Best Private Schools in Miami – 2023

January 24, 2023

Best private schools in miami

If you live in the Miami Metropolitan Area and are considering a private school for your child, there are a number of wonderful options on the menu. Of course, having so many choices can feel a bit overwhelming. In the end, your decision-making process will need to balance your teen’s academic, emotional, and social needs with financial and logistical considerations. College Transitions’ list of the Best Private Schools in Miami will focus primarily on our area of expertise—college admissions. As such, we will examine the job that each of the high schools does at sending their graduates on to the region/nation’s premier 4-year schools.

Please note that inclusion on our Best Private Schools in Miami list is a selective and criteria-based process. However, the order in which the schools appear is not representative of any further ranking; the numbering is solely intended to enhance the ease of navigating this resource. All of the schools profiled below have a history of sending graduates to the top colleges in the country. For each of the best private high schools in Miami, College Transitions will provide you with each institution’s:

  • Location
  • Tuition (9-12)
  • Enrollment (9-12)
  • Average SAT Score
  • Average ACT Score
  • Senior Class Size
  • College Admissions Highlights
  • Academic Highlights

Without further ado, let’s look at the best private schools in Miami.

The Best Private Schools in Miami

1) Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart

Location: 3747 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133

Tuition (9-12): $39,750

Enrollment (seniors): 86

Mid-50% SAT Score: 1220-1430

Mid-50% ACT Score: 27-32

College Admissions Highlights:

Matriculations between 2018-2022 include: Babson, Berklee College of Music, Brown, CMU< Colgate, Columbia, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, Harvard, MIT, Northwestern, Pomona, Princeton, UChicago, UCLA, UMich, WashU, and Wellesley.

Academic Highlights:

  • This is an all-girls school.
  • 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • The average class size is 14 students.
  • 20 AP courses are offered.
  • 57% of teachers possess master’s degrees; 9% earned doctorates.

2) Ransom Everglades School

Location: 3575 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133

Tuition (9-12): $45,810

Enrollment (seniors): 154

Average SAT Score: 1399

Average ACT Score: 30.6

College Admissions Highlights:

Five or more students from the Classes of 2018-2022 went on to matriculate into Amherst, Barnard, BU, Brown, CMU, Cornell, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Harvard, MIT, Middlebury, NYU, Northwestern, Rice, Stanford, Tufts, UChicago, UMich, Notre Dame, Penn, USC, Vanderbilt, WashU, and Yale.

Academic Highlights:

  • 19 AP courses are offered.
  • 72% participate in varsity sports, among the best figure of any of the best private schools in Miami.
  • The Class of 2023 included 10 National Merit Semifinalists and 19 Commended Scholars.
  • 88% of students earn a 3 or better on AP exams.
  • 80% of the faculty possess advanced degrees.

3) American Heritage Schools, Broward Campus

Location: 12200 W Broward Blvd, Plantation, FL 33325

Tuition (9-12): $36,900

Enrollment (3-12): 2,800

Median SAT Score: 1370

Median ACT Score: 29

College Admissions Highlights:

Class of 2022 acceptances included UMich (20), Vanderbilt (16), Emory (13), Northwestern (12), Georgia Tech (12), CMU (11), NYU (10), Cornell (10), Columbia (8), Duke (9), Rice (8), and USC (8).

Academic Highlights:

  • 103 members of the Class of 2023 are Nationally Recognized Scholars.
  • 100% immediately enrolled in a 4-year college.
  • 94% of AP test-takers score a 3 or above.
  • They offer 168 AP/Honors courses.
  • 5:1 student-to-teacher ratio

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4) American Heritage Schools, Palm Beach Campus

Location: 6200 Linton Blvd, Delray Beach, FL 33484

Tuition (9-12): $36,900

Enrollment (3-12): 1,800

Median SAT Score: 1320

Median ACT Score: 29

College Admissions Highlights:

Class of 2022 acceptances included Amherst, Bowdoin, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Middlebury, NYU, Northwestern, Princeton, Swarthmore, Tufts, UChicago, Notre Dame, Penn, Oxford, UVA, Vanderbilt, WashU, Wellesley, Williams, and Yale.

Academic Highlights:

  • 5:1 student-to-teacher ratio
  • 147 AP/Honors courses are offered.
  • Students have a 93% pass rate on AP exams.
  • 55 members of the Class of 2023 were Nationally Recognized Scholars.
  • 100% of grads enroll in 4-year colleges.

5) Pine Crest School, Ft. Lauderdale Campus

Location: 1501 NE 62nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tuition (9-12): $42,040

Enrollment (K-12): 1,815

Average SAT Score: 1392

Average ACT Score: 31

College Admissions Highlights:

Over the last five years, students have gone on to enter some of the nation’s top colleges including: UMich (50), Cornell (46), UChicago (41), WashU (36), NYU (35), BU (33), Vanderbilt (32), Duke (31), Northwestern (18), and Harvard (14).

Academic Highlights:

  • 83% AP exam pass rate.
  • Had 18 National Merit Finalists in one recent cohort.
  • 32 AP courses are offered, one of the highest numbers of any of the private schools in Miami.
  • 17 Post-AP seminars are offered.
  • The school claimed 166 AP Scholars, 78 AP Scholars with Honor, and 247 AP Scholars with Distinction.

