The Choir School devotes considerable time and attention to helping every boy and his family find a high school that will fit their needs, continuing to support each alumnus in his growth as a student and as a person beyond the walls of Saint Thomas.
Our graduates attend a wide range of schools, including independent day and boarding schools, parochial schools, and public schools. Over the last five years, approximately 65% of our graduates have attended independent boarding schools for high school, 15% have attended public schools, 10% have attended independent day schools, and 10% have attended parochial schools.
Wherever they choose to go for high school, Saint Thomas graduates emerge well equipped to handle their new environments and to become productive members of their next school communities.
In order to support its students and families in this process, classes preparing boys to take the SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test, required by most independent day and boarding schools) begin in the fall of seventh grade and continue through November of eighth grade.
The SSAT teachers teach the basics of both the material tested by the SSAT and the test taking skills needed to do well on the SSAT and tests like it. The class is highly individualized, and the boys consistently, and significantly, improve their scores over the course of the year and half they spend preparing.
High School Placement Guidance
The Headmaster and High School Placement Coordinator, in consultation with the parents and the rest of the faculty, work on developing a preliminary list of schools for each boy in the spring of seventh grade. After this list is developed, they meet with the seventh grade students and parents to provide an overview of the process and to discuss the specifics of each boy’s candidacy. These individual meetings continue regularly throughout the fall term of eighth grade, with both the Headmaster and the High School Placement Coordinator serving as resources for students and their families to ask questions while navigating the convoluted waters of high school admissions and financial aid applications.
Additionally, the eighth grade students receive substantial help from the Choir School faculty with brainstorming, outlining, and drafting their application essays while they are at school. The teachers work very hard with the parents to ensure that the boys’ applications are ready for their deadlines, and that they represent each student’s best work.