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According to a new report that identifies the best private high schools in Middle Tennessee, three Green Hills and Belle Meade schools — Montgomery Bell Academy (No. 2) Harpeth Hall School (No. 3) and Ensworth School (No. 4)— are among the top five.

The "2019 Best Private High Schools in Middle Tennessee" list by ranking and review site Niche includes 30 schools overall. The site used factors like percentages of seniors who go to four-year colleges, composite ACT/SAT scores and survey responses from students and parents for the overall ranking.

The findings, first reported by the Nashville Business Journal, list three other local schools, including St. Cecilia Academy (No. 7), Christ Presbyterian Academy (No. 8) and Lipscomb Academy (No. 14).

Ensworth School's high school campus, which is ranked No. 4, is located in the Bellevue area, however, the original campus with grades kindergarten through eighth is located near Green Hills and Belle Meade.

How they did it

According to Niche, the ranking is based on analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data and ratings collected from millions of Niche users. Additional data is also collected from schools directly.

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.


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