Most Selective Private Schools

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  • The national average private school acceptance rate is approximately 85% per year (2018-19).
  • 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 (2018-19)

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%)
Spruce Tree Montessori School (90%)
Anchorage Christian Schools (90%)
View Top AK Schools
Alabama 90% / 90% / 91%
Indian Springs School (62%)
Advent Episcopal School (64%)
Hilltop Montessori School (75%)
Marion Academy (80%)
Tuscaloosa Academy (80%)
View Top AL Schools
Arkansas 91% / 91% / 91%
Providence Academy (76%)
Subiaco Academy (85%)
Christian Ministries Academy (85%)
Harvest Time Academy (90%)
Salem Lutheran School (90%)
View Top AR Schools
Arizona 87% / 76% / 90%
St. Paul's Preparatory Academy (20%)
Lexis Preparatory School (25%)
Bella Vista College Prep (50%)
Phoenix Country Day School (50%)
Southwestern Academy / Beaver Creek Ranch (50%)
View Top AZ Schools
California 84% / 80% / 85%
John Thomas Dye School (7%)
Centennial Montessori School (10%)
One Fifty Parker Avenue School (10%)
Hayden Child Care Center (10%)
Camelot Kids Preschool (10%)
The Thacher School (13%)
Cate School (14%)
San Francisco Friends School (15%)
Write Start Learning Center (15%)
St. James' Episcopal School (20%)
View Top CA Schools
Colorado 90% / 91% / 91%
Elmwood Baptist Academy (60%)
Mackintosh Academy Littleton (60%)
St. Elizabeth's School (67%)
Bixby School (75%)
Colorado West Christian School (75%)
View Top CO Schools
Connecticut 69% / 58% / 76%
The Hotchkiss School (19%)
Choate Rosemary Hall (21%)
Westminster School (25%)
Brunswick School (25%)
The Loomis Chaffee School (27%)
View Top CT Schools
District of Columbia 54% / 57% / 56%
Annunciation Catholic School (10%)
Sheridan School (20%)
Capitol Hill Day School (40%)
St. Johns College High School (45%)
Gonzaga College High School (45%)
View Top DC Schools
Delaware 88% / 82% / 88%
St Edmond's Academy (68%)
Concord Christian Academy (70%)
Tower Hill School (74%)
St Thomas More Academy (85%)
Great New Beginnings (90%)
View Top DE Schools
Florida 87% / 86% / 87%
St Thomas The Apostle Catholic School (35%)
Batt Private School (40%)
Oxbridge Academy (40%)
Westlake Preparatory School & Academy (45%)
Access School (50%)
Grace Lutheran School (50%)
Central Florida Christian Academy (50%)
South Florida School of Excellence (50%)
Saint Andrew's School (55%)
Oasis Christian Academy (55%)
View Top FL Schools
Georgia 83% / 81% / 83%
Fulton Science Academy Private School (25%)
The Westminster Schools (25%)
The Lovett School (25%)
The Piedmont School Of Atlanta (30%)
Sunshine STEM Academy (35%)
Darlington School (46%)
EBLA H.S. Academy (50%)
Pinewood Christian Academy (50%)
Savannah Country Day School (50%)
St. Pius X Catholic High School (50%)
View Top GA Schools
Hawaii 82% / 79% / 82%
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 95% / 89% / 95%
Rivermont Collegiate (70%)
Siouxland Christian School (85%)
Hillside Christian School (90%)
Saint Albert Catholic Schools (95%)
Prince Of Peace Catholic School (95%)
View Top IA Schools
Idaho 90% / 85% / 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% / 86% / 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 (The French International School) (50%)
Notre Dame De La Salette Boys Academy (50%)
Chicago Grammar School (60%)
Islamic Foundation School (60%)
View Top IL Schools
Indiana 89% / 80% / 90%
Culver Academies (43%)
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (50%)
Eman School (50%)
The Oaks Academy (60%)
Fortune Academy (formerly The Hutson School) (60%)
View Top IN Schools
Kansas 92% / 93% / 92%
Rolph Literacy Academy (70%)
Topeka Lutheran School (80%)
Hope Lutheran School (90%)
Cair Paravel Latin School (90%)
Central Christian School (90%)
View Top KS Schools
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% / 87%
Metairie Park Country Day School (66%)
Calvary Baptist Academy (70%)
Lake Castle Private School (70%)
Holy Cross High School (70%)
Providence Classical Academy (70%)
View Top LA Schools
Massachusetts 71% / 56% / 76%
Phillips Academy Andover (13%)
Deerfield Academy (15%)
Milton Academy (15%)
Groton School (17%)
Middlesex School (18%)
Brooks School (24%)
Noble & Greenough School (24%)
Concord Academy (25%)
Berkshire School (27%)
St. Mark's School (27%)
View Top MA Schools
Maryland 80% / 75% / 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%)
Oldfields School (46%)
Mother Seton Academy (50%)
St. Philip The Apostle School (50%)
View Top MD Schools
Maine 78% / 73% / 77%
Waynflete (40%)
Berwick Academy (50%)
Friends School of Portland (55%)
Foxcroft Academy (65%)
Fryeburg Academy (68%)
View Top ME Schools
Michigan 95% / 88% / 95%
Greenhills School (45%)
Wixom Christian School (50%)
Michigan Lutheran High School (70%)
Franklin Road Christian School (75%)
Summers-Knoll School (75%)
Kingsbury School (75%)
Rudolf Steiner School Of Ann Arbor (80%)
Emerson School (80%)
Fr Gabriel Richard High School (80%)
Crown Of Life Lutheran School (80%)
View Top MI Schools
Minnesota 92% / 86% / 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%)
Al-Amal School (70%)
