Top 5 Bay Area Private Schools' SAT and ACT Scores


Happy Thursday to our readers and welcome back to our last installment of the Bay Area's top five private K-12 schools!


If you have not checked out yesterday's blog about the top ten Bay Area middle schools, go ahead and head on over there first to give it a read!


And don't forget to read our highly trending article on Bay Area's top ten high schools and their SAT and ACT scores.


To spice things up for today's reading, we thought it would be good to give our families and students a read on private schools separate from our previous two blog posts on public academic options.


For those that have not yet read our blog on The Different Types of Private Schools, here is a quick run-down.


Private schools are independently-run, governmental, and are privately funded.


According to Teach.com,

[Private schools] are not paid for by public tax dollars and are not subject to the regulations that govern public schools.

If you decided to give our aforementioned blog post a read, there are a variety of types of private schools that you can choose from:

  • Traditional private school

  • Boarding school

  • Charter school

  • Montessori school

  • Religious and cultural school

  • Waldorf school

#1. The Nueva School


Ranking supreme and number one for the San Francisco Bay Area private school, The Nueva School has been around since 1967. The private school began through the hard work of a Karen Stone McCown.


With 889 students currently enrolled, the student-teacher ratio is a remarkable five to one.


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Parents looking to enroll their children at The Nueva School can find the school located in Hillsborough, California.


The Nueva School offers academic registration for the following grades:

  • Lower school (pre-K to fourth grade)

  • Middle school (fifth to eighth grade)

  • High school (ninth to twelfth grade)


Students of color constitute fifty-six percent of The Nueva School.


Students enrolled at this particular private school generally apply for colleges and universities such as Stanford, Brown, or the University of California - Berkeley.


Here is a review left by a junior student attending the extraordinary school, as stated on Niche:

The main appeal of the Upper Nueva School is the quality of education. A remarkably low teacher-to-student ratio ensures that each student receives a personalized, tailored, and accessible educational plan with a well-defined expectation of success. Beyond this, students have vast educational freedom. People have access to an extensive library, couches or isolated workspaces, and peer help. Outside of midterm and finals week, I complete my homework at school more often than not.

Parents and students looking to enroll in this private school should expect tuition to cost approximately between $28,000 to $47,000 depending on the student's grade.


The Nueva School offers financial aid of over $4.5 million annually for those that are looking to apply for special grants.


According to forty responses for the SAT, students receive an average of 1490 on their SAT exams. As for the ACT, students score an average of 34 - based off of 43 respondents.


For more about The Nueva School, click here to be redirected to their "at-a-glance" section.


#2. Head-Royce School


Following closely on Bay Area's top private schools is the Head-Royce School, located in Oakland, California.


Head-Royce School was founded in 1887 and presently employs 880 students with a student-teacher ratio of seven to one.


Students enrolled at Head-Royce School are particularly interested in applying for colleges like the University of California - Los Angeles, University of California - Berkeley, and the University of Southern California.


The Head-Royce School offers academic registration for the following grades:

  • Kindergarten to fifth grade

  • Sixth to eighth grade

  • Ninth to twelfth grade

Students of color represent fifty-four percent of the private school.


A recent review left five months ago on Niche revealed a parent's delight of a son attending the school:

Amazing school! The 3 pillars speak for itself! Citizenship, Diversity and Scholarship! My son attends 1st grade the teachers are phenomenal and the system is excellent I’m each area! The head of the school is a genius! We are truly blessed to be party of the head Royce family and what a great balance for my son! Social, emotional and academically challenged couldn’t ask more! Very well structured and amazing staff! We feel at home and our money is well invested!

Parents that wish to enroll their children at Head-Royce School can anticipate the following tuitions:

  • Kindergarten to fifth grade: $31,900

  • Grades six to eight: $35,800

  • Grades nine to twelve: $45,600

Head-Royce School offers grants and financial aid as well, amounting over $5.9 million dollars from the 2019-2020 school year.


Students that attend Head-Royce School score an average SAT score of 1410 (based on 93 responses) and an average ACT test result of 34 (based on 37 responses).


Want to know what SAT, ACT, and GPA scores top colleges and universities require? Read our previous blog post to know.


For more about Head-Royce School, click here to be redirected to their "at-a-glance" section.


#3. The Harker School

The Harker School is located in San Jose, California and currently educates 2,040 students.


Founded in 1893, the school has a K-12 student-teacher ratio of eleven to one.


Harker students typically are interested in applying for colleges and universities such as Stanford, University of California - Berkeley, and the University of California - Los Angeles.


