There are many reasons  why  parents  are choosing to elect a private school education for their child. One  of  the main reasons being that parents want to ensure that their children are getting the academic programs that they need to prepare themselves for college. Another reason parents are moving their children to private school is for the extracurricular activities and athletic programs offered.

The number of private schools in the U.S. is growing, too. According to the Private School Universe Study, from the National Center for Education Statistics, there were 33,319 private, elementary and secondary schools with 5,396,000 students choosing to move into private education.

These private schools run the gamut – from elite preparatory academies that cost  more  than  $30,000  annually  to less expensive parochial schools where tuition is often offset by generous dona- tions. According to the most recent statistics from the National Association of Independent Schools, tuition for day schools ranged from a few thousand dollars to more than $30,000 a year, while median day-school tuition was $10,003 (half of schools charge more, and half charge less).

With a community of nearly over 7.1 million people, it’s not surprising that there are hundreds of private schools in the metroplex and surrounding communities. The following is a list of the 25 largest private schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that include grades served, address, contact information and website, where available. We’ve also included a general sampling of other private schools in the area to give you an idea of  the  depth and variety the Dallas/Fort Worth area offers for private education.

For a more comprehensive listing of other area private schools and more detailed  information  about  each  school – including tuition, admissions requirements, maps,  reviews,  and  the  ability  to   search  by   price,   location,  and more – please refer to the Internet resources listed on the following page. For national educational resources, including private school information, please refer to our listing of National Education  Resources in this section.


Alcuin School

6144 Churchill Way, Dallas 75230

Alcuin School has been dedicated to educational excellence, and to the success of every child, since its founding in 1964. Offering a uniquely nurturing experience for children from toddlers through high school, Alcuin provides a proven, effective, progressive education. They strive to empower children by inspiring “Passionate Learners and Innovative Thinkers.” Grades PreK-12


All Saints Episcopal School

9700 Saints Circle, Fort Worth 76108

The school was formed and originally named St. Andrews Episcopal School. Early in 1976, All Saints Episcopal Day School was incorporated as a legal entity. An independent school board was formed, and the school year began with an enroll- ment of 118 students and 11 faculty members.  All  Saints   Episcopal   School is an independent school for students  in 3K  through  the  twelfth  grade.   Offering a  challenging,  college  prep   curriculum in a  nurturing,  Christian  environment, All Saints has earned a reputation for academic excellence. Grades K-12


Bishop Lynch High School

9750 Ferguson Road, Dallas, 75228

Bishop Lynch High School is a college preparatory   school   of    the    Diocese of  Dallas  (grades  9-12)  founded   by  the Dominican Order in east Dallas, T exas (USA). It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas. It opened in 1963 with 365 students and now has over 1,000 students. Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the  development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. Grades 9-12


Cambridge School of Dallas

3877 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX 75229

The Cambridge School of Dallas was opened in 1996. It is a Christ-centered classical college preparatory  school,  with  a philosophy of “Academic Discipleship.” The school develops both the minds and souls of young Christians by emphasizing classical education. Grades 6-12


Cistercian Preparatory School

All-boys school
3660 Cistercian Road, Irving 75039

Cistercian  Preparatory  School  opened in 1962 and today serves 355 students in grades 5-12. The  school’s  student  body is culturally and economically diverse, representing about 25 different feeder schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Student to faculty ratio is 7:1; 54 percent of faculty members have advanced degrees; and 17 percent have a PhD or equivalent degree. Grades 5-12


The Clariden School of Southlake

100 Clariden Ranch Road, Southlake 76092

Established in 1986, The Clariden School of Southlake serves children ages 3 to 18. The combination of an AMI Montessori Lower School program for Primary and Elementary aged children and a 21st Century project-based Global Strengths program for grades 7-12 is a hallmark of The Clariden School of Southlake and its unique educa-tional approach. Grades K-12


Coram Deo Academy

6464 East Lovers Lane, Dallas 75214
4700 Wichita Trail, Flower Mound, 75022
Lower: 2400 State Hwy 121, Plano, 75025
Upper: 9725 Independence Pkwy, Plano, 75025

Established in 1999, Coram Deo Academy is an  accredited,  non-denominational, day school serving Christian families at three locations in the DFW metroplex. They strive to train the next generation of ethical servant leaders and wise thinkers who will shape culture for the glory of God. Grades PreK-12


