Secondary School Placement: Philosophy, Process, and Success
|Nora Malone Annie Block
Head of School Director of Secondary School
Manager & Registrar
We are delighted to share this important and exciting time in your child’s life! The goal of Village School's secondary school placement program is to find the perfect match for our students. We are in regular conversation with the directors and heads of secondary schools to which our alumni matriculate and have a sound appreciation for their climates and cultures garnered from years of colleagueship; through research and experience, in conjunction with much discussion with our families, we take great pride in partnering to determine the right fit for each unique child.
The process starts early, in the spring, when we meet with parents of fourth graders as a group. We also meet with parents of fifth graders as a group around the same time, and subsequently meet with them individually throughout the summer and early fall to talk about the rich and varied options for seventh grade. We meet for lunch with small groups of our new sixth graders in September and October, in addition to engaging in individual conversations with them as they begin to work on their resumes and look to the year ahead. At the same time, our Inclusivity and Diversity Coordinator, Eric Wlasak, meets with students on an ongoing basis to support and guide them, helping them focus and navigate smoothly through the process. Our goal is to provide the best foundation for every secondary school candidate as they move forward; we are a team and there is always a teacher or counselor available to answer questions or provide information.
We know our students at Village School very well, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve as their advocates. It is a privilege to share this journey with VS students and families, and there is no greater reward than witnessing our students’ success as they enter seventh grade with confidence, eagerly anticipating their adventures ahead in secondary school!
Village School students are accepted to a broad range of secondary schools including Archer, Brentwood, Campbell Hall, Crossroads, Harvard-Westlake, Marlborough, Pilgrim, Viewpoint and Windward.