Assistant Principal Liz Manno with three SMS Alumni attending Immaculate High School

High School Placement Overview

Saint Mary School works closely with our 8th grade families to provide as much support as possible in choosing the high school which will offer the “best fit” for each student.  

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Parent Meeting

In early September, Grade 8 parents are invited to attend a meeting in which the process of applying to high schools is discussed in depth. Parents are also given the opportunity to meet individually with our Assistant Principal, Liz Manno, for further assistance.

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In House High School Presentations

Shortly after this meeting, Saint Mary School invites area high schools to visit and make presentations to our Grade 7 and Grade 8 students and their families. Schools which present include Convent of the Sacred Heart, Fairfield College Preparatory School, Academy of Our Lady of Mercy Lauralton Hall, Immaculate High School, and Kennedy Catholic.

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Discovery Day

Families are notified about Open House dates, and the Grade 8 students are invited to visit Immaculate High School in Danbury for its Discovery Day in the fall. This event takes place during the school day. Immaculate High School provides transportation and lunch. Saint Mary School faculty accompany our students on the trip.  We encourage students to go, even if they are not planning on applying to Immaculate, as it is helpful for them to experience a high school setting with their peers with whom they feel comfortable.

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Letters of Recommendation

Faculty members provide written letters of recommendation for students and are experienced in evaluating students' strengths and weaknesses.

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Shadow Days

Our 7th and 8th grade students are encouraged to shadow at various area high schools, and are often matched up with a Saint Mary alum for the visit. This is an important step as nothing can quite duplicate the experience of spending an actual day at a school a student is considering.

At Saint Mary School you can be assured that we will do all we can to help families with this important transition. 


For further information, please contact:
Liz Manno
Assistant Principal
Saint Mary School
(203) 438 -7288, ext. 209