10 Bay Area private high schools among 100 best in U.S.

Apr 5, 2016 by

The third-best private high school in the nation, according to a new education survey, is a short drive from San Francisco on the Peninsula.

It boasts of no athletics teams, and lacks gyms and traditional classrooms. The school mascot is called Pixel.

You’ve probably guessed that we’re talking about an online high school, but no ordinary online education program. Like the prestigious university that shares its name, the Stanford Online High School makes rigorous demands on its students.

It appears to be paying off. Niche, a content startup that rates high schools and colleges, ranked Stanford Online near the top of its best 100 private high schools in the country, trailing only Phillips Academy (Andover) and Phillips Exeter Academy, two New England prep schools that are perennially considered the cream of the crop.

Stanford Online matched Phillips Academy in composite SAT and ACT scores, and beat Exeter’s. The school has a comparatively high student teacher ratio of 14 to 1 (Exeter’s is 6 to 1), but most teachers have doctorate degrees.

Niche gave Stanford Online an A+ top colleges score (which measures the quality of colleges that that most students at the school are interested in or go on to attend), but all of its top-100 private high schools received the same mark.

Attending Stanford Online High School — formerly Education Program for Gifted Youth at Stanford University, is not cheap. Tuition for full-time enrollment is just under $20,000 per year. Financial aid is available.

 

Source: 10 Bay Area private high schools among 100 best in U.S. – SFGate

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