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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 meets 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 33%
Catholic schools 22%
Local public schools 11%
Boarding schools 10%
Independent day schools in NY 20%
Specialized NYC schools 2%

Among the secondary schools to which Buckley's 2015 graduates were accepted for September 2015 are: Phillips Academy, Andover, Berkshire School, Blair Academy, Bronx High School of Science, Choate Rosemary Hall, Collegiate School, Chaminade High School, Deerfield Academy, Friends Academy, Grace Church School, Hackley School, The Lawrenceville School, Loyola School, Portledge School, The Spence School, Trinity School, United Nations International 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.

    • SatOct01 SSAT Course / Grades 7-8
    • MonOct03 Rosh Hashanah / SCHOOL CLOSED
    • WedOct05 DRESS DOWN DAY
    • WedOct05 Fall Fair/PA Meeting 8:30 AM
    • WedOct05 Secondary School Placement Meeting / Class of 2018 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    • ThuOct06 Scripta Picture Day
    • SatOct08 SSAT Course / Grades 7-8
    • MonOct10 Columbus Day / SCHOOL CLOSED
    • WedOct12 Yom Kippur / SCHOOL CLOSED
    • WedOct19 Fall Fair/PA Meeting 8:30 AM

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