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TOP 40 prestigious high schools in USA

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The Thacher School
The Thacher School
USA
Los Angeles, California
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8.9
from 62810.00 $ / year
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Groton Private School
Groton Private School
USA
Boston, Massachusetts
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8.9
from 29130.00 $ / semester
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Taft private School
Taft private School
USA
Hartford, Connecticut
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8.9
from 62500.00 $ / year
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15-18
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Phillips Exeter Academy
According to information for 2019, an average SAT score made up 1430
Phillips Exeter Academy
USA
Exeter, New Hampshire
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8.9
from 58714.00 $ / year
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from 58714.00 $ / year
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The Winchendon Private School
The Winchendon Private School
USA
Boston, Massachusetts
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8.9
from 67850.00 $ / year
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Senior classes (english)
Last booking 4 weeks ago
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15-18
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Newman Boston Private Boarding School
Newman Boston Private Boarding School
USA
Boston, Massachusetts
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8.8
from 37000.00 $ / year
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The North Cedar Academy
According to information for 2019, an average SAT score made up 1370
The North Cedar Academy
USA
Ladysmith, WI
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from 26150.00 $ / semester
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Webb Boarding Schools USA
an average SAT score made up 1350 in 2019
Webb Boarding Schools USA
USA
Los Angeles, California
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8.8
from 70840.00 $ / year
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Cheshire Academy Boarding School
According to information for 2019, an average SAT score made up 1230
Cheshire Academy Boarding School
USA
Hartford, Connecticut
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8.8
from 57250.00 $ / year
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San Domenico Private School San Francisco
San Domenico Private School San Francisco
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San Francisco, California
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8.6
from 72520.00 $ / year
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Education information

Deciding on obtaining the secondary education in schools in the USA, the international students provide with the opportunity to successfully enroll in the TOP American universities. Studying in the best high schools in the USA has several main advantages:

  • The student receives first-class intensive preparation for the SAT or ACT exams necessary for further admission to universities.
  • In a few years, the student significantly improves his level of English.
  • The student receives several years to adapt to the American academic environment.
  • Due to a close acquaintance with the academic environment of the United States and staying in the country, a student can make a more informed choice of an American university that is ideal for him.

High schools in the US – how the studying is organized?

High school in the USA is the highest stage of the secondary education, covering the studying from 9th to 12th grade of the American school. Thus, studying at a high school in the USA lasts 4 years and leads to obtaining an American diploma of full secondary education High School Diploma.

High school education in the USA involves the study of a number of compulsory and several optional subjects. The studying is conducted in English. The academic subjects are compulsory for the studying: English, mathematics, natural sciences, history and physical education. Optional subjects are added to them, which students can choose themselves, based on what they plan to study at the university in the future.

The list of available electives traditionally depends on the specific boarding school in the USA. Among such subjects may be, for example, art, agriculture, commerce, journalism, foreign languages, etc. In four years of studying in the American high school the student must gain about 100 academic hours in 7-8 subjects and from 20 to 25 academic credits. Compliance with these indicators is traditionally monitored not only by the student, but also by the school itself.

After graduating from 12 grade of high school the student is allowed to take the final exam SAT or ACT, which simultaneously is university entrance exam. That is, when enrolling students, the universities take into account the results of these exams. The foreign students who are not native English speakers also need to pass the IELTS or TOEFL language exam to enter the university after high school in the US.

In case of interest the student can enroll on one-year program Advanced Placement after graduating from the high school in the US. This course allows to obtain in-depth knowledge in the subjects and additional language preparation, also the advantage in the enrolment in the most prestigious universities of America.

Boarding schools in America – classification

The high schools in the US are divided into two types:

  • State schools

The studying in the American state schools is free of charge, but the quality significantly varies depending on a specific educational institution. A relatively small number of foreign students study in public high schools in the United States.

Along with Americans, only those foreigners who have moved to the United States for permanent residence with other family members can study at these schools. At the same time, the student cannot independently choose a school, instead of which he is determined to the nearest educational institution at the place of residence.

All other international students can study in US public schools for no more than 1 year and only within the framework of special exchange programs and competitive programs with strict selection.

  • Private schools

Prestigious high schools in the US are featured by great number of the foreign students, high quality education and pre-university preparation. Many schools in America have own campuses and residences for students, more resembling American universities. At the moment, there are 34,576 schools of various sizes and directions in America. At the same time, among them there are both co-educational schools and more closed boarding schools for girls or boys. Studying process is specially adapted for the foreign students, who are more easily accepted for the studying and paid much attention.

TOP high schools in the US – tuition fee for the international students

The cost of studying in high schools in the USA significantly varies. There are schools here where studying costs about $5,000 a year and schools where prices reach up to $40,000-50,000 a year, as in the most expensive universities. On average, the price of education in American high school accounts for 14,575 $ per year. At the same time, school education is cheapest in West Virginia, Mississippi, Alaska and Oklahoma and most expensive in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Columbia.