Covenant Christian Academy

901 Cheek Sparger Road, Colleyville 76034

Covenant Christian Academy is an independent, Christian, college preparatory day school founded in 1979 with a classical curriculum that combines a rigorous academic program with exemplary fine arts and outstanding athletics. Partnering with Christian parents to provide a remarkable education, their academic philosophy is founded on 2500 years of the best educational practices. Every course of study ultimately directs students to emulate the perfect excellence found in Christ.  The school is located on  a beautiful 17 acre campus in Colleyville, just minutes from DFW International Airport. Grades PreK3 -12


Dallas Christian Academy

4025 N. Central Expressway, Dallas 75204

Established in 1952, Dallas Christian Academy provides quality Seventh-day Adventist education for the children and youth of the Dallas  area.  They  provide  the benefits of an intimate learning environment and a focus on educating and developing the whole person. Young people are encouraged to excel academically and develop healthy bodies and thriving spiri- tual lives. Grades PK-12


Dallas International School

6039 Churchill Way, Dallas 75230
17811 Waterview Pkwy, Dallas 75252

Dallas International School (DIS) educates students of all  backgrounds  to  contribute to a dynamic world with its internationally renowned curriculum, multiple language instruction, and exposure to diverse  cultural views. Accredited by the French Ministry of  National Education, the International Baccalaureate Organization and the   Independent    Schools    Association of the Southwest, DIS offers a language immersion  academic  curriculum   taught  in English, French  and  Spanish,  leading  to the French Baccalaureate Diploma or  the International Baccalaureate Diploma. PreK2 – 12th grade


Episcopal School of Dallas

Middle/Upper School:
4100 Merrell Rd., Dallas 75229
Lower School:
4344 Colgate Avenue, Dallas 75225

The Episcopal School of Dallas is a coed- ucational  academic  community  founded in 1974 by the Reverend Stephen B. Swann and a group of Episcopalian local leaders. They prepare young men and women for lives of intellectual discovery, integrity, and purpose. The School develops the unique talent and potential in each student and embraces sound learning, discipline, and faith as essential elements of an educated conscience. Grades PK-12


Fort Worth Christian School

6200 Holiday Lane
North Richland Hills 76180

Fort Worth Christian School was established in 1956, A Christ-centered community which provides a safe environment, a quality education and a spiritual influence in the lives of children. They encourage students to grow through educational programs that are designed to meet their diversified needs, interests, and abilities. Grades PreK-12


Fort Worth Country Day

4200 Country Day Lane
Fort Worth 76109

Established in 1963, Fort Worth Country Day offers families of Fort Worth and surrounding areas an advanced curric- ulum,   comprehensive   in   its    emphasis of the humanities, sciences, arts, and athletics. The School values diversity in its community and encourages openness of thought and freedom of inquiry. Through  its program, the School seeks to develop enthusiastic, thinking, well-rounded and responsible citizens equipped for success in college and life. Grades K-12


Heritage Christian Academy

1408 S. Goliad Street, Rockwall 75087

Heritage Christian Academy is a Christ-cen- tered, college-preparatory, family-focused school that is fully accredited from K3 through 12th grade. HCA’s mis-sion is to work in partnership with families to produce a distinctively Christian, college prepara- tory environment by offering excellence in athletics, academics, fine arts and missions/ service. The school has had 14 AP Scholars, 1 National Merit Scholar, and 2 National Merit Commended Scholar. Grades K-12


The Highlands School

1451 East Northgate Drive, Irving 75062

The Highlands School  is  a  private  Catholic  school   that   uses   the   “Inte- gral Formation™ method of education developed  by  the  Legionaries   of   Christ” – emphasizing Apostolic, Character, Intellec- tual and Spiritual Formation. The school’s rigorous college preparatory program includes disciplined study in sciences, history, mathematics, literature, religion and philosophy. Grades PreK-12


The Hockaday School

All-girls school
11600 Welch Road, Dallas 75229

Founded in 1913 by Ela Hockaday, The Hockaday School is an independent, secular, college preparatory school for girls pre-kindergarten to grade 12 located in Dallas, Texas, USA on an 88-acre campus. A Hockaday girl believes in herself and is confident to follow her dreams and to make a difference in the world. Hockaday was founded on a transformative academic program, and our girls’ achievements are inspiring. From robust classroom experiences to team competitions to ensemble productions, Hockaday girls are celebrated for their individual and collaborative talents


