Secondary school placement at Mandell aims to facilitate the successful transition of our Grade 8 students to a variety of selective secondary schools. The process is focused on determining the secondary school options that are a “best fit” for each student’s academic, social, and emotional needs and capabilities. Therefore, we believe the school search and placement process should be a highly personalized experience and we are committed to providing individualized guidance to students and families. Each student’s individual talents and each family’s educational plan are unique components of the process. Our general objective is to help determine target, reach, and safety options for each student through an analysis of academic transcripts, school performance, talents, and student/family needs and desires. The process includes: identifying secondary school options, standardized testing, school applications, letters of recommendation, student essays, parent questionnaires, student interviews, and applications for financial aid, when necessary. Mandell is dedicated to working with students and families to ensure a successful Grade 8 experience and transition to secondary school.