Upper School (Grades 5-8)

Secondary School Placement

Life after Renbrook...
How will I find the right school for my teen?
Renbrook students receive:
  • Guidance beginning in seventh grade in a class taught by the Director of Secondary School Placement
  • Advice on every step of the application process
  • Personal consultations with the Director of Secondary School Placement
  • Opportunities to personally connect with representatives from over 70 secondary schools at Renbrook's Secondary School Fair held every October
  • Free SSAT strategy sessions to help improve SSAT scores
  • The opportunity to take the SSAT Flex Test in a familiar school setting
  • Application essay-writing assistance
  • Mock interviews to prepare for visits to schools
  • Parent information sessions regarding the placement process
  • Opportunities to meet with secondary school admission representatives when they visit campus
  • Teacher recommendations that reflect the relationships teachers build with students throughout their Renbrook years

What Does Secondary School Placement Look Like?

Our Secondary School Placement Office guides students and families through the process of finding the right school for every child. Starting in January of seventh grade, students begin to take classes with the placement director. In Secondary School Seminar, students reflect on their strengths, interests, skills, and achievements and plan for their eighth-grade leadership year.
Each family has an individual consultation in the spring, learning about possible school matches and how to use the summer to plan for the application process. In the fall, eighth-graders continue taking Secondary School Seminar, where they receive coaching on how to tour and interview, guidance on application essays, continued support in determining where to apply, and assistance navigating the financial aid process.
By the end of their eighth-grade year, students have more than an acceptance to a school; they have discovered themselves and come to understand their potential.

Where Do Renbrook Students Go for Secondary School?

Renbrook is proud of the established relationship that we have built with admission representatives in 100 plus schools throughout New England and beyond. Renbrook’s eighth graders are accepted to their top choice school 90% of the time, and these relationships are a contributing factor. Renbrook students were accepted at the following secondary schools from 2017-2022:

Andover Northwest Catholic High School
Avon Old Farms Pomfret School
Berkshire School Portsmouth Abbey
Brewster Academy Salisbury School
Brooks School South Kent School
Canterbury School St. Paul's School
Cheshire Academy St. George's School
Choate Rosemary Hall Suffield Academy
Concord Academy Tabor Academy
Deerfield Academy The Ethel Walker School
East Catholic High School The Frederick Gunn School
Episcopal High School The Governor's Academy
Exeter The Hotchkiss School
Groton School The Loomis Chaffee School
Holderness School The Putney School
Hopkins School The Taft School
Kent School Tilton School
Kingswood Oxford School Vermont Academy
Lawrenceville School Watkinson School
Middlesex School Westminster School
Millbrook School Westover School
Milton Academy Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Miss Porter's School Williston Northampton
New Hampton School Worcester Academy
Northfield Mount Hermon

Jed Stuart
Director of Secondary School Placement;
Life, Learning, & Leadership Teacher

What Colleges and Universities Do Renbrook Graduates Attend?

Renbrook alumni have recently attended the following colleges and universities:

Arcadia University Dickinson College New York University Tulane University
Bates College Elon University Northeastern University Tunxis Community College
Bentley College Emerson College Northwestern University Union College
Boston College Endicott College Occidental College University of Arizona
Boston University Florida Gulf Coast University Pace University University of Connecticut
Bowdoin College Fordham University Parsons School of Design University of Hartford
Brandeis University Franklin & Marshall College Pennsylvania State University University of Illinois
Brown University George Washington University Pratt Institute University of Louisville
Bryant College Georgetown University Princeton University University of Miami
Bryn Mawr College Georgia Institute of Technology  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute University of North Carolina
Bucknell University
Hamilton College Rhode Island School of Design Univ. of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
Carnegie Mellon University Harvard University Roger Williams College University of Richmond
Central Connecticut State University Hobart & William Smith College Sacred Heart University University of Southern California
Centre College Ithaca College Santa Clara University University of Tampa
Champlain College Johns Hopkins University Skidmore College University of Vermont
Clarkson University Keene State College Southern Methodist University Ursinus College
Colby College Lafayette College Springfield College Villanova University
Colgate University Lasell University St. Lawrence University Washington & Lee University
College of the Holy Cross Lehigh University St. Michael's College Washington University
Colorado College Liberty University Stanford University Wellesley College
Colorado University Boulder Loyola College (MD) Stevens Institute of Technology Wesleyan University
Columbia University Manchester Community College Suffolk University Wheaton College
Connecticut College Marist College Syracuse University Williams College
Cornell University McGill University Trinity College Yale University
Dartmouth College Muhlenberg College Tufts University

Renbrook School is a co-ed private day school serving students in Preschool - Grade 8 in West Hartford, CT.
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