Niche, an education review site that’s kind of like Yelp for schools, based its ranking on a combination of user reviews and education statistics sourced from government and public databases.
Founded in 1960, the College Preparatory School in Oakland funnels an estimated 29% of graduates into Stanford University, MIT, or Ivy League members, according to a 2010 ranking from Forbes. The magazine named College Prep the 17th best private high school in America.
Tuition costs $40,310 a year, up nearly 30% from the 2010 – 2011 academic year.
Only two schools located in San Francisco cracked Niche’s top 10 list: Lick-Wilmerding High School and San Francisco University High School.
Here are the 10 best private high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, via Niche:
1. The College Preparatory School – Oakland, CA
2. The Harker School – San Jose, CA
3. Stanford Online High School – Stanford, CA
4. Castilleja School – Palo Alto, CA
5. The Branson School – Ross, CA
6. Crystal Springs Uplands School – Hillsborough, CA
7. Menlo School – Atherton, CA
8. Lick-Wilmerding High School – San Francisco, CA
9. San Francisco University High School – San Francisco, CA
10. Head-Royce School – Oakland, CA