NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- George Washington Carver said that "education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom." But as anyone who has attended a four year college institution in the last decade can attest, access to that door to freedom isn't necessarily free. Freedom at this point isn't even really affordable for large swaths of Americans.
The average tuition for a private nonprofit four-year institution including room and board is $40,917, a 14% five year percentage change. Public institutions cost $18,391 a year, a 20% increase from the previous five years.
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.
Here is the list of the most expensive Private High Schools in America...
#25 - Miss Porter's School
2014-2015 Non Boarding Tuition: $42,850
Location: Farmington, CT
This all-girls prep school in Farmington, Connecticut has an endowment of $100 million. Every year the school collaborates with the Oprah Winfrey Foundation to award five students with a full scholarship to the school that includes tuition, room and board, travel expenses and a laptop. Notable school alumni include President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art Agnes Gund, Actress Patience Cleveland and former first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.