Which Are the Best Private Schools in Massachusetts

Which are the best private schools in Massachusetts? Perhaps asking this question is somewhat disingenuous since there is no one absolute “right answer” or list that satisfies everyone’s definition. We here in New England are remarkably blessed to have so many excellent choices—it seems as if there must be a private school for everyone’s interest, taste, budget, style, and ability. So the question of which school is best is most reasonably answered on a student-by-student basis. In fact, it would be far more judicious to rephrase the original question as: “Which private school is best for my child?”

In order to determine which are the best private schools, you first must identify and isolate the characteristics you find most important. Most rating systems consider some combination of variables that may include: student-teacher ratio, number of AP courses, percentage of teachers with advanced degrees, ethnic diversity, cost, etc. Others consider factors such as matriculation records, extracurricular activities, campus culture, sports teams, alumni, reputation, and safety. Since there is no absolute measure of a school that is both 100% objective and 100% relevant to all interested parties, the first step in comparing schools is to pick the combination of characteristics you consider to be most important. Here, we have broken down the list of the best private schools in Massachusetts into ten categories and provided our top three choices for each category.

Category One: Best All Girls School Private with Strong Emphasis on Leadership

  1. Winsor School
  2. Dana Hall School
  3. Newton Country Day School

Category Two: Best All Boys Private School with Strong Emphasis on Leadership

  1. Roxbury Latin School
  2. Belmont Hill School
  3. Boston College High School

Category Three: Best Coed Private School for Academics and Matriculation

  1. Deerfield Academy
  2. Phillips Andover Academy
  3. Milton Academy

Category Four: Best Coed Private School for a Diverse, Enriching Experience

  1. Noble and Greenough School
  2. Middlesex Academy
  3. Buckingham, Browne & Nichols

Category Five: Best Coed Private School for Creative, Artistic Students

  1. Walnut Hill School for the Arts
  2. Concord Academy
  3. Deerfield Academy

Category Six: Best Private Coed School for Academic Rigor

  1. The British International School of Boston
  2. Phillips Andover Academy
  3. Milton Academy

Category Seven: Best Private School for Personalized Attention

  1. Middlesex Academy
  2. The Winsor School (Girls)
  3. Roxbury Latin (Boys)

Category Eight: Best Private School for Overall Culture

  1. Dana Hall School (girls)
  2. Newton Country Day School (girls)
  3. Milton Academy

Category Nine: Best Private School For Tradition

  1. Phillips Andover Academy
  2. Roxbury Latin School (boys)
  3. Milton Academy

Category Ten: Best Private School Overall

  1. The Winsor School (girls)
  2. Roxbury Latin School (boys)
  3. Phillips Andover Academy