St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, which has campuses in Jackson and Ridgeland, ranks among the top 20 percent of all private high schools in the United States and is the No.1 private high school in Mississippi.
Newsweek reported the rankings in a Feb. 3 story, listing St. Andrew’s as No. 178 in its ranking of the nation’s top 1,000 private schools.
“The Newsweek ranking reinforces what we already knew,” said Tom Sheppard, St. Andrew’s head of school. “While we’re happy to be recognized as the best in Mississippi, St. Andrew’s offers a national caliber education. Our ranking as one of the top 20 percent of schools in America is reflected in the caliber of our faculty and our programming and in the achievements of our current students and our alumni nationwide.”
Newsweek relied on criteria provided by Niche, a private organization that annually ranks every K-12 school in the United States, in compiling the rankings. Criteria included academics, quality of faculty, teacher/student ratio, diversity, college prep, sports programs, and clubs and extracurricular opportunities. The national rankings were based on statistical information, plus reviews by actual teachers, students, and parents at each school.
Based on the Niche criteria, St. Andrew’s was the only private high school in Mississippi ranked among the top 500 nationwide; the highest ranking by another Mississippi private high school was No. 861.