Remember that colleges admit students not high schools. Although highly selective schools tend to admit a high percentage of graduates from private schools, nationally, only 6% of admitted students come from private, non-religious high schools. One cannot deny however, that private high schools tend to provide services to students that may elevate the prospect for college admission such as smaller class sizes, a counselor completely dedicated to college admissions, and students tend to be more highly motivated. Like most private schools, many public high schools offer competitive curricula and the opportunity for motivated students to participate in rigorous academic programs. That being said, from an admissions perspective, colleges are looking for students who have completed rigorous courses, earned high grades, and competitive scores on standardized tests.