High School Placement

High School Placement at GJA starts in grade 7, with test prep, one-on-one counseling and a targeted approach to finding the best school for each student.

Placement Results

High School Placement is a critical component of GJA’s program for students and their families.  All of our families navigate the independent school admissions and financial aid processes, which are especially complex in New York City and in national boarding schools.

Our approach is tailored to the needs of each family and student, and our High School Placement Director works intensively with each family starting in the seventh grade to prepare for applications during the eighth grade year.

We know that students thrive in an educational environment that is the best fit for them and that each child is different.  Our deep knowledge of our students, of the high school educational landscape and of the application process contribute to our overwhelming placement success.

GJA alumni go on to attend some of the nation’s top boarding, day and public schools and receive over $1 million in financial aid each year.  Some of the schools they have attended include:

Archbishop Molloy HS; Berkeley Carroll School; Bishop Loughlin Memorial HS; Brooklyn Technical HS; Brooklyn Friends School; Bronx High School of Science; Browning School; Calhoun School; Cate School; Cardinal Hayes HS; Cardinal Spellman HS; Concord Academy; Cristo Rey New York HS; Dalton School; Darrow School; Deerfield Academy; Fordham Preparatory School; Friends Seminary; George School; Harvey School; La Salle Academy; Léman Manhattan Preparatory School; Oakwood Friends School; Packer Collegiate Institute; Phillips Academy Andover; Phillips Exeter Academy; Riverdale Country School; Rudolf Steiner School; St. Raymond HS for Boys; Tabor Academy; Taft School; Thacher School; Xavier HS.

HS Placement at a Glance


In 7th Grade Students will:

  • Begin test prep
  • Practice essays
  • Take a placement assessment
  • Receive a placement calendar
  • Start one-on-one placement meetings

In 8th Grade Students will:

  • Continue test prep
  • Write and edit essays
  • Visit a targeted list of day and boarding schools across the US
  • Have mock and real interviews
  • Participate in weekly school visits
  • Take admissions, merit and other tests
  • List schools in order of priority