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Students smiling during the graduation ceremony.

Finding the Right Fit:

Secondary School Counseling

Our secondary school counseling program complements the educational experience with an ongoing, collaborative effort to assist families in the secondary school admissions process.

An eighth grader standing at a podium getting ready to speak.

Seventh & Eighth Grade

In the spring of Seventh Grade, each family begins meeting with one of our counselors, who suggests appropriate schools for application. Students and families are encouraged to explore these suggestions over the summer. In the fall of 8th grade, all students participate in Smooth Talk, a signature program in DCD’s middle school. It involves advanced public speaking, practice interviewing, and introspective writing so that every student is prepared to enter the secondary school application process with success.

A student walking during graduation

Beyond DCD

Our goal is for students to gain admission to schools well matched to their academic skills and extracurricular interests. By Eighth Grade, DCD students are eager and ready to meet their next educational challenges. They have seen the fruits of intellectual curiosity and imagination grounded in disciplined study. They have met high expectations of leadership, group responsibility, and academic achievement, as well as integrity, kindness, and understanding.

Secondary School Relationships

Through the efforts of our Director of Secondary School placement and the success of our graduates, DCD has cultivated and maintains excellent relationships with all the New England area boarding and day schools. In the fall we host a panel discussion with representatives from several secondary schools so that students and parents have an opportunity to ask questions and get a sense of the different types of schools to which students can apply including day schools, boarding, single-sex, and sectarian.

Matriculations 2014-2020

Beaver Country Day School: 7
Belmont High School: 2
Belmont Hill School: 1
Bishop Feehan School: 1
Blue Hills Regional Technical School: 1
Boston University Academy: 1
Brimmer & May: 2
Brooks School: 3
Buckingham Browne & Nichols: 9
Cambridge School of Weston: 3
Catholic Memorial: 4
Concord Academy: 4
Cushing Academy: 1
Dana Hall School: 4
Dedham High School: 2
Deerfield Academy: 1
Dexter Southfield: 11
Ethel Walker School: 1
Gann Academy: 1
Groton School: 1
Medfield High School: 1
Middlesex School: 3
Milton Academy: 11
Miss Hall’s School: 1
Miss Porter’s School: 3
Moses Brown School: 2
Needham High School: 4
New Hampton School: 3
Newton Country Day School: 2
Newton North High School: 3
Noble and Greenough School: 23
Notre Dame Academy: 1
Oxbridge Academy Florida: 1
Phillips Andover: 1
Phillips Exeter: 1
Roxbury Latin School: 1
St. Joseph’s: 1
St. Sebastian’s School: 1
Tabor Academy: 3
Thayer Academy: 21
The Kent School: 1
The Rivers School: 11
The Winsor School: 2
The Woodward School: 1
Ursuline Academy: 1
Walnut Hill School: 2
Walpole High School: 1
Westwood High School: 7
Xaverian Brothers High School: 5
Students hugging after the graduation ceremony.