10 America’s Best Prep Schools

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“Colleges are not only looking for the best, they are looking for a diverse student body,” says Rubén A. Gaztambide-Fernández, assistant professor of education at the University of Toronto and author of The Best of the Best: Becoming Elite at an American Boarding School. Here are Top 10 America’s Best Prep Schools:

No. 1: Trinity School
Location: New York, N.Y.
Founded: 1709
Ivy/MIT/Stanford pipeline: 41%
Student/Faculty ratio: 6:1
Faculty holding advanced degrees: 82%
Endowment: $40.4 million
Notable alumni: Colson Whitehead, John and Patrick McEnroe, Katrina vanden Heuvel

No. 2: Horace Mann
Location: New York, N.Y.
Founded: 1887
Ivy/MIT/Stanford pipeline: 36%
Student/Faculty ratio: 12:1
Faculty holding advanced degrees: 94%
Notable alumni: Jack Kerouac, William Carlos Williams, James Schlesinger

No. 3: Phillips Academy Andover
Location: Andover, Mass.
Founded: 1778
Ivy/MIT/Stanford pipeline: 33%
Student/Faculty ratio: 5:1
Faculty holding advanced degrees: 73%
Endowment: $641.8 million
Notable alumni: Humphrey Bogart, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush

No. 4: The Brearley School
Location: New York, N.Y.
Founded: 1884
Ivy/MIT/Stanford pipeline: 37%
Student/Faculty ratio: 6:1
Faculty holding advanced degrees: 73%
Endowment: $106 million
Notable alumni: Caroline Kennedy, Tea Leoni, Kyra Sedgwick

No. 5: Roxbury Latin
Location: West Roxbury, Mass.
Founded: 1645
Ivy/MIT/Stanford pipeline: 36%
Student/Faculty ratio: 8:1
Faculty holding advanced degrees: 76%
Endowment: $105 million
Notable alumni: James Pierpont (principal founder of Yale), biologist Jared Diamond, former Treasury Secretary Roger Altman

No. 6: Phillips Exeter Academy
Location: Exeter, N.H.
Founded: 1781
Ivy/MIT/Stanford pipeline: 29% (three-year average)
Student/Faculty ratio: 5:1
Faculty holding advanced degrees: 83%
Endowment: $854 million
Notable alumni: Gore Vidal, George Plimpton, Mark Zuckerberg

No. 7: Collegiate School
Location: New York, N.Y.
Founded: 1628
Ivy/MIT/Stanford pipeline: 40%
Student/Faculty ratio: 5:1
Faculty holding advanced degrees: 72%
Endowment: $61.7 million
Notable alumni: John F. Kennedy Jr., David Duchovny. Bill Kristol

No. 8: St. Paul’s
Location: Concord, N.H.
Founded: 1856
Ivy/MIT/Stanford pipeline: 30% (four-year average)
Student/Faculty ratio: 5:1
Faculty holding advanced degrees: 74%
Endowment: $346 million
Notable alumni: William Randolph Hearst, J. Pierpont Morgan, Sen. John F. Kerry

No. 9: The Spence School
Location: New York, N.Y.
Founded: 1892
Ivy/MIT/Stanford pipeline: 33%
Student/Faculty ratio: 7:1
Faculty holding advanced degrees: 73%
Notable alumni: Helen Clay Frick, Gwyneth Paltrow, Aerin Lauder

10. The Winsor School
Location: Boston, Mass.
Founded: 1886
Ivy/MIT/Stanford pipeline: 31%
Student/Faculty ratio: 7:1
Faculty holding advanced degrees: 89%
Endowment: $50.4 million
Notable alumni: Olympic gold medalist Tenley Albright, film director Hilary Birmingham, former Vogue editor Barbara Cushing Mortimer Paley.

source: Forbes