Enrolment requirements in boarding schools in America

It is necessary to submit entrance documents directly to the selected US school approximately 9-6 months before the expected start of studying. The standard package of introductory documents includes:

  • Copy of passport
  • Passport sample photo
  • Certificate of incomplete secondary education (if available)
  • Transcript of subjects and grades for the last 2-3 years of study
  • The certificate IELTS or TOEFL
  • Recommendation letters (usually from school director, teachers of Mathematics and English)
  • Motivation letter (at the request of the school).

It should be noted that in order to enrol in the most prestigious American schools with a large competition for places, students often also need to pass an interview or take additional exams.

The best high schools in the USA – ranking of TOP 5

  • Phillips Academy
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
  • St. Paul’s School
  • The Lawrenceville School
  • Choate Rosemary Hall.

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration,
years
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

Advantages and disadvantages of English schools

Advantages Disadvantages
The opportunity to enter the best universities in England, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Europe, the world Expensive
High quality of education and academic standards Strong workload
Perfect English after graduation The need to change the social environment; it takes time to adapt
Useful contacts The difficulty of choosing the most suitable school for the child, requires a qualified specialist

Top 21 boarding colleges in England 2022

1 Cardiff Sixth Form College
2 National Mathematics and Science College
3 Abbey College Cambridge
4 d'Overbroeck's College
5 MPW London
6 CATS Cambridge
7 Kensington Park
8 DLD London
9 King's College St Michael’s
10 Bellerbys Cambridge
11 Chelsea Independent College
12 MPW Cambridge
13 Bellerbys Brighton
14 CATS London
15 St Clare's Oxford
16 Bishopstrow College
17 CATS Canterbury
18 Bellerbys London
19 Ealing Independent College
20 Cambridge Tutors College
21 Abbey Manchester

Top 35 best schools in the USA - 2022 Smapse rankings

1 North Broward Preparatory School
2 Phillips Academy Andover
3 The Storm King School New York
4 Red Bank Catholic High School
5 Windermere Preparatory School
6 Shattuck St Mary's School
7 Cheshire Academy
8 Cate School
9 Ross School
10 Deerfield Academy
11 The Village School
12 Amerigo Los Angeles – Bishop Montgomery High School
13 Webb Schools
14 Kent School USA
15 The Winchendon School
16 Darlington School
17 Marian Catholic High School Amerigo Education
18 Grier School
19 The MacDuffie School
20 CATS Academy Boston
21 The Cambridge School of Weston
22 Milton Academy
23 Amerigo Education Napa Valley
24 American Hebrew Academy
25 Northfield Mount Hermon School
26 Mater Dei Catholic High School San Diego Amerigo Education
27 American University Preparatory School Los Angeles
28 Webb Schools
29 Kent School USA
30 Groton School
31 Maine Central Institute
32 The Lawrenceville School
33 Grand River Academy Оhio
34 Saint John Paul II Academy
35 Chicago North Shore

Top 14 best schools in Switzerland 2022

1 College Du Leman
2 St. Georges School Montreux
3 Institut Monte Rosa
4 Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz
5 Saint-Charles Collège et Lycée
6 Leysin American School
7 Hochalpines Institut Ftan AG High Alpine
8 Aiglon College Switzerland
9 Institut Le Rosey School
10 Institut Montana Zugerberg
11 Champittet College
12 Brillantmont International School
13 Surval Montreux
14 Ecole Pre Fleuri

Top 12 best schools in Canada 2022

1 Brookes Shawnigan Lake
2 Rosseau Lake College
3 Albert College
4 Columbia International College
5 Ridley College
6 St Andrew's College
7 Brentwood College School
8 Pickering College
9 Bodwell High School
10 Trafalgar Castle School
11 Fulford Academy
12 Shawnigan Lake School

Best boarding schools in England - 2022 Smapse rankings

1 Cardiff Sixth Form College
2 Sevenoaks School
3 Queen Ethelburga's College
4 Brighton College
5 The National Mathematics and Science College NMSC
6 Concord College
7 Westbourne School
8 Wellington College
9 Rossall School
10 d'Overbroeck's College
11 Dulwich College
12 Fettes College
13 Stonar School
14 Wycliffe College
15 Lucton School
16 King's School Canterbury
17 ACS School Cobham
18 Hurtwood House
19 Uppingham School
20 Scarborough College
21 King's College St Michael’s
22 Mill Hill School
23 Windermere School
24 Clifton College
25 Badminton School
26 Oakham School
27 Oundle School
28 Stowe School
29 Cheltenham College
30 Bromsgrove School
31 Sidcot School
32 Prior Park College
33 Millfield School
34 Oswestry School
35 Caterham School
36 City of London Freemen’s School
37 Buckswood School
38 Brooke House College
39 Taunton School
40 St Clare's Oxford
41 Repton School
42 Royal Russell School
43 King's Ely
44 Leys Cambridge
45 Leighton Park
46 Bedford School
47 Fyling Hall
48 Royal Hospital School
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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