After St. Patrick's

We are determined to prepare our students to be successful, academically and otherwise, here in the present and well into the future. As part of that process, we provide a significant level of support for students and families as they consider secondary school options. St. Patrick's graduates become sought-after candidates at Washington-area day schools and boarding schools elsewhere.

At St. Patrick's, students are known, respected, and loved. The Head of School and the Secondary School Placement Team use their insight into and respect for each student to find the best fit for the next step in his or her educational journey.

Area Secondary School Attendance

During a recent five-year period, St. Patrick's graduates attended more than 20 different Washington-area independent day schools—destinations for about 80% of our graduates—and a similar number of boarding schools, most of them in the Mid-Atlantic and New England states. Our graduates' success in the secondary school placement process reflects their individual strengths as candidates, the array of choices available for high school, and St. Patrick's exceptional advocacy for them and their families throughout the process.

The day schools in which our graduates have enrolled include:

  • Bullis
  • Edmund Burke
  • Field
  • Georgetown Day
  • Georgetown Prep
  • Georgetown Visitation
  • Gonzaga
  • Holton-Arms
  • Holy Child
  • Landon
  • Madeira
  • Maret
  • National Cathedral School
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel
  • Potomac
  • St Albans
  • St. Andrew's
  • St. Anselm's Abbey
  • St. John's
  • St. Stephens & St. Agnes
  • Sidwell Friends
  • Stone Ridge

Secondary School Placement Support

The Head of School, Assistant Head of School/Head of Upper School, Director of Secondary School Placement, and MacArthur Campus Director comprise our Placement Team, which plays vital guidance and advocacy roles for Grade 8 students during this important process. They conduct meetings for parents of those students to outline available secondary school options, pointing out some of the differences among them; suggest questions to consider in relation to a specific child and his/her family; recommend a timetable for the process of investigation and application; and assiduously follow up with other schools on all applications.

Outplacement
Support

The Head of School, Assistant Head of School/Head of Upper School, Director of Outplacement, and MacArthur Campus Director comprise our Placement Team which plays vital guidance and advocacy roles for Grade 6 and Grade 8 students during this important process. They conduct meetings for parents of those students to outline available secondary school options, pointing out some of the differences among them; suggest questions to consider in relation to a specific child and his/her family; recommend a timetable for the process of investigation and application; and assiduously follow up with other schools on all applications.

Boarding-School Bound

The boarding schools in which our graduates have enrolled include:

  • Andover (MA)
  • Berkshire School (MA)
  • Episcopal High School (VA)
  • Exeter (NH)
  • Foxcroft School (VA)
  • George School (PA)
  • Groton School (MA)
  • Holderness School (NH)
  • Indian Mountain School (CT)
  • Madeira School (VA)
  • Mercersburg Academy (PA)
  • Millbrook School (NY)
  • Milton Academy (MA)
  • Northfield Mt. Herman (MA)
  • St. George's School (RI)
  • St. Paul's School (NH)
  • St. Timothy's School (MD)
  • Westminster School (CT)