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Secondary School Counseling

OTS Class of 2023 at the Grade 8 graduation ceremony.

Our secondary school counselors works with families and students to help them prepare for the transition to high school and to navigate the many excellent options in northeast Ohio and across the country.

Our goal is always to identify the best high school fit for the child and the family. For students applying to independent schools, we advise them on how to make the most of their shadow day visits, offer preparation for entrance exams, guide them in getting teacher recommendations, and organize and expedite all transcripts and needed paperwork ahead of important deadlines. As acceptances come in, we help students and their parents make final decisions and appropriately and sensitively celebrate one another's choices.


Class of 2023 Secondary School Matriculation 

Western Reserve Academy 
Hudson High School 
Revere High School 
Hathaway Brown School
Walsh Jesuit High School
Kent Roosevelt 
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
Hawken School
Holderness School
St. Edward High School
Saint Joseph Academy
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School

Old Trail School students have a 93% acceptance rate when applying to independent or private high schools.

Alumni Profiles

Evan Delahanty ’99

Evan Delahanty ’99 is a graduate of Cornell University and the founder of Peaceful Fruits, a fruit snack company that sources its products from sustainable harvesters in the Amazon rainforest. His Peace Corp experience inspired the enterprise, which was featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank” in 2017.

Raj Patel, MD, '04

Raj Patel, MD, ’04 earned a bachelor’s degree in health economics from Emory University and then attended Northeast Ohio Medical University. He now practices dermatology in Akron.

Tessa DiTirro '07

Tessa DiTirro ’07 played the lead role in several of Firestone High School’s musicals, majored in journalism at Ohio State, and is currently a TV news anchor and reporter in Cincinnati.

Grant Worley '10

Grant Worley ’10 earned his bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Penn State and was accepted into the U.S. Navy’s highly competitive Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program. He currently serves as a surface warfare officer on the LPD New Orleans.

Catherine Walker '18

Catherine Walker ’18 wrote a cookbook for individuals with food allergies and was selected to be a speaker at the Food Allergy Research and Education Teen Summit in Washington, D.C.

Old Trail students continue to challenge themselves academically at top colleges, such as: 

  • Bates College
  • Boston College
  • Brown University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northwestern University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University