High School Counseling

Class of 2017: 8th Grade Leadership

The primary goal of The Cathedral School’s high school counseling process is to help students and their families identify a secondary school where the student will continue to grow intellectually, experience new challenges, and pursue and discover new passions. To achieve this end, we work closely with students and their parents to ensure that their next school is the “right fit.”

The high school counseling process parallels the personal and intellectual development that is so central to seventh and eighth grade. These years are both academically rigorous and personally dynamic. Students discover their strengths and their interests, and their journey of self-discovery helps them identify the most appropriate next step in their academic careers.

This process of self-discovery occurs while the student is also learning how to put his/her best foot forward in the application process. Our mission statement speaks of “confident, articulate students of the world.” The proof of this statement is exemplified by our eighth graders’ high school interviews and by their personal statements on their applications.  

Beginning in the spring of seventh grade and continuing through the fall and winter of eighth grade, I meet multiple times with each student and family to help define priorities in a high school program, decide on schools to which the child will apply, and guide the family through the application and selection process. Admissions directors across the country regularly tell me that our students are not just exceptionally well-prepared, they are also kind, compassionate, well-adjusted young men and women.

Our graduates attend the most selective independent day and boarding, public, and parochial schools in the nation, and they go on to the world’s top colleges and universities. Members of The Cathedral School's Classes of 2010-2015 can now be found at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Brown, UPenn, Cornell, Northwestern, Amherst, Williams, Duke, Georgetown, Middlebury, Oberlin, Haverford, Wesleyan, Bowdoin, Tufts, McGill, and the University of Chicago, among many other schools. Speak to any of our loyal alumni, and they will tell you that the foundation they received at Cathedral made all the difference.

Richard Koo
Director of High School Counseling

Classes 2014-2018 Secondary Schools

Members of the classes of 2014-2018
currently attend the following secondary schools:

Day Schools

The Berkeley Carroll School
The Brearley School
Calhoun School
The Chapin School
The Churchill School
Collegiate School
Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School
Convent of the Sacred Heart School
The Dalton School
Dwight School
The Dwight-Englewood School
Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Fordham Preparatory School
Friends Seminary
Grace Church School
Hackley School
Horace Mann School
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School
Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School
Loyola School
Marymount School of New York
Masters School
The Nightingale-Bamford School
The Packer Collegiate Institute
Poly Prep Country Day School
Riverdale Country School
The Spence School
Trevor Day School
Trinity School
United Nations International School
Boarding Schools
Choate Rosemary Hall
Deerfield Academy
Emma Willard School
George School
Groton School
The Hotchkiss School
Kent School
The Loomis Chaffee School
Millbrook School
Milton Academy
Miss Hall’s School
Northfield Mount Hermon
Peddie School
Pomfret School
Phillips Exeter Academy
The Putney School
St. Andrew’s Academy

New York City Public High Schools
The Bronx High School of Science
Columbia Secondary School
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
High School of American Studies at Lehman College
Medgar Evers High School
Diocesan Schools
Dominican Academy
La Salle Academy 
Notre Dame School
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