Advent has created a comprehensive, student-centered program for Sixth Graders and their families called Next Schools. Next Schools is a highly individualized approach to the middle school application process.
For many families and students, the Next Schools process can be an intimidating one. The Next Schools team of Advent’s Head of School, Nicole DuFauchard; Director of Admission and Next Schools Nora Goddard; our Fifth and Sixth Grade teaching teams; and the Department of Learning Services is here to provide support to both Sixth Graders and their families throughout the entire seventh grade application process.
The Next Schools team is dedicated to finding the most appropriate and “best fit” school for Advent’s graduates that will further support their academic, social, and emotional growth.
The Next Schools process begins from Day 1 at Advent as teachers, administrators, and families work together to build a comprehensive understanding of every student. In Fourth and Fifth Grade, specific conversations occur as an introduction to the formal process.
Students and families participate in the year-long process that begins in the spring of the Fifth Grade year. The Next Schools team lead group meetings to review basic deadlines and aspects of the process, including:
individual family meetings to discuss what schools they are thinking about applying to and other schools they may consider
conversations with Sixth Grade teaching teams
mock interviews to hone student communication about their strengths and passions
optional ISEE prep course instructed by Kaplan that occurs every Friday for the first eight weeks of school
group tours of the Boston Public Schools Exam Schools for those families who live in Boston and are considering the exam schools for their family
completion of application packets, including teacher and administrator recommendation forms, school report, and testing documentation
team approach to ensure each student and family understands all aspects of the process
The Next Schools Coordinator visits a variety of middle schools across the region to be able to offer Advent families up-to-date information so they can make informed decisions. The Coordinator’s recommendations are based off real experiences, giving families information to rely on beyond the school’s website or recruitment brochure.
Advent graduates go on to attend independent, exam, and public schools in the Greater Boston area. The Next Schools team is equipped to evaluate all of these options with students and their families to find the best fit for each Sixth Grader.
Graduates from the classes of 2010 through 2016 have attended the following schools:
Beaver Country Day School
Belmont Hill School
Boston College High School
Boston Latin Academy
Boston Latin School
Boston Trinity Academy
Brimmer and May School
Brookline Public Schools
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
Cambridge Friends School
Catholic Memorial Academy
Cathedral High School
Community Charter School of Cambridge
Dana Hall School
Dedham Country Day School
Dexter Southfield School
The Eliot School
Four Rivers Charter School
John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science
Mount Alvernia Academy
Nativity Preparatory School, Boston
Newton Country Day School
Noble and Greenough School
Shady Hill School
St. Sebastian’s School