Secondary School Placement

The role of our High School Placement Office is to identify the best possible matched schools where our students’ learning styles and passions are fueled and challenged. We understand high schools are looking for students who can manage their time wisely, have strong critical thinking skills, handle an exceptional core foundation, and develop the ability to master concepts. Our goal is to encourage our students to identify schools where they will cultivate both their intellect and emotions equally, while contributing to the rich history and success of those institutions. Similar to our admissions process, our placement process is multidimensional. We will aim to present each prospective school with a complete and comprehensive picture of our applicants.

Our process begins in fifth grade. Throughout Middle School, we incorporate test-taking strategies as well as personal essay writing skills into our curriculum. In the Fall semester of seventh grade, we begin to introduce parents and students to prospective high school Admissions Directors and provide advisory workshops for both parents and students to understand the application process through the Winter. Students work closely with the placement counselor and the faculty to focus on essay writing and interview skills. All families will receive a prospective high school list at the end of March.

During the fall and winter, families will meet regularly with our Director of Secondary School Placement to address concerns and questions about the application process.

Should you have any questions concerning the secondary school placement process, please contact Melissa Providence at
212-581-4000 ext. 12.