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THE STUDENTS TAKE A YEAR TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THEY’VE BEEN, WHERE THEY WANT TO GO, AND THEN THEY LEAD THE PROCESS.
Jennevieve C. ’17 (below) and Logan G. ’17 (left) are both confidently going through a Cathedral rite of passage—high school admissions.
The best barometer of success in the high school selection process at Cathedral is to ask young alumni. Several current 9th and 10th graders, at public schools, independent schools, and boarding schools volunteered their opinions and we have it all online at www.cathedral.org
test-prep classes for the standardized SSAT and the ISEE. Jennevieve’s father Ridge says, ‘The school does a fantastic job prepping the 8th graders for having a sense and understanding of what they’re going to go through, and what’s expected of them.” The process also is a way for parents and 8th graders to grow closer. Over the summer, the whole family begins answering the questionnaire together. Jennevieve remembers, “It took me a while to complete. I was thinking about myself in a way I don’t do on a day-to-day basis. It was great, too, because I got to work with my mom.” The same is true for Logan and his mother, Stephanie. She says that, “I made a decision to go to each school with him, so he could bounce ideas oﬀ me. It has had a lovely, positive eﬀect on our relationship. You have to talk about and share personal things, and your own goals and preferences.” In the end, the experience is overwhelmingly positive. Howard Nusbaum says, “It’s not so bad to be a grown up, leaving school for an interview on a beautiful fall day. There’s so much growing up that goes on during the year, and they’re aware of it. And, of course, when they get into the school they wanted, they are going to feel good that they did it, not just because they found the right school by searching hard enough, but because they find they learned more about themselves.” s
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