Cardigan Mountain School A boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 9

Secondary School Counseling

Cardigan nith-grader shaking hands with a secondary school representative at a school fair

The Secondary School Counseling Office assists ninth graders and their parents in the process of selecting a secondary school to attend following graduation from Cardigan. Working with information gathered from students, parents, teachers, advisors, coaches, and dorm parents, a list of suggested appropriate schools is compiled by the placement director and international student placement director and sent to you in the summer preceding your son’s ninth-grade year. During the fall, representatives from approximately 80 secondary schools visit Cardigan to talk with interested students.

Families should plan to visit and interview at a series of schools before applying to a limited number—usually no more than six to eight schools. The counseling office is also responsible for assembling and mailing a placement packet for each student which includes recommendation letters from teachers, a transcript showing all term grades earned at Cardigan (including the ninth grade fall term), SSAT scores from the ninth grade, a graded writing sample (if required by the secondary school), and a general recommendation letter drafted jointly by the head of school and the director of counseling or director of international student counseling.  

Boys and their families should plan on completing their portion of the application process by January 1.

Seniors should conduct their visits to schools on October 8 (there are no classes on this day due to the all-school trip to the Sandwich Fair), October 22-26 during the Fall Term Long Weekend, and if necessary, November 26-29 the week following Thanksgiving Recess. During these visits, students should interview with prospective secondary schools, as interviews are required for admission. All arrangements for these visits are to be made with permission of the dean of student life and the director of placement.


The Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) is administered to the ninth grade on October 13, November 10, and is optional on December 8. Cardigan’s Secondary School Counseling office registers students for these test dates. Any requests for special accommodations should be forwarded to the director of secondary school placement and the director of studies.

Learn More

Download our 2018-2019 guide to the Secondary School Process.

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Matriculation History

Over the past ten years, Cardigan graduates have most commonly attended these secondary schools.

10 or more matriculations

Avon Old Farms School
Berkshire School
Blair Academy
Brooks School
Deerfield Academy
Episcopal High School
Holderness School
Kent School
Kimball Union Academy
Mercersburg Academy
New Hampton School
Northfield Mount Hermon School
Phillips Academy Andover
Pomfret School
Salisbury School
St. Mark’s School
St. Paul’s School
Tabor Academy
The Governor’s Academy
The Gunnery
The Hotchkiss School
The Lawrenceville School
The Loomis Chaffee School
The Taft School
Western Reserve Academy
Westminster School

5 to 9 matriculations

Brewster Academy
Choate Rosemary Hall
Gould Academy
Groton School
Lawrence Academy
Middlesex School
Millbrook School
Peddie School
Phillips Exeter Academy
Portsmouth Abbey School
Proctor Academy
St. George’s School
Suffield Academy
The Hill School
The Williston Northampton School
Winchendon School

2 to 4 matriculations

Asheville School
Canterbury School
Concord Academy
Culver Academies
Dublin School
Dunn School
Milton Academy
Northwood School
St. Andrew’s School
St. James School
Stevenson School
Tilton School
Wayland Academy
Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Woodberry Forest School

Class of 2018 Matriculation

The Class of 2018 achieved remarkable results, matriculating to 36 schools in nine states! Eighty-four percent of the class is attending one of their top 3 choices of secondary school.

School State #
Avon Old Farms Connecticut 2
Baylor School Tennessee


Berkshire School Massachusetts 3
Blair Academy New Jersey 1
Brooks School Massachusetts 2
Brunswick School Connecticut 1
Choate Rosemary Hall Connecticut 1
Deerfield Academy Massachusetts 2
Episcopal High School Virginia 3
The Governor's Academy Massachusetts 1
Groton School Massachusetts 2
The Gunnery Connecticut 2
Holderness School New Hampshire 2
Kent School Connecticut 5
Kimball Union Academy New Hampshire 2
The Lawrenceville School New Jersey 2
McCallie School Tennessee 1
Middlesex School Massachusetts 2
New Hampton School New Hampshire 3
Northfield Mount Hermon Massachusetts 3
Peddie School New Jersey 1
Phillips Andover Academy Massachusetts 1
Phillips Exeter Academy New Hampshire 3
Pomfret School Connecticut 2
Portsmouth Abbey School Rhode Island 3
Proctor Academy New Hampshire 1
St. George's School Rhode Island 1
Saint James School Maryland 1
St. Mark's School Massachusetts 1
St. Paul's School New Hampshire 1
Salisbury School Connecticut 1
South Kent School Connecticut 1
Tabor Academy Massachusetts 1
The Taft School Connecticut 2
Westminster School Connecticut 1
Westtown School Pennsylvania 1
The Williston Northampton School Massachusetts 2
Woodberry Forest School Virginia 1


Can we help you?

If you have questions about the secondary school counseling process, please contact Director of Secondary School Counseling Kris Langetieg at 603.523.3532 or

Email the Secondary School Counseling Team