GREENWICH — Whitby School will graduate its biggest class of eighth graders on June 16. A total of 32 students will leave the backcountry campus for high school next year.

“We are proud of our largest-ever graduating class,” said Head of School Bryan Nixon. “They are well prepared and ready as open-minded, principled citizens to contribute meaningfully to their new high schools and to share their passion for learning with their new communities."

In 2017-18, Whitby graduates will find themselves at Greenwich High School, Greenwich Academy, Convent of the Sacred Heart and Stanwich School, as well as the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering in Stamford, Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Greens Farms Academy in Westport, Hopkins School in New Haven and King School in Stamford.

Many students will enroll out of state, at Blind Brook High School, Rye Country Day School and Rye High School, all in Rye, N.Y.; Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y.; Port Chester High School; Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.; Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H.; and other schools in New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

“The students know themselves better than anyone, and they want to be at a place where they feel happiest,” said Director of Secondary School Counseling Jacquie Quigley. “Focusing on academics is first and foremost, but families shouldn’t lose sight of the importance of the school’s culture, extracurricular programs and how the student fits in.”

Founded 59 years ago as a Montessori school, Whitby is a private K-8 school on Merry Lane. It received International Baccalaureate accreditation in 2010.

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