Applying to Secondary Schools

We help each boy land at the right secondary school for him—whether he’s inclined to small schools, urban environments, challenging academics, or robust art and athletic programs.
Our Secondary School Advising Office works closely with families and students to identify a list of target schools and to set goals to gain enrollment. Our secondary school advisor's build strong relationships with students over several years to understand their aptitudes, interests, and achievements, helping to hone in on the best secondary school fit.

We guide each boy through every stage of the secondary school admissions process, including writing essays, completing applications, and applying for financial aid. Students can easily find teachers, coaches, and advisors who can eloquently speak to their talents and traits in recommendation letters. And courses at Eaglebrook naturally elevate students’ writing and public speaking skills, giving them the tools they will need as they write compelling admissions essays and answer questions about themselves in secondary school interviews. 

Important Dates

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  • February of Fifth Form Year

    You will receive a packet of information from the Eaglebrook School Secondary School Advising Office. This packet includes an introductory letter, a list of secondary schools with pertinent information, suggestions regarding the interview, and two forms (a questionnaire and transcript release form) for the parents to complete and return to Liz Fitz by April 1.
  • March of Fifth Form Year

    You should begin discussions with your child about the letter and your child's needs, strengths, and interests with respect to the areas of academic, athletic, and extra-curricular and social involvement. You should look into the pros and cons of size (large vs. medium vs. small), location and environment (rural vs. urban), enrollment (coed or single-sex); you should look into the desirability of specific programs or areas of instruction.
  • Spring of Fifth Form Year

    It is important to begin researching appropriate secondary schools, including local day school or public school options. Send away for catalogs and other information. If it appears that your child needs motivation and/or you and your child has had little or no exposure to secondary schools, it might be a good idea to schedule visits to a few schools during April and May. Please notify the Director of Secondary School Advising of any such plans. During the spring term, the Director of Secondary School Advising will be meeting with each member of the Fifth Form individually to discuss possible options.
  • Summer Before Sixth Form Year

    With your child at home, you should continue to research appropriate secondary schools by means of reading catalogs and curriculum guides. You should solidify plans to visit schools in the fall, keeping in mind the visiting days that Eaglebrook School gives to the Sixth Formers: this year, the days are Monday through Wednesday, following Country Fair Weekend. Another good time to visit is at the beginning of our Thanksgiving vacation: Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday are possible days. In any case, we wish to keep to a minimum the number of missed class days. Please remember to keep the Director of Secondary School Advising informed of all interview appointments. It is important that families make the necessary appointments and travel arrangements.
  • Fall of Sixth Form Year

    Following the school visits, you should submit the preliminary and/or final applications to those schools that seem most appropriate for your child. Complete all forms that are required of the parents, be certain all fees are paid, and all forms that require a signature are signed. Read carefully all application information, for the procedures vary from school to school. When teacher recommendation forms and transcript request forms arrive, mail them to the Secondary School Advising Office after checking for the need of a parental signature or other family information. Within a week of the interview, the student should write a brief thank you note to the interviewer.
  • November/December of Sixth Form Year

    During the Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks, parents should oversee the completion of the essays, letters, and questionnaires that your child might have to write. While your child's English teacher, advisor and the Director of Secondary School Advising will be happy to provide assistance and advice, it must be the responsibility of the parents to see that the important documents are completed in a quality manner. You should keep in mind that high standards for spelling, punctuation, neatness, and clarity must be attained. The student must be willing to rewrite his essays in order to produce the very best final product.
  • January of Sixth Form Year

    When your child returns to Eaglebrook after Winter Break, all of the essays and other paperwork must be completed. Also, the Secondary School Advising Office will need close to two weeks to process applications to meet the deadline for mailing to secondary schools. This will allow a student to concentrate on a successful completion of the secondary quarter. As both first and second quarter teacher comments are included in the material that is sent from Eaglebrook School, it is important that the student not return to school with any application work hanging over his head. All student and parent forms should be given to the Director of Secondary School Advising.
  • January 15 to February 1 of Sixth Form Year

    Sometime during this period is the application deadline for most secondary schools. The transcripts, teacher and/or personal recommendations, and parent and student portions of the applications will be sent out from Eaglebrook School after the grades have been entered on the transcripts and after the teacher comments have been written.
  • March 10 of Sixth Form Year

    This is the date on which secondary schools begin to mail out letters of acceptance, rejection, or waiting list decisions.
  • April 10 of Sixth Form Year

    This is the deadline for applicants who have been accepted at a school to notify the school(s) of their decision. The earlier your decision has been made, the earlier you can notify all of the schools involved. If at all possible, you should avoid waiting until the last minute. If your child has been placed on the waiting list, you should hear of a clear-cut decision any time after April 1 but sometimes as late as April 20.

For More Information

Current Parents and Students: if you are looking for specific information from the Secondary School Advising Office, such as specific schedules, letters, and other information, please login and navigate to the Secondary School Advising button on the Resource Board.

Upcoming Secondary School Advising Events

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  • 55%

    of students accepted to first-choice secondary school
  • 60

    secondary school admissions officers visit each fall and 90 visit for our annual school fair in the spring

Secondary School Advising Contacts

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  • Photo of Leif Riddington

    Mr. Leif Riddington 

    Director of Secondary School Advising
    (413) 774-9104
  • Photo of Ruth Koenigsbauer

    Mrs. Ruth Koenigsbauer 

    Associate Director of Secondary School Advising; Dormitory Advisor; Coach
    (413) 774-9105
  • Photo of Elizabeth Fitz

    Mrs. Elizabeth Fitz 

    Administrative Assistant, Secondary School Advising & Summer Semester Office; Registrar
    (413) 774-9106

Fifth Form Secondary School Advising Panel

Schools Accepted

Eaglebrook's Class of 2021 gained admission to the following secondary schools:

Schools Attending

Members of Eaglebrook's Class of 2021 will attend the following secondary schools beginning in September 2021:
Avon Old Farms
Baylor School
Berkshire School
Bishop’s College
Blair Academy
Brooks School
Canterbury School
Cate School
Choate Rosemary Hall
Cushing Academy
Deerfield Academy
Episcopal High School
George School
Groton
Hill School
Holderness School
Hotchkiss School
Kent
Lawrence Academy
Lawrenceville School
Loomis Chaffee
McCallie School
Masters School
Middlesex School
Millbrook School
Milton Academy
Moses Brown School
New Hampton School
Northfield Mount Hermon

Peddie School
Phillips Academy
Phillips Exeter
Pomfret School
Portsmouth Abbey
Proctor Academy
Ross School
St. Andrew’s DE
St. George’s School
St. Mark’s School
St. Paul’s School
Salisbury School
Shawnigan Lake School
Simon’s Rock
Stevenson School
Suffield Academy
Tabor Academy
Taft School
Trinity-Pawling School
Virginia Episcopal School
The Webb School
Westminster School
Williston Northampton School
Avon Old Farms
Bard Academy
Berkshire School
Blair Academy
Brooks School
Cate School
Choate Rosemary Hall
Deerfield Academy
George School
Hill School
Holderness School
Hotchkiss School
Kents Hill School
Lawrenceville School
Loomis Chaffee
McCallie School
Milton Academy
Northfield Mount Hermon
Peddie
Phillips Academy Andover
Phillips Exeter
Portsmouth Abbey
Proctor Academy
Ross School
St. Andrew’s (DE)
St. Mark’s School
St. Paul’s School
Salisbury School
Suffield Academy
Tabor Academy
Taft School
Trinity-Pawling School
Westminster School
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