Most Selective Private Schools in California

The average private school acceptance rate in California is 84% per year (2021).
The most selective school in California is John Thomas Dye School, with an acceptance rate of 7%. The most selective private schools are listed below.

Most Selective Private Schools in California (2021)

School
Acceptance Rate
Grades
Location
Rank: #11.
Acceptance Rate: 7%
Grades: K-6
11414 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 476-2811
Rank: #2 - 52. - 5.
Camelot Kids Preschool
Camelot Kids Preschool Photo - water day, summer program
Daycare / Preschool
Acceptance Rate: 10%
Grades: NS-K
2880 Rowena Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 662-2663
Rank: #2 - 52. - 5.
Centennial Montessori School
Centennial Montessori School Photo - A natural play yard for our 3 to 6 year olds provides a multi sensory and creative experience. The children use the space to garden, dance, jump, play games, run, twirl, build, dig and create masterpieces in our art area, mud kitchen, and music area.
Montessori School
Acceptance Rate: 10%
Grades: PK-5
27 10th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 340-1230
Rank: #2 - 52. - 5.
Montessori Academy-Glendale
Montessori School
Acceptance Rate: 10%
Grades: PK-K
1920 W Glenoaks Blvd
Glendale, CA 91201
(818) 841-9096
Rank: #2 - 52. - 5.
One Fifty Parker Avenue School
One Fifty Parker Avenue School Photo - The Little Red School Bus
Daycare / Preschool
Acceptance Rate: 10%
Grades: NS-PK
150 Parker Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 221-0294
Rank: #66.
The Thacher School
The Thacher School Photo - In courses designed for intellectual and creative expansion, students and teachers meet in seminar circles, studios, and laboratories to create a learning environment that is vigorous and supportive, galvanizing and nurturing.
Acceptance Rate: 11%
Grades: 9-12
5025 Thacher Road
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 640-3210
Rank: #77.
Cate School
Cate School Photo - Sunset Bench
Acceptance Rate: 14%
Grades: 9-12
1960 Cate Mesa Road
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(805) 684-4127
Rank: #8 - 108. - 10.
San Francisco Friends School
(Friends)
Acceptance Rate: 15%
Grades: K-8
250 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 565-0400
Rank: #8 - 108. - 10.
The Webb Schools
The Webb Schools Photo - Located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, our campus setting provides easy access to hiking, snorkeling, rock climbing and other outdoor adventures.
Special Program Emphasis
Acceptance Rate: 15%
Grades: 9-12
1175 West Baseline Road
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 482-5214
Rank: #8 - 108. - 10.
Write Start Learning Center
Daycare / Preschool
Acceptance Rate: 15%
Grades: NS-4
4453 Precissi Lane
Stockton, CA 95207
(209) 956-5437
Rank: #1111.
St. James' Episcopal School
St. James' Episcopal School Photo - Students at St. James' engage with reading throughout the year, once a year on Read Across America Day we drop everything and read!
(Episcopal)
(5)
Acceptance Rate: 20%
Grades: NS-6
625 S. St. Andrews Place
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 382-2315
Rank: #12 - 1412. - 14.
Acceptance Rate: 25%
Grades: NS-8
1671 E. Monte Vista Ave., Suite N-106
Vacaville, CA 95688
(707) 474-4710
Rank: #12 - 1412. - 14.
New Covenant Academy
New Covenant Academy Photo
(Christian)
(8)
Acceptance Rate: 25%
Grades: NS-12
3119 W. 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 487-5437
Rank: #12 - 1412. - 14.
Sierra Canyon School
Sierra Canyon School Photo - Our Upper Campus is home to our Middle and Upper School students, grades 7-12.
(8)
Acceptance Rate: 25%
Grades: PK-12
11052 Independence Ave.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 882-8121
Rank: #15 - 2015. - 20.
Dunn School
Dunn School Photo - The outdoor education program at Dunn School fosters greater self-awareness through physical challenges and leadership experiences in the outdoors.
(4)
Acceptance Rate: 30%
Grades: 6-12
2555 West Highway 154
Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-6471
Rank: #15 - 2015. - 20.
Acceptance Rate: 30%
Grades: PK-5
1335 Guerrero Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 821-0130
Rank: #15 - 2015. - 20.
The Nativity School
