Secondary School Application Process
Finding the Right Match
Making sure our graduating students are attuned to their individual learning styles, personal strengths and challenges is a priority for us at Elisabeth Morrow. To that end, we assist our students in finding a high school that best “fits” their interests and abilities.
The process begins in the spring of seventh grade; at that time, the Director of Secondary School Placement starts working closely with parents and students on all aspects of the application process. The sequence of the steps follows; however, parents are encouraged to regularly communicate their questions or thoughts at any time throughout the process.
- An orientation meeting for all parents. Spring of seventh grade
- A panel discussion: Seventh grade parents hear from and question parents of recent graduates who have been through the application process. Spring of seventh grade
- The Secondary School Fair: Admissions representatives from twenty-five day, boarding, parochial and Bergen County academy schools provide an opportunity for parents and students to get a first impression of possible choices. Spring of seventh grade
- Individual family meetings: The Director of Secondary School Placement meets with each family to discuss the schools that may qualify as the “right match” for their child. Late spring or summer
- “Decisions” class: Throughout the eighth grade year, students take a class which focuses on the high school application process. The class offers our students advice and practice on the following aspects:
- What to look for in a school
- What to look for when you visit
- Interviewing skills
- Test-taking strategies
- Essay writing skills
- Managing the process
- How to deal with acceptance and rejection
Graduates of Elisabeth Morrow possess a tremendous foundation in academics, the arts and athletics and are well prepared for the rigors and challenges of high school. Recent graduates have been accepted and enrolled at the following schools and colleges or universities.