Co-ed junior boarding and day school for students in grades pre-kindergarten through nine
Indian Mountain School graduates flourish at a wide range of secondary schools, including the nation’s most prestigious. Creative thinkers and active leaders, they carry with them the confidence, compassion, and dynamism that are the hallmarks of IMS graduates.

Parents praise the IMS school placement process, which is as intensively individualized as the educational experience. The goal is to find for each student the school where his or her knowledge and growth will best continue.

Upper Campus students begin learning about the secondary school process in morning meeting announcements describing the dozens of representatives from secondary schools who visit IMS each fall. In the spring, the secondary school advisor meets individually with each eighth grader and invites parents of eighth graders to a group gathering to learn more about the process that will carry them through the discovery, interview, application, and acceptance phases in their ninth grade. She gets to know each student well and assists families with all aspects of the admissions process. She coaches students on interviewing, SSAT preparation, and essay writing, coordinates and reviews teacher recommendations, and helps register students for the SSAT test, which is offered on campus.

Secondary School Application Timeline

List of 19 items.

  • May

    Fill out student and parent questionnaires
  • Early June

    Parent questionnaires due back 
  • Mid June

    School recommendations lists due
  • Summer

    Research; make appointments for the fall
  • Early September

    9th Grade Parent & Student Meeting with Secondary School Advisor and Head of School
  • September, October, November

    Visits from secondary school admission officers
  • Late Sept. or Early October

    Interview workshop with 9th graders
  • Mid October

    Parent Weekend Conferences
    School Visit Days
  • October

  • Late Oct. or Early November

    Application writing workshop
  • November

    Recommendation forms due to teachers
  • December

  • January

  • January 1 – February 15

    Most application and financial aid deadlines
  • February

    Keep up the grades and hang in there!
  • March 10

    Notifications day for secondary schools
  • End of March to Early April

    Re-visit days at secondary schools
  • April 10

    Decision Day! Deposits due at secondary schools
  • Early June


Secondary School Advisor

List of 1 members.

  • Lisa  Schmitt 

    Director of Secondary School Advising
    860-435-0871 x134
    Rhode Island School of Design - B.F.A

School Advising

    • Secondary School Advisor Juliana Pecchia
“After Indian Mountain, I attended Lawrenceville School and now at Georgetown University I'm pursuing a degree in business. My days of the IMS maroon and gray will always remain one of my greatest academic and spiritual ventures and I wish the best for all the teachers and staff members still impacting the lives of young future leaders.”
–Felix Ortiz ’08