News from Cardigan

Ninth-Graders Begin the Secondary School Application Process
Date: 11/09/2018

Secondary School FairBy Kris Langetieg, Director of Secondary School Counseling

The ninth graders have had a busy fall preparing for their secondary school applications. Cardigan seniors are exposed to several events that address their needs for this important milestone, and every year the School seeks to expand our programming.

The secondary school counseling team of Kris Langetieg, Cynthia Day P’12,’13, and Kristin LeRoy have been actively engaged with the Class of 2019 since last spring, but the support system does not end there. Leadership teachers Ryan Sinclair and Anthony Figuieredo have challenged their Grade 9 students to practice and improve their social skills and etiquette at our three secondary school fairs and offered advice on how to approach tours and interviews at schools. The boys are also fortunate to have the guidance of Amaya Brondel and Cindy Edson, their PEAKS coaches, in learning how to properly research schools, prioritize their interests in determining “fit,” and better understand the myriad options available in the world of secondary schools. 

The School organized and hosted three secondary school mini-fairs this fall. We welcomed 97 schools to Cardigan this year, affording our applicants the opportunity to connect with admissions officers and learn more about schools they are already targeting, and perhaps investigate new options they have not yet considered. The feedback from our guests is always overwhelmingly positive because our students are kind, courteous, and willing to take the time to truly get to know others.

Secondary School FairAfter the fairs were completed, Cardigan hosted an event for the boys featuring St. Paul’s School Dean of Admissions Scott Bohan. Mr. Bohan spoke about interviews and campus tours. Mr. Bohan was insightful and warm while demystifying these important visits, offering tips and explanations on a variety of topics, and answering questions about any and all aspects of the application process. 

Another event featured a panel of Mr. Sean Atkins, director of admission and financial aid at Suffield Academy, Mrs. Bini Egerston, director of admission and financial aid at Brooks School, and Mr. Will McCulloch, director of enrollment management at New Hampton School. They all provided insight on assessing “fit” at schools, the role of parents, and the nuances of the application process. They also answered a variety of questions from the audience that helped provide perspective on what is on the horizon for our applicants.

It has been a busy two months for the ninth grade. The boys are better prepared than ever. We are also proud of all of the care they have put into preparing for this important next step!
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