Most Selective Private Schools (2016-2017)

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  • The national average private school acceptance rate is approximately 85% per year.
  • The private elementary school average is 86% per year and the private high school average is 80% per year.
  • The most selective private schools in each state are listed below (where sufficient data available).

Most Selective Private Schools (2016-2017)

State
Average Acceptance Rate
(Total / High Schools / Elementary)
Most Selective Schools
(Acceptance Rate)
Alaska 92% / 92% / 92%
Holy Name Catholic School (80%)
Lumen Christi High School (80%)
Pacific Northern Academy (80%)
Wasilla Lake Christian School (85%)
Anchorage Christian Schools (90%)
View Top AK Schools
Alabama 90% / 90% / 91%
Indian Springs School (61%)
Advent Episcopal School (64%)
Hilltop Montessori School (75%)
Tuscaloosa Academy (80%)
Marion Academy (80%)
View Top AL Schools
Arkansas 89% / 89% / 89%
Providence Academy (60%)
Subiaco Academy (85%)
Christian Ministries Academy (85%)
Christ Lutheran School (90%)
Salem Lutheran School (90%)
View Top AR Schools
Arizona 87% / 77% / 90%
St. Paul's Preparatory Academy (20%)
Phoenix Country Day School (50%)
Southwestern Academy / Beaver Creek Ranch (50%)
Bella Vista College Prep (50%)
New Way Academy (60%)
View Top AZ Schools
California 84% / 80% / 85%
Hayden Child Care Center (10%)
Centennial Montessori School (10%)
One Fifty Parker Avenue School (10%)
Camelot Kids Preschool (10%)
The Thacher School (13%)
Cate School (14%)
Write Start Learning Center (15%)
San Francisco Friends School (15%)
St. James' Episcopal School (20%)
Sequoyah School (20%)
View Top CA Schools
Colorado 91% / 92% / 91%
Elmwood Baptist Academy (60%)
St. Elizabeth's School (67%)
Montessori School Of Denver (75%)
Vertical Skills Academy (75%)
Bixby School (75%)
View Top CO Schools
Connecticut 71% / 59% / 78%
The Hotchkiss School (19%)
Choate Rosemary Hall (21%)
Brunswick School (25%)
Westminster School (25%)
The Loomis Chaffee School (27%)
View Top CT Schools
Delaware 89% / 82% / 89%
Tower Hill School (60%)
Concord Christian Academy (70%)
St Thomas More Academy (85%)
Calvary Christian Academy (90%)
Great New Beginnings (90%)
View Top DE Schools
Florida 87% / 86% / 87%
St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic School (35%)
Oxbridge Academy (40%)
Batt Private School (40%)
Westlake Preparatory School & Academy (45%)
Central Florida Christian Academy (50%)
South Florida School of Excellence (50%)
Grace Lutheran School (50%)
St. Marys Episcopal Day School (60%)
Wider Horizons School (60%)
Tallavana Christian School (60%)
View Top FL Schools
Georgia 84% / 80% / 84%
The Westminster Schools (25%)
The Lovett School (25%)
Fulton Science Academy Private School (25%)
Sunshine STEM Academy (35%)
Darlington School (46%)
St. Pius X Catholic High School (50%)
Landmark Christian School (50%)
Pinewood Christian Academy (50%)
Savannah Country Day School (50%)
Peachtree Academy School (52%)
View Top GA Schools
Hawaii 81% / 78% / 81%
Hawaii Preparatory Academy (40%)
Seabury Hall School (50%)
Mary, Star Of The Sea Early Learning Center (50%)
Variety School Of Hawaii (50%)
Windward Nazarene Academy (50%)
View Top HI Schools
Iowa 96% / 92% / 96%
Siouxland Christian School (85%)
Hillside Christian School (90%)
Rivermont Collegiate (90%)
Heritage Christian School (95%)
Saint Albert Catholic Schools (95%)
View Top IA Schools
Idaho 90% / 83% / 90%
Classical Christian Academy (75%)
Riverstone International School (76%)
The Ambrose School (81%)
Community School (85%)
Christian Center School (85%)
View Top ID Schools
Illinois 90% / 85% / 91%
L'Abris Academy (30%)
Safe Haven School (32%)
Detour 2 Discovery Day School (35%)
Chicago Hope Academy (45%)
Lycee Francais de Chicago (The French International School) (50%)
Countryside School (50%)
Notre Dame De La Salette Boys Academy (50%)
Chicago Grammar School (60%)
Swift Child Care Center Early Childhood Center (60%)
Islamic Foundation School (60%)
View Top IL Schools
Indiana 89% / 81% / 90%
Culver Academies (49%)
