Best High Schools in the Bay Area

These Private High Schools were voted the Bay Area’s 2021 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

San Francisco & Marin

Gold: Pacific Preparatory. Its curriculum approach is to ensure lessons integrate each student’s interests, development and academic goals. 2443 Fillmore St., #380-7575, San Francisco. 314-722-7737.

Silver: Lick-Wilmerding High School. 755 Ocean Ave., San Francisco. 415-333-4021.

Bronze: St. Ignatius College Preparatory. 2001 37th Ave., San Francisco. 415-731-7500.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Hope Technology School. With inclusive classes, this school provides opportunities for every student to thrive academically, physically and socially in order to develop into globally responsible citizens. 2525 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. 650-565-8391.

Silver: Pacific Preparatory. Online. 314-722-7737.

Bronze: Bellarmine College Preparatory. 960 W. Hedding St., San Jose. 408-294-9224.

Bronze: The Harker School. 500 Saratoga Ave., San Jose. 408-249-2510.

East Bay

Gold: Redwood Christian High School. This interdenominational, Christ-centered school offers a rigorous college-prep academic program built on the foundation of a Biblical world view, and also has competitive athletics and a comprehensive fine arts program. 1000 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo. 510-317-8990.

Silver: Head-Royce School. 4315 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. 510-531-1300.

Bronze: Bishop O’Dowd High School. 9500 Stearns Ave., Oakland. 510-577-9100.


Gold: Menlo School. Students learn from an array of perspectives, experiences and cultures. Staff helps students discover their interests and find their voice. 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. 650-330-2000.

Gold: The Nueva School. This independent school strives to help gifted learners discover and develop their passions and make choices that positively impact the world. 131 E. 28th Ave., San Mateo. 650-235-7100.

Silver: Crystal Springs Uplands School. 10 Davis Drive, Belmont. 650-645-1000.

Bronze: Sacred Heart Schools Atherton. 150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. 650-322-1866.