As difficult as it is to say goodbye to our eighth graders, we know that our faculty fostered in these students an enduring thirst for learning that will serve them as they pursue their education in secondary school and beyond. IDS students achieve great success in their next step because they have been prepared to think critically, to work independently and in collaboration and to understand the connections across disciplines. Most importantly, our graduates have a core set of values and principles that guide them in the right direction.
IDS is focused on Fearless Learning, but what about the next school? Thinking about secondary school can be a time for the fears to creep back in along with the what-ifs . . . What if I don’t know where I want to go? What if I get anxious in interviews? What if I can’t make up my mind? What if I don’t do well on the entrance test? What if I do? What if my friends are all going somewhere else?
Like everything else at IDS, the goal of the Secondary School Placement Office is to reduce the fear from the process. Finding the next school should be exciting, enlightening and enjoyable. While there is sure to be stress and anxiety in the process, we focus on treating this part of our life just like all the others: a chance to learn, explore, reflect, design, challenge, work, grow and celebrate. Our program is designed to support and advise the students and families as they navigate the variety of options and the processes for entrance to the schools.
Every IDS student is an individual and each one must find the right school, no two will move forward on exactly the same path. Whether the next school is private, parochial or public, boarding or day, co-ed or single-gender, we believe that our process allows all students the opportunity to make decisions that are intentional, thoughtful and careful.