Most Selective Private Schools

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The national average private school acceptance rate is approximately 85% per year (2021).
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 (2021)

State
Average Acceptance Rate
(Total / High Schools / Elementary)
Most Selective Schools
(Acceptance Rate)
Alaska 93% / 93% / 93%
Lumen Christi Catholic High School (80%)
Pacific Northern Academy (80%)
Wasilla Lake Christian School (85%)
Sprucetree Montessori School (90%)
Anchorage Christian Schools (90%)
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Alabama 90% / 90% / 90%
The American Academy For Young Professionals (50%)
Indian Springs School (62%)
Advent Episcopal Day School (64%)
Hilltop Montessori School (75%)
Marion Academy (80%)
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Arkansas 91% / 91% / 91%
Providence Academy (76%)
Subiaco Academy (85%)
Little Rock Christian Academy (85%)
The Huda Academy (90%)
Christ Lutheran School (90%)
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Arizona 89% / 82% / 91%
Bella Vista College Preparatory School (50%)
Phoenix Country Day School (50%)
Southwestern Academy- Beaver Creek Ranch (50%)
New Way Academy (60%)
Bayer Private School (60%)
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California 84% / 81% / 85%
John Thomas Dye School (7%)
Camelot Kids Preschool (10%)
One Fifty Parker Avenue School (10%)
Centennial Montessori School (10%)
Montessori Academy-Glendale (10%)
The Thacher School (11%)
Cate School (14%)
Write Start Learning Center (15%)
San Francisco Friends School (15%)
The Webb Schools (19%)
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Colorado 90% / 89% / 91%
Elmwood Baptist Academy (60%)
Mackintosh Academy Littleton (60%)
St. Elizabeth's School (67%)
Desiderata School (70%)
Fountain Valley School Of Colorado (75%)
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Connecticut 68% / 56% / 75%
The Hotchkiss School (16%)
The Taft School (20%)
Brunswick School (20%)
Choate Rosemary Hall (21%)
Westminster School (25%)
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District of Columbia 69% / 65% / 73%
Sheridan School (30%)
Gonzaga College High School (45%)
St. Johns College High School (45%)
Aidan Montessori School (70%)
Kingsbury Day School (70%)
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Delaware 89% / 87% / 90%
St. Edmond's Academy (68%)
Concord Christian Academy (70%)
Tower Hill School (77%)
Albert Einstein Academy (80%)
St. Thomas More Academy (85%)
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Florida 86% / 85% / 86%
AEF Schools (25%)
Socrates Preparatory School (25%)
St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic School (35%)
The Depaul School Of Ne Florida (50%)
South Florida School of Excellence (50%)
Central Florida Christian Academy (50%)
Access School (50%)
CRISDA Christian Academy (50%)
St. Marys Episcopal Day School (60%)
Riviera Schools (60%)
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Georgia 83% / 79% / 83%
Fulton Science Academy Private School (20%)
The Lovett School (25%)
The Westminster Schools (25%)
The Piedmont School Of Atlanta (30%)
Sunshine STEM Academy (35%)
Darlington School (46%)
Savannah Country Day School (50%)
St. Pius X Catholic High School (50%)
Midtown International School (50%)
Brandon Hall School (50%)
View Top GA Schools
Hawaii 83% / 78% / 83%
Mid Pacific Institute (50%)
Seabury Hall (50%)
Mary, Star Of The Sea Early Learning Center (50%)
Variety School Of Hawaii (50%)
Windward Nazarene Academy (50%)
View Top HI Schools
Iowa 94% / 86% / 93%
Maharishi School (70%)
Rivermont Collegiate (70%)
Siouxland Christian School (85%)
Hillside Christian School (90%)
Heritage Christian School (95%)
View Top IA Schools
Idaho 91% / 88% / 91%
Classical Christian Academy (75%)
Riverstone International School (80%)
The Ambrose School (81%)
Christian Center School (85%)
Foothills School of Arts & Sciences (85%)
