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America’s best private high schools have a reputation for providing a top-notch education and preparing students for life at an elite university — and these great schools can be found all across the country.

Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, recently released its 2016 rankings of the best private high schools in the US.

Niche looked at performance on the SAT and ACT, college-matriculation rates, quality of colleges that students consider and attend, school culture and diversity, and student and parent reviews. It combined these metrics to reflect “overall excellence,” measured on a 100-point scale.

Business Insider searched the ranking to find the best in each state. Sufficient data wasn’t available for Alaska, North Dakota, or Wyoming, so they do not appear on this list.

Read on for the best private high schools in each state:

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