(Roman Catholic)
(3)
Acceptance Rate: 30%
Grades: PK-8
6309 El Apajo
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 756-6763
Rank: #15 - 2015. - 20.
Pinewood School
Acceptance Rate: 30%
Grades: K-12
26800 Fremont Rd
Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 209-3010
Rank: #15 - 2015. - 20.
St. Monica School
(Roman Catholic)
Acceptance Rate: 30%
Grades: K-8
5950 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 875-1956
Rank: #15 - 2015. - 20.
Woodside Priory School
Woodside Priory School Photo - Woodside Priory is a Benedictine Catholic, independent college preparatory school for grades 6-12. A boarding option is available beginning in grade nine (9).
(Roman Catholic)
Acceptance Rate: 30%
Grades: 6-12
302 Portola Road
Portola Valley, CA 94028
(650) 851-8223
Rank: #21 - 2221. - 22.
Francis Parker School
(2)
Acceptance Rate: 35%
Grades: NS-12
6501 Linda Vista Rd
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 596-7900
Rank: #21 - 2221. - 22.
Sequoyah School
Sequoyah School Photo
(11)
Acceptance Rate: 35%
Grades: K-12
K-8: 535 S. Pasadena Ave/High School: 301 N. Orange Grove Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 795-4351
Rank: #23 - 2623. - 26.
Acceptance Rate: 40%
Grades: K-8
1795 San Leandro Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
(805) 969-7732
Rank: #23 - 2623. - 26.
Acceptance Rate: 40%
Grades: K-6
15240 La Cruz Drive
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 230-0257
Rank: #23 - 2623. - 26.
Terra Marin School
Acceptance Rate: 40%
Grades: PK-8
70 Lomita Dr
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 505-3158
Rank: #23 - 2623. - 26.
The Wesley School
The Wesley School Photo - Kindergarten field trip
Acceptance Rate: 40%
Grades: K-8
4832 Tujunga Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 508-4542
Rank: #27 - 2827. - 28.
Alverno Heights Academy
All-girls (Roman Catholic)
(2)
Acceptance Rate: 45%
Grades: PK-12
200 N Michillinda Avenue
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
(626) 355-3463
Rank: #27 - 2827. - 28.
The Athenian School
Acceptance Rate: 45%
Grades: 6-12
2100 Mt Diablo Scenic Blvd
Danville, CA 94506
(925) 837-5375
Rank: #2929.
Children's Day School
Acceptance Rate: 47%
Grades: K-8
333 Dolores Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 861-5432
Rank: #3030.
Acceptance Rate: 48%
Grades: PK-12
17100 Superior Street
Northridge, CA 91325
(818) 349-1394
Rank: #31 - 4631. - 46.
Adda Clevenger School
Adda Clevenger School Photo - The Adda Clevenger School is an independent elementary school providing an accelerated academic and arts curriculum to San Francisco Bay Area students grades TK-8 since 1980.
Special Program Emphasis
(2)
Acceptance Rate: 50%
Grades: PK-8
180 Fair Oaks Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-2240
Rank: #31 - 4631. - 46.
Besant Hill School
Besant Hill School Photo - Besant Hill School is located in the Ojai Valley, on 500 acres of private land with beautiful vistas in every direction. Facilities include four dormitories, outdoor sports facilities including a new aquatic center, indoor theater, atelier, and classrooms nestled along winding paths and oak trees. We also have an eight acre organic farm.
Special Program Emphasis
(2)
Acceptance Rate: 50%
Grades: 9-12
8585 Ojai Santa Paula Rd.
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-4343
Rank: #31 - 4631. - 46.
Brookfield School
Brookfield School Photo - Brookfield has been educating students in the Sacramento area for over 50 years. Our graduating students are regularly accepted to their first choice of high school.
Special Program Emphasis
Acceptance Rate: 50%
Grades: NS-8
6115 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95831
(916) 442-1255
Rank: #31 - 4631. - 46.
Evergreen Montessori School
Evergreen Montessori School Photo - Yerba Buena Rd School, San Jose
Montessori School
Acceptance Rate: 50%
Grades: NS-K
3403 Yerba Buena Road
San Jose, CA 95135
(408) 238-7001
Rank: #31 - 4631. - 46.
Hayden Child Care Center
Hayden Child Care Center Photo - Hayden Child Care Center: Educating for Life with the mind and heart of Christ
Alternative School (Roman Catholic)
Acceptance Rate: 50%
Grades: NS-K
819 Buena Vista St
Duarte, CA 91010
(626) 359-9592
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