High School Placement

Sheridan Graduate

I loved the experience of being involved in choosing my high school. I felt like I was given all of the tools to help make the right decision. This wouldn’t have been possible if I had gone to a school that had ended in 12th grade.

High School Placement

The high school placement team consists of the Head of School, the Middle School Head, the High School Placement Counselor, and the Director of Student Support. The team works together to offer comprehensive support to our families as they get ready to choose their next school. Starting in the spring of seventh grade, the team helps students and families learn about high school options, build their lists, and navigate the entire application process. The team provides support at all stages in the process, and the students play an active role in choosing a school that will help them grow and thrive.

A Look at the Process

List of 8 items.

  • Spring of Seventh Grade

    The high school placement team hosts an introductory meeting with students and families to kick off the outplacement process. Students begin standardized test preparation and start learning about various high school options.
  • Summer / Early Fall

    Families and students meet one-on-one with the high school placement team at least twice (more if needed) to discuss their individual process and craft a list of prospective schools that match each student’s goals.
  • Fall

    Each eighth grader meets individually with a school administrator to learn and practice interview skills in preparation for student visits to high schools.
  • Fall

    Sheridan hosts admissions officers from many area high schools for lunch visits, which serve as opportunities for students to learn more about their options.
  • Fall / Winter

    Students visit schools on their list for shadow days and interviews.
  • Fall / Winter

    Students continue to prepare for and complete standardized tests (if applicable).
  • Winter

    The high school placement team sends all recommendations and records to schools and personally connects with each high school’s admissions office to represent our students and advocate for their candidacy.
  • Spring

    Before acceptances are sent out, the high school placement team, along with the School Counselor, meets with students and families to offer tangible advice for managing emotions and making a final decision. 

Sheridan Graduate

“As I think about my time at Sheridan, I find joy in knowing that I am both academically and socially prepared for high school.”
After graduation, Sheridan students attend a wide variety of high schools, including independent, public, single-gender, religiously affiliated, and boarding schools. During the high school placement process, our priority is helping students find their best fit school. Once there, they are flourishing — when visiting area high schools we regularly hear: "We love Sheridan students!"

Some of the schools that our recent Sheridan graduates are attending include:

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Georgetown Prep Sandy Spring Friends
Burke Jackson Reed (formerly Wilson) School Without Walls
Bullis Landon Sidwell Friends
Commonwealth Latin St. Albans
DeMatha Madeira St. Andrew’s
Duke Ellington Maret St. John’s
Field McLean Stone Ridge
Flint Hill Montgomery Blair Magnet Program Washington International
Garrison Forest National Cathedral Whitman
Georgetown Day Potomac
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