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 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.
#20 - The Browning School
Non Boarding Tuition: $42,850
Location: New York, NY
The Browning School has a rough application process with only 30% of applicants being accepted into the Upper East Side all-boys academy. The school does not admit any applicants in the 11th or 12th grades. Notable alumni include John D. Rockefeller, JPMorgan (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon, and former DNC chairman and Presidential candidate Howard Dean.