Nashville Has Three of Tennessee’s Top Five Private Schools, According to a National Ranking

aerial view of Lausanne Collegiate School


Niche rolled out this week its “2022 Best Private Schools in America” list and revealed which Tennessee private schools ranked highest out of the national pool. Niche is a website that gathers data on schools, neighborhoods, and workplaces in order to help people decide the best places to go to school, live, or even work.

Niche combined data taken directly from students, alumni, parents as well as more quantitative data from sources such as the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate teachers, resources and facilities, extracurricular activities, and more. The website does not solely rely on standardized test scores – such as the ACT or SAT – as the main deciding factor in the ratings.

Based on Niche’s data, the top five private schools in the state of Tennessee are:

  • University School of Nashville (Nashville, TN)
  • St. Mary’s Episcopal School (Memphis, TN)
  • Lausanne Collegiate School (Memphis, TN)
  • Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, TN)
  • Harpeth Hall School (Nashville, TN)

All five schools received an A+ overall Niche Grade.

The Volunteer State’s highest-ranked private school, University School of Nashville, is Niche’s #141 Best Private High School in America. St. Mary’s is ranked #255, Lausanne #304, Montgomery Bell #312, and Harpeth Hall ranks in at #355.

Out of the entire country, two of the top five private schools are located in Connecticut, two more are in Massachusetts, and one is in California. Here are the top five schools in the country:

  • Phillips Academy (MA)
  • The Hotchkiss School (CT)
  • Choate Rosemary Hall (CT)
  • The College Preparatory School (CA)
  • Groton School (MA)

To see the full list of Niche’s top private and public schools for 2022, you can visit

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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Lausanne Collegiate School” by Unicurse CC BY-SA 4.0.




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One Thought to “Nashville Has Three of Tennessee’s Top Five Private Schools, According to a National Ranking”

  1. 83ragtop50

    I have to wonder what is the real criteria behind these rankings. Is being “WOKE” or the use of CRT included? One must look under the covers to see what such rankings are actually measuring.