San Diego Private School Guide 2018
A guide for selecting the best educational options for your child’s unique needs
San Diego is home to more than 300 private schools, offering a wealth of exceptional choices. Naturally, you want to make an investment that helps your child grow academically, socially, and athletically, but where do you begin when it comes to the selection process? Friends and neighbors may speak highly of a particular school and online reviews may rave, but that does not ensure a perfect fit for your family. Read on for expert advice that will help you select a learning environment where your child can thrive and ultimately excel.
Private School Ratings
Do you know how each school stacks up? Check the ratings on privateschoolreview.com to find out.
Here’s a caveat, though: Keep in mind that private schools aren’t ranked. Each is unique, so instead of trying to compare apples and oranges, take into account what individual schools offer and what would be best for your student. Things like an emphasis on STEM subjects, arts, sports, languages, religious studies, military training, or whether a school is a day school or boarding school can mean the difference.
Private School Overview
There are 5.7 million students enrolled in 33,000 private schools in the United States.
78 percent of private school students attend religiously affiliated schools.
Average private school tuition for all grades and affiliations is nearly $11,000, but elementary school tuition is lower, averaging $7,700, while K-12 tuition averages $13,640.
Nonsectarian schools are the most expensive, averaging $21,510 across all grade levels.
In Gallup polls, adults rank private schools very highly. 71 percent of more than 1,000 adults rated independent private schools “good” or “excellent,” and 63 percent rated religious private schools “good” or “excellent,” while just 55 percent of those surveyed gave the same rating to charter schools and just 44 percent rated public schools that highly.
Source: Council for American Private Education
By the Numbers
San Diego County
305 Private schools
57,741 Private school students
33% Minority enrollment
14:1 Student-to-teacher ratio
51% Religiously affiliated schools
The City of San Diego
103 Private schools
$17,371 Average private high school tuition
37% Minority enrollment
85% Acceptance rate
53% Religiously affiliated schools
Source: Private School Review
- Start the process 18 months before the desired school year begins.
- International students might need six months more.
- Your student should take the SSAT, ISEE, or other required tests. Consider tutoring or other test prep courses to boost scores.
- Visit the school. This can include a tour of the grounds, sitting in on classes, or even spending a night on campus.
- Make a checklist for completing the application. There are many steps to each school’s application process.
- Your student will likely need teachers’ recommendations, school transcripts, writing samples, and test scores.
- Consider hiring a consultant to help with choosing and applying to the right school.
San Diego Private Schools Guide