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Top 50 The Most Sought-After Schools of 2020


A questionnaire was sent to students between January 2020 and September 2020, which requested them to share a list of schools they planned to apply for the 2021-2022 school year.


The result shows that Phillips Exeter Academy, Phillips Academy Andover and Trinity School are ranked as the top three most sought- after schools among students. The list is dominated by US universities besides for the Hong Kong International School, which is the only Asian schools ranked in the top 50.

Below is the list of the Top 50 Most Sought-After independent school of 2020:

  1. Phillips Exeter Academy

  2. Phillips Academy Andover

  3. Trinity School

  4. Choate Rosemary Hall

  5. Harvard-Westlake School

  6. Noble and Greenough School

  7. Milton Academy

  8. Riverdale Country School

  9. Horace Mann School

  10. Deerfield Academy

  11. The Hotchkiss School

  12. Lakeside School

  13. Buckingham Browne and Nichols

  14. The Dalton School

  15. The Lawrenceville School

  16. Groton School

  17. St. John’s School

  18. The Loomis Chaffee School

  19. The Kinkaid School

  20. Stanford Online High School

  21. The Harker School

  22. Lick-Wilmerding High School

  23. Polytechnic School

  24. Brentwood School

  25. Menlo School

  26. Urban School

  27. Episcopal High School

  28. Concord Academy

  29. St. Paul’s School

  30. St. Marks School of Texas

  31. Boston Latin School

  32. Ransom Everglades School

  33. The Hockaday School

  34. Crystal Springs Uplands

  35. The Overlake School

  36. Marlborough School

  37. The Bishop’s School

  38. Flintridge Preparatory School

  39. Eastside Preparatory School

  40. Windward School

  41. Greenhill School

  42. Blair Academy

  43. The Potomac School

  44. Hong Kong International School

  45. Dwight-Englewood School

  46. The Rivers School

  47. San Francisco University High School

  48. Peddie School

  49. St. Agnes Academy

  50. University of Toronto Schools


Parents and students can always incorporate the mission and values of the academy into their decision making when it comes to choosing where to study. Scroll down for more information about two of the most prestigious schools in the 2020.


Phillips Exeter Academy

Established in 1781, Phillips Exeter Academy encourages students to explore emerging interests in the academic, artistic and athletic fields. The school’s mission is to “Unite goodness and knowledge and inspired youth from every quarter to lead purposeful lives”, which indicated that they values youth since it is an important period to develop the student’s potential. They provide more than 450 courses in 18 subject areas, with a student-to-teacher ration of 5:1.

Trinity School

Established in 1709, the Trinity School community is characterised by religious, racial, and ethnic diversity. The school focus on having a balanced educational program which incorporate arts, athletics and community service together. Also, they encourage students to not only grow into their best selves but to reach out beyond themselves and nourish empathetic understanding of others. They provide outstanding programs related to athletics, the arts, peer leadership and global travel fields, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 13:1.


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