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This Is the Best Private High School in Minnesota

imageForEntry47 TSpFaith in America’s public education system is fading in many parts of the country. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 28% of Americans have a high level of confidence in public schools, down from over 60% in the mid-1970s. While much of this distrust has been fueled in recent years by culture war issues, many public schools also face deeper, structural problems related to funding, staffing, and academic outcomes.

Partially as a result, millions of American parents opt to send their children to a private school. Though private schools charge tuition, they also tend to offer distinct advantages over a public education. (Here is a look at states where public schools are losing the most students.)

Private schools often have smaller class sizes, allowing for more individualized instruction and closer student-teacher and parent-teacher relationships. Many private schools also have more rigorous curriculums than public schools and emphasize a well-rounded education that extends beyond the classroom. Private school students tend to perform better on standardized tests and are more likely to later attend top-tier colleges and universities than public school students. Additionally, unlike public schools, private institutions can have a religious affiliation or a single-sex student body, which may be important to some parents.

According to Niche, an education research platform, The International School of Minnesota, located in Eden Prairie, ranks as the best private high school in Minnesota. The International School of Minnesota enrolls a total of 310 students, and its student-teacher ratio is 8:1.

The school’s annual tuition is $23,250. According to self-reported standardized test results, the average SAT score among students at The International School of Minnesota is 1340 out of a possible 1600 and the average ACT score is 31 out of 36. The school also has a graduation rate of 100%.

All data in this story was provided by Niche. Niche’s ranking is based on a weighted index of six measures, including class size, self-reported standardized test scores, post-graduate college enrollment, and parent and student surveys. A full description of each measure and its weighting is available here.

State Best private high school Total enrollment Students per teacher Avg. graduation rate (%) Annual tuition ($)
Alabama Indian Springs School 327 8 100 27,300
Alaska Holy Rosary Academy 162 10 100 8,750
Arizona Phoenix Country Day School 750 7 100 28,200
Arkansas Thaden School 317 6 90 27,600
California Harvard-Westlake School 1,620 8 100 42,600
Colorado Kent Denver School 749 9 100 34,648
Connecticut Choate Rosemary Hall 868 7 100 50,910
Delaware St. Andrew’s School 310 7 100 55,500
Florida Ransom Everglades School 1,141 7 100 45,810
Georgia The Westminster Schools 1,900 6 100 34,106
Hawaii ‘Iolani School 2,181 10 100 27,175
Idaho Riverstone International School 416 9 100 21,970
Illinois University of Chicago Laboratory Schools 2,051 8 98 33,558
Indiana Culver Academies 832 6 100 57,000
Iowa Maharishi School 165 3 100 19,500
Kansas Wichita Collegiate School 875 8 100 20,360
Kentucky Kentucky Country Day School 817 9 99 25,900
Louisiana Isidore Newman School 917 8 100 24,029
Maine Waynflete 596 4 100 35,465
Maryland Holton-Arms School 665 8 100 48,250
Massachusetts Phillips Academy Andover 1,187 5 99 51,380
Michigan Cranbrook Schools 1,659 7 100 38,600
Minnesota The International School of Minnesota 310 8 100 23,250
Mississippi St. Andrew’s Episcopal School 1,097 8 100 21,240
Missouri John Burroughs School 660 6 100 32,800
Montana Billings Central Catholic High School 330 10 98 8,640
Nebraska Brownell Talbot School 441 9 100 19,950
Nevada The Meadows School 940 8 100 30,380
New Hampshire Phillips Exeter Academy 1,085 5 100 38,740
New Jersey Princeton International School of Math and Science 120 5 100 43,000
New Mexico Albuquerque Academy 1,183 7 100 26,176
New York Trinity School 1,001 6 100 47,965
North Carolina Cary Academy 787 8 100 28,495
North Dakota Oak Grove Lutheran School 455 10 90 8,480
Ohio Western Reserve Academy 441 6 100 40,975
Oklahoma Casady School 993 8 100 22,120
Oregon Catlin Gabel School 783 9 100 38,800
Pennsylvania Germantown Friends School 1,129 5 100 41,500
Rhode Island The Wheeler School 811 6 100 41,830
South Carolina Christ Church Episcopal School 1,201 10 100 23,125
South Dakota Freeman Academy 75 6 90 8,905
Tennessee University School of Nashville 1,071 9 100 27,550
Texas St. Mark’s School of Texas 863 9 100 29,496
Utah The Waterford School 1,025 7 100 27,530
Vermont The Putney School 235 3 96 42,400
Virginia BASIS Independent McLean 522 7 100 33,000
Washington Lakeside School 838 9 100 32,000
West Virginia The Linsly School 465 9 100 19,850
Wisconsin Brookfield Academy 842 8 100 22,950
Wyoming Jackson Hole Community School 83 4 97 25,100
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