DeLaSalle High School (72%)
Pilgrim Lutheran School (75%)
St Paul Academy - Summit School (75%)
Cretin Derham Hall (78%)
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 (44%)
The College School (60%)
New City School (60%)
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%)
Cathedral School (95%)
Central Hinds Academy (95%)
View Top MS Schools
Montana 80% / 79% / 83%
Intermountain (20%)
Monarch School (25%)
Clark Fork School (50%)
Headwaters Academy (90%)
Valley Christian School (90%)
View Top MT Schools
North Carolina 86% / 83% / 87%
Durham Academy (39%)
Asheville School (40%)
Carolina Friends School (46%)
Charlotte Latin School (50%)
Providence Day School (50%)
Camelot Academy (53%)
Jordan Lake School of the Arts (60%)
The Burlington School (62%)
Wayne Country Day School (65%)
Odyssey School (65%)
View Top NC Schools
Nebraska 95% / 86% / 97%
Mount Michael Benedictine High School (78%)
Omaha Street School (80%)
St. Matthew School (90%)
Zion Lutheran School (90%)
Community Christian Elementary/jr High (90%)
View Top NE Schools
New Hampshire 75% / 71% / 82%
St. Paul's School (16%)
Phillips Exeter Academy (19%)
Building Block School (30%)
New Hampton School (40%)
Proctor Academy (45%)
View Top NH Schools
New Jersey 79% / 69% / 82%
Somerset Hills Learning Institute (1%)
Blair Academy (19%)
The Lawrenceville School (20%)
Peddie School (22%)
Newark Academy (23%)
The Pennington School (29%)
Cedar Hill Prep School (30%)
The Pingry School (30%)
Islamic Academy of Burlington County, Inc. (30%)
Princeton Day School (30%)
View Top NJ Schools
New Mexico 86% / 83% / 86%
Children's Choice CCPRE (50%)
Grace Baptist Academy (50%)
Secondary Learning Center (50%)
Acton Academy Albuquerque (60%)
Bosque School (70%)
View Top NM Schools
Nevada 90% / 89% / 90%
The Adelson Educational Campus (75%)
Mountain Heights Montessori (75%)
Foothills Church Academy (75%)
Northern Nevada Teen Challenge (80%)
Henderson International School (80%)
View Top NV Schools
New York 77% / 69% / 79%
Castle Island Bilingual Montessori (5%)
THINK Global School (12%)
St. Lukes School (15%)
Birch Wathen Lenox School (17%)
The Cooke School (20%)
Rye Country Day School (20%)
Luria Academy Of Brooklyn (20%)
Al-Ihsan Academy (25%)
Hackley School (27%)
Karafin School (30%)
View Top NY Schools
Ohio 90% / 84% / 90%
Marburn Academy (30%)
Western Reserve Academy (45%)
The Columbus Academy (47%)
Toledo Christian Schools (52%)
St Xavier High School (55%)
Cincinnati Country Day School (65%)
Birchwood School of Hawken (70%)
Lutheran High School East (70%)
Discovery School (70%)
Gilmour Academy (70%)
View Top OH Schools
Oklahoma 91% / 85% / 92%
Fort Gibson Christian Academy (50%)
Oklahoma Academy (80%)
Lakewood Christian School (80%)
Casady School (84%)
Holland Hall (84%)
View Top OK Schools
Oregon 85% / 81% / 85%
Good Shepherd Lutheran School (10%)
Arbor School Of Arts & Sciences (23%)
Catlin Gabel School (25%)
The Marylhurst School (40%)
Oregon Episcopal School (41%)
View Top OR Schools
Pennsylvania 86% / 81% / 87%
Girard College (15%)
St. Peters School (30%)
The Church Farm School (36%)
Mercersburg Academy (40%)
Greene Street Friends School (40%)
The Concept School (40%)
Frankford Friends School (40%)
Friends' Central School (45%)
The Agnes Irwin School (50%)
Grier School (50%)
View Top PA Schools
Rhode Island 78% / 55% / 87%
St. George's School (28%)
Portsmouth Abbey School (31%)
Moses Brown School (32%)
St. Andrew's School (63%)
The Prout 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% / 85% / 88%
University School Of Nashville (35%)
Montessori East (40%)
Baylor School (40%)
Berean Christian School (70%)
Brentwood Academy (73%)
View Top TN Schools
Texas 83% / 79% / 84%
Texas Torah Institute (20%)
St Mark's School Of Texas (20%)
Sugar Land Preparatory Academy (20%)
The Hockaday School (21%)
Annunciation Orthodox School (25%)
Greenhill School (25%)
River Oaks Baptist School (25%)
North Central Texas Academy (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% / 81% / 86%
St. Andrew's School (33%)
Episcopal High School (35%)
Lynnhaven Academy (40%)
Fork Union Military Academy (50%)
The Howard Gardner School (50%)
Woodberry Forest School (55%)
St. Anne's Academy for Girls (55%)
Loudoun School for the Gifted (60%)
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% / 82% / 84%
Lakeside School (17%)
University Child Development School (20%)
The Overlake School (23%)
Bertschi School (25%)
The Bush School (25%)
Renton Preparatory Christian School Microsoft Showcase (25%)
Lake Washington Girls Middle School (26%)
Open Window School (33%)
Amazing Grace Christian School: A Microsoft Showcase School (37%)
Eastside Preparatory School (41%)
View Top WA Schools
Wisconsin 94% / 93% / 95%
Our Savior Lutheran School (1%)
Conserve School (33%)
St Thomas More High School (73%)
St John's Lutheran School (75%)
Prairie Hill Waldorf School (80%)
Walbridge School (80%)
Wolf River Lutheran High School (80%)
St. John's Northwestern Military Academy (84%)
St Paul Lutheran School (85%)
St Lawrence Seminary High School (89%)
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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