George School – Newtown
This Quaker school has been a staple in Bucks County since 1893 and houses grades 9-12. A co-ed boarding and day school, George School offers 20 AP courses and 25 sports teams. Diversity is a strong suit of George School, with 44 countries and 20 states represented in their student body. Per their website, George School is also one of a few US boarding schools that offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program; a challenging two-year curriculum that takes place during junior and senior years.
Solebury School – New Hope
Solebury School in New Hope is a non-sectarian co-ed private school founded in 1925. Their aim is to have their students and faculty pursue learning as an exciting, shared endeavor. Offering 11 AP courses, 17 sports teams, and 21 extracurriculars, Solebury School also boasts a 100% graduation rate. The average class size is around 11 students with a 6:1 student-teacher ratio.
Holy Ghost Prep – Bensalem
One of the best all-boys Catholic prep schools in the area, Holy Ghost attracts students from almost 100 different elementary and middle schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Families can expect a student body of around 430 with 16 sports and 20 AP classes offered. Formal attire consisting of blazers, ties, and pants is required.
Villa Joseph Marie High School – Holland
Villa Joseph Marie is one of the highest-rated Catholic schools in the area. This all-girls school has a student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1 and 100% of its graduates go on to four-year colleges. Students are offered 22 AP courses, 15 sports, and 21 extracurriculars. Uniforms are required.
Germantown Friends School
Vastly considered one of the best private schools in the state, Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, co-ed, day school located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Germantown Friends has a graduation rate of 100% and offers small classroom sizes with an average student-to-teacher ratio of 5:1. Not only does the school have a great STEM program, but they also offer 13 sports and a whopping 74 extracurriculars. Additionally, a January or “J-Term” is also offered which is a month-long program of mini-courses that “provides teachers and students a space for experimentation, investigation, and reflection.”
St. Joseph's Preparatory School
St. Joe's Prep is one of the most well-known Catholic, all-boys schools in the area. Located right in the heart of Philadelphia, the city offers a unique campus experience for students and teachers alike. The Prep believes “students get TWO educations—one in the classroom, and one from the world around them—both create bright, passionate and well-spoken young men, prepared to take on college and the world!” Their student body of almost 900 has a graduation rate of 100% and is offered 17 AP courses, 22 sports, and 32 extracurriculars. Formal attire of coat and tie is required.
Friends Select School
Located right in Center City, Friends Select is a Quaker, co-ed school that is easily accessible by public transportation or walking. The school sees the city as its classroom and wants its students to feel part of the city's fabric. Recently, the school has extended its campus to now include a new STEAM building for the Upper School. With a diverse student body of about 600, the average student-to-teacher ratio of 7:1 help aid in the school's 100% graduation rate.
William Penn Charter School
Located on a vast 44-acre campus in East Falls, William Penn Charter is a co-ed Quaker school with a graduation rate of 100%. Founded in 1689, it has a rich tradition of higher education in the area and offers 14 AP courses and 18 sports. For those who qualify, the school also offers needs-based financial aid programs.
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
If you're looking for a school with a sprawling campus, look no further than Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. This co-ed, non-sectarian school is situated on a 62-acre campus in Chestnut Hill. Despite a larger student body of almost 1,200 students, the average classroom size is around 15 students. Students are offered 13 AP courses, 17 sports, and 16 extracurriculars. School attire and uniform vary on grade level.
The Baldwin School – Bryn Mawr
Known for being one of the top private, all-girls schools in the area, The Baldwin School has been a cornerstone for higher education in Montco since 1888. The school lists its mission as being a college preparatory school that “develops talented girls into confident young women with vision, global understanding, and the competency to make significant and enduring contributions to the world.” Students are offered an array of courses including computer science and engineering, languages, mathematics, and fine arts. 14 sports teams are also offered.
The Hill School – Pottstown
The Hill School is a co-ed, non-sectarian day and boarding school with a reputation for having a close learning environment. 80% of its student body are boarders with many coming from Canada, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Viet Nam. In addition to the 28 AP courses offered, The Hill School also has 21 sports available to its students.
The Haverford School – Haverford
With almost 140 years of experience in higher education, The Haverford School has become a top choice as an all-boys, non-sectarian school in the area. With a diverse student body of over 900, The Haverford School offers a competitive yet engaging learning environment. The average class size is around 16 students with a student-teacher ratio of 8:1. The school also offers 18 sports and 34 extracurriculars.
Friends Central School – Wynnewood
Friends Central is a co-ed, Quaker school sprawled across 41 acres and two campuses in Wynnewood. It has a graduation rate of 100% and a 6:1 student-teacher ratio. In addition to multiple AP courses offered, one of the highlights of the Upper School program is its Distinguished Lecture Series which welcomes well-known scholars to campus for courses and lectures.
Hunterdon Preparatory School – Califon
With a student body of less than 100, Hunterdon Preparatory School offers an intimate co-ed, non-sectarian private school option in Hunterdon County. According to its website, students are placed into homerooms that fit them chronologically, socially, and emotionally. The school offers an array of enrichment activities as well as a student internship program where students can prepare for a career after graduation.
Our Hope Christian Academy – Ringoes
Our Hope Christian Academy is a co-ed, Christian school that serves students from pre-K to twelfth grade. Known for its small class sizes, Our Hope also offers learning support programs for students with dyslexia and language-based or mild learning differences. Five sports and two extracurriculars are also offered.