Most Selective Private Schools

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  • The national average private school acceptance rate is approximately 85% per year (2019-20).
  • The private elementary school average is 86% per year and the private high school average is 81% per year.
  • The most selective private schools in each state are listed below (where sufficient data available).

Most Selective Private Schools (2019-20)

State
Average Acceptance Rate
(Total / High Schools / Elementary)
Most Selective Schools
(Acceptance Rate)
Alaska 93% / 92% / 93%
Lumen Christi High School (80%)
Pacific Northern Academy (80%)
Wasilla Lake Christian School (85%)
Anchorage Christian Schools (90%)
Spruce Tree Montessori School (90%)
View Top AK Schools
Alabama 90% / 91% / 91%
Indian Springs School (62%)
Advent Episcopal School (64%)
Hilltop Montessori School (75%)
Tuscaloosa Academy (80%)
Marion Academy (80%)
View Top AL Schools
Arkansas 90% / 90% / 90%
Providence Academy (76%)
Subiaco Academy (85%)
Little Rock Christian Academy (85%)
Christian Ministries Academy (85%)
Christ Lutheran School (90%)
View Top AR Schools
Arizona 88% / 79% / 90%
Lexis Preparatory School (25%)
Southwestern Academy / Beaver Creek Ranch (50%)
Bella Vista College Preparatory School (50%)
Phoenix Country Day School (50%)
New Way Academy (60%)
View Top AZ Schools
California 84% / 80% / 85%
John Thomas Dye School (7%)
Centennial Montessori School (10%)
Camelot Kids Preschool (10%)
One Fifty Parker Avenue School (10%)
The Thacher School (11%)
Cate School (14%)
San Francisco Friends School (15%)
Write Start Learning Center (15%)
The Webb Schools (19%)
Sequoyah School (20%)
View Top CA Schools
Colorado 91% / 90% / 91%
Elmwood Baptist Academy (60%)
Mackintosh Academy Littleton (60%)
St. Elizabeth's School (67%)
Desiderata School (70%)
Montessori School Of Denver (75%)
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Connecticut 70% / 57% / 76%
Brunswick School (20%)
The Taft School (20%)
Choate Rosemary Hall (21%)
Westminster School (25%)
The Loomis Chaffee School (27%)
View Top CT Schools
Delaware 88% / 81% / 89%
St Edmond's Academy (68%)
Concord Christian Academy (70%)
Tower Hill School (70%)
St Thomas More Academy (85%)
Calvary Christian Academy (90%)
View Top DE Schools
Florida 87% / 85% / 86%
AEF Schools (25%)
St Thomas The Apostle Catholic School (35%)
Batt Private School (40%)
Westlake Preparatory School & Academy (45%)
Central Florida Christian Academy (50%)
Grace Lutheran School (50%)
Access School (50%)
CRISDA Christian Academy (50%)
The Depaul School Of Ne Florida (50%)
South Florida School of Excellence (50%)
View Top FL Schools
Georgia 83% / 80% / 83%
The Westminster Schools (25%)
The Lovett School (25%)
Fulton Science Academy Private School (25%)
The Piedmont School Of Atlanta (30%)
Sunshine STEM Academy (35%)
Darlington School (46%)
St. Pius X Catholic High School (50%)
Midtown International School (50%)
EBLA H.S. Academy (50%)
Pinewood Christian Academy (50%)
View Top GA Schools
Hawaii 82% / 77% / 82%
Mary, Star Of The Sea Early Learning Center (50%)
Variety School Of Hawaii (50%)
Windward Nazarene Academy (50%)
Mid-pacific Institute (50%)
Seabury Hall (50%)
View Top HI Schools
Iowa 93% / 85% / 93%
Maharishi School (65%)
Rivermont Collegiate (70%)
Siouxland Christian School (85%)
Hillside Christian School (90%)
Heritage Christian School (95%)
View Top IA Schools
Idaho 91% / 87% / 91%
Classical Christian Academy (75%)
Riverstone International School (76%)
The Ambrose School (81%)
Foothills School of Arts & Sciences (85%)
Community School (85%)
View Top ID Schools
Illinois 90% / 86% / 91%
L'Abris Academy (30%)
Safe Haven School (32%)
Detour 2 Discovery Day School (35%)
Chicago Hope Academy (45%)
Notre Dame De La Salette Boys Academy (50%)
Rogers Park Montessori School (50%)
Countryside School (50%)
Lycee Francais de Chicago (The French International School) (50%)
Islamic Foundation School (60%)
Chicago Grammar School (60%)
View Top IL Schools
Indiana 89% / 81% / 90%
