America has over 16 million high school students. Of these, about 1.3 million attend 12,000 private high schools, the majority of which are religiously affiliated and explicitly Christian.
In this article, TheBestSchools.org showcases what we regard as the 50 best Christian high schools in the United States. This is not a ranking---the order of schools is alphabetical.
In selecting Christian high schools for inclusion on this list, we used the following criteria:
- Coeducational day schools (no boarding schools)
- Academic excellence
- Extracurricular richness (fine arts, athletics, social activities, etc.)
- Geographic and demographic diversity
- Christian faith taken seriously.
In compiling this list, we took into account reviews by parents and students, especially if several negative reviews underscored the same concern (unchecked bullying, for example).
We thought that geographic and demographic diversity was important to this list because we wanted to highlight the best in Christian secondary education across America.
In other high school articles at TheBestSchools.org, we have tended to put a premium on academic excellence and rigor (see, for instance, "The 50 Best Public High Schools in the U.S." and "The 50 Best Private Day Schools in the United States").
But for families with students at Christian high schools, the overriding concern is to provide a rounded education that gives due respect to academics but refuses to idolize it, instead always holding faith at the center.
This article attempts to capture what is best and paramount for Christian high school education in America.
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