Our Students Are Prepared for High School...and Beyond

Posted by Laura Kang on Jan 12, 2018 10:18:39 AM
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It’s January!  Here at East Woods, our eighth grade students, their parents, and our faculty and administration are very focused on an important watershed moment in their EWS careers:  the secondary school application process.  The time spent on high school placement is always a time for perspiration and bated breath as we send off the lovingly prepared application portfolios for each eighth grader, a product of hours of work by the students, their parents, and our staff.  As our work on this diminishes, the secondary school admissions committees go into overdrive as they receive applications.


East Woods graduates have always attended prestigious boarding schools, local independent day schools, parochial schools and the top academic tracks at the public high schools in their home districts. This golden tradition continues into the present day. Our students are eagerly sought after by outstanding secondary schools.  Some of the independent schools EWS graduates have been accepted to in the last five years are:  Choate Rosemary Hall, Deerfield Academy, Portledge School, Friends Academy, Hotchkiss, Taft, Millbrook, Groton and Chaminade. 


The schools they attend report to us that EWS graduates are extremely well-prepared for their secondary school programs.  Mr. Carter, Assistant Head of School, and Mrs. Kang, Head of School, check with graduates each year about how well prepared they are, and they assure us they feel extremely well-prepared for the challenges of high school.  We believe this is due to our teachers’ ability to challenge students who need more intellectual stimulation, and to support students who may need help.  Our graduates go on to earn honors and take on leadership roles in their high schools, and beyond.

You shouldn't just take our word for it!  Here are a few quotes from recent (and not-so-recent) EWS alums: 

"The lessons I’ve learned at East Woods have helped me grow as a person, student, and friend. The friendships made here will continue to last, and the teachers have inspired me to be to be the best person I can be, to take risks, and they have fueled a thirst for knowledge."  Jack Viscuso, EWS Class of 2017

"The small, nurturing environment of East Woods was pivotal in fostering my creativity, deep appreciation for the arts, and love of design".  Kim Carosella, EWS Class of 1998

"East Woods was essential in encouraging me to be a creative thinker. The general academic culture there was such that if you brought tremendous energy and commitment to your ideas, even if those ideas were really out there in the stratosphere, you would be encouraged and rewarded. This approach to learning and problem solving continues to give me great pleasure and serve me in good standing."  Jesse Shafer, EWS Class of 1990
"I remember dissecting a cow's eye and a sheep's heart, building bridges out of toothpicks and glue, and replicating Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium. The unique programs and opportunities at EWS allowed me to explore my interests in a positive and encouraging environment. I am so grateful to still be in touch with my teachers, coaches, and mentors at EWS who gave and continue to give me the confidence to continue the journey I am on." Kristie Kelly, EWS Class of 2010
The strong preparation of its graduates, an East Woods tradition, continues brighter than ever in 2018.

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