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Dear Eighth Grade Families, 


If you have found this tab on the website, it may be time for your family to begin considering high school options for your child.


The document “To Consider” is a really good place to begin. I’d have that conversation at a calm and quiet time as a family with your student. 

If you are lost in all these details, particularly the application information for the local magnets, this document breaks down what the requirements are for each option, contact info, etc.


For those interested in local high schools, you can see on the left side of this letter Local High School Options and Important Dates to Consider. These documents will be important as you begin to make contact with the different schools and you should monitor the dates for those schools. The deadline for the initial application to the magnet schools is January 6. Click here to view magnet school information and complete the application.


If you are interested in boarding schools, it is never too early to reach out and to line up tours / visits. Make sure your student signs up for our Fall Boarding School tour. And for those interested in boarding school, I suggest you spend some time looking at the website At TLS, we will walk with students through this process, including helping them on SSAT and interview prep, working with them on personal statements, etc. 


If your student is in The Learning Center, Shama Hinard and I will work together to walk your family through the placement process.


I will meet with students early in the year to begin talking with them about their options. I will challenge them to resist the herd mentality and be open-minded about all their options.  I challenge you to do the same. Don’t try to make your child fit a particular school; rather choose a school to fit your child. 


I hope these counseling services and documents will help you navigate better what may seem to be a complicated process for your child’s next educational experience.  I am happy to work with you and your child on the exciting next phase in his/her life.  

Thank you,

Tim Alford

Secondary School Placement

Schools of Interest

The following schools will be in attendance and have expressed interest in TLS Alumni in the past.


Asheville School 
Brehm Preparatory School                              
Buffalo Seminary                                
Chaminade College Preparatory School
Chatham Hall                                     
Choate Rosemary Hall
Christ School
Cluver Academies
Currey Ingram Academy
Cushing Academy

Eaglebrook School

Emma Willard School

Episcopal High School
Fountain Valley School

Foxcroft School

Garrison Forest School

Indian Springs School
Interlochen Arts Academy
Kents Hill School
Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki

Middlesex School

Millbrook School
Miss Hall's School
Missouri Military Academy

Northfield Mount Hermon

Pomfret School
Saint Mary's School

Saint Stanislaus

San Marcos Academy

Shady Side Academy

Shattuck-St. Mary's School
St. Bede Academy
St. Margaret's School
St. Timonthy's School
Stuart Hall School

The Baylor School
The Blue Ridge School

The Bolles School

The Brook Hill School

The Ethel Walker School

The Gow School

The Knox School

The Madeira School

The McCallie School
The Program for the Exceptionally Gifted at Mary Baldwin University

The Webb School
Thomas Jefferson School
Virginia Episcopal School

Wasatch Academy

Wayland Academy
Western Reserve Academy

Westminster School

Williamsburg Christian Academy

Windemere Preparatory School

Woodberry Forest School

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

Frederick Douglass High School
Henry Clay Liberal Arts Academy
Layfayette Pre-Engineering Program
Lexington Catholic High School
Lexington Christian Academy
MSTC at Dunbar
Sayre School
Spinx Academy
Tates Creek HIgh School

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