Partnership Welcomes Director of High School Placement

December 21, 2015

Immaculate Conception’s mission is to provide students with a quality education and also to set them up for success after they graduate. Recognizing that high school is an extremely important next step for students, the Partnership Schools are strengthening its high school placement program. This fall, we welcomed Sherrie Henry as the High School Placement Director for the network. Sherrie will work with students and parents at all six Partnership schools to guide them through the high school selection and application process.

Sherrie is a familiar face, having served as the Director of School Operations at Our Lady Queen of Angels for two years. Before coming to the Partnership, Sherrie got her Masters in Fundraising from Columbia and spent five years working in their alumni office before considering elementary education. “I wanted to work with younger students after I learned how low high school graduation rates were for minority students in New York City. I wanted to start working with students at an early age, where I could have the most impact on that statistic,” Sherrie remembers.

After helping coordinate Pope Francis’ visit to OLQA in September, Sherrie switched gears and hit the ground running in her new role. She has met with a variety of educational programs, borrowing a mix of resources and best practices that she is sharing with our families during informational workshops. Family support, coupled with student ambition, is key to success in high school and beyond.

Sherrie is looking forward to getting to know our families and matching students to schools that make sense to them. “I want to make sure that students of all abilities and income levels find a school that fits their needs,” she explains. “I want students to see what kind of opportunities that they have so that they are motivated to reach instead of settle.”

One of the biggest changes for students will be that Sherrie wants to start the high school placement conversation in fifth grade so families have more information earlier, giving them more options throughout the process. Our 5th graders will start thinking about the future they want, then thoroughly understand the steps required to get there. We will also stay in contact with our alumni to keep them involved with Immaculate Conception. We want to continue to provide them with resources to build their resumes, and to encourage them to talk to current students about how to make a successful transition to high school.

We look forward to sharing the exciting opportunities and initiatives that the new high school placement program will provide to all our families.