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Here Are the 50 Most Expensive High Schools in America

Gabrielle Olya
·9 min read
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Daderot / Wikimedia Commons

When and how schools have tackled reopening varies from state to state — and even school district to school district — with some schools opening for in-person instruction, others moving entirely online and some others offering a hybrid model. With many schools undertaking remote learning, it begs the question — is it worth paying full price tuition for a fully online learning experience? And for those schools that are still offering in-person instruction, is it worth the risk of sending your child to school?

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The question of the best schooling option for your high school student becomes even more complex when there are tens of thousands of dollars are on the line — which is the case with the most expensive high schools in America. Even the “cheapest” of the most expensive schools costs a pretty penny, with a year’s tuition coming in at just under $45,000. As for what that money gets you, you’re typically paying for small class sizes, with some boasting a student-to-teacher ratio as low as 4-to-1, and intimate school settings, with many having a student body of less than 1,000. However, that’s not always the case — one of the schools that costs $50,000 a year has more than 10 times the number of students as one that costs more than $5,000 less.

To identify the 50 most expensive high schools in the country, GOBankingRates pulled the tuition costs for one year of the highest grade level offered — not including room and board for those that are boarding schools — of the top 200 high schools as identified by Niche. Schools are ranked from least to most expensive. See how much it costs to send your kids to an elite high school — which just might pave the way for them to attend one of the most expensive colleges.

Last updated: Feb. 26, 2021

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Psrjane / Wikimedia Commons

50. Blair Academy

  • Location: Blairstown, New Jersey

  • Number of students: 460

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $44,900

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NewYorkDolls / Wikimedia Commons

49. ECF-Fieldston Middle/Upper School

  • Location: Bronx, New York

  • Number of students: 990

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $45,100

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Cosal / Wikimedia Commons

48. National Cathedral School

  • Location: Washington, D.C.

  • Number of students: 595

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 8 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $45,440

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Nomadic.intelligentsia / Wikimedia Commons

47. Head-Royce School

  • Location: Oakland, California

  • Number of students: 875

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $45,600

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Wendell Guy / Shutterstock.com

46. Greens Farms Academy

  • Location: Westport, Connecticut

  • Number of students: 713

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 8 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $45,690

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Daderot / Wikimedia Commons

45. Choate Rosemary Hall

  • Location: Wallingford, Connecticut

  • Number of students: 848

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $45,710

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Julio S. / Yelper

44. Hackley School

  • Location: Tarrytown, New York

  • Number of students: 834

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 8 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $45,775

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Daderot / Wikimedia Commons

43. Commonwealth School

  • Location: Boston

  • Number of students: 132

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 5 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $45,848

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Kane5187 / Wikimedia Commons

42. Lake Forest Academy

  • Location: Lake Forest, Illinois

  • Number of students: 430

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $45,950

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Cassiville / Wikimedia Commons

41. The College Preparatory School

  • Location: Oakland, California

  • Number of students: 372

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $46,000

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Ajay Suresh / Wikimedia Commons

40. Nightingale-Bamford School

  • Location: New York

  • Number of students: 592

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $46,500

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Horacedutton / Wikimedia Commons

39. The Taft School

  • Location: Watertown, Connecticut

  • Number of students: 587

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 5 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $46,500

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Ajay Suresh / Wikimedia Commons

38. Convent of the Sacred Heart

  • Location: New York

  • Number of students: 710

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $46,524

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H0n0r / Wikimedia Commons

37. Crystal Springs Uplands School

  • Location: Hillsborough, California

  • Number of students: 539

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 9 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $46,780

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Shutterstock.com

36. Boston University Academy

  • Location: Boston

  • Number of students: 201

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $46,848

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Jim K. / Yelper

35. Rye Country Day School

  • Location: Rye, New York

  • Number of students: 924

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $46,900

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Xland99 / Wikimedia Commons

34. The Thacher School

  • Location: Ojai, California

  • Number of students: 255

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $46,920

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Friendsseminary John Galayda / Wikimedia Commons

33. Friends Seminary

  • Location: New York

  • Number of students: 777

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $47,000

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The Webb Schools / Yelper

32. The Webb Schools

  • Location: Claremont, California

  • Number of students: 410

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 8 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $47,035

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Ajay Suresh / Wikimedia Commons

31. The Spence School

  • Location: New York

  • Number of students: 751

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $47,410

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Daderot / Wikimedia Commons

30. The Loomis Chaffee School

  • Location: Windsor, Connecticut

  • Number of students: 736

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 4 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $47,440

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Adamgerson / Wikimedia Commons

29. Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School

  • Location: New York

  • Number of students: 1,287

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $47,540

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Peter Alfred Hess / Flickr.com

28. Woodside Priory School

  • Location: Portola Valley, California

  • Number of students: 382

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $47,775

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Buckyboot / Wikimedia Commons

27. Trinity School

  • Location: New York

  • Number of students: 1,001

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $47,965

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Jennifer C. / Yelper

26. Castilleja School

  • Location: Palo Alto, California

  • Number of students: 430

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 8 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $47,970

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The Urban School of San Francisco / Wikimedia Commons

25. The Urban School of San Francisco

  • Location: San Francisco

  • Number of students: 420

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 4 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $48,091

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Dr. Kacie Crisp / Shutterstock.com

24. Marin Academy

  • Location: San Rafael, California

  • Number of students: 420

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $48,272

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AshleySmith434 / Wikimedia Commons

23. The Madeira School

  • Location: McLean, Virginia

  • Number of students: 324

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $48,300

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Paul W. / Yelper

22. The Branson Schools

  • Location: Ross, California

  • Number of students: 320

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $48,485

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Peddie School / Wikimedia Commons

21. Peddie School

  • Location: Hightstown, New Jersey

  • Number of students: 550

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $48,800

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Riverdale Country School / Wikimedia Commons

20. Riverdale Country School

  • Location: Bronx, New York

  • Number of students: 1,189

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $49,210

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Jessica S. / Yelper

19. Cate School

  • Location: Carpinteria, California

  • Number of students: 298

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $49,700

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Daderot / Wikimedia Commons

18. Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

  • Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Number of students: 1,014

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $50,000

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Daderot / Wikimedia Commons

17. St. Mark's School

  • Location: Southborough, Massachusetts

  • Number of students: 365

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 4 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $50,380

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Daderot / Wikimedia Commons

16. Belmont Hill School

  • Location: Belmont, Massachusetts

  • Number of students: 450

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $50,800

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Adrien Delessert / Wikimedia Commons

15. The Hotchkiss School

  • Location: Lakeville, Connecticut

  • Number of students: 600

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 4 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $50,990

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Daderot / Wikimedia Commons

14. Middlesex School

  • Location: Concord, Massachusetts

  • Number of students: 409

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 4 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $51,212

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Harker School Staff Photographer / Wikimedia Commons

13. The Harker School

  • Location: San Jose, California

  • Number of students: 2,048

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 10 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $51,300

The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey / Wikimedia Commons
The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey / Wikimedia Commons

12. The Lawrenceville School

  • Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey

  • Number of students: 822

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $51,440

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Daderot / Wikimedia Commons

11. Concord Academy

  • Location: Concord, Massachusetts

  • Number of students: 398

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $51,455

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Lannhi T. / Yelper

10. Milton Academy

  • Location: Milton, Massachusetts

  • Number of students: 1,020

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $51,460

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Gene M. / Yelper

9. Poly Prep Country Day School

  • Location: Brooklyn, New York

  • Number of students: 1,134

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 5 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $51,484

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Magicpiano / Wikimedia Commons

8. Noble and Greenough School

  • Location: Dedham, Massachusetts

  • Number of students: 614

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 5 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $52,300

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Anthony22 / Wikimedia Commons

7. Horace Mann School

  • Location: Bronx, New York

  • Number of students: 1,694

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 8 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $53,200

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Jkelleyrivers / Wikimedia Commons

6. The Rivers School

  • Location: Weston, Massachusetts

  • Number of students: 513

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $53,450

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Ajay Suresh / Wikimedia Commons

5. Collegiate School

  • Location: New York

  • Number of students: 651

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 8 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $53,900

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Tomas Kohoutek / Shutterstock.com

4. Brearley School

  • Location: New York

  • Number of students: 720

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $53,990

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Eden / Flickr.com

3. Marymount School of New York

  • Location: New York

  • Number of students: 759

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $54,125

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Sstuart89 / Wikimedia Commons

2. St. Andrew's School

  • Location: Middletown, Delaware

  • Number of students: 310

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $55,500

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Frank Franklin/AP / Shutterstock.com

1. Avenues: The World School

  • Location: New York

  • Number of students: 1,537

  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1

  • Annual tuition: $58,700

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Jordan Rosenfeld contributed to the reporting for this article.

Photos are for illustrative purposes only. As a result, some of the images may not reflect the institutions listed in this article.

Methodology: To find the 50 most expensive high schools in America GOBankingRates used Niche’s 2021 Best Private High Schools in America data to analyze the top 200 ranked schools. For each private school, GOBankingRates found the following factors: (1) 2020-2021 yearly tuition for the highest grade level (does NOT include room + board); (2) enrollment numbers; (3) student to teacher ratio; (4) Niche ranking; and (5) location (City, State). Only factor (1) was used to determine final rankings. Those schools that did not separate room + board from tuition were not included. All data was collected and is up to date as of Oct. 28, 2020.

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