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Top Private High Schools in South Florida

Top Private High Schools in South Florida

July 31, 2017

Now that you and your family have settled into Miami and found the luxury condo of your dreams at One River Point, it’s time to start thinking about where you’ll send your kids to school.

Fortunately for both you and your offspring, South Florida is rife with options for education. In fact, some of the world’s top business minds – including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg and real estate billionaire/Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross – are products of the area’s schools.

These days, there’s virtually no way to succeed in the world without receiving a top-notch education – especially for teens who have aspirations of attending one of the nation’s top universities. Depending on your youngsters’ goals and interests, Miami private high schools within easy driving distance are just waiting to meet their needs. So, let’s take a tour of Miami private high schools that you might want to consider for your children.


RANSOM EVERGLADES SCHOOLSchool locations: (Middle School) 2045 S. Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove, FL 33313; phone: 305-250-6850; (Upper School) 3575 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL 33313; 305-460-8800;

Tuition fee: $36,840 per year (includes daily lunch)

Student/teacher ratio: Middle School: 15:1; Upper School: 14:1

Notable: 100 percent of the school’s graduates attend colleges or universities – including top Ivy League institutions, as well as renowned universities such as Duke, Stanford and MIT, among others.


DAVID POSNACK JEWISH DAY SCHOOL School location: 5810 S Pine Island Road Davie, FL 33328; 954-583-6100;

Tuition fees: Range from $16,750 to $21,100 annually depending on grade.

Student/teacher ratio: 8:1

Notable: 100 percent of the Class of 2017 was accepted into four-year colleges and universities, and Posnack School is rated No. 3 of the Best Private K-12 Schools in Florida by Niche. The school specializes in Jewish/Hebrew studies and offers a vast array of extracurricular activities.


GULLIVER PREPARATORY SCHOOL School locations: (Grades Pre-K-8) 12595 Red Road, Coral Gables FL 33156; 305-665-3593; (Grades 9-12) 6575 N. Kendall Drive, Pinecrest, FL 33156; 305-666-7937;

Tuition fees: Range from $15,320 to $33,560 annually depending on grade.

Student/teacher ratio: 8:1

Notable: Offering more than two dozen advance placement (AP) classes, Gulliver Prep (the school for grades 9-12) is among the most diverse Miami private schools, with students coming from more than 50 countries. There are more than 90 interscholastic/intramural sports teams, as well as more than 75 campus organizations and more than 50 charities to which students can volunteer their time.


PALMER TRINITY SCHOOL School location: 8001 S.W. 184 Street, Miami, FL 33157; 305-251-2230;

Tuition fee: $31,900 (includes breakfast and lunch)

Ancillary fees: Matriculation (for new students only)/$500; books and uniforms/$1,000; tablet/$1,200

Student/teacher ratio: 9:1

Notable: The average SAT score for Palmer Trinity students is 1,310 and Palmer Trinity is the only Episcopal Middle/High School in Miami. It offers two advanced placement (AP) classes and fields 14 interscholastic athletic teams.


CARROLLTON SCHOOL OF THE SACRED HEART School location: 3747 Main Highway, Miami, Florida 33133; 305-446-5673;

Tuition fees: Range from $22,975 to $33,250 depending on grade

Student/teacher ratio: 9:1

Notable: This all-girls Catholic private school values both its love of God, its service to the community and the accomplished young women it graduates every year. Students at this renowned institution live well-rounded lives – both in the classroom and out. Religion, community service, sports, extracurricular activities – they’re all part of the education students receive. All of Carrollton’s graduates are accepted into college or university. 


MIAMI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL Location: 601 N.E. 107 Street, Miami, FL 33161; 305-779-7200;

Tuition fees: Range from $21,100 to $37,900 depending on grade

Student/teacher ratio: 10:1

Notable: Committed to developing the whole child – mind, body and spirit – this non-denominational school prepares its students for both university-level education and life beyond by embracing four core values: honor, respect, wisdom and compassion. Thus, students, parents and faculty are encouraged to live by these values and be role models for all with whom they come into contact.



NSU UNIVERSITY SCHOOLLocation: 3375 SW 75 Ave., Davie, FL 33314; 954-262-4506;

Tuition fees: Ranges from $19,500 to $31,100 depending on grade and program

Student/teacher ratio: 7:1

Notable: Offering an independent, college-preparatory curriculum NSU University School has been educating students of all ability levels since 1971. With an average SAT score 1,270 NSU University students matriculate at some of the nation’s top universities – including Ivy League institutions, as well as others such as University of Chicago, Northwestern University and University of California at Berkely



CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOLSchool location: 3000 S.W. 87th Avenue, Miami FL 33165; 305-223-5650;

Tuition fees: $10,500 annually

Student/teacher ratio: 20:1

Notable: The only private school in the state of Florida to compete on the highly-competitive 8A level, Christopher Columbus High School participates in 15 different sports. More than 45 clubs are also offered. The all-male school opened in 1958 and offers a diverse, challenging curriculum as well as a strong Catholic education. A state-of-the-art campus, new technologies are constantly being integrated and each classroom features 75-inch interactive display panels. Students have the opportunity to meet more than 150 admissions directors and counselors from universities across the country throughout each school year.



SCHECK HILLEL COMMUNITY SCHOOLSchool location: 19000 N.E. 25 Avenue, North Miami Beach FL 33180; 305-931-2831;

Tuition fees: Range from $9,750 to $33,100 annually depending on grade

Student/teacher ratio: 7:1

Notable: This Hebrew/Jewish-leaning school offers students from early childhood through 12th grade and exemplary education. More than 60% of the school’s teachers have earned master’s, doctorates and/or rabbinic ordinations. The average teacher has been on staff for 18 years. The student body is composed of boys and girls from more than 20 countries, and 100 percent of 2017 graduates were accepted to Ivy League universities, state and private universities, or Yeshivot. Beginning in fourth grade, students can participate in 19 sports, and the school has a total of 27 teams.



AMERICAN HERITAGE SCHOOL - PLANTATION CAMPUS School location: 12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33325; 954-210-6135;

Tuition fees: Range from $22,456 to $28,266 annually depending on grade

Student/teacher ratio: 8:1

Notable facts: Ranked the No. 1 private school in the U.S. and No. 1 high school in Florida (seven consecutive years) for National Merit Scholars, American Heritage has one of the country’s premiere academic reputations. The school offers boys and girls teams in 21 different sports and features a no-cut policy, enabling all who are interested to participate. Curriculum tracks include pre-med, pre-law and pre-engineering, as well as an Honors Bio-Medical Engineering program. Each classroom is equipped with multiple computers and each student receives his or her own iPad.