Private School Rankings

Dallas private school ranks in top 20 nationally — and No. 1 in Texas

Dallas private school ranks in top 20 nationally — and No. 1 in Texas

St. Mark's School of Texas
St. Mark's is the No. 1 private school in Texas, and the 18th best in the nation. Photo via

When it comes to private schools, Dallas knows its business. At least according to Niche, which just released its 2017 best private high schools list.

Dallas’ St. Mark’s took the No. 1 spot in Texas, and the 18th spot nationally. Also for Texas, Houston’s St. John’s School came in at No. 2; Dallas’ Hockaday and Greenhill took Nos. 3  and 5, respectively; and Austin’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal School placed No. 4.

Overall, Niche analyzed 3,000 private high schools, weighing factors like SAT/ACT scores, quality of colleges that students consider, and student and parent reviews about the school. The data itself came from the U.S. Department of Education, along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users. This is also the first year that the rankings included lists like best boarding schools and best K-12 private schools.

Nationally, St. John’s, Hockaday, and St. Stephen’s also fared well, ranking in the top 50 (Nos. 20, 40, and 47, respectively). Dallas’ Greenhill (No. 54) and Cistercian (No. 76) also made the list.

The No. 1 school nationally? Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.