The Most Expensive High Schools In The United States, Ranked
At St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Connecticut, basketball is king. And it’s no wonder why: about 20 former St. Thomas More School alumni went on to become professional basketball players in the NBA. For that reason, many of the students attending this school come there in the hopes of raising their chances to be chosen for a NCAA Division I level college basketball team.
Those lofty dream comes with a price — a nearly $54,000-a-year price, to be exact. But that price comes with a few perks, such as top-of-the-line gymnasiums, a beach, dock, and boathouse. What’s more, there’s five athletic fields, tennis courts, a track, and over 40 different academic courses to choose from.
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The motto of The Woodhall School is “Soli Ipsi Adesse,” which is Latin for, “Be present to the student [himself] alone.” It expresses the school’s stated intention to integrate intellectual, physical, moral, emotional, and spiritual learning using individualized programs focused on each student’s needs. It also serves as a reminder that The Woodhall School is a school for boys only.
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The Quad Preparatory School in New York, New York charges students $74,850 per year to provide its educational programs for both gifted and learning-challenged students who need fully customizable education programs.
Quad’s program integrates emotional and social programs to give students a more individualized education. Its 113 students are taught by many teachers in a purposefully diverse array of disciplines. The school was founded in 2009 by its current Head of School, Kimberly Busi, MD.
How Much Does High School Cost In The USA?
While there are many traditional academic high schools, most private and public high schools specialize in one or more areas, such as college preparation, the arts, sciences, technology, military service, or religious study.
Public high schools do not charge tuition, but they may collect fees ranging from $5 to $200 per item for textbooks, supplies, physical education, clubs, yearbooks, technology, and participation in sports or other activities.
Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 in Illinois, for example, charges $170 for textbooks, $9-$40 for consumable workbooks, a $30 activity fee, $200-$250 for driver’s education, $129 for competitive sports, $24 for non-competitive sports, $24 for chess club, $74 for choir, 63 for speech team, and $106 for the band.
Private high school tuition ranges from $6,000 to $35,000 or more, depending on the school’s concentration, whether religious or nonsectarian, the teacher-to-pupil ratio, the school’s location, and its reputation.
Ranking of the Most Expensive High Schools in the United States
15. Episcopal High School – Annual Tuition of $60,900
14. Salisbury School – Annual Tuition of $61,000
13. The Storm King School – Annual Tuition of $61,700
12. St. Paul’s School – Annual Tuition of $62,000
And athletics are just as important as academics at this school. Not only are all 500+ students expected to participate in at least one athletic team, but the campus also houses the first hockey game ever played in the United States.
11. Trinity-Pawling School — Annual Tuition of $62,000
“Where boys find their grandeur” is how Trinity-Pawling School, an all-boys residential school 60 miles north of New York City, describes itself. However, greatness comes with a hefty $62,000 annual tuition fee.
Students at Trinity-Pawling School must also follow a strict dress code. All males must wear Trinity-Pawling navy blue blazers, gray dress slacks, a white button-down shirt, and a blue and gold tie, commonly in the form of a bow tie.
10. St. Andrew’s School – Annual Tuition of $62,280
But, aside from its size, the campus is so evocative of a New England boarding school that it was included in an episode of The West Wing (as young President Bartlet’s boarding school).
A six-lane crew course, a boathouse, 14 tennis courts, five soccer fields, four lacrosse fields, an indoor rowing facility, and nine regulation squash courts are all on the St. Andrew’s campus.
Maggie Rogers, a singer, and Erin Burnett, a CNN host, are both St. Andrew’s School graduates. Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, diplomats, professional athletes, Olympic gold medalists, and US ambassadors are among the graduates.
9. Wasatch Academy – Annual Tuition of $62,300
“America’s boarding school for Generation Z,” claims Wasatch Academy. And evidently, appealing to this age means having an after-school ski club, equestrian club, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, and mountain biking at one Utah-based school.
8. IMG Academy – Annual Tuition of $63,000
7. The Berkshire School – Annual Tuition of $64,200
With “tastefully proportioned ivy-covered buildings” and “acres of pristine forest laced with trails that rise behind the school,” the Boston Globe once called this school “one of the prettiest campuses in Massachusetts, if not the country,” with “tastefully proportioned ivy-covered buildings” and “acres of pristine forest laced with trails that rise behind the school.”
6. The Lang School – Annual Tuition of $65,000
“Beyond taking college entry requirements, students choose electives, construct a portfolio, obtain mentors, apply for competitive internships, and choose their college majors – often by their junior year,” according to The Lang School’s website.
Aside from the demand of a $65,000 sky-high tuition check from each student, all upper school students are assigned an independent study on a topic they are enthusiastic about at this remarkable institution.
5. The Oxford Academy – Annual Tuition of $67,000
4. The Woodhall School – Annual Tuition of $74,500
Because each class has only 2–5 students, everyone has their own individual high school tutor. As a result, the total number of students registered in the school at any given moment is limited to 42.
3. The Quad Preparatory School – Annual Tuition: $74,850
On a typical day at The Quad, a high school student might attend advanced math or language classes, as well as a mandatory foreign language course, counseling, and health and wellness classes.
2. Forman School – Annual Tuition of $78,600
The Forman School in Litchfield, Connecticut, caters to students with ADD and ADHD by offering lessons that are believed to provide them with the keys to success as they prepare for college.
1. Shortridge Academy – Annual Tuition of $85,000
Shortridge Academy prides itself on being a therapeutic boarding school. As children struggle to negotiate the weird time that is adolescence, the school says it focuses on emotional and behavioral well-being in addition to academic programming.