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The 25 best private high schools for getting into a top college

A good high-school education should not only provide students with a solid academic foundation, but also equip them for the rigors of college.

    Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, just released its 2016 rankings of the best private high schools in the country, specifically highlighting the best schools that prepare students for elite colleges.

To determine college readiness, Niche evaluated more than 8,000 schools on composite SAT and ACT scores, the caliber of colleges graduates attend, the percentage of students who matriculate to four-year colleges, and survey responses from students and parents. You can read the full breakdown of the methodology here.

Read on see the top 25 private schools that prepare students for life at a top college and beyond:

No. 1. Phillips Academy

 Location: Andover, Massachusetts

 Average SAT score: 2180

 Popular college choices: Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University

No. 2. Stanford Online High School

 Location: Stanford, California

 Average SAT score: 2150

 Popular college choices: Stanford University, Yale University, Harvard University

No. 3. The Lawrenceville School

 Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey

 Average SAT score: 2130

 Popular college choices: Georgetown University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University

No. 4. The College Preparatory School

 Location: Oakland, California

 Average SAT score: 2200

 Popular college choices: Stanford University, University of California at Los Angeles, University of California at Berkeley

No. 5. Harvard-Westlake School

 Location: Studio City, California

 Average SAT score: 2120

 Popular college choices: University of Southern California, Stanford University, University of California at Los Angeles

No. 6. Groton School

 Location: Groton, Massachusetts

 Average SAT score: 2110

 Popular college choices: Harvard University, Brown University, Georgetown University

No. 7. Phillips Exeter Academy

 Location: Exeter, New Hampshire

 Average SAT score: 2120

 Popular college choices: Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University

No. 8. The Harker School

 Location: San Jose, California

 Average SAT score: 2220

 Popular college choices: Stanford University, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Southern California

No. 9. Lakeside School

 Location: Seattle, Washington

 Average SAT score: 2150

 Popular college choices: University of Washington, Stanford University, Brown University

No. 10. St. Mark's School of Texas

 Location: Dallas, Texas

 Average SAT score: 2160

 Popular college choices: University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, Duke University

No. 11. Choate Rosemary Hall

 Location: Wallingford, Connecticut

 Average SAT score: 2040

 Popular college choices: Yale University, Georgetown University, Columbia University

No. 12. Cate School

 Location: Carpinteria, California

 Average SAT score: 2080

 Popular college choices: University of Southern California, Stanford University, Georgetown University

No. 13. Regis High School

 Location: New York, New York

 Average SAT score: 2180

 Popular college choices: Georgetown University, Cornell University, Boston College

No. 14. St. Paul's School

 Location: Concord, New Hampshire

 Average SAT score: 2100

 Popular college choices: Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University

No. 15. Crystal Springs Uplands School

 Location: Hillsborough, California

 Average SAT score: 2140

 Popular college choices: Stanford University, University of Southern California, University of California at Berkeley

No. 16. Trinity School

 Location: New York, New York

 Average SAT score: 2210

 Popular college choices: Yale University, Columbia University, Brown University

No. 17. Collegiate School

 Location: New York, New York

 Average SAT score: 2170

 Popular college choices: Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University

No. 18. Horace Mann School

 Location: Bronx, New York

 Average SAT score: 2140

 Popular college choices: Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania

No. 19. The Hotchkiss School

 Location: Lakeville, Connecticut

 Average SAT score: 2100

 Popular college choices: Yale University, Georgetown University, University of Pennsylvania

No. 20. Ransom Everglades School

 Location: Coconut Grove, Florida

 Average SAT score: 2070

 Popular college choices: University of Miami, Vanderbilt University, University of Pennsylvania

No. 21. Marlborough School

 Location: Los Angeles, California

 Average SAT score: 2100

 Popular college choices: University of Southern California, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University

No. 22. The Dalton School

 Location: New York, New York

 Average SAT score: 2160

 Popular college choices: Brown University, Columbia University, Yale University

No. 23. Polytechnic School

 Location: Pasadena, California

 Average SAT score: 2100

 Popular college choices: Stanford University, University of Southern California, University of California at Los Angeles

No. 24. The Westminster Schools

 Location: Atlanta, Georgia

 Average SAT score: 2120

 Popular college choices: University of Georgia, Vanderbilt University, University of Pennsylvania

No. 25. Riverdale Country School

 Location: Bronx, New York

 Average SAT score: 2130

 Popular college choices: Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Wesleyan University

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