As the recent college-admissions scandal shows, some parents will do just about anything to get their children into an elite university. And while most don’t fake their child’s athletic records, it is why some lay out $40,000 or more a year for private high school. Or why they live in Montgomery or Fairfax County.
But which local high schools send the most students to elite colleges? Research done by PolarisList provides a bit of an answer.
PolarisList looked at which secondary schools across the country had the most alumni graduate, between 2015 and 2017, from Princeton, Harvard, and MIT—numbers 1, 2, and 3 in the most recent U.S. News & World Report national university rankings. (MIT is tied for 3 with Yale, Columbia, and the University of Chicago.)
The PolarisList is based on sheer numbers—how many total students, versus percentage of the student body, went to one of those three institutions—which may be one reason why larger schools top the list.
These are the 15 local high schools with the highest matriculation to Harvard, Princeton, and MIT.
Class size: 423
Harvard, 11; Princeton, 33; MIT, 35
Class size: 619
Harvard, 2; Princeton, 9; MIT, 10
Class size: 482
Harvard, 3; Princeton, 6; MIT, 11
Sidwell Friends (private)
Class size: 121
Harvard, 10; Princeton, 6; MIT, 2
St. Albans (private)
Class size: 77
Harvard, 10; Princeton, 3; MIT, 1
Class size: 454
Harvard, 6; Princeton, 5; MIT, 2
National Cathedral School (private)
Class size: 71
Harvard, 4; Princeton, 5; MIT, 3
Class size: 554
Harvard, 1; Princeton, 5; MIT, 6
Class size: 441
Harvard, 6; Princeton, 1; MIT, 4
Georgetown Day School (private)
Class size: 125
Harvard, 7; Princeton, 1; MIT, 2
Class size: 80
Harvard, 7; Princeton, 3; MIT, 0
Class size: 543
Harvard, 3; Princeton, 4; MIT, 1
Class size: 78
Harvard, 1; Princeton, 4; MIT, 2
Potomac School (private)
Class size: 97
Harvard, 2; Princeton, 4; MIT, 1
Class size: 584
Harvard, 0; Princeton, 5; MIT, 1
This article appears in the October 2019 issue of Washingtonian.