In this post, we will examine and rank the top 20 secondary schools in Nigeria. Our evaluation and ranking are based on the standard of education, the quality of teachers, the facilities, and the performance of their candidates in external examinations. You will also find the locations of these schools in Nigeria on this page.
A good education is a top priority for many Nigerian parents, particularly in this day and age. In today’s world, being fully equipped with the right kind of knowledge and information puts one in a better position for success.
That is why many parents strive to enroll their children and wards in the best educational institutions in the country and beyond, especially at the secondary level, and invest fortunes to ensure that their children thrive in their respective fields.
The quality of an academic institution’s facilities and personnel will determine the quality of knowledge that it can provide to its students.
The 20 Best Secondary Schools in Nigeria
The best academic institutions have the best facilities and personnel on the ground for the job, which is why parents prefer them when selecting educational institutions for their children. This post will provide you with a list of the top 20 secondary schools in Nigeria, as well as their respective locations.
1. Whitesands school
Founded by the Opus dei and located at Lekki phase 1 in Lagos state, Whitesands school is an all-boys Catholic school with standard facilities of learning, both in infrastructure and personnel.
The school runs a standard learning curriculum at the secondary level to adequately prepare your child/ward for his WAEC examinations.
Despite being a Catholic school, the school comprises of students from different religious background, as they believe that learning should not be restricted by religion.
2. Mea mater Elizabeth high school
One of the top schools in the Eastern part of the country, and indeed, in Nigeria, Mea Mater Elizabeth High School is a boarding school located in Enugu state, Nigeria.
Their primary aim is to train their students into well-rounded individuals morally, academically, socially, spiritually and otherwise.
They’re well equipped in every area to ensure your child/ward is getting the best in terms of learning and grooming, and you are getting value for your money.
3. King’s college
Founded in 1909, and with only about 10 students as at the time of its establishment, King’s College is one of the oldest secondary schools in Nigeria.
The school has since grown to become one of the best institutions as regards learning, as well as a front-runner in academic activities in Nigeria.
For example, in 2017, the school placed second in a list of schools with the best results released by the West African Examination council for its examinations that year. However, the school is an all-boys secondary school, although it has facilities for both boarding and day students.
4. Atlantic hall
Another one of the oldest schools in Nigeria, Atlantic Hall was established in 1989 at Maryland, in Ikeja, Lagos state.
The school was later moved to Epe in the outskirts of Lagos state. The school is fully equipped with facilities and personnel to groom your child/ward adequately in character and learning.
A testament to this is the fact that in 2017, they topped the list of schools with the best results for WAEC examinations for that year.
5. Christ the King college, Onitsha
Founded in 1933 by Archbishop Charles Heerey and a group of Irish missionaries, Christ the King College, Onitsha – also known as CKC, Onitsha – is an all-boys Catholic secondary school in Anambra state, Nigeria. With a vision to groom future leaders in a Roman Catholic environment and tradition,
CKC is well-equipped with the facilities and personnel to train your child/ward to be the best they can be and more in their academics and their character.
6. Loyola Jesuit college
Loyola Jesuit college is located at Gidan Mangoro, Karu-Karshi Road, Abuja, and is one of the foremost private secondary schools in Nigeria.
Established in 1996 by the Society of Jesus, Nigeria, the school was named after its founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola.
A testament to the school’s quality in academic excellence, the school featured on the list of schools with the best WAEC result for the year 2017, placing third. The school is, however, a boarding school.
7. Pine Crest school
Joining Mea Mater as another top school located in Enugu state, Nigeria, Pine crest school is a mixed boarding school with a reputation for producing students who are sound in both learning and character.
The school is fully equipped with the facilities and personnel to train your child to the required academic standard and give you value for your money. Their admission is, however, only opened to students within the age of 10 years and above.
8. Vivian Fowler memorial college
The first all-girls secondary school on our list, Vivian Fowler memorial college was established in 1991, and since it’s establishment, has grown to become one of the best secondary schools in Nigeria, and indeed, West Africa.
With a track record of academic excellence, this school is a ground for grooming the best of the best in learning and character.
