High School Placement
"Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming." – John Wooden
The Barnesville School of Arts and Sciences has an excellent record for high school placement. At Barnesville, we work diligently to ensure each of our students is well prepared for the next step of their education.
Acceptances (Classes of 2011-2016)
- Edmund Burke
- Episcopal High School
- Georgetown Day School
- Georgetown Preparatory School
- Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
- Holton Arms School
- Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
- Maret School
- Miss Porter's School
- St. Andrew's Episcopal School
- Saint James School
- Saint John's Catholic Prep
- Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
Public Magnet Programs
- Northwest High School Ulysses Signature Program
- Poolesville High School Magnet Global Ecology House
- Poolesville High School Magnet Humanities House
- Poolesville High School Magnet Science, Math and Computer Science House
- Richard Montgomery IB
High School Placement Process
Barnesville begins preparing students for the high school placement process at the end of seventh grade during language arts. Students receive an overview of the high school application process, examples of teacher recommendations, and a summer homework assignment that includes responding to leadership questions as an exercise in writing the high school essays.
When students return to school as eighth graders in the fall, their summer essays are reviewed and they are assigned writing prompts similar to those on the applications. Essay questions from the Poolesville Magnet application are included to help students learn how to structure a response. Students are also offered a test prep class for the Montgomery County Public Schools magnet test.
Students participate in mock interviews in October. Each interview begins with the student waiting outside the Admission Director's office before being greeted with a firm handshake, eye contact, and a smile—actions that the students are encouraged to reciprocate. Following the interviews, feedback is provided to each student, including what they did well and tips on how they can improve.
Parents are also educated in the placement process. Within the first week or two of the school year, the Assistant Head of School holds an informational session for parents of seventh and eighth graders to provide an overview of the upcoming high school application process. Looking Ahead to High School arms parents with the knowledge and tools they need to help their students with the entire application process, from researching high schools to their final acceptances.
Parents receive a comprehensive packet of information that outlines everything, from teacher recommendations to testing requirements and deadlines. Each eighth grade family also meets one-on-one with the Head of School and Assistant Head for guidance on which schools—public and private—are right for the student.