When it comes to private schools, Houston knows its business. At least according to Niche, which just released its 2017 best private high schools list.
Dallas' St. Mark’s took the No. 1 spot in Texas, and the 18th spot nationally. Also for Texas, Dallas’ Hockaday and Greenhill took Nos. 3 and 5, respectively; Austin’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal School placed No. 4, and San Antonio's Keystone School came in at No. 8 in the state.
Overall, Niche analyzed 3,000 private high schools, weighing factors like SAT/ACT scores, quality of colleges that students consider, and student and parent reviews about the school. The data itself came from the U.S. Department of Education, along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users. This is also the first year that the rankings included lists like best boarding schools and best K-12 private schools.
Nationally, St. Mark's, Hockaday, and St. Stephen’s also fared well, ranking in the top 50 (Nos. 18, 40, and 47, respectively). Dallas’ Greenhill (No. 54) and Cistercian (No. 76), as well as San Antonio's Keystone School (No. 99) also made the list.
The No. 1 school nationally? Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.