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Best Private Schools in Dallas

By August 1, 2011

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DallasDallas is home to a broad variety of top-notch private schools. This list concentrates on schools that prepare students for college. Educating 1,000 students from different faiths, The Episcopal School of Dallas is a strong co-ed college-prep school with students in pre-school through 12th grade, and Parish Episcopal School is a pre-K through 12th co-ed school for students of all faiths. Parish graduated its first class of seniors in 2007, and the school now educates nearly 1,200 students. In nearby Addison, Greenhill School is an independent co-ed school whose mission is to encourage excellence and openness in learning.

The city also boasts a number of single-sex schools, including St. Mark's School of Texas, an independent boys' school for students in grades 1-12. Its sister school is The Hockaday School for girls in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Founded in 1962 by monks escaping communist Hungary, Cistercian Preparatory School is a Catholic school for boys in grades 5-12. Ursuline Academy is a Catholic college-prep high school for girls in grades 9-12. The alma mater of philanthropist Melinda French Gates (who has given millions of dollars to the school to build a state-of-the-art science, math, and technology center), Ursuline Academy is also the oldest Dallas school in continuous operation.

Founded in 1993 for Jewish students of all affiliations, Yavneh Academy is a modern Orthodox high school for girls and boys. Bending Oaks High School, the alma mater of champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, is an open-enrollment school for students who haven't been successful in other school settings and need a more flexible environment. Finally, Lamplighter School prepares girls and boys in pre-k through fourth grade; many of its students go on to attend strong private middle and high schools in Dallas.

These are only some of the many great private schools in the area. If I have missed any schools that you think should be on this list, please use the comment feature below to let me know.


August 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm
(1) jan Dangles says:

A private school in st charles il serves children from the age of three and going through fifth grade.
This is our twentieth year serving children in the tri cities.
Check us out on facebook or Bridgesmontessori.org.
Thank you
Jan Dangles

July 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm
(2) Alex F. says:

There is a private school in Plano near Preston Rd and George Bush Tollway that is Top 10 in DFW and not on this list. Yorktown Education has a gifted & talented program and has dual college credit course work.

This school has affordable tuition, non-religious and personalized curriculum. The environment is awesome for social growth and academics catered to your child.

March 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm
(3) Peter says:

Somehow you missed one of the largest and most well known High Schools in Dallas, Jesuit College Preparatory School…

March 27, 2013 at 8:54 am
(4) Blythe G. says:

Hi Peter, There is more about Jesuit College Preparatory School at the following link:


May 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm
(5) Parent at School says:

Lakehill Prep is one of the best schools in Dallas, and reasonably priced. It attracts very solid students without the intense stress and price tag of some of the better known schools. The administrators are excellent and are always on top of any social situation, creating a culture of respect and safety that is unique these days. The teachers are excellent! Please add Lakehill to your list!

December 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm
(6) Rosemary Martinez says:

Our parents at Mary Immaculate School (including myself!) think that their children are in the best school in the North Dallas area! Great academics, experienced teachers, affordable tuition…plus the values my husband and I uphold and want as part of our family life are strengthened in the classroom and are woven into the curricula, so they are constantly reaffirmed.

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