050 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#20. Bellarmine Preparatory School (Tacoma)
- Enrollment: 897 (18:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#19. West Sound Academy (Poulsbo)
- Enrollment: 96 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#18. Northwest Yeshiva High School (Mercer Island)
- Enrollment: 44 (2:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#17. Spring Street International School (Friday Harbor)
- Enrollment: 122 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#16. Bishop Blanchet High School (Seattle)
- Enrollment: 854 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#15. Eastside Catholic School (Sammamish)
- Enrollment: 865 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#14. St. George's School (Spokane)
- Enrollment: 379 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#13. Holy Names Academy (Seattle)
- Enrollment: 660 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#12. Seattle Preparatory School (Seattle)
- Enrollment: 720 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#11. Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (Bellevue)
- Enrollment: 300 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#10. The Bear Creek School (Redmond)
- Enrollment: 893 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#9. The Northwest School (Seattle)
- Enrollment: 452 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#8. Seattle Academy (Seattle)
- Enrollment: 1050 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#7. Charles Wright Academy (Tacoma)
- Enrollment: 557 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#6. The Bush School (Seattle)
- Enrollment: 629 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#5. University Prep (Seattle)
- Enrollment: 604 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#4. Annie Wright Schools (Tacoma)
- Enrollment: 673 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#3. Eastside Preparatory School (Kirkland)
- Enrollment: 428 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#2. The Overlake School (Redmond)
- Enrollment: 529 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#1. Lakeside School (Seattle)
- Enrollment: 838 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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