High School Placement

“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 “- Sheridan Graduate

Helping students choose and apply to high school is as important as educating our students. High school placement for graduating eighth graders is led by the Head of School. Beginning in the spring of seventh grade, families work with the school to develop a list of high schools by considering three aspects of prospective institutions: the academic program, the school culture and the student’s acceptability. Eighth grade students are engaged participants in the high school application process better preparing them for the complexities of selecting a college.

Sheridan offers a Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) preparation course at no cost to families and conducts mock interviews, preparing students to put their best foot forward when they meet with admissions officers. Additionally, the Head of School personally visits schools to discuss each child’s candidacy. Sheridan students are consistently accepted to their top choice of schools.

A Look at the Process:

  • Summer/Early Fall: Families and students meet with the Head of School and eighth grade teachers during the summer and early fall to discuss the outplacement process and an appropriate list of high schools. Each student works from a list of five to seven high schools with a range of balance of options.
  • Fall: Upper Level SSAT
  • Fall: Each eighth grader is invited to meet individually with a school administrator to learn and practice individual interviewing skills. Discussions will include the important aspects of each child’s record, interests and persona and role-play mock interviews in advance of the real thing.
  • Fall/Winter: Student school visits and interviews
  • Winter: The Head of School personally visits each high school’s Director of Admissions to represent our eighth graders.
    Spring: Acceptances arrive.

Over ninety percent of Sheridan students have been admitted to their first choice school in the last five years. All students are enrolled in a high school that is an appropriate match for them.


Over the past five years our graduating eighth graders have attended the following schools:

  • Bethesda Chevy Chase High School
  • Bishop Ireton
  • Bullis School
  • DeMatha Catholic High School
  • Edmund Burke School
  • Episcopal School
  • Field School
  • Georgetown Day School
  • Georgetown Preparatory School
  • Gonzaga
  • Madeira School
  • Maret School
  • National Cathedral School
  • Potomac School
  • Proctor Academy
  • Saint Albans School
  • Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School
  • Saint John’s College High School
  • Sandy Spring Friends School
  • School Without Walls
  • Sidwell Friends School
  • Washington International School
  • Woodrow Wilson High School