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Here Are the 50 Most Expensive High Schools in America

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When and how schools will reopen in the fall varies from state to state — and even school district to school district — with some announcing that schools will reopen for in-person instruction, others announcing that instruction will be entirely online and some others offering a hybrid model. With some schools moving to 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? This is an especially poignant question given a new study that revealed that children ages 10 to 19 — which includes high school age students — can spread the virus at least as well as adults do.

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: July 24, 2020

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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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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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National Cathedral School

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Number of students: 595
  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 9 to 1
  • Annual tuition: $45,440

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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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Greens Farms Academy

  • Location: Westport, Connecticut
  • Number of students: 713
  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 8 to 1
  • Annual tuition: $45,690

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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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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Commonwealth School

  • Location: Boston
  • Number of students: 132
  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 5 to 1
  • Annual tuition: $45,848

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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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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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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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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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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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Crystal Springs Uplands School

  • Location: Hillsborough, California
  • Number of students: 539
  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 9 to 1
  • Annual tuition: $46,780

Boston University Academy

  • Location: Boston
  • Number of students: 201
  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1
  • Annual tuition: $46,848

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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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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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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

  • Location: Claremont, California
  • Number of students: 410
  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 8 to 1
  • Annual tuition: $47,035

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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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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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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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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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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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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

  • Location: San Francisco
  • Number of students: 420
  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 4 to 1
  • Annual tuition: $48,091

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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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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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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

  • 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

  • Location: Bronx, New York
  • Number of students: 1,189
  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1
  • Annual tuition: $49,210

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Cate School

  • Location: Carpinteria, California
  • Number of students: 298
  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1
  • Annual tuition: $49,700

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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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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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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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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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Middlesex School

  • Location: Concord, Massachusetts
  • Number of students: 409
  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 4 to 1
  • Annual tuition: $51,212

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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

  • Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey
  • Number of students: 822
  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1
  • Annual tuition: $51,440

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Concord Academy

  • Location: Concord, Massachusetts
  • Number of students: 398
  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1
  • Annual tuition: $51,455

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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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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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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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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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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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Collegiate School

  • Location: New York
  • Number of students: 651
  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 8 to 1
  • Annual tuition: $53,900

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Brearley School

  • Location: New York
  • Number of students: 720
  • Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1
  • Annual tuition: $53,990

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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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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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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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Methodology: To find the 50 most expensive high schools in America GOBankingRates used Niche’s 2020 Best Private High Schools in America data to analyze the top 200 ranked schools. For each private school, GOBankingRates found the following factors: (1) 2019-2020 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 July 16, 2020.