Eman School (50%)
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (50%)
Fortune Academy (formerly The Hutson School) (60%)
The Oaks Academy (60%)
View Top IN Schools
Kansas 93% / 95% / 92%
Rolph Literacy Academy (70%)
Topeka Lutheran School (80%)
Cair Paravel Latin School (90%)
Central Christian School (90%)
Elyria Christian School (90%)
View Top KS Schools
Kentucky 92% / 87% / 91%
Highlands Latin School (48%)
The Piarist School (50%)
The Lexington School (65%)
Kentucky Country Day School (75%)
Oakdale Christian Academy (75%)
View Top KY Schools
Louisiana 86% / 82% / 86%
Memorial Baptist Christian (50%)
Metairie Park Country Day School (66%)
Ridgewood Prep School (70%)
Lake Castle Private School (70%)
Calvary Baptist Academy (70%)
View Top LA Schools
Massachusetts 72% / 57% / 79%
Phillips Academy Andover (13%)
Deerfield Academy (15%)
Milton Academy (16%)
Groton School (17%)
Middlesex School (18%)
Brooks School (24%)
Noble & Greenough School (24%)
St. Mark's School (27%)
Berkshire School (27%)
Concord Academy (28%)
View Top MA Schools
Maryland 80% / 76% / 82%
Georgetown Preparatory School (23%)
The Siena School (25%)
Gilman School (30%)
Key School (38%)
Sisters Academy Of Baltimore (40%)
Bishop McNamara High School (40%)
Glenwood Academy (40%)
Garrison Forest School (45%)
Oldfields School (46%)
St. Philip The Apostle School (50%)
View Top MD Schools
Maine 78% / 72% / 79%
Waynflete School (40%)
Berwick Academy (48%)
Foxcroft Academy (65%)
Fryeburg Academy (68%)
North Yarmouth Academy (70%)
View Top ME Schools
Michigan 96% / 89% / 96%
Greenhills School (45%)
Wixom Christian School (50%)
Summers-Knoll School (75%)
Kingsbury School (75%)
Franklin Road Christian School (75%)
Rudolf Steiner School Of Ann Arbor (80%)
Emerson School (80%)
Crown Of Life Lutheran School (80%)
The Valley School (85%)
Academy Of The Sacred Heart (85%)
View Top MI Schools
Minnesota 92% / 85% / 92%
Saint Agnes School (50%)
St. Paul Academy - Summit (lower) (61%)
The Blake School (62%)
The Blake School/Upper School (65%)
Saint John's Preparatory School (69%)
View Top MN Schools
Missouri 89% / 88% / 89%
Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (28%)
City Academy (28%)
A Growing Place Montessori School (40%)
The College School (60%)
New City School (60%)
View Top MO Schools
Mississippi 92% / 92% / 92%
Gateway Christian Academy (75%)
Tupelo Christian Preparatory School (80%)
Canton Academy (90%)
Christian Collegiate Academy (95%)
Cathedral School (95%)
View Top MS Schools
Montana 83% / 80% / 87%
Intermountain (20%)
Monarch School (25%)
Clark Fork School (90%)
Whitefish Christian Academy (90%)
Headwaters Academy (90%)
View Top MT Schools
North Carolina 87% / 84% / 87%
Durham Academy (39%)
Asheville School (40%)
Carolina Friends School (46%)
Providence Day School (50%)
Charlotte Latin School (50%)
Camelot Academy (53%)
Jordan Lake School of the Arts (60%)
The Burlington School (62%)
Odyssey Community School (65%)
Hanger Hall School (65%)
View Top NC Schools
Nebraska 94% / 86% / 96%
Mount Michael Benedictine High School (78%)
Omaha Street School (80%)
Community Christian Elementary/jr High (90%)
Deshler Lutheran School (90%)
St. Matthew School (90%)
View Top NE Schools
New Hampshire 74% / 67% / 83%
St. Paul's School (13%)
Phillips Exeter Academy (19%)
Proctor Academy (40%)
New Hampton School (40%)
The White Mountain School (47%)
View Top NH Schools
New Jersey 79% / 69% / 81%
Somerset Hills Learning Institute (1%)
The Lawrenceville School (19%)
Peddie School (22%)
Blair Academy (22%)
Newark Academy (23%)
Princeton Day School (30%)
Cedar Hill Prep School (30%)
The Pingry School (30%)
Islamic Academy of Burlington County, Inc. (30%)
The Pennington School (33%)
View Top NJ Schools
New Mexico 86% / 83% / 86%
Secondary Learning Center (50%)
Children's Choice CCPRE (50%)
Grace Baptist Academy (50%)
Sierra Blanca Christian Academy (70%)
Bosque School (70%)
View Top NM Schools
Nevada 91% / 88% / 91%
The Adelson Educational Campus (75%)
Foothills Church Academy (75%)
Northern Nevada Teen Challenge (80%)
Henderson International School (80%)
