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After CHS

The Chestnut Hill School is intentionally focused on the earliest years of a child’s education. Sixth grade is the culminating year of students’ Chestnut Hill experience, and the secondary school placement process is an important component of that capstone year. Our placement team is here every step of the way to guide students and their families through the admission process for their next schools.


As children enter their adolescent years, they are able to consider the next step of their educational journeys -- an empowering and confidence-building exercise in self-discovery.

But the skills and self-awareness needed to thoughtfully approach such a decision don’t magically appear in the fall of sixth grade. Rather, the placement process is a culmination of students’ years at CHS, built on a foundation of principled leadership and depth of character, and supported by our pillars of academic excellence, diversity, and community. CHS alumni join their secondary school communities with a sense of joyful purpose, and they are highly sought-after by admissions offices.

Through the process, students learn to think and write about their place in a community and in the world. They are asked to consider and to celebrate what makes them distinctively themselves. They move beyond thinking about whether one person is merely better than another to understanding that we are all individuals with multiple strengths. They are excited about what they learn about themselves, and their confidence grows. Families, too, are amazed by the growth in their children. This process often becomes a family one. Although the decision to enroll in CHS was often made by adults, the next step after sixth grade is often a family one. As a result, students own the decision for their school in a way that is significant. CHS graduates are noted consistently by ongoing schools for their leadership, their community impact, and their ability to fundamentally shift a learning in an impactful way.


  • During their fifth grade year, families meet with members of the placement team. Our commitment to families is to find the best fit for their children -- and we recognize that this is not a “one-size-fits-all” proposition! This partnership is at the core of the outplacement process.
  • During the end of students’ fifth-grade year and all of their sixth-grade year, we host a series of coffees for families to introduce the process and answer any questions families may have.
  • Our placement team meets with each individual family during the summer before sixth grade to reflect on their student’s growth during their years at CHS and begin to identify their hopes and dreams for their secondary school experience. From that place of reflection, we then begin to explore which schools may be good options.
  • We offer mock interviews with each sixth grader to provide practice with this unique and necessary skill.
  • We provide SSAT testing onsite at CHS for families’ convenience and students’ comfort and familiarity on testing day.
  • Our head of school serves as an advocate throughout the process and has conversations with every school to which our students apply in support of students’ candidacy.
  • Our sixth-grade teachers write thoughtful and individualized letters of recommendation for every student, and we send out completed admissions packets on each student’s behalf.


 Beaver Country Day School  Lexington Christian Academy
 Belmont Day School  Meadowbrook School of Weston
 Belmont Hill School  Milton Academy
 Boston College High School  Newton Country Day School
 Brimmer and May  Noble and Greenough
 British International School of Boston  Rivers School
 Buckingham, Browne, and Nichols  Roxbury Latin
 Charles River School  Thayer Academy
 Dana Hall School  Winsor School
 Dexter Southfield  Public and Charter Schools
 Fessenden  Boston Exam Schools