Jesuit College Preparatory School

All-boys school
12345 Inwood Rd., Dallas 75244

Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas (Jesuit Dallas) was founded in 1942 as a private Catholic institution for young men under the direction of the Society of Jesus. Located on a 27-acre campus in North Dallas, the school provides a rigorous student-centered Jesuit education to approx- imately 1,100 students in grades 9-12 with a 9:1 student-teacher ratio. Grades 9-12


John Paul II High School

900 Coit Road, Plano 75075

John Paul II High School is a 317,000 square foot Catholic, co-educational college  preparatory  school   serving grades 9-12 and is the first opened in the Dicocese of Dallas in more than 40 years.  Founded in 2005, the school’s community comprises “a diverse body of students and educators that strives for excellence, values individuality, fosters a passion for learning, promotes the balanced development of faith, mind, and body, encourages community service, and instills a respect for others.” Grades 9-12


Lakehill Preparatory School

2720 Hillside Drive, Dallas 75213

Lakehill Preparatory School is a fully accredited, co-educational school for  K-12 students located  in  the  Lake- wood neighborhood in east Dallas. An academic community dedicated to the whole student, Lakehill combines a robust, college preparatory curriculum with opportunities for personal growth, individual enrichment, and community engagement. Small class sizes ensure a supportive learning environment and personal attention. Grades K-12


Liberty Christian School

1301 S. Highway 377, Argyle 76226

Since 1983, Liberty Christian School has existed to rise up godly leaders  who  will  make a difference in their world. They offer a Christ-centered, college preparatory  education from preschool through 12th grade with excellence in academics, fine arts, athletics, and spiritual life. Liberty currently holds the Overall State Championship for the Texas  Association of Private and Parochial Schools in the largest division, TAPPS 5A. Grades PK-12


The Montessori Academy of Arlington

3428 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington 76016

The Montessori Academy (TMA) in Arlington was formed in 1981 by a parent cooperative from 13 families. TMA was the only Montessori school in the country to be named a Blue Ribbon School for the 1998- 1999 school year. A diverse school, TMA features a philosophy of respect, active participation in learning, critical thinking, and parent involvement. Grades PreK-6


Nolan Catholic High School

4501 Bridge Street, Fort Worth 76103

Founded in 1961, Nolan Catholic High School is a ministry of the Diocese of Fort Worth evangelizing students to be tomor- row’s servant leaders through Education in Faith, Formation in Hope, and Perseverance in Charity. The school is the largest college preparatory school of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. Grades 9-12


The Oakridge School

5900 W.  Pioneer Parkway, Arlington 76013

Established in 1979, The Oakridge School serves students and families from thirty cities and ten countries. With 850 bright, college-bound students enrolled in fifteen grade levels, Oakridge offers a full menu of curricular and extracurricular opportunities in a dynamic, student-centered environment. Grades PK-12


Pantego Christian Academy

2201 West Park Row Drive, Arlington 76013
2351 Country Club Drive, Mansfield 76063

Pantego Christian Academy  was  started  in 1963 by Pantego Bible Church on a 7-acre site between Arlington and Pantego to fulfill the desire of some of the church members  for  a  Christian  kindergarten   for their childrenPCA exists to glorify  God by partnering with Christian  parents to provide a Christ-centered education preparing students for college and the passionate pursuit of God’s plan for their lives. Grades PK-12


The Parish Episcopal School

Lower Campus:
14115 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas 75254
Upper Campus:
4101 Sigma Dr., Dallas 75244

Established in 1972, Parish Episcopal School is a co-ed Pre-K through 12th grade indepen- dent school in Dallas dedicated to enriching students’ lives with an innovative and inspiring education in a supportive commu- nity. Inspired by values of Wisdom, Honor and Service, Parish Episcopal School’s inclu- sive Episcopal community guides young people to become creative learners and bold leaders prepared to impact our complex global society. Grades PK-12


Prestonwood Christian Academy

6801 W. Park Blvd., Plano 75093
1001 West Prosper Trail, Prosper 75078

Prestonwood Christian Academy was established for the purpose of impacting lives for eternity  through  biblical-  ly-based, Christ-centered education. With approximately   1,500 students enrolled in  pre-kindergarten through grade12, and over 1,100   graduates, Prestonwood Christian Academy has been recognized as one of the leading Christian schools in the United States. In addition to its physical school campuses, Prestonwood Christian Academy also has a fully accredited virtual academy, PCAplusGrades PK-12


