Mon, Nov 15, 2021 7:33 AM
By Grant Suneson, 24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square, The Center Square
Parents want the best for their children, including the best school experience. This, of course, includes getting good grades and performing well on state and college entry exams, but that is not all.
Students also benefit from a positive school culture, participating in extracurricular activities, having individualized attention from teachers and counselors, and learning in a diverse environment.
Though there are hundreds of excellent schools across the country, each major city and metropolitan area has one school that stands out as the best in its area.
Catlin Gabel School ranks as the top school not just in the Portland area, but the entire state of Oregon. The private school accepts students from pre-K through 12th grade. The school earned an overall A+ grade from educational data platform Niche as well as top marks for its academics, teachers, clubs and activities, and college prep.
Catlin Gabel School has a 67-acre campus, allowing students to learn in nature. The school ranks as the top STEM high school in the state, not just in the Portland area.
To determine the best schools by city, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 2022 K-12 School & District Rankings from Niche, a platform for education data. The Niche ranking is based on academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as reviews submitted to Niche. City boundaries are based on Census Bureau definitions for places. We identified the best school in every city for the 50 largest U.S. cities based on five-year population data from the Census Bureau's 2019 American Community Survey.
AreaSchoolGrades offeredStudent-to-teacher ratioStudentsNew York City AreaTrinity SchoolK-126:11,001Los Angeles AreaHarvard-Westlake School7-128:11,625Chicago AreaUniversity of Chicago Laboratory SchoolsPK, K-128:12,051Houston AreaSt. John's SchoolK-127:11,258Phoenix AreaPhoenix Country Day SchoolPK, K-127:1750Philadelphia AreaGermantown Friends SchoolPK, K-126:11,070San Antonio AreaKeystone SchoolPK, K-128:1495San Diego AreaThe Bishop's School6-128:1800Dallas-Fort Worth AreaSt. Mark's School of Texas1-127:1903San Jose, CAThe Harker SchoolPK, K-1210:11,975Austin AreaSt. Stephen's Episcopal School6-126:1696Jacksonville AreaStanton College Preparatory9-1219:11,575Columbus AreaThe Columbus AcademyPK, K-128:11,085San Francisco AreaThe Nueva SchoolPK, K-124:1605Fort Worth, TXTrinity Valley SchoolPK, K-129:11,017Indianapolis AreaPark Tudor SchoolPK, K-127:1950Charlotte AreaProvidence Day SchoolPK, K-1211:11,788Seattle AreaLakeside School5-129:1838Denver AreaKent Denver School6-128:1740Washington, D.C. AreaGeorgetown Day SchoolPK, K-126:11,075Boston AreaPhillips Academy9-125:11,146El Paso AreaRadford SchoolPK, K-129:1221Detroit AreaCranbrook SchoolsPK, K-127:11,659Nashville AreaUniversity School of NashvilleK-129:11,071Memphis AreaSt. Mary's Episcopal SchoolPK, K-128:1827Portland AreaCatlin Gabel SchoolPK, K-129:1779Oklahoma City AreaOklahoma School of Science and Mathematics11-126:1150Las Vegas AreaThe Meadows SchoolPK, K-129:1910Louisville AreaDuPont Manual High School9-12N/AN/ABaltimore AreaThe Bryn Mawr SchoolPK, K-126:1705Milwaukee AreaBrookfield AcademyPK, K-128:1842Albuquerque AreaAlbuquerque Academy6-128:11,163Tucson AreaBASIS Oro Valley6-126:1626Fresno AreaUniversity High School9-1225:1477Sacramento AreaSacramento Country Day SchoolPK, K-128:1507Mesa, AZBASIS MesaK-1228:1823Atlanta AreaThe Westminster SchoolsK-126:11,870Kansas City AreaThe Pembroke Hill SchoolPK, K-128:11,177Omaha AreaBrownell Talbot SchoolPK, K-129:1441Long Beach, CACalifornia Academy of Mathematics & Science9-1228:1659Colorado Springs AreaFountain Valley School9-127:1241Raleigh AreaNorth Carolina School of Science and Mathematics11-127:1680Miami AreaRansom Everglades School6-127:11,130Virginia Beach, VACape Henry CollegiatePK, K-1211:1949Oakland, CAThe College Preparatory School9-127:1373Minneapolis-St. Paul AreaMounds Park AcademyPK, K-127:1562Tulsa AreaHolland HallPK, K-127:11,009Arlington, TXThe Oakridge SchoolPK, K-129:1768New Orleans AreaBenjamin Franklin High School9-1220:1997Wichita, KSWichita Collegiate SchoolPK, K-129:1846