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:

American University
Amherst College
Barnard College
Bates College
Bennington College
Berklee College of Music
Boston University
Brandeis University
Brown University
California Institute of Technology
Carleton College
Colby College
Colgate University
College of Charleston
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
CUNY Medgar Evers College
Delaware University
Drexel University
Duke University
Fashion Institute of Technology
Franklin & Marshall College
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hamilton College
Hampshire College
Haverford College
Ithaca College
Kenyon College

Lafayette College
Lehigh University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Middlebury College
New School University
New York University
Northeastern University
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Oxford University
Pitzer College
Princeton University
Rice University
Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Santa Clara University
Smith College
Southern Methodist University
Tufts University
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Pennsylvania
University of Vermont
University of Westminster
University of Wisconsin
Vassar College
Wake Forest University
Wesleyan College
Whitter College
Williams College
Yale University

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

Classes 2017-2020 Secondary Schools

Members of the classes of 2017-2020
currently attend the following secondary schools:


Day Schools

Avenues: The World School
Berkeley Carroll School
The Brearley School
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
The Calhoun School
The Churchill School
Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School
Convent of the Sacred Heart
The Dalton School
Dwight School
The Dwight-Englewood School
Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Friends Seminary
Grace Church School
Greenwich Country Day School
Hackley School
Horace Mann School
Loyola School
The Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High 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
The Spence School
Trevor Day School
Trinity School
The United Nations International School

Boarding Schools
Blair Academy
George School
Groton School
Millbrook School
Miss Hall’s School
Miss Porter’s School
The Peddie School
Phillips Exeter Academy
Pomfret School
The Putney School
St. Andrew’s School
The Westover School

New York City Public High Schools
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
The High School for Math, Science & Engineering

Diocesan Schools
Fordham Preparatory School
Iona Preparatory School
Notre Dame School of Manhattan
Regis High School
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