Prince of Peace Christian School

4004 Midway Rd., Carrollton 75007

Prince of Peace Christian School and Early Learning Center provides a Christ-centered exemplary education equipping students as disciples and leaders for service and success in the 21st century. In its 36th year of exem- plary education, Prince of Peace Christian School, a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, serves children ages six weeks through 12th grade. It encompasses a 27-acre campus with more than 150,000 square feet, including the Early Learning Center, Low-er School, Middle School, High School, 12 acres of sports fields, gated playgrounds, and gymna- siums. Grades PK-12


The Shelton School

15720 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas 75248

Shelton is the largest private school for students with learning differences. Primary emphasis is providing learning-different children (average or above intelligence) with full, effective curriculum through individu- alized, structured multisensory programs. Learning differences include dyslexia, atten- tion deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), speech and language disorders. Grades PK-12


St. John’s Episcopal Church and School

848 Harter Road, Dallas 75218

St. John’s Episcopal School a  Pre-K through eighth grade co-educational school in East Dallas. Created as an outreach of  St. John’s Episcopal Church in 1953,  it’s the oldest Episcopal school in Dallas and is committed to the five tenets of an Episcopal education: “academic excellence; worship (Episcopal/ Christian chapel); religiousstudies based on basic biblical content; meaningful and integrated community service  and   service   learning   projects; and promoting an inclusive community where the dignity of every human being is respected.” Grades PreK-8


St. Marks School of Texas

All-boys school
10600 Preston Road, Dallas 75230

Established in 1906, St. Mark’s School of Texas is a non-sectarian, college-prepara- tory, independent day school for boys in grades one through twelve. The School’s charter states that it is “designed to afford its students well-rounded physical, intel- lectual, moral, and religious training and instruction.” The  School  is  intended  to  be a diverse community of teachers and students who share a love of learning and who strive for high achievement in what- ever they undertake. Grades 1-12


St. Monica Catholic School

4140 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas 75229

St. Monica Catholic School has been educating the children of  its  parish  and  the Dallas community since 1955.  It  is  one the largest Catholic schools  in  the  state of Texas. St. Monica Catholic School develops the whole child by fostering the love of God, respect for self  and  others, and belief in gospel values, according to Roman Catholic principles, in an atmo- sphere of academic excellence. Grades PK-8


St. Timothy Preschool

3001 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford 76021

Founded in 1982, St. Timothy Preschool has nurtured and enriched the lives of Tarrant County children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 5 years. St. Timothy “combines loving childcare with a curriculum of age-appro- priate activities to create a safe, positive environment for children. The school’s goal is to “develop well-rounded children who can transition through each age and stage of their formative years with confidence…by providing loving, Christian care and exem- plary preschool education in a safe and fun environment.” Grades Pre-K


Trinity Christian Academy

17001 Addison Road, Addison 75001

Trinity Christian Academy is a conserva- tive multi-denominational Christian school in Addison, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, that was founded in the late 1960s. It is one of the largest Christian schools in the United States. Trinity Christian Academy is one of the largest single-campus, preK–12 schools in the  country  serving  1,444  students.  The school is fully accredited,  K-12,  by  the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Grades K-12


Trinity Valley School

7500 Dutch Branch Road, Fort Worth 76132

Founded in 1959 by George Bragg and Stephen Seleny, Trinity Valley School is an independent, coed, college preparatory school serving grades K-12 in southwest Fort Worth, Texas. Trinity Valley School has four main objectives for its students: fine scholarship with its fulfillment at college; the development of wide constructive interests; intelligent citizen- ship; and spiritual and moral development which promotes lasting values. Grades K-12


Ursuline Academy of Dallas

All-girls school
4900 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas 75229

Ursuline Academy of Dallas is an indepen- dent  Catholic  college  preparatory   school for young women in grades 9-12. Educating students for 142 years, the Academy is the oldest continuously operating school in Dallas. With a distinguished tradition of academic excellence, innovation and service, Ursuline educates young women for leadership in a global society. The school is a member of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas and was founded in 1874, making it the oldest school in the city of Dallas. Grades 9-12