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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                                 23%
Local public schools       12%
Boarding schools     7%
Independent day schools in NY    17%
Specialized NYC schools      3%

Among the secondary schools to which Buckley's 2014 graduates were accepted for September 2014 are: Phillips Academy, Andover, Avenues: The World School, The Brearley School, Bronx High School of Science, The Chapin School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Collegiate School, Chaminade High School, The Dalton School, Fordham Preparatory School, Friends Academy, Hackley School, Holy Trinity High School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts, The Lawrenceville School, Loyola School, Marymount School, Portledge School, The Spence School, Trinity School 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.

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