Dallas 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.