What Private High Schools Have the Best Graduation Rate?


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The top five private high schools in America as of 2015 are The Trinity School in New York, Roxbury Latin School in Boston, Brearley School in New York, Horace Mann School in New York, and Winsor School in Boston. The schools are rated for academic excellence and opportunities after graduation.

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The five listed schools are all private day schools, meaning there are no boarding facilities available. Both the Winsor School and Brearley School are all-women's schools, while the other three listed are co-ed.

The National Catholic Educational Association released a report in 2010 indicating an overall 96 percent graduation rate for private schools as opposed to 73 percent in public schools. Generally speaking, private schools in the United States provide a much higher college matriculation rate than public schools. Private schools, on average, boast a matriculation rate of 90 to 95 percent while public schools' matriculation rates range from 62 to 67 percent.

According to C.A.P.E. (Council for American Private Education), private school students also score, on average, 40 to 50 points higher in all sections of the SATs. This success in high school translates well to the college level. C.A.P.E. reports that the percentage of 2002 high school sophomores who attained a Bachelor's Degree or higher by 2012 is much higher among private high school students (approximately 60 percent) as opposed to public high school students (approximately 30 percent).

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