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Secondary School Placement

As our mission states, “our graduates are well prepared for entry into, and success in, secondary schools and beyond.” Choosing a secondary school is an integral part of the Buckley experience. We are committed to placing each student in the secondary school that is best for that individual.

The formal process begins in the fall of seventh grade at an all-class meeting with parents. Our headmaster and the head of upper school provide an overview of the process, delineate the various options, and offer guidance on how to meet goals. In addition, a panel of alumni discusses their experience with the application process and resulting placement.

During the summer preceding eighth grade, our headmaster and the head of upper school then meet individually with every student and family. Each is encouraged and guided throughout the entire process, from creating a list of possibilities to selecting their final choice.

Buckley graduates have many secondary school choices, including a number of the most selective schools. The following statistics indicate the types of schools attended by Buckley graduates over the past 5 years:

Independent day schools on Long Island        36%
Catholic schools                                  19%
Local public schools        17%
Boarding schools      12%
Independent day schools in NY     12%
Specialized NYC schools       4%

Among the secondary schools to which Buckley's 2013 graduates were accepted for September 2013 are:  Avenues, The Brearley School, Chaminade High School, Chapin School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Collegiate School, Friends Academy, Loyola School, The Nightingale-Bamford School, Portledge School, Regis High School, The Spence School, Trinity School, UNIS and Xavier High School.

With a blend of school traditions, a strong academic program and extensive co-curricular offerings, our students are well prepared for the demands of secondary school.

    • ThuApr24 4th Grade Poetry Night 6:00 PM
    • FriApr25 All School Assembly; 8th Grade Speeches, 1-8 11:00 AM
    • FriApr25 Toddler and Nursery Read to Your Bunny Night 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    • FriApr25 ISE 7th Grade Dance at Friends 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • ThuMay01 Class Parent Dinner 6:00 PM
    • FriMay02 All School Assembly; 8th Grade Speeches, 1-8 11:00 AM
    • WedMay07 Dress Down Day
    • ThuMay08 Celebration of the Arts 6:00 PM
    • FriMay09 Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day
    • FriMay09 Noon Dismissal

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