View Top ID Schools
Illinois 91% / 87% / 91%
L'Abris Academy (30%)
Safe Haven School (32%)
Detour 2 Discovery Day School (35%)
Chicago Hope Academy (45%)
Rogers Park Montessori School (50%)
Countryside School (50%)
Lycee Francais De Chicago (50%)
Notre Dame De La Salette Boys Academy (50%)
Chicago Grammar School (60%)
Islamic Foundation School (60%)
View Top IL Schools
Indiana 89% / 79% / 90%
Colonial Christian School (35%)
Eman Schools (50%)
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (50%)
The Oaks Academy (60%)
Fortune Academy (formerly The Hutson School) (60%)
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Kansas 92% / 92% / 92%
Rolph Literacy Academy (70%)
Topeka Lutheran School (80%)
Maur Hill - Mount Academy (85%)
Cair Paravel Latin School (90%)
Central Christian School (90%)
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Kentucky 92% / 88% / 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 88% / 83% / 88%
Metairie Park Country Day School (66%)
Geneva Academy (70%)
Providence Classical Academy (70%)
Calvary Baptist Academy (70%)
De La Salle High School (70%)
View Top LA Schools
Massachusetts 71% / 57% / 77%
Groton School (11%)
Phillips Academy Andover (13%)
Milton Academy (14%)
Deerfield Academy (15%)
Middlesex School (18%)
The Governors Academy (23%)
Noble & Greenough School (24%)
Winsor School (25%)
Concord Academy (25%)
Brooks School (26%)
View Top MA Schools
Maryland 81% / 76% / 83%
Georgetown Preparatory School (23%)
The Siena School (25%)
Gilman School (30%)
St. Jerome Academy (35%)
Key School (38%)
Sisters Academy Of Baltimore (40%)
Glenwood Academy (40%)
Bishop McNamara High School (40%)
Oldfields School (42%)
St. Ignatius Loyola Academy (45%)
View Top MD Schools
Maine 76% / 70% / 79%
Waynflete (37%)
Kents Hill School (43%)
Berwick Academy (50%)
Friends School of Portland (63%)
Foxcroft Academy (65%)
View Top ME Schools
Michigan 95% / 91% / 96%
Wixom Christian School (50%)
University Liggett School (65%)
Michigan Lutheran High School (70%)
Novi Christian Academy (75%)
Kingsbury School (75%)
Summers-knoll School (75%)
Fr Gabriel Richard High School (80%)
Emerson School (80%)
Crown Of Life Lutheran School (80%)
Rudolf Steiner School Of Ann Arbor (80%)
View Top MI Schools
Minnesota 91% / 84% / 91%
Lake Country School (30%)
The Blake School (52%)
The Blake School (52%)
The Blake School/Upper School (52%)
St. Paul Academy - Summit Lower (61%)
St. John's Preparatory School (69%)
Al-Amal School (70%)
DeLaSalle High School (72%)
St. Paul Academy - Summit School (75%)
Pilgrim Lutheran School (75%)
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Missouri 88% / 86% / 88%
Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (28%)
City Academy (28%)
Thomas Jefferson School (30%)
A Growing Place Montessori School (40%)
John Burroughs School (45%)
New City School (60%)
St. Paul's Episcopal Day School (65%)
Marian Middle School (70%)
Twin City Christian Academy (70%)
Missouri Military Academy (75%)
View Top MO Schools
Mississippi 95% / 96% / 95%
Gateway Christian Academy (75%)
Bayou Academy (90%)
Canton Academy (90%)
Tupelo Christian Preparatory School (95%)
Pearblossom Private School Inc (95%)
View Top MS Schools
Montana 87% / 92% / 86%
Intermountain (20%)
Clark Fork School (50%)
Foothills Community Christian School (74%)
Valley Christian School (90%)
Billings Christian School (90%)
View Top MT Schools
North Carolina 86% / 85% / 87%
Durham Academy (39%)
Asheville School (40%)
Carolina Friends School (46%)
Charlotte Latin School (50%)
Providence Day School (50%)
Camelot Academy (53%)
The Studio School of Durham (60%)
JLSA (60%)
Wayne Country Day School (65%)
Hanger Hall School (65%)
View Top NC Schools
Nebraska 94% / 88% / 96%
Mount Michael Benedictine High School (78%)
Omaha Street School (80%)
Acton Academy Lincoln (85%)
Zion Lutheran School (90%)
Community Christian School Of Western Nebraska (90%)
View Top NE Schools
New Hampshire 75% / 71% / 82%
