2021 Best New Jersey Private High Schools

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Over the last month or so, our New Jersey affiliate: New Jersey Admissions Advisors has been receiving many calls from parents who reside in New Jersey who are choosing to have their children transfer from public schools and apply to private high schools in New Jersey.

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There is now increased demand and competition for the limited spots at these schools! For that reason, based on our research, knowledge and professional working-relationships; and Niche’s “2021 Best Private Schools Ranking:  New Jersey Private Schools”, we have provided a list below to help these families.

Here are the best private high schools in New Jersey (listed alphabetically) based on Niche and our research team:

  • Blair Academy
  • Delbarton School
  • Dwight-Englewood School
  • Gill St. Bernard’s School
  • The Hun School of Princeton
  • The Lawrenceville School
  • Morristown-Beard
  • Newark Academy
  • Peddie School
  • The Pingry School
  • Princeton Day School
  • Rutgers Preparatory School

My team and I have visited the schools, talked with admissions officers and understand their mission and what they are seeking in applicants,


Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group’s Private School Admissions Advisors.  Dr. Lowe specializes in providing exclusive concierge-type admissions services for U.S. and international students who are interested in applying to top U.S. boarding and day schools.   Dr. Lowe helps U.S. and international students gain admissions into their top-choice private schools even after they have been waitlisted and rejected.  Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors also visit prestigious and elite private schools where they have the unique opportunity of interacting one-on-one with heads of schools, directors of admissions and senior admissions personnel.   Dr. Lowe provides parents with the knowledge they need to decide where their children should attend and the admissions strategies they need to be admitted into their top-choice school.

Dr. Paul Lowe’s Private School Review: Hackley School

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Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors visits and reviews top private day and boarding schools. Hackley School is rated by Niche as:  #2 Best Private High School in Westchester, County NY. It is a coeducational K-12 school day school with a five-day boarding program located in Tarrytown, NY. It’s motto: “Enter here to be and find a friend.”

Here are some interesting facts:

  • Student/Faculty Ratio – 7:1
  • Average Upper School Class Size – 16
  • Student-led Upper School Clubs: 42
  • 27 different sports with over 64 teams across grades 7-12
  • Tuition (Lower School/K-Grade 4): $42,460
  • Tuition (Middle School/Grades 5-8): $46,980
  • Tuition (Upper School/Grades 9-12): $49,975 / Additional $15,000 for 5- day boarding fee
  • Hackley has a five-day boarding program for 30 residential students in grades 9-12.
  • Hackley’s COVID-19 Response

Hackley’s college matriculation rate to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities is high.  College Matriculation for the Classes of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. The following colleges and universities enrolled five or more Hackley graduates during this period:

  • Brown
  • Colgate
  • Cornell
  • Dartmouth
  • Duke
  • Georgetown
  • Harvard
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Northwestern
  • Princeton
  • Tufts
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • UPenn
  • Yale
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Hackley is one of the top day schools in the Fairchester (Fairfield/Westchester) region. Admissions is hyper-competitive.  It’s one of the many reasons why many parents who reside in Westchester and Fairfield Counties retain our firm!


“Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty?” – Dr. Paul Lowe.

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group’s  Boarding School Admissions Consultants, an affiliate of Private School Admissions Advisors.  Dr. Lowe specializes in providing exclusive concierge-type admissions advisory services for U.S. and international students who are interested in applying to top U.S. boarding schools.  Dr. Lowe helps U.S. and international students gain admissions into top U.S. boarding schools even after they have been wait-listed and rejected.  Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors also visit prestigious and elite private schools, where they have the unique opportunity of interacting one-on-one with heads of schools, directors of admissions and senior admissions personnel.

Dr. Paul Lowe’s Private School Review: Rye Country Day School

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Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors visits and reviews top private day and boarding schools. Rye Country Day School (RCDS) is rated by Niche as:  #1 Best Private High School in Westchester, County NY. It is accessible by train and car; and students and faculty commute from Fairfield and Westchester counties and Manhattan.

Here are some interesting facts:

  • Student/Faculty Ratio – 8:1
  • Average Upper School Class Size – 15
  • Lower/Middle School Clubs – 25
  • Upper School Clubs – 50+
  • Tuition in Pre-K: $38,400
  • Tuition in Grade12: $46,900

RCDS’s college matriculation rate to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities is high.  Here is a list of several colleges/universities attended: 2016-2020.

  • Harvard (19)
  • Yale (9)
  • U Penn (27)
  • Brown (13)
  • Cornell (34)
  • Columbia (7)
  • Stanford (7)
  • Northwestern (12)
  • University of Chicago (11)
  • Duke (13)
  • Georgetown (13)
  • Colgate (10)

With the number of students attending top colleges, we can definitely see why so many parents are interested in RCDS! It’s one of the many reasons why many of our clients who reside in Westchester and Fairfield Counties choose RCDS!

“Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty?” – Dr. Paul Lowe.

Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director and lead admissions expert at Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group’s  Boarding School Admissions Consultants, an affiliate of Private School Admissions Advisors.  Dr. Lowe specializes in providing exclusive concierge-type admissions advisory services for U.S. and international students who are interested in applying to top U.S. boarding schools.  Dr. Lowe helps U.S. and international students gain admissions into top U.S. boarding schools even after they have been wait-listed and rejected.  Dr. Lowe and his team of admissions advisors also visit prestigious and elite private schools, where they have the unique opportunity of interacting one-on-one with heads of schools, directors of admissions and senior admissions personnel.