Best private high schools in Wisconsin

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Best private high schools in Wisconsin

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 Wisconsin 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. Living Word Lutheran High School (Jackson)
- Enrollment: 217 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#24. Luther Preparatory School (Watertown)
- Enrollment: 423 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#23. Catholic Central High School (Burlington)
- Enrollment: 123 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#22. Pius XI Catholic High School (Milwaukee)
- Enrollment: 737 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

#21. Lourdes Academy Catholic Schools (Oshkosh)
- Enrollment: 629 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#20. Newman Catholic High School (Wausau)
- Enrollment: 265 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#19. Notre Dame de la Baie Academy (Green Bay)
- Enrollment: 776 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#18. Martin Luther High School (Greendale)
- Enrollment: 575 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#17. Xavier High School (Appleton)
- Enrollment: 500 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#16. University Lake School (Hartland)
- Enrollment: 257 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#15. Wisconsin Lutheran High School (Milwaukee)
- Enrollment: 883 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#14. Dominican High School (Whitefish Bay)
- Enrollment: 320 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#13. Eastbrook Academy (Milwaukee)
- Enrollment: 364 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

#12. Catholic Memorial High School (Waukesha)
- Enrollment: 575 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#11. Marquette University High School (Milwaukee)
- Enrollment: 1073 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#10. St. Lawrence Seminary High School (Mount Calvary)
- Enrollment: 154 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#9. St. John's Northwestern Academies (Delafield)
- Enrollment: 176 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#8. Divine Savior Holy Angels High School (Milwaukee)
- Enrollment: 686 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#7. Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart (Madison)
- Enrollment: 493 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#6. North Cedar Academy (Ladysmith)
- Enrollment: 55 (2:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#5. Madison Country Day School (Waunakee)
- Enrollment: 445 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#4. Wayland Academy (Beaver Dam)
- Enrollment: 184 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#3. The Prairie School (Wind Point)
- Enrollment: 600 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#2. University School of Milwaukee (Milwaukee)
- Enrollment: 1107 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

#1. Brookfield Academy (Brookfield)
- Enrollment: 842 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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