25 of the Most Expensive Private High Schools in the U.S.

Students in private schools consistently score above the national average, according to the Council for American Private Education.

It cost about $12,509 a year to educate public school student in 2013-14, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, while the average private high school tuition ranged from $9,790 (Catholic schools) to $25,180 (non-sectarian) in 2011-2012.

But the schools on this list start at over $40,000.

While grade schooling is provided by the government and paid for by taxes, parents of means do have the option of sending their children to elite private schools. These schools are very exclusive, often have famous alumni, and are all extremely expensive. All of the schools on this list have a higher tuition than the average four-year colleges and universities in this country. Fees are excluded from the tuition, except where noted.

Here are 25 of the most expensive private high schools in America.

Photo: James Harris-Berkshire School/Wikipedia

Groton, Groton, Mass.
Groton, Groton, Mass.

Groton, Groton, Mass.

Non-Boarding Tuition: $43,390
Enrollment:
381
Founded:
1884

This private Episcopal college preparatory boarding school boasts notable graduates such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, author Curtis Sittenfeld (Prep), and actor Sam Waterston. The school has an endowment of $360 million.

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Lawrence Academy, Groton, Mass.
Lawrence Academy, Groton, Mass.

Lawrence Academy, Groton, Mass.

Non-Boarding Tuition: $47,400

Enrollment: 400

Founded: 1793

Lawrence Academy is the third oldest boarding school in the country. The school boasts a student to teacher ratio of 5:1 with an average class size of 14. The school offers students unique programs like Costa Rican ecology excursions and sailing lessons. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is a graduate, along with former first round NBA draft pick Antoine Wright, and Audrey McNiff, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs.

Photo: Lawrence Academy

The Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, Mass.
The Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, Mass.

The Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, Mass.

Non-Boarding Tuition: $47,500

Enrollment: 330

Founded: 1886

A co-ed high school that emphasizes "critical thought, hands-on experiential learning and deep academic inquiry." The academic year is divided into seven modules of five weeks.

Photo: The Cambridge School of Weston

Salisbury School, Salisbury, Conn.
Salisbury School, Salisbury, Conn.

Salisbury School, Salisbury, Conn.

Non-Boarding Tuition: $47,500

Enrollment: 310

Founded: 1901

This all-boys prep school requires all seniors take a philosophy and religion course. The average class size at the school is 11 students. The school has a nationally-recognized lacrosse team and a top hockey team. Notable alumni include Major League Baseball pitcher Chris Dwyer and two-time Olympian Porter Collins.

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Newton Country Day School, Newton, Mass.
Newton Country Day School, Newton, Mass.

Newton Country Day School, Newton, Mass.

Non-Boarding Tuition: $47,650

Enrollment: about 231

Founded: 1880

This all-girl Roman Catholic school emphasizes spiritual as well academic excellence and offers students plenty of amenities, such as an ice hockey rink.

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Middlesex School, Concord, Mass.
Middlesex School, Concord, Mass.

Middlesex School, Concord, Mass.

Non-Boarding Tuition: $47,810

Enrollment: 400

Founded: 1901

Notable alumni include former New Mexico Governor and Presidential candidate Bill Richardson, actor Steve Carell, former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. and Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom. The school has a $252 million endowment.
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Kent School, Kent, Conn.
Kent School, Kent, Conn.

Kent School, Kent, Conn.

Non-Boarding Tuition: $48,000

Enrollment: 570

Founded: 1906

This Episcopal school is proud of its religious tradition and the entire student body gathers for three weekly services at its St. Joseph's Chapel. The co-ed school has a diverse religious student body. The school also has a robust athletic program with over 70% of the student body participating in a sport. Notable alumni include actor Ted Danson, singer Lana Del Rey, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, and film director Will Wallace. Above, the Kent School boat club.

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Birch Wathen Lenox School, New York City
Birch Wathen Lenox School, New York City

Birch Wathen Lenox School, New York City

Tuition: $47,031-$48,304 according to Private School Review

Enrollment: 175

Founded: 1921

Alumnae include Barbara Walters and Brooke Shields.

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The Berkshire School, Sheffield, Mass
The Berkshire School, Sheffield, Mass

The Berkshire School, Sheffield, Mass

Non-Boarding Tuition: $48,000

Enrollment: 400

Founded: 1907

The 400-acre campus in the Berkshires has state-of-the-art academic, artistic and athletic facilities.

Photo: James Harris-Berkshire School/Wikipedia

Horace Mann School, Bronx, New York City
Horace Mann School, Bronx, New York City

Horace Mann School, Bronx, New York City

Non-Boarding Tuition: $48,600

Enrollment: 734

Founded: 1887

Horace Mann School was ranked the second best preparatory school in the country in 2010. Notable alumni include Washington Post writer Marc Fisher, former U.S. Attorney General Willam Barr and former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer.

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The Browning School, New York City
The Browning School, New York City

The Browning School, New York City

Non-Boarding Tuition: $48,615

Enrollment: 110

Founded: 1888

The tuition at this boy's school includes lunch, textbooks, instructional materials and required class trips. Their athletic program includes soccer, cross-country, basketball, tennis, track, and baseball.

Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City

Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City

Non-Boarding Tuition: $48,645

Enrollment: 600

Founded: 1878

Lunch, the yearbook, and student accident insurance are included in tuition. Students pay for books, supplies, and other expenses related to their courses. The school is a member of the Ivy Preparatory School League athletic conference.

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The Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.
The Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.

The Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.

Non-Boarding Tuition: $48,800
Enrollment:
535
Founded:
1864

While originally founded as an all-girls school, the school became an all-boys school between 1908 and the early 1970s. Today, Peddie is co-educational.

