Graduates seated under tent
Beyond Park

Secondary schools eagerly enroll Park students because they become leaders on their high school campuses: in classrooms, on sports fields, and in the arts. Next schools report that Park graduates are exceptionally well prepared for the rigorous demands of high school and are insightful, curious, and optimistic learners.


What I appreciate about Park students is that they are bridge kids—they don't just achieve success at Andover, they contribute at Andover, and in doing so they build community.
John Palfrey
Former Head of School, Phillips Academy
President, The MacArthur Foundation


Park graduates are regularly accepted at the region’s top secondary schools and go on to attend the nation’s best colleges and universities. The lists shared here highlight some of the most common choices of recent Park graduates.

Secondary School Counseling at Park

In Park’s Secondary School Counseling Office, we partner with students and families to provide the personalized tools and resources to identify high school options that will match and challenge individual interests and needs. Whether a student seeks a public or independent school, we offer guidance about all aspects of the search process.

The Secondary School Counseling Office supports and services include:

  • Personalized advice and recommendations throughout the process
  • Practice one-on-one interviews with students
  • Monthly newsletters to outline student and family action items to stay on top of the process
  • Baseline SSAT testing in the spring of Grade 7
  • On-site SSAT test preparation classes

Preparing for Secondary School Applications

Grade 6

In Park’s Upper Division, children learn to navigate a new and different schedule with several teachers and classes. We ask parents to focus on their adjustment and opportunities for them to hone organization, time management, and self-advocacy skills. Students change so much over the next three years, and sixth grade is the perfect time to take positive risks and explore new interests. We highly encourage every student to participate in Park’s after-school offerings to develop new passions and to be a part of an athletic team or dramatic production.

Grade 7

At the beginning of Grade 7, students earn term grades for the first time at Park. While these are important points of feedback, we caution students and families against defining success by grades alone. During this year, students should continue to take positive risks and to meet and exceed increased expectations for independence and other habits of scholarship and citizenship. The secondary school search process begins in earnest in the spring of seventh grade with a baseline SSAT and one-on-one family meetings. During these meetings, we will identify student interests, strengths, and growth areas and begin discussing a diverse list of recommended secondary schools to explore. No preparation is needed for the baseline test or first meeting.

Grade 8

Eighth grade is an exciting year as students have many opportunities to lead, both inside and outside of the classroom. They have many chances to express their individuality through the curriculum as well as in secondary school process. During the fall, we work with students and families to prepare for interviews and to manage the process. Our larger priority is to help every student make the most of their final year at Park in preparation for high school.

Park Graduates Excel at High Schools Such As...

Beaver Country Day School
Boston Latin School
Boston University Academy
Brimmer and May School
Brookline High School
Brooks School
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
Cambridge School of Weston
Cate School
Commonwealth School
Concord Academy
Dana Hall School
Deerfield Academy
Dexter Southfield School
Gann Academy
John D. O’Bryant School
Milton Academy
Needham High School
Newton North High School
Newton South High School
Noble and Greenough School
Northfield Mount Hermon School
Phillips Academy Andover
Roxbury Latin School
St. Mark's School
Thayer Academy
The Newman School
The Rivers School
Winsor School

Park Graduates Excel at Colleges and Universities Such As...

Amherst College
Bates College
Boston College
Boston University
Brown University
Colby College
Dartmouth College
Hamilton College
Harvard University
Haverford College
Kenyon College
Middlebury College
New York University
Northeastern University
Oberlin College
Princeton University
Santa Clara University
Smith College
Stanford University
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of Chicago
University of Wisconsin
Vanderbilt University
Wake Forest University
Wesleyan University
Yale University