The Ransom Everglades School, the College Preparatory School and the Phillips Exeter Academy are well-ranked prep schools, as of 2015. Some schools are boarding schools, while others service regional students. Many prep schools offer curriculum for high school students only, while others service middle school students as well.
The Phillips Exeter Academy has been considered an example of academic excellence since it was founded in Exeter, New Hampshire by John Phillips in 1781. It is a co-educational boarding facility that provides over 400 classes in 18 subjects to students in high school and post-graduate level studies. The academy boasts one faculty member for every five students. The school's stated goals are to combine proven academic ability, intellectual curiosity and good character building to produce intelligent young men and women with noble intentions.
Operating in Coconut Grove, Florida since 1903, the Ransom Everglades School is a co-ed facility that teaches middle school and high school students on two separate campuses. It is not a boarding school. It claims that 72 percent of its faculty holds a Master's Degree or higher. Cultural diversity is a strong point with half of the student body being children of color.
The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California services male and female high school students that come out of over 50 middle schools in the San Francisco Bay area. Making sure its students are ready to excel in college academically, intellectually, socially and with a creative voice is its mission.