Hillside is committed to finding the most appropriate next step for all graduating 9th graders based on their social, athletic and academic strengths and challenges. The Director of Secondary School Placement works with students’ parents and educational consultants througout the process to ensure that efforts on the students behalf are well coordinated. This collaborative Secondary School Placement program is designed to ensure smooth navigation throughout the process from building a list of appropriate secondary schools through enrollment.
The 9th grade curriculum at Hillside prepares students to excel in secondary school. Additionally, Hillside welcomes representatives from a wide-variety of Secondary Schools throughout the year to meet with potential tenth grade applicants.
May Secondary School Placement Panel A panel of admissions directors of various secondary schools provides 8th grade parents with insight into the secondary school placement process and an opportunity to ask questions.
Meet with the Director of Secondary School Placement to discuss secondary school options
Summer before 9th Grade Year Research appropriate schools. Schedule fall visits and interviews*
October School Visits & Interviews*
November Narrow list of schools. All applications should be in progress by Thanksgiving
January Deadline for filing SSS by NAIS Financial Aid Forms (sss.nais.org) Application deadline for most schools - although some may be earlier
March Admissions decisions made by schools
April Students notify schools of their matriculation decision
* Each fall, a week is dedicated to 9th graders’ secondary school visits. Please check the School Calendar for details. Remember to keep the Director of Secondary School Placement informed of all interview appointments.
Secondary School Placement Office
Peter Wagoner, Director of Secondary School Placementpwagoner@hillsideschool.net(508) 303-5707
Did you miss the meeting for 8th grade parents about the Hillside Senior year and Secondary School Placement? Check out the video of the meeting here: