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Beyond Inly

The Inly Graduate

Inly graduates leave with a rock-solid foundation and a strong sense of self, ready to navigate the next steps of their academic and personal journeys.

Having taken ownership of their own education from a young age, students emerge with a remarkable sense of responsibility and direction. They are well prepared for collaborating with others, participating in class discussions, solving complex problems, speaking in front of groups, taking turns and taking the lead. Inly graduates are curious and optimistic learners, ready for the rigorous demands of high school.

What sets the Inly graduate apart?

  • Time management skills
  • Internship experience
  • Self-confidence, self-knowledge and self-motivation
  • Lifelong love of learning — not just for good grades

Hear from a few of our graduates…

Our Alumni

My experience at Inly may have been the most impactful educational experience I have ever had. Inly’s warm and welcoming environment really gave me the confidence boost and foundational skills that I can attribute to my success as a professional and as a parent. Inly is truly a very special and one-of-a-kind place.
Julia Chamberlain ’01
The cultivation of a student’s innate desire to learn and question, all while making it fun, has allowed me to live a more meaningful life, and given me the confidence and eagerness to always continue learning.
Bob Sommer ’09
Inly’s cultivation of independence and empathy shaped me into the passionate and self-directed individual I am today.
Daphne Caron ’12
Inly taught me the importance of being involved in whatever community you’re a part of and I still value that here at Fairfield!
John McNeil ’14

The Secondary School Transition

Secondary Schools value Inly students because they become leaders on their high school campuses. Whether it’s starting a club, influencing social change, taking charge on the field or on the stage, our students confidently approach high school and beyond.

True to our Montessori+ philosophy, our goal is to help students and families apply to secondary schools that will support the student’s individual academic and personal growth. We aim to have our students matriculate to high schools that not only challenge them, but also fit them socially and emotionally.

The Process

Inly guides parents through the journey of secondary/next school placement starting at the beginning of seventh grade where they review with parents a detailed timeline of next steps. 

Researching the Right Fit

In seventh grade, Inly Middle School teachers advise parents that the High School process should be contained to parents, as seventh-grade students are still getting acclimated to Middle School. 

Meet with the Head of School 

In the spring, seventh grade parents are encouraged to schedule time with the Head of School to discuss possible good-match schools. 

Create a Portfolio

All students entering eighth grade create portfolios over the summer that they bring to high school interviews. The students also begin to prepare for the SSAT, and schedule appointments for interviews at their chosen schools. 

Schedule Mock Interviews

In the fall of eighth grade, students schedule a mock interview with the Head of School before their first school interview. 

Meet Admission Representatives

Families are encouraged to meet high school admission representatives at the Secondary School Fair and at our Getting to Know Inly event, attend open houses, and work on applications. 

Connect with Inly Registrar and Apply

By November 1st all students email Inly’s Administrative Assistant/Registrar their chosen list of schools so that the necessary materials can be prepared for secondary school applications. 

Obtain Letters of Recommendation

In addition, Middle School teachers collaborate on recommendation letters and forms for each student. 

Consider Acceptances

Students and Families work with the Head of School to consider their acceptances and arrive at a decision.

  • Avon Old Farms School (CT)
  • Beaver Country Day School
  • Boston College High School
  • Boston University Academy
  • Brewster Academy (NH)
  • Cambridge School of Weston
  • Cape Cod Academy
  • Catholic Memorial High School
  • Cohasset High School
  • Commonwealth School
  • Concord Academy
  • Dana Hall School
  • Dublin School (NH)
  • Duxbury High School
  • Falmouth Academy
  • Hingham High School
  • Kents Hill School (ME)
  • Landmark School
  • Lawrence Academy
  • Milton Academy
  • Newman School
  • Norwell High School
  • Notre Dame Academy
  • Phillips Exeter Academy (NH)
  • Proctor Academy (NH)
  • Rising Tide Charter Public School
  • Scituate High School
  • South Shore Public Charter School
  • South Shore Vocational Technical High School
  • Stoneleigh-Burnham School
  • St. Sebastian's School
  • Tabor Academy
  • Thayer Academy
  • The Winsor School
  • Woodward School for Girls
  • Xaverian Brothers High School
  • American International University (London)
  • American University
  • Bennington College
  • Boston College
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Colby College
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Cornell University
  • Clark University
  • Elon University
  • Fairfield University
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • Hamilton College
  • Hampshire College
  • Harvard University
  • Haverford College
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Maryland Institute of Art
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Parsons The New School for Design
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Providence College
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Smith College
  • Stetson University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Union College
  • University of Advancing Technology
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Villanova University
  • Western New England College
  • Wheaton College
  • Reed College