Most Selective Private High Schools in California

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The average private high school acceptance rate in California is approximately 81% per year (2021).
The most selective school in California is currently The Thacher School, with an acceptance rate of 11%.
The most selective private high schools are listed below (where sufficient data available).

Most Selective Private High Schools in California (2021)

  • School Acceptance Rate Grades Location
  • Rank: #11.
    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: 9-125025 Thacher Road
    Ojai, CA 93023
    (805) 640-3210

  • Rank: #22.
    Cate School
    Cate School Photo - Sunset Bench
    Acceptance Rate: 14%
    Grades: 9-121960 Cate Mesa Road
    Carpinteria, CA 93013
    (805) 684-4127

  • Rank: #33.
    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: 19%
    Grades: 9-121175 West Baseline Road
    Claremont, CA 91711
    (909) 482-5214

  • Rank: #4-54.-5.
    New Covenant Academy
    New Covenant Academy Photo
    (Christian)
    Acceptance Rate: 25%
    Grades: NS-123119 W. 6th Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90020
    (213) 487-5437

  • Rank: #4-54.-5.Acceptance Rate: 25%
    Grades: PK-1211052 Independence Ave.
    Chatsworth, CA 91311
    (818) 882-8121

  • Rank: #6-86.-8.
    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.
    Acceptance Rate: 30%
    Grades: 6-122555 West Highway 154
    Los Olivos, CA 93441
    (805) 688-6471

  • Rank: #6-86.-8.
    Pinewood School
    Acceptance Rate: 30%
    Grades: K-1226800 Fremont Rd
    Los Altos, CA 94022
    (650) 209-3010

  • Rank: #6-86.-8.
    Woodside Priory School - The Priory
    Woodside Priory School - The Priory Photo - The Priory is a Benedictine Catholic, independent college preparatory school for grades 6-12.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Acceptance Rate: 30%
    Grades: 6-12302 Portola Road
    Portola Valley, CA 94028
    (650) 851-8223

  • Rank: #9-109.- 10.Acceptance Rate: 35%
    Grades: NS-126501 Linda Vista Rd
    San Diego, CA 92111
    (858) 596-7900

  • Rank: #9-109.- 10.
    Sequoyah School
    Sequoyah School Photo
    Acceptance Rate: 35%
    Grades: K-12K-8: 535 S. Pasadena Ave/High School: 301 N. Orange Grove Boulevard
    Pasadena, CA 91105
    (626) 795-4351

  • Rank: #11-1211.- 12.
    Alverno Heights Academy
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Acceptance Rate: 45%
    Grades: PK-12200 N Michillinda Avenue
    Sierra Madre, CA 91024
    (626) 355-3463

  • Rank: #11-1211.- 12.
    The Athenian School
    Acceptance Rate: 45%
    Grades: 6-122100 Mt Diablo Scenic Blvd
    Danville, CA 94506
    (925) 837-5375

  • Rank: #1313.Acceptance Rate: 48%
    Grades: PK-1217100 Superior Street
    Northridge, CA 91325
    (818) 349-1394

  • Rank: #14-1814.- 18.
    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
    Acceptance Rate: 50%
    Grades: 9-128585 Ojai Santa Paula Rd.
    Ojai, CA 93023
    (805) 646-4343

  • Rank: #14-1814.- 18.
    Midland School
    Midland School Photo - Small class sizes, a student body under 100, and rigorous curricula make for a compelling academic experience. Students connect with their teachers, their peers, and the world.
    Acceptance Rate: 50%
    Grades: 9-125100 Figueroa Mountain Rd
    Los Olivos, CA 93441
    (805) 688-5114

  • Rank: #14-1814.- 18.
    Ocean View Christian Academy
    Ocean View Christian Academy Photo
    (Baptist)
    Acceptance Rate: 50%
    Grades: PK-122460 Palm Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92154
    (619) 424-7875

  • Rank: #14-1814.- 18.Acceptance Rate: 50%
    Grades: PK-122636 Latham Drive
    Sacramento, CA 95864
    (916) 481-8811

