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Secondary School Placement

Nicole Fotis, Director of Secondary School Placement

Dear Current and Prospective Families,

With the plethora of secondary school options available to our graduates, choosing a destination after Harbor Country Day School can be a difficult, at times overwhelming, task for our families. For our faculty, it is as William Shakespeare once wrote, “parting is such sweet sorrow.” Sweet, because we are excited for our alumni to continue the journey for which we have helped them prepare, and sorrow, because we are sad to see them go and will miss them terribly.

As the director of secondary school placement, it is my honor to guide parents through the various steps involved in choosing and applying to a secondary school. Beginning at the end of seventh grade, I work with families to ensure that they are aware not only of the variety of secondary schools, but also of the tests and other hurdles they should anticipate. It is my goal to help parents and students make the best choices for their families and to find placements that will help all graduating students be as happy and successful as they were at Harbor.

I have assisted students and families with school placement for more than ten years. After guiding more than 100 high school students to the colleges of their choice, I am thrilled to focus on our own Harbor community and the task that lies before our eighth graders. Through yearly visits to the high schools in our area, I maintain relationships with admission representatives to stay current with each school’s goals, attributes, and personality. It is with this experience that I educate parents and students about what schools may be the best fit for each individual child.

I look forward to working with you and your children as they begin the next exciting phase in their educational journey. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have related to the secondary school admission process at

Nicole Fotis
Director of Secondary School Placement