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% / 69% / 81%
Somerset Hills Learning Institute (1%)
The Lawrenceville School (19%)
Blair Academy (21%)
Peddie School (22%)
Newark Academy (23%)
The Pennington School (26%)
Primoris Academy (27%)
Islamic Academy Of Burlington County (30%)
Princeton Day School (30%)
Cedar Hill Prep School (30%)
View Top NJ Schools
New Mexico 87% / 84% / 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 89% / 87% / 89%
Northern Nevada Teen Challenge (60%)
Sage Ridge School (69%)
The Adelson Educational Campus-las Vegas (75%)
Mountain Heights Montessori (75%)
Foothills Church Academy (75%)
View Top NV Schools
New York 78% / 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%)
Rye Country Day School (24%)
Hackley School (27%)
View Top NY Schools
Ohio 89% / 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%)
Discovery School (70%)
Gilmour Academy (70%)
Andrews Osborne Academy (70%)
View Top OH Schools
Oklahoma 91% / 85% / 91%
Fort Gibson Christian Academy (50%)
Lakewood Christian School (80%)
Oklahoma Academy (80%)
Casady School (84%)
Holland Hall (84%)
View Top OK Schools
Oregon 86% / 83% / 86%
Good Shepherd Lutheran School (10%)
Arbor School Of Arts & Sciences (23%)
Catlin Gabel School (26%)
Edison High School (30%)
Pacific Crest Community School (50%)
View Top OR Schools
Pennsylvania 86% / 81% / 87%
Girard College (15%)
The Church Farm School (20%)
St. Peter's School (30%)
William Penn Charter School (31%)
Mercersburg Academy (33%)
Greene Street Friends School (40%)
Friends' Central School (45%)
Grier School (50%)
The Agnes Irwin School (50%)
The Haverford School (51%)
View Top PA Schools
Rhode Island 74% / 58% / 80%
The Croft School (20%)
St. George's School (24%)
Portsmouth Abbey School (31%)
Moses Brown School (32%)
St. Andrew's School (63%)
View Top RI Schools
South Carolina 90% / 88% / 90%
University School Of The Lowcountry (60%)
Trident Academy (63%)
Oakbrook Preparatory School (70%)
Charleston Collegiate School (70%)
First Presbyterian Academy (72%)
View Top SC Schools
Tennessee 88% / 87% / 89%
University School Of Nashville (30%)
Montessori East (40%)
Berean Christian School (70%)
Brentwood Academy (73%)
Franklin Classical School (75%)
Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (75%)
Jesus Only Academy (75%)
Cross Creek Christian School (75%)
Unity Christian Academy (75%)
Benton Hall Academy (75%)
View Top TN Schools
Texas 85% / 81% / 85%
The Hockaday School (19%)
Texas Torah Institute (20%)
St. Mark's School Of Texas (20%)
The Joule School (25%)
Greenhill School (25%)
River Oaks Baptist School (25%)
North Central Texas Academy (25%)
Spring Creek Academy (30%)
Chinquapin Preparatory School (32%)
Paragon Preparatory Inc (35%)
View Top TX Schools
Utah 84% / 86% / 82%
Canyon School for the Arts (25%)
The Mcgillis School (54%)
Rowland Hall (67%)
The Waterford School (67%)
Heritage (70%)
View Top UT Schools
Virginia 84% / 81% / 86%
St. Andrew's School (33%)
Episcopal High School (35%)
St. Anne's-Belfield School (35%)
Lynnhaven Academy (40%)
Immanuel Lutheran School (46%)
The Madeira School (48%)
Woodberry Forest School (51%)
St. Anne's Academy for Girls (55%)
Fork Union Military Academy (55%)
Loudoun School for Advanced Studies (60%)
View Top VA Schools
Vermont 81% / 79% / 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 85% / 85% / 85%
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%)
St. Thomas School (41%)
Eastside Preparatory School (41%)
View Top WA Schools
Wisconsin 94% / 91% / 96%
Our Savior Lutheran School (1%)
Wayland Academy (22%)
Conserve School (33%)
St. John's Lutheran School (75%)
St. Thomas More High School (77%)
Wolf River Lutheran High School (80%)
Badger State Baptist School (85%)
St. Paul Lutheran School (85%)
St. Lawrence Seminary High School (89%)
Faith Christian School (90%)
View Top WI Schools
West Virginia 88% / 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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