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Best Private Schools in Miami

The most important decision parents make regarding their son or daughter’s future is investing in a top-tier private education that will allow for better opportunities and quality of life. Choosing the right private school is a lengthy process as there are many factors to consider. In Miami-Dade County, there are vast educational options available. Therefore, this guide features only the finest in private education.

It is estimated that the average yearly tuition for elementary schools in the Miami area is $12,040 and $16,947 for high school. Therefore, it’s a good idea to make a thorough research of your options before deciding on one. It is key to note that while some schools offer rolling admission, most have strict admission deadlines and procedures. Getting your kids into private school can typically take over a year and includes school tours, parent and student interviews, testing, and application fees that may range anywhere from $100 to $400.

Our compiled list of top-ranked Miami-area schools is based on rigorous analysis and reviews from parents and students. Ranking factors include student-teacher ratio, academic values and curriculums, SAT/ACT scores, the quality of student environment, and more. Whether you’re a longtime local or a new arrival, we hope this resource will help you seek out the school best suited for your child.

Riviera Schools

In 1950, Riviera Day School was founded at its current location as a co-educational, independent day school with the highest educational ideals. In the early years, Riviera Day School grew to provide a safe, nurturing, and challenging environment for children from three years old through middle school. In 1996, Riviera’s middle school (grades 6, 7, and 8) was given its own dedicated building, and the middle school was renamed Riviera Preparatory School.

In 2011, Riviera Preparatory School moved to a new, state-of-the-art facility on almost 14 acres located just minutes away from the original campus, which now serves preschool through fifth grade. The Prep School campus serves high school and middle school students (grades 6 through 12).

Riviera has established a reputation for excellence in academia, and for taking a leading role in education and the community.

Riviera Day School: 6800 Nervia St. · Coral Gables, FL 33146
Riviera Preparatory School: 9775 SW 87th Ave. · Miami, FL 33176

Riviera Day School: 305.666.1856
Riviera Preparatory School: 786.300.0300

Grades: PK -12

Website: https://www.rivieraschools.com/

Conchita Espinosa Academy

CEA is a private, independent, coeducational K3-8 school located on ten beautifully landscaped acres in southwest Miami-Dade County with four distinct facilities: the main school building, Early Childhood Learning Center, Conservatory of the Arts, and state-of-the-art multi-purpose sports field and track.

The main school building is home to the administrative offices, Lower and Upper School classrooms, the Café Conchita cafeteria, and the fully-equipped Rosita Segovia Theater.

The Early Childhood Learning Center, the most recent addition to the campus, is designed to meet the specific needs of early learners. Each classroom is self-enclosed, containing its own bathroom, sinks, and water fountains. The Early Childhood Learning Center also has its own designated playing areas specifically designed for our youngest children, as well as the Martha Mahr dance studio, an extension to the Conservatory of the Arts.

Address: 12975 SW 6th Street, Miami, FL 33184

Phone: 305-227-1149

Grades: K3 – 8th

Website: https://www.conchitaespinosa.com/

ICS Coral Gables

ICS Coral Gables is a private preschool for children from 3 months to Kindergarten. We provide our students with individual attention by highly trained and caring teachers in an enriching and meaningful environment.

Enrichment activities are planned on a weekly basis, and all children in the room participate in these activities as soon as they are old enough to do so.

We stimulate each child linguistically, physically, creatively, socially, cognitively, and academically in a loving and nurturing way.

The ICS Coral Gables program is based on the philosophy that children learn best in a fun and playful environment which reflects the belief that children need a balance between child-initiated and teacher-facilitated activities daily.

Address: 3930 South LeJeune Road – Coral Gables, FL 33134

Phone: 305-770-6195

Grades: 3 months – Kindergarten

Website: https://icscoralgables.com/

Trinity Christian Academy

With over 20 years in the education system, TCA has become one of the most recognized Christian schools in our community due to our loving and inspirational teaching approach. At TCA, we ensure qualified, and dedicated educators teach your child in a loving, Christian, and safe environment.

We offer a complete educational program from Preschool to High school. Our academic curriculum is a blend of the three largest curriculum publishers for Christian schools meeting the guidelines of our accreditation association and state requirements for high school graduation. At TCA, we ensure qualified, and dedicated educators teach your child in a loving, Christian, and safe environment.

Address: 1498 W 84th St, Hialeah, FL 33014

Phone: (305) 819-8999

Grades: Preschool – High School

Website: https://trinitychristianacademy.net/

Ransom Everglades School

Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 – 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who “believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it.” The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student’s sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.


Middle School: 2045 South Bayshore Drive
Upper School: 3575 Main Highway


Middle School: 305-250-6850
Upper School: 305-460-8800

Grades: 6th – 12th

Website: https://www.ransomeverglades.org/

KLA Academy

We are KLA Academy in Miami — Serving Infants through 5th grade, Preschool & Elementary.

In its entirety, our school body represents 20 countries, countless nationalities, and many different religions. In our halls you can hear different languages being spoken, stories being shared, and memories being made.

The multicultural nature of our school helps to fulfill an important part of our mission–to challenge children to learn more about themselves by exploring the wider world. This aspect of our program is like everything we do here at KLA Academy, intentional and child-focused.

Address: 375 SW 15th Rd, Miami, FL 33129

Phone: (305) 716-8237

Grades: Infancy – 5th

Website: https://www.klaacademy.org/

Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart

Carrollton’s culture and identity are bound inextricably to the vision set forth in the Goals of Sacred Heart Schools. These values form the moral compass that influences the choices made within our community. Today we enjoy a multi-lingual, multi-cultural community of students, parents, and faculty from all over the world. Like all of the other Schools of the Sacred Heart across the world, Carrollton focuses on the total education of the student. Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart supports an extensive curricular and extracurricular program. Students throughout the five schools pursue a wide range of interests through programs integrated throughout the school year.

Address: 3747 Main Highway Miami, Fl 33133

Phone: (305) 446 – 5673

Grades: 3rd – 12th

Website: https://www.carrollton.org/

Gulliver Prep

Gulliver encompasses 40 lush, tropical acres in Miami-Dade County, with our three campuses all located within a three-mile radius. Originally envisioned as a “grand school home,” the warm, familial environment blends with updated, modern amenities.

Our campuses feature state-of-the-art academic and athletic facilities, the latest technology to apply 21st-century learning, plenty of space to discover and create, and leading-edge security systems to ensure the safety of the more than 2,200 students who learn, play, and thrive here.

Address: 6575 North Kendall Drive – Pinecrest, Fl 33156

Phone: (305) 666-7937

Grades: PreK – 12th

Website: https://www.gulliverprep.org/

Palmer Trinity School

Palmer Trinity School is located on almost 60 acres in Palmetto Bay, an area south of downtown Miami.

Each year, middle school students are required to take course work in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and physical education. Sixth-grade students participate in an exploratory program involving world languages and various elective courses offered in 7th and 8th grade.

A student must earn 23 ½ credits, distributed as follows, to meet Palmer Trinity School’s graduation requirements.

Address: 8001 SW 184th Street, Miami, FL 33157

Phone: (305) 969-4208

Grades: 6th – 12th

Website: https://www.palmertrinity.org/


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