St. Gabriel Catholic School (85%)
View Top NV Schools
New York 80% / 73% / 82%
THINK Global School (12%)
St. Lukes School (15%)
Birch Wathen Lenox School (17%)
Karafin School (30%)
Rudolf Steiner School (30%)
Alexander Robertson School (33%)
Emma Willard School (36%)
Metropolitan Montessori School (36%)
Hackley School (36%)
The Stony Brook School (40%)
View Top NY Schools
Ohio 89% / 83% / 90%
Western Reserve Academy (45%)
The Columbus Academy (47%)
Toledo Christian Schools (52%)
Marburn Academy (52%)
St. Xavier High School (55%)
The Miami Valley School (70%)
Gilmour Academy (70%)
Saint Ignatius High School (70%)
Birchwood School of Hawken (70%)
Lutheran High School East (70%)
View Top OH Schools
Oklahoma 91% / 85% / 92%
Fort Gibson Christian Academy (50%)
Lakewood Christian School (80%)
Oklahoma Academy (80%)
Casady School (84%)
Holland Hall (84%)
View Top OK Schools
Oregon 86% / 82% / 86%
Good Shepherd Lutheran School (10%)
Arbor School Of Arts & Sciences (23%)
Catlin Gabel School (25%)
The Marylhurst School (40%)
Oregon Episcopal School (43%)
View Top OR Schools
Pennsylvania 86% / 80% / 87%
Girard College (15%)
St. Peters School (30%)
Perkiomen School (35%)
The Church Farm School (36%)
Mercersburg Academy (40%)
Frankford Friends School (40%)
Greene Street Friends School (40%)
The Haverford School (40%)
The Concept School (40%)
The Agnes Irwin School (50%)
View Top PA Schools
Rhode Island 77% / 53% / 86%
St. George's School (28%)
Portsmouth Abbey School (31%)
Moses Brown School (32%)
St. Andrew's School (48%)
The Prout School (63%)
View Top RI Schools
South Carolina 88% / 84% / 88%
Mt. Carmel Christian School (1%)
University School of the Lowcountry (60%)
Trident Academy (63%)
Charleston Collegiate School (70%)
Oakbrook Preparatory School (70%)
View Top SC Schools
Tennessee 88% / 86% / 88%
Montessori East (40%)
Baylor School (40%)
Berean Christian School (70%)
Brentwood Academy (73%)
Unity Christian Academy (75%)
View Top TN Schools
Texas 83% / 79% / 84%
Texas Torah Institute (20%)
St. Mark's School Of Texas (20%)
The Hockaday School (22%)
Annunciation Orthodox School (25%)
North Central Texas Academy (25%)
Greenhill School (28%)
Spring Creek Academy (30%)
Chinquapin Preparatory School (32%)
The Schools of Paragon (35%)
The John Cooper School (40%)
View Top TX Schools
Utah 83% / 85% / 82%
Canyon School for the Arts (25%)
The McGillis School (54%)
Wasatch Academy (58%)
Rowland Hall (67%)
The Waterford School (67%)
View Top UT Schools
Virginia 84% / 81% / 86%
St. Andrew's School (25%)
Episcopal High School (32%)
Woodberry Forest School (44%)
The Howard Gardner School (50%)
Fork Union Military Academy (50%)
Fairfax Christian School (50%)
Virginia Episcopal School (60%)
The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts (60%)
Loudoun School for the Gifted (60%)
Burgundy Farm Country Day School (61%)
View Top VA Schools
Vermont 83% / 79% / 83%
The Greenwood School (30%)
Stratton Mountain School (70%)
Maple Street School (75%)
Rock Point School (75%)
St. Michael Catholic School (80%)
View Top VT Schools
Washington 83% / 81% / 83%
Renton Preparatory Christian School (10%)
Lakeside School (17%)
University Child Development School (20%)
The Overlake School (23%)
The Evergreen School (23%)
Bertschi School (25%)
The Bush School (25%)
Lake Washington Girls Middle School (26%)
Open Window School (33%)
Amazing Grace Christian School (37%)
View Top WA Schools
Wisconsin 94% / 94% / 95%
Our Savior Lutheran School (1%)
Conserve School (33%)
St John's Lutheran School (75%)
Prairie Hill Waldorf School (80%)
Walbridge School (80%)
View Top WI Schools
West Virginia 90% / 91% / 90%
Highland Adventist School (75%)
Martinsburg Christian Academy (75%)
The Highland School (75%)
St. Michael Parish School (80%)
Rocky Knoll School (85%)
View Top WV Schools
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The town with the lowest private school acceptance rate is Alpharetta, GA with an average acceptance rate of 57%. The county with the lowest private school acceptance rate is Litchfield County, CT with an average acceptance rate of 52%.