Paving the Way to High School

In 2018 Northside launched its middle school program. We are proud of the results obtained by the thirteen members of Northside’s inaugural graduating class, the Class of 2021.

Schools of Accepted Students

*Indicates two students were accepted.

+Indicates three or more students were accepted

Independent Schools

  • *Avenues: The World School
  • *Basis Brooklyn
  • *Berkeley Carroll School
  • *Brooklyn Friends
  • *The Calhoun School
  • The Dwight School
  • The German School of Brooklyn
  • Grace Church School
  • Garden School
  • The Masters School
  • +Friends Seminary
  • +Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI)
  • +The Packer Collegiate Institute
  • +Poly Prep Country Day School
  • +Saint Ann’s
  • The Spence School
  • +The Winchendon School

Everything we do builds to prepare our students for entry into an impressive range of the top high schools in the city and make the journey to a new home for our students as simple, uncomplicated, and stress-free as possible. Students graduate from our program as well-rounded, articulate, confident, and morally responsible individuals prepared to meet the challenges of a demanding secondary education and continue on the path of lifelong learning. During the Exmissions process at Northside, we partner with students and families to provide the personalized tools and resources to identify high school options that will match and challenge individual interests and needs. Whether a student seeks a public or independent school, we offer guidance about all aspects of the search process.

Parents share their recent exmissions experience at Northside


Our placement process consists of assisting families in finding schools that are the right “fit” for their child, which provides our students the wonderful opportunity to reflect on who they are as individuals and as learners.  The process begins in the fall of 7th grade with a group presentation previewing high school admissions, and goes into full swing in the spring of 7th grade. During 7th grade, in addition to group meetings, families meet individually with the Exmissions team, learning about the mechanics of the high school application process. Families spend some time in the spring and over the summer investigating schools, and then in May or June, we have a candid conversation with students and parents about best-fit options, and gain clarity on the direction a family is looking to take: private, public, more traditional, emphasis on the arts, etc.  The process continues through 8th grade, with group and individual meetings, until all of our students are placed.  Several parent meetings throughout the course of the year as well as frequent and very detailed communication from the Exmissions team help keep families informed and on track. It’s a true team approach that includes faculty, which allows for a deep understanding of the students’ academic and personal strengths and challenges that helps guide the placement process.. The Head of School is involved as well. There is a real support system around the students and families throughout this process, to provide some comfort and safety, but also to push them to really consider all their options and manage the process. There is no one school that is the right match for every child and so the high school search and admissions process is highly individualized and unique for each family. 

Students share their recent exmissions experience at Northside


Northside has established relationships with many high school admissions officers so we can advocate for our students. Exclusive Spring and Fall events hosted by other Independent School Admission Directors and organizations like The Parents League of New York and Admit NY occur to provide a variety of opportunities for students and parents; learning about high schools, understanding what you value and are passionate about, and connecting with admission directors.  High school admissions officers know that our goal is simply to help students get to know schools, and for the admissions teams to get to know our students from a school perspective. 

Schools that have spoken exclusively with our students include: Avenues, The Packer Collegiate Institute, LREI, Poly Prep, The Nightingale - Bamford School, Loyola School, and The Berkeley Carroll School.

Furthermore, what sets Northside apart is our partnership with Private Prep, which provides guidance to our families on secondary school tests like the ISEE and helps demystify the process and help our students thrive. Private Prep’s Upper-Level ISEE Preparation Course is for 7th grade students at Northside who will need to take the ISEE exam for high school entrance. This course covers all concepts frequently tested on the Upper-Level ISEE Exam and integrates relevant concepts and strategies throughout. Prior to the first class, students take a diagnostic to establish a baseline score and areas for growth. The program includes two practice tests, materials, and fourteen 90-minute sessions with ISEE highly qualified and trained tutors. Performance Prep is also an aspect of the course curriculum and teaches mindfulness, motivation, and stress-management to stay calm under pressure. 

Learn more about the ISEE Exam


Students at Northside will graduate as confident learners and enthusiastic participants in the world around them. They will be prepared for their futures at well-regarded high schools and beyond. Northside alumni/ae get accepted and go on to attend the best schools in NYC. 

Summer Programs 

We’re dedicated to helping our students identify summer enrichment opportunities to explore their academic interests and spark new passions that excite them — the arts, engineering, science, leadership, literature, or debate — and find new friends who are just as passionate and curious as they are. Many summer programs offer both residential and commuter options, and students can stay in dorms with their peers or commute from home if they live close to campus. At academic summer programs, students must work together on projects and support each other through assignments and new lessons. These experiences, in addition to recreational social activities, help students to make new friends, develop their empathy, and improve communication skills, critical thinking skills, and dedication to specific subjects. By attending an academic summer program, students can build upon the skills and experiences that high schools consistently look for in applicants.

Summer programs of accepted students:

  • Hotchkiss Summer Portals


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