They’re said to offer courses in English, French, Yoruba, and Igbo languages. The school is located at Ikeja, in Lagos state.
9. Lekki British school
The first British boarding school in Nigeria, Lekki British school, or quite simply, LBS, was established in the year 2000, and comprises of Lekki British Pre-school, Lekki British Junior School, and Lekki British High School.
The school boasts of a 25-acre campus, a swimming pool, a tennis court, a basketball court, and other well-equipped, standard facilities. It is located in Lekki, Lagos state.
10. Grange schools
Founded in 1958 by British expatriates with the desire to offer quality education in a British environment and according to British curriculum and standard, Grange Schools is a school with a reputation for grooming students to thrive beyond just academics.
They’re fully equipped with the staff and the facilities to give your child the best education money can buy.
Testament to this is the fact that they placed fourth on the list of schools with the best WAEC result in 2017. The school is located in Lekki, Lagos state.
11. Caleb British international school
Established in 1986, and running on the British curriculum, Caleb British International school – CBIS for short – is a private-owned secondary school in Nigeria, with ulltra-modern facilities and highly-qualified teaching staff who will groom your child/ward adequately in character and learning.
The school, through its modern curriculum, prepares it’s students for the National WAEC examinations and the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).
12. Lumen Christi international school
Lumen Christi international school is a Catholic school founded by His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. P. E. Ekpu in October, 1986 at Uromi, Edo State.
It is an all-boys boarding school fully equipped to groom your child/ward to be the best they can be and more in their academics and character.
13. Corona Secondary Schools
Established in 1992, Corona secondary school is located at Agbara Industrial Housing Estate in Ogun State.
The school runs on the modern curriculum to prepare its student for the national WAEC and NECO examinations.
14. White dove schools
Founded in 2004, and located in Lekki, Lagos state, White Dove Schools is a school that has a reputation for grooming students into the best of the best as regards academics through their modern international curriculum.
The school aims to raise morally and academically sound individuals by instilling into them Christian principles. The school operates as a mixed day and boarding school for students within the ages of 2-18 years.
They run a Nigerian and British curriculum and prepare their students adequately for the national WAEC and NECO examinations.
15. Meadow hall schools
Meadow Hall Schools was established in 2002, and is located in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria. Boasting of facilities like a swimming pool, a Melody room, and a fully-equipped science laboratory, Meadow Hall Schools has what it takes to take your child to that level you desire academically.
The school uses the British curriculum to teach it’s students, but also incorporates the Nigeria curriculum in order to create a balance.
16. Greenspring school
Established in 1985 and with two campuses in Lagos state, one in Lekki and another in Anthony, Greenspring schools is a mixed day and boarding academic institution that grooms your child/ward into becoming the best in academics, and a worthy individual as regards character.
They run on a modern curriculum, so you can be rest assured that your child will get the best when it comes to tutoring.
17. Avi-cenna international school
Avi-Cenna International school is another top school you can trust when it comes to grooming in character and learning.
Operating on a British curriculum, Avi-cenna not only grooms your children in academics but also instils principles of leadership and discipline into them.
The school is located in Ikeja, Lagos state, Nigeria.
18. Capital Science Academy
Capital Science Academy is a mixed boarding school located in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), Abuja.
It operates on the Nigerian curriculum and prepares it’s students adequately for the national WAEC and NECO examinations.
It is one of the finest institutions to enroll your child/ward in if you want the best for them in academics.
19. Louisville girls high school
Founded in 1998, Louisville girls high school is located in Ijebu-itele in Ogun state. The school aims to groom young girls to be the best in academics, as well as to become individuals with sound moral principles.
20. Nigerian-Turkish international college
Located in Abuja, and with campuses in Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Ogun and Yobe, Nigerian-Turkish international college is a world-class academic institution, and is widely regarded as one of Nigeria’s foremost schools. The school grooms it’s students academically through a standard Turkish curriculum.
Whatever you desire for your children academically, Nigeria has some standard schools with state-of-the-art facilities and well-trained personnel to meet those needs. Whether you prefer a school with a purely Nigerian curriculum, a more international British curriculum, or even the Turkish curriculum, there are schools in and around the country for you.