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After Parker

Graduates of Parker attend either independent day or boarding schools, or their local public high school. No matter where they continue their education, Parker students find they are well prepared for advanced level work and new friendships: they leave Parker confident in their abilities, both intellectually and socially.

High schools, both public and independent, understand that our students come from a thoughtful educational environment. As applicants who have taken Regents level courses, written a thesis, and are confident public speakers, Parker students are seen as analytical thinkers – well prepared for whatever secondary school environment they choose.

Parker’s secondary school placement process is personalized and begins in the fall of students’ 8th grade year. There is an evening information event where recent graduates talk about the options they pursued.

For students considering independent schools:

8th graders are given practice in the SSAT through a prep course in the fall. They can opt to take the Regents Exams at the end of the school year, and we recommend that they do so. In addition, the faculty and Head advocate for our students by writing comprehensive, thoughtful recommendations and communicating closely with schools. The process ends with our graduates attending schools that are well matched to their personal goals and the next step in their educational careers.

For students considering public schools:

8th graders take the Regents Exams at the end of the school year. Parents contact the High School guidance counselor to talk about requirements and choices for courses. The Associate Director can speak to the school and give appropriate information for advanced placements.

Both students and parents are fully supported through the process of making the right decision for education after Parker. Occasionally, parents wish to explore options before 8th grade; the Head and Associate Director welcome these conversations at any time and assist all families with plans beyond Parker.

Below please see the list of secondary schools and Colleges and Universities attended by Parker graduates in the past 10 years.


Independent High Schools

  • Academy of the Holy Names
  • Adirondack School
  • Albany Academy
  • Barstow School
  • Berkshire School
  • Buxton School
  • Catholic Central High School
  • Concord Academy
  • Darrow School
  • Deerfield Academy
  • Doane Stuart School
  • Emma Willard School
  • Hoosac School
  • The Hotchkiss School
  • The Masters School
  • The Marvelwood School
  • Middlesex School
  • Milton Academy
  • Northfield Mount Herman School
  • The Peddie School
  • Phillips Academy Andover
  • Phillips Academy Exeter
  • Proctor Academy
  • The Putney School
  • Trinity (NYC)
  • Williston Northampton School

Public High Schools

  • Albany
  • Averill Park
  • Bethlehem
  • Brittonkill
  • Chatham
  • Columbia
  • Guilderland
  • Ichabod Crane
  • Maple Hill
  • Niskayuna
  • Shaker
  • Shenendahowa
  • Troy

Colleges and Universities

  • American University
  • Bard College
  • Barnard College
  • Bennington College
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Colorado College
  • Cornell University
  • Drew University
  • Duke University
  • Hampshire College
  • Harvard University
  • Hudson Valley Community College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kenyon College
  • Leslie University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University Law School
  • Goucher College
  • MIT
  • NYU
  • Oberlin College
  • Princeton University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Smith College
  • SUNY Albany
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY Purchase
  • Stanford University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Trinity College
  • Trinity College, Cambridge University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Southern California
  • Vassar College
  • Wesleyan College
  • Yale University

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