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The entire secondary school process is incorporated into the eighth-grade curriculum.

Through their participation, students learn valuable life skills such as goal setting, long-range planning, and organization.

Test prep, essay writing, and interviewing skills are interwoven into the regular school day in homeroom, English and math. In our award-winning advising program, students work one-on-one with faculty advisors who become their mentors, academic counselors, and advocates.

Our Director of Secondary School Counseling meets with each family and student starting in the seventh-grade year to discuss secondary school options and explain the application process. Throughout the eighth-grade year he works with students and families as a guide, and directly advocates on the behalf of each student to the schools to which they apply.

For over 85 years we have placed FH graduates at the finest boarding and day schools in the country. Schools accepting our students in the last five years include:


  • Avon Old Farms School
  • Berkshire School
  • Blair Academy
  • Choate Rosemary Hall
  • Deerfield Academy
  • Delbarton School
  • Ethel Walker School
  • George School
  • Gill St. Bernard’s School
  • Groton School
  • The Gunnery
  • The Hotchkiss School
  • Kent Place School
  • The Lawrenceville School
  • Loomis Chaffee School
  • Middlesex School
  • Miss Porter’s School
  • Morristown-Beard School
  • Newark Academy
  • Northfield Mt. Hermon
  • Oak Knoll School
  • Peddie School
  • Phillips Academy, Andover
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Pingry School
  • Pomfret School
  • Salisbury School
  • St. Andrew’s School, DE
  • St. George’s School
  • St. Paul’s School
  • The Taft School
  • Trinity-Pawling School
  • Westminster School