6) Allison Academy

Location: 1881 Northeast 164th Street, North Miami Beach, Fl 33162

Tuition (6-12): $25,000 ($19,950 until March 31, 2023)

Enrollment (6-12): 100

Mid-50% SAT Score: 1130-1330

Mid-50% ACT Score: Not Reported

College Admissions Highlights:

Recent grads have matriculated into highly-selective colleges such as: American University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, FSU, Johns Hopkins, McGill University, NYU, the University of Toronto, the University of Tel Aviv, the University of Florida, the University of London, and the University of Miami.

Academic Highlights:

  • Student-to-computer ratio is 1:1; all students have computer access in their classes.
  • Extracurricular offerings include Robotics Club, Drama Club, Student Council, Basketball Club, and a rock/jazz band.
  • Allison boasts small class sizes, highly individualized instruction, and a heavy emphasis on creativity.
  • Accredited by the AISF, MSA, NCPSA, AI, and Cognia.
  • 72% of teachers have more than 10 years of experience at Allison Academy.

7) Gulliver Preparatory School

Location: 6575 N Kendall Dr, Pinecrest, FL 33156

Tuition (9-12): $41,420

Enrollment (PK-12): 2,200

Average SAT Score: 1292

Average ACT Score: 28

College Admissions Highlights:

From 2019-2021, college acceptances include: Amherst, Brown, Bowdoin, UC Berkeley, Colby, Colgate, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Kenyon, MIT, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn, JHU, Pomona, Princeton, Stanford, Tufts, William & Mary, and Yale.

Academic Highlights:

  • In 2021, the school produced 54 AP Scholars with Distinction and 7 with Honors.
  • Students come from 50 countries.
  • 84% of students have achieved a 3 or higher on an AP test.
  • The school offers 32 AP courses
  • Gulliver’s IB diploma rate is 95%.

8) Palmer Trinity School

Location: 8001 SW 184th St, Miami, FL 33157

Tuition (9-12): $43,500

Enrollment (9-12): 475

Mid-50% SAT Score: 1180-1430

Mid-50% ACT Score: 26-32

College Admissions Highlights:

Among the Classes of 2021 & 2022, the following number of students enrolled in prominent universities: UMiami (13), University of Florida (12), NYU (8), BU (7), Northeastern (6), Tulane (6), UMich (5), William & Mary (4), WashU (4), Cornell (3), Duke (3), and USC (3).

Academic Highlights:

  • The AP exam pass rate was 90%.
  • 55% of students are Hispanic.
  • 30 countries are represented in the student body.
  • 15:1 student-to-teacher ratio.
  • 67% of the faculty hold advanced degrees.

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9) Posnack Jewish Day School

Location: 5810 S Pine Island Rd, Davie, FL 33328

Tuition (9-12): $28,050

Enrollment (Pre-K-12): ~830

Average SAT Score: 99th percentile (nationally)

Average ACT Score: Not Reported.

College Admissions Highlights:

Recent acceptances include Princeton University, Cornell-Dyson Business School, New York University-Stern School of Business, University of Michigan -Ross School of Business, Indiana University-Kelly School of Business, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Academic Highlights:

  • 100% of graduates go on to a 4-year college.
  • 75% of the student body participates in organized sports.
  • Offers electives in Pre-Law, Pre-Med, and Pre-Engineering.
  • Ranked as the #1 Jewish day school in Florida.
  • 15 AP courses are available.

10) Saint Andrew’s School

Location:  3900 Jog Rd, Boca Raton, Florida 33434

Tuition (9-12): $32,660

Enrollment (9-12): 637

Mid-50% SAT Score: 1180-1430

Mid-50% ACT Score: 25-32

College Admissions Highlights:

Over one recent 5-year stretch, the following number of students enrolled at some of the top colleges in the country: Boston College (21), USC (20), Tulane (15), UMich (15), Vanderbilt (11), NYU (10), BU (10), Northeastern (8), Columbia (6), Georgetown (5), Cornell (4), and MIT (3).

Academic Highlights:

  • They now offer an IB diploma.
  • The average class size is just 12 students.
  • 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio.
  • Of 84 faculty members, 61 hold master’s degrees and 9 possess doctoral degrees.
  • 86% of students score a 3 or better on AP exams, one of the best percentages of any of the top private schools in Miami.

11) Miami Country Day School

Location: 601 NE 107th St, Miami, FL 33161

Tuition (9-12): $46,700

Enrollment (seniors): 118

Average SAT Score: Not Reported

Average ACT Score: Not Reported

College Admissions Highlights:

Five or more members of the classes of 2018-2022 enrolled at the following schools: Babson, BU, Cornell, Duke, NYU, Northeastern, Tufts, Tulane, UCLA, UMiami, UMichigan, Penn, and USC.

Academic Highlights:

  • 66% of teachers possess advanced degrees.
  • Students speak 19 different languages.
  • 23 AP courses are offered; 91% score a 3 or better.
  • Over 60 languages are spoken in students’ homes.
  • 9:1 student-teacher ratio.

Best Private Schools in Miami – Additional Resources

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