  • Rank: #14-1814.- 18.
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    TechProtege, LLC Photo - 6-year-old Jared solving Algebra "Quadratic Equations" at TechProtege. In just 11 months at TechProtege, Jared has advanced from 3rd Grade Math all the way to 9th Grade Math-- even while only in 1st Grade at his regular school!
    Special Program Emphasis
    Acceptance Rate: 50%
    Grades: 5-1010250 Constellation Blvd - 23rd Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    (310) 499-1492

  • Rank: #1919.
    The Grauer School
    The Grauer School Photo - Rendering of The Great Hall, The Grauer School
    Acceptance Rate: 58%
    Grades: 7-121500 El Camino Real
    Encinitas, CA 92024
    (760) 944-6777

  • Rank: #2020.
    Oaks Christian School
    Oaks Christian School Photo
    (Christian)
    Acceptance Rate: 59%
    Grades: 5-1231749 La Tienda Rd
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
    (818) 824-9492

  • Rank: #21-3021.- 30.Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: PK-126990 65th St
    Sacramento, CA 95823
    (916) 391-3333

  • Rank: #21-3021.- 30.Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: NS-123051 El Cajon Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92104
    (619) 584-2454

  • Rank: #21-3021.- 30.
    Idyllwild Arts
    Idyllwild Arts Photo - Krone Library is home to countless resources and study spaces for IAA students as well as the College Counseling Office. Our College Counseling staff work with our students throughout their time at the Academy, helping them prepare for the next step in their artistic journey.
    Special Program Emphasis
    Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: 9-1252500 Temecula Rd
    Idyllwild, CA 92549
    (951) 659-2171

  • Rank: #21-3021.- 30.
    The Marin School
    The Marin School Photo
    Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: 9-12150 N. San Pedro Road
    San Rafael, CA 94903
    (415) 339-9336

  • Rank: #21-3021.- 30.
    Oak Grove School
    Oak Grove School Photo - At Oak Grove High School preparing for college also means tapping into your interests, exploring your natural creativity, and developing lifelong practices of intellectual discipline, good communication, self-reflection, understanding, and clear thinking.
    Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: PK-12220 West Lomita Ave
    Ojai, CA 93023
    (805) 646-8236

  • Rank: #21-3021.- 30.
    Orinda Academy
    Orinda Academy Photo - Main Building
    Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: 8-1219 Altarinda Road
    Orinda, CA 94563
    (925) 254-7553

  • Rank: #21-3021.- 30.
    Renaissance Learner Academy
    Special Education School
    Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: 7-121471 Kingman Ave
    San Jose, CA 95128
    (707) 722-4233

  • Rank: #21-3021.- 30.Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: 6-91321 Alameda Padre Serra
    Santa Barbara, CA 93103
    (805) 682-2989

  • Rank: #21-3021.- 30.
    Servite High School
    Servite High School Photo - The Alumni Garden is a patio surrounded by triangular glass installations that list every graduate of Servite by class year. It is a gathering place for alumni reunions, socials and sharing Servite memories.
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: 9-121952 West La Palma Avenue
    Anaheim, CA 92801
    (714) 774-7575

  • Rank: #21-3021.- 30.
    Wildwood School K-12
    Wildwood School K-12 Photo
    Acceptance Rate: 60%
    Grades: K-1212201 Washington Place
    Los Angeles, CA 90066
    (310) 478-7189

  • Rank: #31-3231.- 32.Acceptance Rate: 62%
    Grades: 6-128756 Canby Ave
    Northridge, CA 91325
    (818) 993-3800

  • Rank: #31-3231.- 32.
    Villanova Preparatory School
    Villanova Preparatory School Photo - In this supportive environment steeped in Catholic values, students are comfortable taking risks, trying something new and learning more about the individual throughout their Villanova experience.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Acceptance Rate: 62%
    Grades: 9-1212096 N Ventura Avenue
    Ojai, CA 93023
    (805) 646-1464

  • Rank: #3333.Acceptance Rate: 63%
    Grades: NS-129490 Genesee Avenue
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    (858) 453-3440

  • Rank: #34-3834.- 38.
    Crespi Carmelite High School
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    Acceptance Rate: 65%
    Grades: 9-125031 Alonzo Ave
    Encino, CA 91316
    (818) 345-1672

  • Rank: #34-3834.- 38.
    Junipero Serra High School
    Junipero Serra High School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Acceptance Rate: 65%
    Grades: 9-1214830 Van Ness Avenue
    Gardena, CA 90249
    (310) 324-6675

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