Eman School (50%)
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (50%)
Fortune Academy (formerly The Hutson School) (60%)
The Oaks Academy (60%)
Culver Academies (65%)
View Top IN Schools
Kansas 92% / 93% / 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% / 88% / 92%
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 88% / 83% / 88%
Metairie Park Country Day School (66%)
Ridgewood Prep School (70%)
Calvary Baptist Academy (70%)
De La Salle High School (70%)
Lake Castle Private School (70%)
View Top LA Schools
Massachusetts 71% / 55% / 77%
Phillips Academy Andover (13%)
Milton Academy (14%)
Deerfield Academy (15%)
Groton School (17%)
Middlesex School (18%)
The Governors Academy (23%)
Noble & Greenough School (24%)
Concord Academy (25%)
Winsor School (25%)
St. Mark's School (27%)
View Top MA Schools
Maryland 80% / 75% / 82%
Georgetown Preparatory School (23%)
The Siena School (25%)
Gilman School (30%)
St. Jerome Academy (35%)
Key School (38%)
Glenwood Academy (40%)
Bishop McNamara High School (40%)
Sisters Academy Of Baltimore (40%)
Greater Grace Christian Academy (45%)
Oldfields School (46%)
View Top MD Schools
Maine 77% / 71% / 77%
Waynflete (37%)
Berwick Academy (50%)
Friends School of Portland (63%)
Foxcroft Academy (65%)
Fryeburg Academy (68%)
View Top ME Schools
Michigan 95% / 90% / 96%
Wixom Christian School (50%)
Michigan Lutheran High School (70%)
Kingsbury School (75%)
Summers-Knoll School (75%)
Franklin Road Christian School (75%)
Crown Of Life Lutheran School (80%)
Rudolf Steiner School Of Ann Arbor (80%)
Fr Gabriel Richard High School (80%)
Emerson School (80%)
The Valley School (85%)
View Top MI Schools
Minnesota 90% / 84% / 90%
Lake Country School (25%)
Saint Agnes School (50%)
The Blake School (52%)
The Blake School (52%)
The Blake School/Upper School (52%)
St. Paul Academy - Summit (lower) (61%)
Saint John's Preparatory School (69%)
Al-Amal School (70%)
DeLaSalle High School (72%)
St Paul Academy - Summit School (75%)
View Top MN Schools
Missouri 88% / 85% / 87%
City Academy (28%)
Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (28%)
Thomas Jefferson School (30%)
A Growing Place Montessori School (40%)
John Burroughs School (45%)
New City School (60%)
The College School (65%)
St. Paul's Episcopal Day School (65%)
Marian Middle School (70%)
Twin City Christian Academy (70%)
View Top MO Schools
Mississippi 95% / 96% / 95%
Gateway Christian Academy (75%)
Bayou Academy (90%)
Canton Academy (90%)
Pearblossom Private School Inc (95%)
Christian Collegiate Academy (95%)
View Top MS Schools
Montana 84% / 90% / 84%
Intermountain (20%)
Clark Fork School (50%)
Foothills Community Christian School (74%)
Billings Christian School (90%)
Whitefish Christian Academy (90%)
View Top MT Schools
North Carolina 86% / 85% / 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 Studio School of Durham (60%)
Hanger Hall School (65%)
Wayne Country Day School (65%)
View Top NC Schools
Nebraska 95% / 86% / 97%
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 75% / 72% / 81%
Phillips Exeter Academy (15%)
St. Paul's School (17%)
Building Block School (30%)
New Hampton School (40%)
Hampshire Country School (40%)
View Top NH Schools
New Jersey 79% / 68% / 81%
Somerset Hills Learning Institute (1%)
Primoris Academy (15%)
The Lawrenceville School (19%)
Blair Academy (19%)
Peddie School (22%)
Newark Academy (23%)
The Pennington School (29%)
Princeton Day School (30%)
Cedar Hill Prep School (30%)
The Pingry School (30%)
View Top NJ Schools
New Mexico 87% / 85% / 87%
Children's Choice CCPRE (50%)
Grace Baptist Academy (50%)
Acton Academy Albuquerque (60%)
Bosque School (70%)
Sierra Blanca Christian Academy (70%)
View Top NM Schools
Nevada 90% / 88% / 90%
Northern Nevada Teen Challenge (60%)
The Adelson Educational Campus (75%)
Mountain Heights Montessori (75%)
Foothills Church Academy (75%)
Henderson International School (80%)
View Top NV Schools
New York 77% / 71% / 80%
Castle Island Bilingual Montessori (5%)
R T Hudson Elementary School (10%)
