High School Placement

Preparing confident, proactive young people for high school—and lives of self-determined significance

As our students enter eighth grade, we draw on the self-awareness, self-motivation, and academic prowess attained at Langley to help them choose and apply to the high schools that best fit who they have become – and will become in the years ahead.

At the end of seventh grade, we begin meeting regularly with students and parents about their academic and personal goals – which may have evolved considerably over time – and help them determine which high schools might best achieve those goals.

This active, reflective transition process, which occurs at a crucial moment in each student’s personal development, provides an important social reset point, allowing students to retain Langley friends while making new ones in a new environment. As the process unfolds, students come to truly understand and articulate their own identity, empowering them to step confidently into the wider world.

And there’s no better practice for college applications.

Getting started

Each spring, you join other rising eighth-grade parents at an informational meeting about the high school admission process. We provide you with an information packet, including timelines and to-do lists.


In the spring/summer, Langley administrators and our high school placement counselor meet with you and your child individually to discuss interests, goals, and possible best-fit high schools.

Testing and interviews

To help your child prepare for high school placement tests, we offer an online program to familiarize students with the test. We also provide mock interviews to help build poise and confidence.

Recommendation letters

Our advisors, and math and language arts teachers, who know every student as an individual, write thoughtful, meaningful recommendation letters for applications.

Personal visits

Our administrators have developed strong relationships with admission officers at area high schools. Throughout the year, we make personal visits to these schools to advocate for our eighth graders. We also contact and visit boarding schools for students exploring that option, and regularly host or attend high school fairs.

Portrait of a Langley Graduate

Parent and Student Perspectives