What Happens After Atrium?
At Atrium School, the next-schools counseling process is deeply individualized, and aims to match each student with a secondary program well suited to their academic goals and array of interests. Since our Middle School opened five years ago, our students have earned acceptances at the following schools:
Beaver Country Day School Concord Academy Noble and Greenough School
Brimmer and May School Dana Hall School St Sebastian's School
Boston University Academy Gann Academy The Newman School
Buckingham Brown & Nichols Governors Academy The Putney School
Cambridge School of Weston Groton School Waldorf High School
Chapel Hill-Chauncey Hall Holderness School Walnut Hill School
Commonwealth School Meridian Academy Waynflete School
Our students often chose public high schools as well, and Atrium graduates go on to exciting and meaningful experiences at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Newton North, Lincoln Sudbury HS, Belmont HS, Watertown HS, and many others.
The secondary school process formally begins in the spring of a student’s 7th grade year. Through the process, the head of school meets with each family to discuss the admission process, how to learn about schools, and how to discern a great fit. Close support is offered in a highly individualized manner until each student and family has made a secondary school choice. Atrium’s head of school and director of advancement, who together have more than 40 years experience in Boston-area independent schools, guide the process for families.
Along the way, Atrium students have the chance to practice mock interviews, take an SSAT preparation course at school, and meet dozens of school representatives at our annual secondary schools fair. Behind the scenes, Atrium staff are visiting secondary schools, hosting their staff on our own campus, and cultivating relationships with the schools that Atrium students wish to attend.
What do we hear back from the secondary schools that our graduates attend? They tell us that we know our students very, very well. They tell us that Atrium students are confident, self-aware and intellectually curious learners, who know how to advocate for themselves and others. We hear that our graduates are very well-prepared for the demands of high school academics in a variety of settings. We hear, most of all, that our graduates are kind, compassionate leaders who add measurably to the strength and positivity of their communities.