Friends School of Minnesota held its annual high school night this week. Middle school students and their families spent the evening exploring high schools for 9th grade.

The evening begins with an FSM alumni panel of 10th-12th graders who now attend a variety of public/public charter, independent and parochial high schools. We bring our alumni back to FSM to talk to our 7th and 8th graders about how to choose a school.

The alumni panel starts by answering these general questions:

  • What is similar and what is different about high school and FSM?
  • What are the best and worst parts about high school?
  • What is the one piece of advice you’d give an 8th grader?

Alumni answer questions about what high school is like and give advice about how to choose a high school that fits. They share thoughts about their own high school search and suggests questions to ask when visiting schools.

FSM students ask lots of questions about homework, sports, and extracurriculars. Alumni give advice about managing workload and how to navigate bigger schools and classes, such as asking teachers for help.

Alumni talk about peer pressure and how the values of Friends School go with you no matter where you go next… big or small schools …public or non-public. They share about how they felt ready for high school by the end of 8th grade. They talk about how knowing yourself and being comfortable with yourself will help you wherever you go next.

Middle school families spend the rest of the evening visiting with school representatives from 15-20 schools from all over the Twin Cities and beyond. For 7th graders, it is a time to check out the variety of schools and get a feel for the choices. For most of them, high school still seems far away.

Middle school students and parents gather information about high schools.

For 8th graders and their families, FSM high school night signals it is time to begin to think seriously about which high schools would be a good fit. Parents gather information about open houses, shadowing, and each school’s system for enrollment.

8th graders check out all the school information tables and ask school representative questions.

Each year, FSM graduates choose a wide variety of high schools. In the last five years, Friends School of Minnesota’s 82 graduates attended these high schools (the number indicates how many students):

  • Avalon High School (1)
  • Arlington Senior High (1)
  • The Blake School (1)
  • Central Senior High School (4)
  • Como High School (1)
  • DeLaSalle High School (15)
  • Eastview Senior High School, Apple Valley (1)
  • Elgin Park Secondary, BC, Canada (1)
  • Great River School (2)
  • Henry Sibley Senior High School (2)
  • Highland Park Senior High  School (14)
  • Mounds View Senior High School (2)
  • Rivers Edge Academy (1)
  • Roseville Senior High School (2)
  • Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (3)
  • Second Foundation (1)
  • South Senior High School  (9)
  • Southwest Senior High School (2)
  • St. Louis Park Senior High School (1)
  • St. Paul Academy and Summit School (8)
  • St. Paul Preparatory School (NACEL International) (3)
  • St. Thomas Academy (1)
  • Stillwater High School (2)
  • Washburn Senior High School (3)

 

September 2014 UPDATE:

Last five years 2010-2014

  • Avalon School (1)
  • Central Senior High School (7)
  • Como Senior High School (2)
  • DeLaSalle High School (19)
  • Great River School (2)
  • Harding High School (1)
  • Henry Sibley Senior High School (1)
  • Highland Park Senior High School (20)
  • Mounds Park Academy (2)
  • Open World Learning Community (1)
  • Rivers Edge Academy (1)
  • Roosevelt Senior High School (1)
  • Roseville Senior High School (1)
  • Saint Paul Academy and Summit School (10)
  • Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (4)
  • Saint Paul Preparatory School (4)
  • Saint Thomas Academy (1)
  • Second Foundation School (1)
  • South Senior High School (5)
  • Southwest Senior High School (1)
  • Trinity School (1)
  • Washburn Senior High School (3)