Pomfret Ranked Among the Best Private High Schools in America

As one reviewer put it: "You will not find a better place to go to high school."


When it comes to education, the US is home to an incredible assortment of private high schools. Iconic names like Phillips and Choate in the East, Thacher and Cate in the West, and many others in between, make the US one of the most competitive private school markets in the world. 

And yet, for the second year in a row, Pomfret has been recognized by Niche — the leader in secondary school rankings — as one of the country's premier independent schools. In particular, Pomfret was ranked the #7 Best Private High School in Connecticut, the #31 Best Boarding High School in America, and the #117 Best Private High School in America, receiving an overall grade of A+. For context, there are an estimated 4,260 private high schools in the US, which puts Pomfret in the top 3 percent of all independent schools in the country.

"We're a pretty down-to-earth school. We try not to put too much stock in grades and rankings, but I'm pleased that Pomfret has been recognized as one of this country's best independent schools," says Director of Enrollment Management Amy Graham. "We strive to provide a really high quality education and experience for our students, and this recognition validates that work." 


There are an estimated 4,260 private high schools in the US, which puts Pomfret in the top 3 percent of all independent schools in the country.


The 2021 Best Private High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents. Ranking factors include SAT/ACT scores, the quality of colleges that students consider, student-teacher ratio, private school ratings, and more. Niche scores nearly 100,000 schools each year.

Posting on the Niche website, one recent graduate wrote, "Pomfret is an incredible community. Most schools say they have a strong community in their catalogue but do not live up to this expectation, this is not true at Pomfret. All of the faculty care deeply about their students in and outside of the classroom. The students are genuine and caring and cultivate a strong sense of community that allows everyone to be themselves.

"You will not find a better place to go to high school. Everybody is celebrated for who they are and what they bring to the community. It is a wonderful mix of athletes, brainiacs, and those interested in the arts and everybody feels valued. I struggled socially before coming to Pomfret and met my best friends there, some of the best people I know. I met adults that believed in me and still care deeply about me and my success even after graduation. Best 4 years of my life."

Over the past several years, Pomfret has built a reputation among prospective families, college admission officers, and placement directors as a school to watch. Bold initiatives like the Grauer Family Institute and interesting new offerings like the Certificate Program have caught the eye of families looking for a school that both pushes and pulls its students to succeed. 

"There's really no ceiling at Pomfret," says Gwyneth Connell, who oversees academics at Pomfret. "The sky's the limit."


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