The private school offers academic registration for the following:

  • Preschool

  • Lower school (kindergarten through grade five)

  • Middle school (grades six to eight)

  • Upper school (grades nine to twelve)


Read for yourself a student alumnae's amazing athletic experience at Harker, taken from Niche:

I had an amazing experience at The Harker School, partly due to my transformative athletic experience in the high school. Harker's athletic directors and coaches work hard to facilitate a high quality student-athlete experience, and they are constantly improving the facilities so that the available equipment is state-of-the-art. I am sure that the skills of time management and teamwork that I developed as an athlete bolstered my performance in the Harker classroom, and since I was studying so much, it was very healthy for me to be committed to a physical extracurricular activity through team sports. From my experience, like the teachers who work at Harker, the coaches in Harker athletics care deeply about the overall well-being of Harker students and understand that rigorous sports not only can complement but also can support and extend the rigor of intellectual pursuit. I can't recommend Harker athletics and Harker coaches enough!

Tuition and enrollment costs are outlined below:

  • Preschool: $35,125

  • Kindergarten: $39,000

  • Grades one to five: $39,000

  • Grades six to eight: $47,000

  • Grades nine to twelve: $51,300

Similarly to other Bay Area private schools mentioned, The Harker School also offers financial assistance in their admissions process.


Students enrolled at The Harker School score an average SAT score of 1480 and an average ACT of 33, based on 273 responses for the SAT exam and 91 for the ACT.


For more about The Harker School, click here to be redirected to their "about us" section.


#4. The Quarry Lane School

Parents can find The Quarry Lane School located in Dublin, California.


The private school was developed by founder and president Dr. Sabri Arac in 1991.


The total student population is 700, with a student-teacher ratio of seven to one. Over seventy percent of the teaching faculty at The Quarry Lane School hold advanced degrees (masters or doctorate).


Before committing, have you considered these questions when looking for the right school for you? Read our blog post here to find out!


Academic registration is available for the following grades:

  • Preschool (available only at the Pleasanton location)

  • Lower school (junior kindergarten to fifth grade)

  • Middle school (grades six to eight)

  • High school (grades nine to twelve)


Students enrolled at The Quarry Lane School are interested in colleges such as the University of California - Los Angeles, University of California - Berkeley, and the University of Southern California.


Read below a review left two months ago by a satisfied Quarry Lane parent on Niche:

We are blessed to be part of The Quarry Lane School since 6th Grade. Now my son is going to be a freshman and its going to be our 4th year with the school. As a parent, I am very happy with the School Safety, Excellent Teachers, Great Curriculum, Very positive nurturing environment. Staff and faculty are highly engaged, welcoming to parents, and communicative about expectations. They also go the extra distance to address concerns and help all students reach their full potential. It's common for College Prep teachers to exude passion and deep knowledge of subjects. They make the subject matter engaging in ways that develop strong skills in writing, reading, conversation and collaboration.The combination of amazing teachers who want to help you, motivated students, and a diverse, safe environment make this easily one of the topmost private school in San Francisco Bay Area.

Parents can expect academic tuition to be as followed for 2019-2020 enrollment:

  • Junior kindergarten: $19,402

  • Kindergarten to fifth grade: $24,146

  • Sixth to eighth grade: $29,262

  • Ninth to twelfth grade: $37,649


Quarry Lane students receive an average SAT score of 1380 and an average ACT of 31, based on 72 responses for the SAT exam and 41 for the ACT.


For more about The Quarry Lane School, click here to be redirected to their "at a glance" section.


#5. Bentley School

Last but certainly not least in Bay Area's top five private schools, we have Bentley School.


Bentley School is located in Oakland, California with 696 students and a student-teacher ratio of seven to one.


Founded in 1920, Bentley School offers education for the following grades:

  • Lower school (kindergarten through fifth grade)

  • Middle school (grades six to eight)

  • Upper school (grades nine to twelve)


Bentley students look at colleges such as the University of California - Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and the University of California - Berkeley.


See for yourself a review left by a senior student, taken from Niche:

Bentley school has given me access to some of the best teachers that I have had. Teachers are available to meet almost any time of the day, and the school has a specific time each week called flex that is specifically meant for academic enrichment. The teachers genuinely care about students and want each student to succeed.

Bentley School academic tuition for the 2019-2020 year is as follows:

  • Kindergarten to grade five: $31,015

  • Grade six to eight: $33,885

  • Grade nine to twelve: $44,295


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The average SAT score of Bentley students is 1310 and an average ACT of 29, based on 103 responses for the SAT and 67 for the ACT test.


For more about Bentley School, click here to be redirected to their "history" section.


Hopefully today's blog provided you with information on Bay Area's top five private schools K-12 and now you have more insights on their relative SAT and ACT scores as well as the academic environments!


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