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America's Top 50 High Schools 2017-2018


Based on percent estimate matriculation to MIT Stanford and Ivy League

¹HYMPS = Harvard Yale MIT Princeton Stanford

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Ivy League MIT Stanford Placement HYMPS¹
¹HYMPS = Harvard, Yale, MIT, Princeton and Stanford.
1 43% 21% 2190
2 42% 21% 2200
Undoubtedly one of the most intellectually stimulating, fulfilling and enriching experiences of my life…Brown student
Milton Academy graduate
3 41% 22% 2218
4 39% 15% 2075
4 39% 15% 2110

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6 37% 15% 2090
7 35% 18% 2250
8 33% 18% 2042
9 32% 13% 2150
10 31% 15% 2079
11 30% 15% 2095

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They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted…

Students at Groton tend to be either very smart, very rich, or both (because some people just seem to have it all)…

Harvard student

Groton School

Lawrenceville prepared me well for college- both academically and emotionally. At Princeton, I think a lot of people feel lost because they've never really had failure before but Lawrenceville gave me a healthy dose of it…

Princeton student

Lawrenceville School

Andover is more interested in graduating people who will contribute to society than they are in graduating glorified test-taking machines, and how you carry yourself in your interview is a great indicator…

Columbia student

Phillips Academy Andover

At Eton, while you are taught to tick the boxes, this is merely a preliminary measure: the emphasis is…

Oxford student

Eton College

Compared to public schools and most other private schools, college counseling at Choate is…

Harvard student

Choate Rosemary Hall

Rigorous academic training for entrance to top-level academic universities. This can be both good and bad…

Oxford student

Perse School Cambridge

I had an outside college counselor assist me…because I felt that the Dalton counselor and I did not get along…

Yale student

Dalton School

Advantage of being taught at Westminster was that the teachers were very aware of any changes in the syllabus for exams, due to the fact that many of them…

Teaching is not geared simply to passing public exams but to cultivating intellect. I think this was a great help when it came to applying to Oxford.…

Cambridge student

Winchester College

College counselors are very well connected and have relationships with admissions officers at…

Extraordinarily successful college counseling program. Huge percentages of students attend Ivy League…

Harvard student

Trinity School

Really improved is with their practice interviews: many of the teachers have Oxbridge…

Cambridge student

Manchester Grammar School

Horace Mann is on par with any high school in the county, and possibly the world, in terms of high school education…

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