High School Counseling

    • 2023 Commencement

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 match.”

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. See below for a full list of acceptances from the Class of 2024:

Independent Day Schools
Beaver Country Day School
Brimmer and May School
Brooklyn Friends School
The Browning School
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
The Calhoun School
The Chapin School
Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School
Collegiate School
The Commonwealth School
The Dalton School
The Dwight School
Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Friends Seminary
Grace Church School
Hackley School
Horace Mann School
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School
The Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School
Loyola School
Marymount School of New York
The Masters School
The Nightingale-Bamford School
Packer Collegiate Institute
Riverdale Country School
Spence School
Trevor Day School
Trinity School

Boarding Schools
Berkshire School
The Ethel Walker School
The Frederick Gunn School
Kent School
The Knox School
The Loomis Chaffee School
Miss Hall's School
The Stony Brook School
The Taft School
Westover School

Diocesan Schools
Chaminade High School
Fordham Preparatory School
Holy Trinity High School
Iona Preparatory School
Kellenberg Memorial High School
Notre Dame School of Manhattan
Regis High School
St. John’s Prep
St. Vincent Ferrer High School
Xavier High School

NYC Public Schools
Bard High School Early College
The Beacon School
Brooklyn Latin School
The Bronx High School of Science
Central Park East High School
The College Academy
Discovery High School
The Douglass STEM Institute
Harvest Collegiate High School
The High School of Art and Design
Humanities Preparatory Academy
Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics
Manhattan Village Academy
The New York City Lab School of Collaborative Studies
The New York City Museum School 
Richard R. Green School of Teaching
Stuyvesant High School

Our students also go on to the world’s top colleges and universities:

American University
Amherst College
Barnard College
Baruch College
Binghamton University
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bucknell University
California Polytechnic State University
California Institute of Technology
Carleton College
Case Western Reserve University
Colgate University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Davidson College
Drexel University
Emory University
Fashion Institute of Technology
Fordham University
Franklin & Marshall College
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Hamilton College
Harvard University
Howard University
IMG Academy
Indiana University
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McGill University
Middlebury College
Morehouse College
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Rice University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Skidmore College
Smith College
Spelman College
Stevens Institute of Technology
Temple University
Tufts University
Tulane University
University at Buffalo
University of Chicago
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of Texas Austin
University of Toronto
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Westminster
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Vassar College
Wake Forest University
Washington University
Wellesley College

Speak to any of our loyal alumni, and they will tell you that the foundation they received at Cathedral made all the difference.

Jaclyn Berney
Director of High School Counseling
Character Education Chair
The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025

Members of Cathedral Classes 2020-2023 Currently Attend the Following Secondary Schools:

Day Schools
Avenues: The World School
Berkeley Carroll School
The Brearley School
The Calhoun School
The Chapin School
Collegiate School
The Dalton School
Dwight Global Online School
The Dwight-Englewood School
Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Friends Seminary
Grace Church School
Greenwich Country Day School
Hackley School
Horace Mann School
The Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School
Loyola School
Marymount School of New York
The Masters School
The Nightingale-Bamford School
The Packer Collegiate Institute
Poly Prep Country Day School
Riverdale Country School
Rye Country Day School
The Spence School
Trevor Day School
Trinity School
Boarding Schools
Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock
Blair Academy
Choate Rosemary Hall
The Ethel Walker School
Kent School
Lauriston Girls' School (Melbourne, AU)
The Lawrenceville School
Millbrook School
Miss Hall's School
Phillips Academy Andover
St. Andrew’s School
The Westover School
Public High Schools
Bard High School Early College
The Beacon School
The Bronx High School of Science
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
High School of American Studies at Lehman College
The High School for Math, Science & Engineering
Red Hook High School
Rock Hill High School
Stuyvesant High School
Sage Creek High School
Diocesan Schools
Notre Dame School
Regis High School
Xavier High School
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