Boarding schools tend to have ... interesting reputations. Thanks to books and the movies, you may picture an elitist cult, troubled teens, a spooky manor or some other odd experience when you think of boarding school. With this impression in mind, the idea of sending your child to boarding school can quickly become confusing and downright scary. But, let us convince you that there is nothing scary about the boarding school.
Today’s boarding school students succeed at significantly higher rates than private day and public school students, especially in college and adult life, according to a recent study conducted by the Arts & Science Group of Baltimore for The Association of Boarding Schools, (TABS). The study also found that students are more likely to earn an advanced degree and achieve faster career advancement. Here is the list of advantages of studying in a boarding school:
Learning Is Cool: Harnessing The Power Of Peers
Being smart is cool in boarding school. Students are stimulated intellectually in ways they never were before in their schools, and tend to be more motivated when surrounded by success-oriented peers. The TABS study found that 78% of boarders reported they are motivated by peers compared to 49% of public school students. Living with students from diverse backgrounds informs the dialogue in the dorm, at dinner and in the dining hall.
Small Classes Offer Individual Attention
A class size of 12 is the average at most boarding schools. Small classes allow teachers to provide individualized attention and the students have plenty of access to their teachers. The humanities classrooms are often set up in the Socratic method, with the teacher as facilitator and mentor. In these classes, students are provided with questions, not answers. Encouraged to think and share, students find their voices. They actively participate in their learning.
Programs, Coaches And Facilities Are Awesome
There are countless options for athletics, the arts and community service. Boarding school facilities are extensive and typically include performing arts spaces, visual arts studios, multiple playing fields, indoor courts for basketball and squash, an ice rink, swimming pool and fitness room. More unique athletic offerings such as crew, golf and equestrian training enable students to develop skills local high schools may not provide.
If You Need One More Reason...
Boarding school provides a unique chance to develop the skills needed for college. The TABS study found that 78% of boarding school grads felt well prepared for the non-academic aspects of college life, such as independence, social life, and time management, compared to 36% of private day and 23% of public school students.
Call an admissions office and set up a visit. Explore the campus. Talk to students to get a feel for today’s boarding experience. Or, for a deeper dive, talk to a specialist in boarding school placements. They will have insider knowledge to help you select the schools that best suit your interests,
Source: Forbes, 2018