The Vision of the EMS Graduate

2023 graduates toss cap into the air

In addition to acquiring mastery of a core body of knowledge, our community has collectively defined attributes and competencies that each student is expected to develop by the time they graduate from The Elisabeth Morrow School. This Vision of the EMS Graduate provides a guidepost for how we design our teaching and learning. These attributes and competencies — necessary for success today and well into the future — include:

  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Oral and Written Communication
  • Growth Mindset
  • Self Efficacy
  • Integrity

Our students are accepted to the most selective secondary day and boarding schools in the country!

“It’s no surprise that the most selective secondary day and boarding schools in the country continue to seek out our students. Each of our graduates has honed a set of competencies necessary for success today and well into the future. At EMS, these competencies — collaboration, innovation, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, effective oral and written communication, growth mindset, integrity, and self-efficacy — begin to take shape in our youngest students in the 2s program and develop throughout an academic journey that culminates in eighth grade. This intentional pathway for our students is ‘the EMS advantage,’ and these essential competencies form our community’s shared Vision of the EMS Graduate.” — Marek Beck, Ph.D., Head of School

Below is a list of schools where our students have been accepted from 2021–2024. An asterisk (*) denotes matriculation.

  • Abraham Joshua Heschel School*
  • Academy of the Holy Angels*
  • American Heritage School*
  • American School of Madrid*
  • Avenues*
  • Bergen Catholic*
  • Bergen County Academies*
  • Bergen Tech*
  • Blair Academy*
  • British Council School
  • Brooks School*
  • Calhoun School*
  • Choate Rosemary Hall*
  • Columbia Grammar & Preparatory*
  • Concord Academy
  • Convent of the Sacred Heart
  • The Dalton School
  • Delbarton School*
  • DePaul Catholic School*
  • Don Bosco Prep*
  • Dwight School
  • Dwight-Englewood School*
  • Eagle Hill School
  • Eastern Christian High School
  • Emma Willard School*
  • Ethical Culture Fieldston School*
  • Fordham Preparatory School*
  • Grace Church School*
  • Groton School
  • Gulliver Preparatory School
  • Hackley School*
  • Hawthorne Christian Academy*
  • The Hewitt School
  • Horace Mann School*
  • The Hotchkiss School*
  • The Hun School
  • Immaculate Heart Academy*
  • International School of Madrid Kensington School
  • Kent Place School
  • Kimball Union Academy*
  • The Lawrenceville School*
  • The Leffell School*
  • Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin School*
  • Loomis Chaffee School
  • Loyola School*
  • The Masters School*
  • Mercersburg Academy*
  • Miami Dade Country Day School
  • Millbrook School*
  • Montclair Kimberley Academy
  • Morristown Beard School
  • Mother Seton Regional High School*
  • Newark Academy*
  • Northfield Mount Hermon*
  • Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
  • Palmer Trinity School
  • Passaic County Technical-Vocational School
  • Paramus Catholic High School
  • The Peddie School
  • Perkiomen School
  • Phillips Academy Andover
  • Phillips Exeter Academy*
  • Pinecrest School
  • Pomfret School*
  • Portsmouth Abbey School
  • Ramaz School
  • Regis High School*
  • Riverdale Country School*
  • SAR Academy
  • Saddle River Day School*
  • Scranton Preparatory School*
  • The Spence School*
  • St. Andrew’s School*
  • St. Joseph’s Regional High School
  • St. Paul’s School*
  • Thames British School
  • Trevor Day School*
  • The Trinity School*
  • The Ursuline School*
  • Wilbraham & Monsoon Academy
  • Winston Preparatory School*
  • Woodberry Forest School

EMS prepares students for an impressive range of top-tier secondary schools.

Our students cultivate the ability to learn, think, explore, empathize, and lead. They graduate with the ability, mindset, and competencies to navigate a global world and are well-prepared to face an unknowable future.

Accustomed to a challenging academic environment, EMS students welcome the demands of competitive secondary schools and are often placed in advanced sections where they perform very well.


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