Lawrenceville, Princeton Private Schools Rated Best in New Jersey, a school review and ranking website, has recently released their 2015 list of the best private high schools in the country. After sifting through an enormous amount of data, they determined that The Lawrenceville School is the best private high school in the state of New Jersey, as well as the twelfth-best in the entire country! The nearby Princeton Day School also received rave reviews, coming in second in the state.


Niche examined key student statistics and more than 120,000 opinions from 16,000 students and parents for 3,880 high schools across the country in order to arrive at their final ratings. Three weighted factors were used in determining a final score for each school: academic scores accounted for 60%, student culture & diversity were another 30%, and survey responses regarding experiences at the school made up the final 10%.

According to Niche, a high ranking generally indicates that:

  • Students are very happy with their experiences in all aspects including academics, teachers, health, safety, resources, facilities, extracurricular activities, sports, and fitness.
  • The school is an exceptional academic institution in terms of teachers, students, resources for learning, and student outcomes.
  • The school is made up of a diverse population and fosters an accepting, positive school culture.
  • Students are actively involved in a variety of extracurricular activities and sports offered by the school.

Without further ado, here are the top 20 private high schools in New Jersey:

  1. The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ
  2. Princeton Day School in Princeton, NJ
  3. The Pingry School in Martinsville, NJ
  4. Gill St. Bernard's School in Gladstone, NJ
  5. Newark Academy in Livingston, NJ
  6. Collegiate School in Passaic, NJ
  7. Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, NJ
  8. The Hudson School in Hoboken, NJ
  9. The Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, NJ
  10. Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, NJ
  11. The Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ
  12. The Pennington School in Pennington, NJ
  13. Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ
  14. Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, NJ
  15. Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ
  16. The Hun School of Princeton in Princeton, NJ
  17. Noor-Ul-Iman School in Monmouth Junction, NJ
  18. Ranney School in Tinton Falls, NJ
  19. Moorestown Friends School in Moorestown, NJ
  20. Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, NJ

As you can see, Princeton boasts three schools in the top 20, including the number two spot owned by the Princeton Day School.

Here are the top 20 schools nationally:

  1. Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH
  2. Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, FL
  3. The College Preparatory School in Oakland, CA
  4. Horace Mann School in Bronx, NY
  5. Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA
  6. Trinity School in New York, NY
  7. The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT
  8. San Francisco University High School in San Francisco, CA
  9. Lakeside School in Seattle, WA
  10. Dalton School in New York, NY
  11. Milton Academy in Milton, MA
  12. The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ
  13. Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, OR
  14. Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC
  15. Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA
  16. Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, CA
  17. The Harker School in San Jose, CA
  18. Southwestern Academy in San Marino, CA
  19. Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, CA
  20. St. Paul's School in Concord, NH

Princeton Day School finished 37th, a very impressive showing considering the thousands of schools that were ranked.

For more information about the rankings and methodology, read the original article here: Best Private High Schools in America

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