High School Placement

Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy (the Academy) recognizes the importance of a student's admission into an elite high school and has developed a strong high school placement program.  Before the end of the 7th grade year, the faculty conducts a thorough examination of each students' past classroom grades and standardized test scores to determine options for high school. At the beginning of the 8th grade year, the Dean of Student Affairs meets with each student individually to go over high school options and to develop an individual action plan for high school placement.

We encourage students who have achieved high academic standards to apply to Boston exam and area parochial high schools as well as private, independent secondary institutions. All of our 8th grade students take the ISEE, the entrance exam for Boston Exam Schools. In addition, we encourage all of our students to apply to all high performing charter and pilot high schools that have a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. The Academy also provides all 8th graders with information on the METCO application process.

The Academy is proud of placing its graduates in the following high schools:

Independent Schools

  • Beacon Academy
  • Beaver Country Day School
  • Belmont Hill School
  • Boston University Academy
  • Brimmer and May School
  • Cambridge School of Weston
  • Lawrence Academy
  • The Master's School
  • Milton Academy
  • Proctor Academy
  • Rivers School
  • Roxbury Latin School
  • Thayer Academy
  • Vermont Academy
  • The Woodward School

Parochial Schools

  • Boston College High School
  • Boston Trinity Academy
  • Cardinal Spellman High School
  • Cathedral High School
  • Catholic Memorial High School
  • Cristo Rey School
  • Elizabeth Seton Academy
  • Fontbonne Academy
  • Holy Names High School (CA)
  • Matignon High School
  • Mount Alvernia Academy
  • North Cambridge Catholic
  • Pope John XXIII High School
  • Trinity Catholic High School

Boston Exam School

  • Boston Latin School
  • Boston Latin Academy
  • John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science

METCO Schools

  • Bedford High School
  • Brookline High School
  • Concord Carlisle Regional High School
  • Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
  • Melrose High School
  • Reading Memorial High School
  • Swampscott High School
  • Wakefield High School
  • Weston High School

College Placement:  Our first and second graduating 8th grade classes are now attending college, and some from our third graduating class will start attending this fall.  Of the 50 students for whom we have information, 43 are attending college (86%).  

Colleges Our Graduates Are Attending:

  • Bay State College
  • Bennington College
  • Bentley College
  • Bridgewater State College
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Cedar Crest
  • College of New Rochelle
  • Dean College
  • Everest College
  • Fisher College
  • Framingham State College
  • Gadsden State Community College
  • Hampton University
  • Lasell College
  • Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
  • Long Island University
  • Mass Bay Community College
  • Mass College of Liberal Arts
  • Mount Ida College
  • Northeastern University
  • Pitt Community College
  • Rhode Island College
  • Stonehill College
  • UMass, Amherst
  • UMass, Boston
  • UMass, Dartmouth
  • UMass, Lowell
  • University of Nebraska
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