How does Friends Academy prepare students for secondary school?
At each step of the process to choose a secondary (high) school, we work with families to support them. This partnership is crucial to help students thrive in their new schools.
Partnering With Graduating Students and Families
Beginning in the spring of seventh grade, families meet with school leaders to think big-picture about secondary schools. These meetings continue into the fall and winter of eighth grade. Our doors are always open to families to discuss schools, application tips, and more.
Connecting Families With Good-Fit Schools
By the end of each student’s education at Friends Academy, faculty know them well. These connections allow us to thoughtfully guide students to choose secondary schools that are a good fit for them. This includes their learning style, academic achievements, and extracurricular interests, among other considerations.
Through established relationships with independent schools around the region, we keep our finger on the pulse of what secondary schools are looking for in their students. During Secondary School Information Night for rising eighth grade families, admissions staff from several schools visit Friends to walk through the application process.
Ensuring Students Are Prepared
Those relationships with other schools also ensure that we are preparing students for the rigors and realities of secondary school and beyond. From year to year, we make adjustments to our curriculum to better equip graduates for the future. These refinements trickle down through the entire school to create a comprehensive Early Childhood through eighth grade curriculum.
One standout area for our graduates is executive functioning skills, including organization, time management, and goal setting. We set aside time to work on these skills so our students build healthy habits that serve them well for life. All eighth grade students also take part in mock interviews to help them feel more comfortable and confident – whether interviewing for secondary schools or even part-time jobs.
“FA helped my boys mature and grow. They developed lifelong friendships and memories.”Parent of two alumni
Where do Friends Academy alumni go after graduating?
After eighth grade, Friends Academy students move on to a wide variety of independent, parochial, and public secondary schools. These are a few of the secondary schools our graduates have attended in the past several years:
Private and Parochial Schools
- Bishop Stang High School
- Boston University Academy
- Brooks School
- Concord Academy
- Dana Hall School
- Dublin School
- Eagle Hill School
- Kimball Union Academy
- Landmark School
- Lincoln School
- Millbrook 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
- Apponequet High School
- Dartmouth High School
- Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
- Fairhaven High School
- Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
- Middleborough 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