Located in the foothills of the Angel Alps, Angel City Academy is the premier preparatory institution for secondary education in Angel City , and is known as one of the best private schools in the nation. The school covers grades 7-12 and rigorously prepares its students for the highets tier of academic excellence at the university level. Though tuition at Angel City Academy is some of the most expensive in the nation for private education, several scholarships exist, including the Stephen T. McLaoch scholarship (initiated in his honor by his son, Mallard McLaoch). These are awarded to the absolute brightest of students and often, as with the McLaoch scholarship, are needs based.