Virginia’s top 15 private schools

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Look out for two Richmond schools on the list

The Collegiate School Richmond Middle & Upper (Photo credit Kassidy Hammond)

STACKER— America’s private high schools opened long before their public counterparts, and even before the United States was first established.

The U.S. instituted a uniform public school system in the 1840s. To stay relevant, private schools changed from marketing themselves as the only option to portraying their education as the “best” option.

To this day, private high schools have positioned themselves as fast-tracks to admittance into elite universities. Faced with the rigorous demands of the highly competitive college admissions process and increased pressure over getting into the “right” school, parents (most often parents with means) often consider private schools for their children. Read on to find out the best private high schools in Virginia, starting with one in Richmond.

VIRGINIA’S BEST PRIVATE SCHOOLS

#15. Collegiate School (Richmond)
– Enrollment: 1672 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche grade: A+

Photo: Kassidy Hammond/WRIC

#14. Foxcroft School (Middleburg)
– Enrollment: 167 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche grade: A+

#13. St. Christopher’s School (Richmond)
– Enrollment: 938 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche grade: A+

#12. Loudoun School for Advanced Studies (Ashburn)
– Enrollment: 75 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche grade: A+

#11. Fairfax Christian School (Dulles)
– Enrollment: 276 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche grade: A+

#10. Randolph-Macon Academy (Front Royal)
– Enrollment: 292 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche grade: A+

#9. Flint Hill School (Oakton)
– Enrollment: 1097 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche grade: A+

#8. St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School (Alexandria)
– Enrollment: 1183 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche grade: A+

#7. Norfolk Academy (Norfolk)
– Enrollment: 1184 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche grade: A+

#6. Pinnacle Academy (Chantilly)
– Enrollment: 159 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche grade: A+

#5. Woodberry Forest School (Woodberry Forest)
– Enrollment: 406 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche grade: A+

#4. BASIS Independent McLean (Mclean)
– Enrollment: 478 (7:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche grade: A+

#3. The Potomac School (Mclean)
– Enrollment: 1060 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche grade: A+

#2. Episcopal High School (Alexandria)
– Enrollment: 464 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche grade: A+

#1. The Madeira School (Mclean)
– Enrollment: 324 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche grade: A+

METHODOLOGY

Stacker compiled a list of the best private high schools in Virginia using rankings from Niche.

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