Ranking private schools is intrinsically flawed from get go. Why? Because each private school is a unique entity. The essence of being a private school is that it does its own thing. It accepts the students it wants to accept. It teaches the curriculum it wants to teach. It teaches that curriculum the way it wants to teach. Each private school has its own mission statement, philosophy, code of conduct, programs and traditions.
Schools not on a top ten list are not second rate.
So, let's take a look at how you can save time and money choosing a private school for your children in 2012.
Word of mouth
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Call the schools
Directories and Associations
Start with a listing of private school directories and associations like the one we have on this site. Then drill down to the state or regions in which you are interested. Most of these directories and associations have lists of member schools. Use filters to exclude schools not of interest.
The NCES site offers an exhaustive list of every private school in the nation. But it's interface is clunky.