Photo: Hector M. The Peddie School/Wikipedia

Marymount School, New York City
Marymount School, New York City

Marymount School, New York City

Non-Boarding Tuition: $49,210

Enrollment: 201 approx

Founded: 1926

This New York City Catholic day school boasts a 100% college acceptance rate for its graduating classes. The school takes advantage of its location, holding regular classes at the Met.

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Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, New York City
Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, New York City

Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, New York City

Non-Boarding Tuition: $49,440

Enrollment: 1,240 (K-12)

Founded: 1764

This is one of the oldest nonsectarian private schools in the U.S. It's located on New York's Upper West Side.

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The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Conn.
The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Conn.

The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Conn.

Non-Boarding Tuition: $49,550

Enrollment: 613

Founded: 1891

Hotchkiss is part of the Eight Schools Association, the Ten Schools Admissions Organization and the G20 Schools group. The school has one of the largest endowments of any secondary school in the country at $430 million. Alumni include Time Magazine founders Henry Luce and Briton Hadden, and automotive magnates Henry Ford II, Edsel Ford and William Clay Ford.

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Collegiate School, New York City
Collegiate School, New York City

Collegiate School, New York City

Non-Boarding Tuition: $49,800

Enrollment: 224

Founded: 1628

This Upper West side all-boys school is the oldest in the country. The school was ranked first in the world for the number of freshman students at Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Williams, Pomona, Swarthmore, The University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins in 2007. Notable alumni include JFK Jr., The Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, actor Cesar Romero, Grammy winner Mark Ronson and Buzzfeed President Jon Steinberg. The school has an endowment of $77 million.

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The Spence School, New York City
The Spence School, New York City

The Spence School, New York City

Non-Boarding Tuition: $49,800
Enrollment:
260
Founded:
1892

The Spence School is an American all-girls independent school in New York City. Notable alumnae include Gwyneth Paltrow, Kerry Washington, and Mary Ellis Peltz, the first chief editor of Opera News.

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Trinity School, New York City
Trinity School, New York City

Trinity School, New York City

Non-Boarding Tuition: Grades K-11, $49,795, and for grade 12, $50,355

Enrollment: about 449

Founded: 1709

Trinity School is the fifth oldest school in the country and the oldest continuously operated school in New York City. Forbes named the school the best college prep school in the U.S. in 2010. Notable alumni include journalist David Faber, tennis players John and Patrick McEnroe, composer Charles Wuorinen and Facebook (FB)  CFO David Ebersman.

Photo: Trinity School Archives

Concord Academy, Concord, Mass.
Concord Academy, Concord, Mass.

Concord Academy, Concord, Mass.

Non-Boarding Tuition: $50,445

Enrollment: 383

Founded: 1922

Concord Academy alumni include former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, "Masters of Sex" television star Caitlin FitzGerald, and Peter Fisher, the former U.S. Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance.

Photo: John Phelan/Wikipedia

The Foxcroft School, Middleburg, Va.
The Foxcroft School, Middleburg, Va.

The Foxcroft School, Middleburg, Va.

Non-Boarding Tuition: $51,900 (according to Private High School Review)

Enrollment: 165

Founded: 1914

Foxcroft is a boarding and day school for girls grades 9-12 with an average class size of 12 students. Its long list of notable alumnae include Christine Todd Whitman who was formerly head of the EPA and formerly governor of New Jersey, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Frances FitzGerald, and actress Keshia Knight Pulliam of "The Cosby Show." It has a nationally-recognized equestrian program.

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Riverdale Country School, Bronx, New York City
Riverdale Country School, Bronx, New York City

Riverdale Country School, Bronx, New York City

Non-Boarding Tuition: $45,050 plus $7,000 in fees for books, supplies, trips, technology, food, facilities and energy. Total: $52,050

Enrollment: about 455

Founded: 1907

The Riverdale Country School's sprawling 27.5-acre campus is the largest in New York City. Notable alumni include actor Chevy Chase, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, director Joss Whedon and actress Sarah Michelle Geller. Above, upper school students on Jones Lawn on the Hill Campus.

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The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, N.J.
The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, N.J.

The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, N.J.

Non-Boarding Tuition: $53,290

Enrollment: 818

Founded: 1810

Students at this prestigious school get what they pay for -- with an average SAT score of 2095. Fidel Castro, Muhammad Ali, President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Billy Collins, Arianna Huffington and Cornel West have all spoken at the school. Alumni include U.S. Senator David Baird, former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, Forbes publisher Malcolm Forbes and NBA All-Star Joakim Noah. Above, the Lawrenceville School competes in the Head of Charles Regatta in Boston in 2013.

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Avenues: The World School, New York City
Avenues: The World School, New York City

Avenues: The World School, New York City

Non-Boarding Tuition: $54,000
Enrollment:
519
Founded:
2011

Avenues: The World School is a planned international and integrated "learning community" of for-profit private schools for pre-K to 12th grades. This is the first location of about 20 planned schools around the world. The $54,000 tuition includes books.

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Forman, Litchfield, Conn.
Forman, Litchfield, Conn.

Forman, Litchfield, Conn.

Non-Boarding Tuition: $62,080
Enrollment:
221
Founded:
1930

At over $62,000 Forman is currently the most expensive private high school in the U.S. Originally a girls school, Forman School is a co-educational, college prep school for boarding and day students with "identified learning differences." Forman boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 3.5 to 1. Notable alumni include Academy Award-winning producer Mitchell Block and software inventor David Walter. Shown, the school's new Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Photo: Formanschool.org

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