Beyond the luxe lifestyle and lavish homes, Miami is home to a wealth of outstanding private school experiences.
Often overlooked amidst Miami's stunning waterfront landscapes and luxury-laden residences is its appeal as a place in which to raise a family.
The city boasts a richly diverse culture that includes a roster of standout museums. There's an abundance of outdoor activities featuring beaches and parks and an endless number of water-based pursuits. Of course, there's also an amazing restaurant scene, which caters to families of all sizes and manner of tastes.
Perhaps most telling about Miami's appeal in raising a family is the region's number of highly touted private schools. From Coconut Grove to North Beach to Miami proper, regardless of which upscale community you call home, there is an exemplary private school nearby.
Let's explore five of the top private schools in Miami.
Carrollton School of Sacred Heart
Originally founded in 1961, the all-girl Carrollton School of Sacred Heart
has long been regarded as one of Miami-Dade County's finest institutions—public or private. The pre-K through grade 12 institution is the only one of its kind in the state of Florida.
Housed in El Jardin, a Mediterranean-style home originally built in 1918 now listed on the U.S. Register of Historic Places, the school overlooks Key Biscayne Bay in Southwest Coconut Grove. The Catholic-based school provides its students with a morally focused curriculum in both academics and athletics. The school's enrollment includes approximately 850 students and a student-teacher ratio of 8:1.
Miami Country Day
First opened in 1938, Miami Country Day School
is arguably one of Miami's most well-known and celebrated private institutions. Its core commitment is in providing all of its pre-K through 12 students a strong academic foundation, with college preparatory programs and study abroad offerings. The school also has a deep appreciation for the arts, including a dedicated facility, the Center for the Arts, which focuses on theater, dance, and music disciplines.
Its eye-catching modern campus provides students the facilities necessary to learn and excel across more than 240 courses and 60 electives. Mirroring its namesake city's international scope, Miami County Day is home to a student population representing 44 countries.
Ransom Everglades School
Recognized by community data and research firm Niche as having the top private high school in Florida, the Ransom Everglades School
is one of Miami's oldest private institutions. Founded in 1903, the highly lauded institution operates two campuses in Coconut Grove, the Middle School serving grades 6 through 8 and the Upper School housing classes for 9 through 12.
The central focus for Ransom Everglades School is teaching its students an innovative, college-level curriculum that incorporates traditional teaching methods with modern-day technology and tools. Although total enrollment across the seven grade levels is over 1,100 students, class size is small with a 10:1 student-teacher ratio.
Coral Gables and Miami
For 70 years, Riviera Schools
has challenged, enriched, and inspired the lives of students from around the Miami-Dade area. Serving grades pre-K through 12, Riviera has consistently ranked among Florida's top private grade schools and one of its best college preparatory institutions.
Split into two campuses—PK-5 Day School in Coral Gables and 6-12 Prep School in Miami—the school provides an intimate hands-on learning experience for its students. Total enrollment across both schools is 835 students with a student-teacher ratio of 8:1.
Scheck Hillel Community School
North Miami Beach
Consistently rated as a top-tier private school in South Florida, Scheck Hillel Community School
is also recognized as one of Florida's best Jewish-based schools. For 50 years, Scheck Hillel has prepared its high school students for the nation's most elite universities, including Columbia, Duke, and UC-Berkely.
But more than a preparatory institution, Scheck Hillel serves all grades, pre-K through 12, at its 14-acre campus, which includes a 115,000 square foot athletic complex in North Miami Beach. Annual enrollment consists of 1,160 students across all grades, representing 20 counties and 10 different languages. The student-teacher ratio is 6:1.
Gulliver Preparatory School
Gulliver Preparatory School has been serving Miami-Dade County for nearly a decade, starting as Gulliver Academy in 1926 and transforming into Gulliver Preparatory School in 1975. Over 2,200 students attend the school across its four campuses.
Gulliver Prep offers prestigious programs, such as honors, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced Placement classes, as well as dual enrollment opportunities at the University of Miami, Florida International University, and Miami-Dade College. The average class size is small, at just 16 students, and the student-teacher ratio is 8:1, guaranteeing personalized learning. The school is ranked in the top 10 best private high schools in Florida by Niche
Palmer Trinity School
Ranked the best Christian high school in the Miami area and the second-best in the entire state by Niche
, Palmer Trinity School is an episcopal school that prides itself on making students passionate learners, problem solvers, independent thinkers, and ethical leaders. The school is diverse, with over half of students speaking two or more languages and pupils from 37 countries.
The student-teacher ratio is 14:1, and there are dozens of sports, arts, and global learning programs. Its marine biology program is a highlight, with the innovative Coral Lab, an interdisciplinary center for education, training, and research in the field.
Westminster Christian School
Ranked in the top five Christian schools in the Miami area and top 10 in the state by Niche
, Westminster Christian School aims to “empower learners, inspire lives, and prepare hearts.” The school’s core values include collaboration, innovation, integrity, and service.
Westminster Christian School offers many competitive academic opportunities, such as the AP Capstone, Emerald Scholar, Honors Science Research, and Engineering programs. In addition, students can also participate in its many extracurriculars, ranging from sports and theater to volunteer clubs and honor societies.
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