Secondary School & Beyond

About Shore Graduates

Shore graduates are regularly accepted at the region’s top secondary schools and go on to attend the nation’s best colleges and universities. Supported by the Office of Secondary School Counseling, Shore graduates successfully matriculate at all kinds of high schools: independent day, independent boarding, parochial, and public. A majority of Shore students, after enjoying the classrooms, programs, and community of Shore, opt to remain in independent school settings. Those entering public school typically transfer into top academic sections and quickly find their appropriate peer group. In our local, highly competitive day, or day and boarding independent school options, Shore graduates are well represented. Historically, approximately half of Shore’s graduates choose regional boarding schools. New England’s rich assortment of schools is ideal for the varied interests, passions, and strengths of Shore graduates! Selection is tailored on the basis of appropriate personal style and program, and our students are prepared for this new stage of independence.

Secondary School Counseling Team and Process

Shore’s Office of Secondary School Counseling includes Director of Secondary School Counseling Sander van Otterloo '91, as well as Head of School Clair Ward, and Head of Upper School Gustavo Carrera.

The process begins with an orientation phase for seventh grade families and will support families through the search, application, advocacy, and placement in a secondary school after completion of Shore’s eighth or ninth grade. We maintain and update an internal resource page for families moving through the process, which helps them access tools and learn more about upcoming events. Our office visits the admissions offices of secondary schools frequently to cultivate our relationships, update secondary schools on Shore programs, and to advocate on behalf of individual Shore students in the secondary school process.

Most Popular Secondary Schools in Recent Years

Austin Preparatory School
Boston University Academy
Brooks School
Concord Academy
The Governor’s Academy
Groton School
Holderness School
Kimball Union Academy
Lawrence Academy
Middlesex School
Milton Academy
Miss Porter's School
New Hampton School
Northfield Mount Hermon School
Phillips Academy, Andover
Phillips Exeter Academy
Pingree School
Proctor Academy
St. George’s School
St. John’s Preparatory School
St. Mark’s School
Tabor Academy
Winsor School

Most Popular Colleges and Universities

Bates College
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brown University
Colby College
College of the Holy Cross
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Dartmouth College
Emory University
George Washington University
Gettysburg College
Harvard University
Hobart and William Smith College
Middlebury College
Northeastern University
Providence College
Saint Lawrence University
Skidmore College
Tufts University
University of Colorado
University of Massachusetts
University of Pennsylvania
University of Vermont
Wellesley College
Wheaton College
Yale University

Sander Van Otterloo '91, Shore's Director of Secondary School Counseling

“All schools covet Shore graduates. They enter with superb study skills and writing abilities already in place, and they relish the experience of collaborative, creative learning.”