Welcome from the Director of Secondary School Placement

Our secondary school placement process has been designed expressly for our VIIth Form (9th Grade) students. We work closely with each family beginning in the Spring Term of the VIth Form (8th Grade) year. The goal is to obtain the best possible fit for each young graduate to continue to grow and develop mind, body and character. We work with students, families, teams of teachers and secondary school admission officers in order for our graduates to find and experience the best secondary years possible.

Rumsey offers workshops for students and parents examining and preparing for the various aspects of the secondary school admission process. We meet in large and small groups, with students and parents as well as individually to determine the strengths, talents and needs of each family. Our emphasis is on advising and guidance.

In addition, so that the we have a complete understanding of the cultures and demands of secondary schools, we visit over thirty schools each year and over sixty secondary schools from coast to coast regularly visit our campus. Rumsey has relationships with secondary schools that date over 112 years and we are proud to be a part of the success our graduates have in secondary school.

Rumsey students are uniquely prepared for the secondary school search and the breadth of our students' offers of admission. Our graduates continually earn places at the most prestigious secondary schools across the nation.

Francis M. Ryan
Assistant Headmaster & Director of Secondary School Placement

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Fran Ryan is an Assistant Headmaster and has been responsible for secondary school counseling and placement, working with over 1300 families for the past nineteen years. He is Director of Financial Aid and the liaison connecting international families to the advancement efforts of the school.

Fran is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover, MA and Connecticut College where he majored in Anthropology and Hispanic Studies. He completed graduate work in American Studies at Wesleyan University and earned his MBA at the University of Connecticut. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship from the Japan-United States Education Commission in 1998, where he studied and consulted with the Japanese Ministry of Education. In 2009, he was awarded the William B. Bretnall Award by the Secondary School Admission Test Board in recognition of being a leader and educator who has made significant contributions to the field of admission.

Fran lives on campus with his wife Faculty Member Whitney, son Charlie ’12 and daughter, Maggie ’16. Fran heads the School’s crew program, teaches Upper School Spanish and serves as a weekend team leader and dorm parent.