THINK Global School (12%)
St. Lukes School (15%)
Birch Wathen Lenox School (17%)
The Cooke School (20%)
The Ethical Culture School (20%)
Luria Academy Of Brooklyn (20%)
Al-Ihsan Academy (25%)
Rye Country Day School (25%)
View Top NY Schools
Ohio 90% / 84% / 90%
Marburn Academy (30%)
Western Reserve Academy (45%)
Toledo Christian Schools (52%)
St Xavier High School (55%)
The Columbus Academy (55%)
The Miami Valley School (60%)
Cincinnati Country Day School (65%)
Gilmour Academy (70%)
Andrews Osborne Academy (70%)
Birchwood School of Hawken (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 85% / 83% / 85%
Good Shepherd Lutheran School (10%)
Arbor School Of Arts & Sciences (23%)
The Marylhurst School (40%)
Oregon Episcopal School (41%)
Pacific Crest Community School (50%)
View Top OR Schools
Pennsylvania 86% / 81% / 87%
Girard College (15%)
The Church Farm School (20%)
St. Peters School (30%)
William Penn Charter School (31%)
The Concept School (40%)
Mercersburg Academy (40%)
Greene Street Friends School (40%)
Friends' Central School (45%)
Grier School (50%)
The Agnes Irwin School (50%)
View Top PA Schools
Rhode Island 75% / 56% / 81%
The Croft School (20%)
St. George's School (28%)
Portsmouth Abbey School (31%)
Moses Brown School (32%)
St. Andrew's School (63%)
View Top RI Schools
South Carolina 89% / 87% / 89%
Heritage Academy (60%)
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%
University School Of Nashville (33%)
Montessori East (40%)
Baylor School (40%)
Berean Christian School (70%)
Brentwood Academy (73%)
Unity Christian Academy (75%)
Benton Hall Academy (75%)
Franklin Classical School (75%)
Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (75%)
Jesus Only Academy (75%)
View Top TN Schools
Texas 84% / 80% / 84%
The Hockaday School (19%)
Texas Torah Institute (20%)
St Mark's School Of Texas (20%)
Sugar Land Preparatory Academy (20%)
Greenhill School (25%)
River Oaks Baptist School (25%)
North Central Texas Academy (25%)
Annunciation Orthodox School (25%)
The Joule School (25%)
Spring Creek Academy (30%)
View Top TX Schools
Utah 84% / 86% / 83%
Canyon School for the Arts (25%)
The McGillis School (54%)
Rowland Hall (67%)
The Waterford School (67%)
Heritage (70%)
View Top UT Schools
Virginia 85% / 82% / 86%
St. Andrew's School (33%)
Episcopal High School (35%)
Lynnhaven Academy (40%)
Immanuel Lutheran School (46%)
The Madeira School (48%)
Woodberry Forest School (51%)
Fork Union Military Academy (55%)
St. Anne's Academy for Girls (55%)
Virginia Episcopal School (60%)
The Academy @ Metropolitan School of the Arts (60%)
View Top VA Schools
Vermont 81% / 78% / 84%
The Greenwood School (20%)
The Mountain School of Milton Academy (42%)
Stratton Mountain School (70%)
Maple Street School (75%)
Rock Point School (75%)
View Top VT Schools
Washington 84% / 83% / 84%
Lakeside School (17%)
University Child Development School (20%)
Renton Prep Christian: Microsoft's First US K-12 Flagship School Participant (22%)
The Overlake School (23%)
Open Window School (25%)
The Bush School (25%)
Lake Washington Girls Middle School (26%)
Bertschi School (35%)
Eastside Preparatory School (41%)
St. Thomas School (41%)
View Top WA Schools
Wisconsin 94% / 90% / 95%
Our Savior Lutheran School (1%)
Wayland Academy (22%)
Conserve School (33%)
St Thomas More High School (73%)
St John's Lutheran School (75%)
Wolf River Lutheran High School (80%)
Walbridge School (80%)
Badger State Baptist School (85%)
St Paul Lutheran School (85%)
St Lawrence Seminary High School (89%)
View Top WI Schools
West Virginia 89% / 89% / 90%
Greenbrier Academy (65%)
Highland Adventist School (75%)
Martinsburg Christian Academy (75%)
The Highland School (75%)
St. Michael Parish School (80%)
View Top WV Schools
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The town with the lowest private school acceptance rate is New York, NY with an average acceptance rate of 57%. The county with the lowest private school acceptance rate is Mercer County, NJ with an average acceptance rate of 55%.