People often ask me to rank the Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Riverdale private schools. But there’s a problem: there are no objective measures available. While you can compare NYC public schools by how well their students perform on standardized tests, private schools intentionally avoid having their students take these tests. Private schools don’t want you to rank schools against each other.
From time to time, publications like the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Worth publish college lists, noting numbers or percentages of private and public high school students who attend top colleges. While many people see these lists as fair rankings, I don’t. I think these rankings say more about the students than the schools. In the Wall Street Journal, I commented: