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After eighth grade, Friends Academy students move on to a wide variety of independent, parochial, and public secondary schools. Our graduates are well prepared and confident, with a strong sense of self and openness to new experiences.

The Secondary School Process

We work together with families on each step of the secondary school process to ensure that students and parents feel supported and transition to schools where they will thrive.

Beginning in the spring of seventh grade, the Head of School meets with families to discuss secondary school options and think big picture about the process. Friends also hosts a Secondary School Night, where admissions officers from various independent schools explain the application process and answer questions from families. In the summer, rising eighth graders can take an optional SSAT prep course on campus.

In the fall of eighth grade, as families begin their secondary school visits and applications, administrators conduct mock interviews with all eighth grade students. Math and English classes also review for the SSAT, which is administered on campus in November.

Where Are They Now?

In the past several years, Friends Academy graduates have gone on to attend the following secondary schools:

Private & Parochial Schools

  • Bishop Stang High School
  • Boston University Academy
  • Brooks School
  • Concord Academy
  • Dana Hall School
  • Dublin School
  • Kimball Union Academy
  • Lincoln School
  • Miss Porter’s School
  • Moses Brown School
  • New Hampton School
  • Portsmouth Abbey School
  • Proctor Academy
  • Providence Country Day School
  • St. Andrew’s School
  • St. George’s School
  • Tabor Academy
  • Wheeler School

Public Schools

  • Apponequet High School
  • Dartmouth High School
  • Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
  • Fairhaven High School
  • Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
  • Middletown High School
  • Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School
  • Old Rochester Regional High School
  • Portsmouth High School
  • Somerset Berkley Regional High School
  • Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School

Schools for Students With Language-Based Learning Differences

  • Eagle Hill School
  • Landmark School
  • Mill Springs Academy (Ga.)