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After Far Brook

One of the benefits of a Pre-K to Grade 8 educational structure is the opportunity afforded the Eighth Graders to serve as the leaders of the School. The responsibility of being role models for younger students gives the Eighth Grade a unique identity as a class and gives the individuals in the class multiple opportunities to exercise judgment, gain confidence, and show care and concern for others in preparation for high school and for life.

At the end of the Eighth Grade year, students leave Far Brook with a sense of who they are. Each graduate has tackled complex material in the classroom and has extended him or herself on the stage, in the art studio and woodshop, in the school choir, and on the playing fields. Having spent their preadolescence taking risks in a safe, nurturing environment, enjoying strong relationships with teachers and peers, Far Brook graduates report experiencing a smooth transition to the increased academic, organizational, and social demands of high school.

After Eighth Grade, Far Brook students attend a wide variety of high schools; co-ed and single-sex independent day schools in New Jersey, and boarding schools throughout the Northeast.

Placement Office

Over the course of the Seventh and Eighth Grade years, the Placement Coordinator, the Head of School, and the Director of Upper Schools meet with families in groups and with each family individually. Several events are planned to assist families in gathering information and navigating the transition.

Families work with our Placement Coordinator to identify options that best meet the student’s and the family’s priorities. All are encouraged to weigh considerations such as the students’ learning styles, strengths and challenges, curricular needs, and extracurricular interests, as well as each school’s mission, philosophy, and pedagogical approach. The year-long process of reflection and self-evaluation allows our Eighth Grade students and parents to make deliberate and informed choices about the optimal educational environment for high school.

Placement Events


  • Secondary School Fair at Far Brook

Seventh Grade Year:

  • Choosing a School after Far Brook Workshop – Part I (Spring)
  • SSAT Exam Administered (for practice)

  • Secondary School Fair at Far Brook

Eighth Grade Year:

  • Choosing a School after Far Brook Workshop – Part II (Fall)
  • SSAT Exam Administered
  • Interview Workshop
  • Public School Panel Discussion


  • Blair Academy
  • Columbia High School
  • Delbarton School
  • Deerfield Academy (Massachusetts)
  • Fieldston School (NYC)
  • Gill St. Bernard's School
  • Kaufman Special Music High School (NYC)
  • Kent Place School
  • Lawrenceville School
  • LREI - Little Red Schoolhouse Elisabeth Irwin High School (NYC)
  • Millburn High School
  • Montclair Kimberly Academy
  • Morristown Beard School
  • Newark Academy
  • Oak Knoll School
  • Oratory Prep School
  • Phillips Exeter Academy (New Hampshire)
  • The Pingry School


  • American University
  • Brandeis University 
  • Brown University
  • Bucknell University
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Colby College
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Drew University
  • Duke University
  • Elon University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Gettysburg College
  • Haverford College
  • Lehigh University
  • Macalester College
  • Middlebury College
  • Mt. Holyoke College
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Reed College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rice University
  • Ringling College of Art & Design
  • Rutgers University
  • Skidmore College
  • Stanford University 
  • Syracuse University
  • Trinity College
  • Union College
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Pensylvania
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Villanova University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Washington and Lee
  • College of William & Mary
  • Williams College
  • Yale University

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