If you’re considering sending a child to private elementary or high school, know that there’s virtually nowhere in the United States more expensive in Connecticut.

The average cost of private high school tuition in Connecticut, $31,413, is the second most expensive in the nation, just behind Vermont ($31,532) and just ahead of Massachusetts ($30,186).  New Hampshire and Main round out the top five most expensive states for private high school tuition.

The most expensive average elementary school tuition cost is also on the East Coast, and Connecticut leads the way.  The average private elementary school tuition is $13,412, with Massachusetts ($10,822), New Hampshire ($10,773), Virginia ($10,755), and New York ($10,513) rounding out the top five.

The average cost of private school tuition has grown at a rate that is higher than inflation over the past 20 years, according to data analyzed by the website hommuch.net   The site indicates that administrative employee compensation has been the main catalyst for the increases in private school expenses, noting that the rise in the volume of employees who have a larger compensation package than a typical teacher has created the upward trajectory in private school tuition costs.

The website Private School Review indicates that the private elementary school average is $9,263 per year and the private high school average is $14,017 per year.

In a ranking of the best private schools in Connecticut this year, the website Niche listed Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford), The Hotchkiss School (Lakeville), Hopkins School (New Haven), Kent School (Kent), Greenwich Academy (Greenwich), The Taft School (Watertown), Loomis Chaffee School (Windsor), Brunswick School (Greenwich), Miss Porter’s School (Farmington) and Westminster School (Simsbury) as the top 10.

 

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