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  • You Know You Go To Boarding School When...
    22 Jan
    You Know You’re At Boarding School When…

    1. You NEVER get a snow day The worst part about boarding school is that no matter how much snow you get, school isnt cancelled because you are already on campus — hayley doneghey (@hdoneghey7) January 21, 2014 2. If two people of the opposite sex are talking, people assume they're dating http://southparkdigital.tumblr.com/ 3. The cafeteria is called the “dining hall” http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/visiting/harry-potter 4. Which also happens to be the only place you can take your date http://www.quickmeme.com/p/35snad 5. You have…

  • Military Boarding Schools
    22 Sep
    Military Boarding Schools

    List of Military Boarding Schools Parents and students looking for a disciplined environment for learning in a military-style will find this list handy. Military schools have rich traditions and a successful graduate will have many doors opened. And rightfully so, completing a military-style education is a great achievement early in life. Note: Military boarding schools are not boot camps, they are prestigious institutions of learning that push for academic excellence. Try our therapeutic boarding schools list for behavioral issues. Alabama…

  • Therapeutic Boarding Schools
    22 Sep
    Therapeutic Boarding Schools

    List of Schools for Troubled Teens Parents who are at their wits end with their troubled or troublesome child often look into what options are available that allows the student to get the professional help they need while continuing their education. That’s what therapeutic boarding schools are about. Their staff is generally trained and experienced in helping teenagers that exhibit bad behaviors and/or emotional problems, even substance abuse. But not all therapeutic schools are created equal and research is important.…

  • Boarding Schools for Boys
    22 Sep
    Boarding Schools for Boys

    List of All-Boy Boarding Schools For parents looking to send their sons to an all-boy boarding school, where they can focus on their studies, free from the distraction of girls, there are about 50 options to choose from. Many schools that are co-ed today were created by merging an all-male school with their sister all-girl school. Many of the remaining boy-only boarding schools are military academies or Catholic schools. Choosing a residential-style of education can give your child a leg-up…

  • Boarding Schools for Girls
    22 Sep
    Boarding Schools for Girls

    List of All-Girl Boarding Schools For parents looking to send their daughters to an all-girl boarding school, free from distractions, like boys, where they can develop into women among peers, there are about 30 boarding schools to choose from. As you look over the list below, you will notice what are called “therapeutic schools.” These may not be appropriate if your motivation is pursuing academic achievement instead of changing bad behavior. Boarding schools for girls-only can give your child a…

  • Free Boarding Schools
    22 Sep
    Free Boarding Schools

    List of Tuition-Free Boarding Schools Many families considering sending their child to boarding school are caught off-guard by the costs involved. So, naturally, they want to know if there are any boarding schools that are free to attend. The fact is, there aren’t many free boarding schools in America. The ones that are free, generally, are very competitive to gain acceptance to. Most are publicly-funded so eligibility is based on your location. Cost of Boarding School The costs associated with…

Residential Education in America

A boarding school is most simply defined as a school where pupils reside during the semester. Students are provided with food and lodging alongside their education, but a boarding school has much more than that to offer to students and their families. Traditionally, boarding schools provide an education based on small class sizes, high standards of academic excellence, and cultural diversity.

Some schools also present a unique environment that can be tailored to a specific focus. For instance, students at the Interlochen Arts Academy High School, located in Michigan, receive an education focused on fine arts, where math, science, history and literature are taught to complement the students' creativity. There are also schools that focus on therapeutic living or a military based experience.

Benefits of Residential Education

There are numerous benefits available for all students who attend a boarding school, regardless of whether or not the school offers a specific focus. Smaller class sizes allow for teachers to have more individual interaction with students, which ensures each student is being challenged in ways that help them grow academically. As teachers and staff reside alongside students, they are given the opportunity to learn outside the classroom during teachable moments as they naturally occur.

This allows students a chance for more comprehensive development based on the concrete and realistic application of what is taught in that moment. Participation in extracurricular activities is another commonality boarding schools share. In fact, students who attend a boarding school participate in more sports, arts, and other extra- curricular activities than those enrolled in standard public schools.

The safe and secure environment provided to students of boarding schools allows them a measure of controlled freedom that results in the formation of self-reliance. This development is unique to the boarding school experience, and as students manage peer relationships, academic requirements, and personal responsibilities, they are preparing themselves for a smooth transition into adulthood. Eighty percent of students who attended boarding school reported feeling well prepared for both the academic and non-academic aspects of college life.

Rooted in American History

Though boarding schools seem to be the exception rather than the rule in America's current educational culture, they actually appeared in the history of academia about a hundred years before the public school movement. In 1763, the first academy formed, successfully blending elements of earlier academic standards established by Latin and English Grammar Schools.

The rural society of eighteenth century America, coupled with the scarcity of these academies, led to students boarding with teachers or local townspeople. The natural emergence of surrogate parenting grew into a standard of the educational model used by boarding schools today. The urbanization of American cities led to the creation of more boarding schools, and they can be found near many of the major metropolitan areas in North America.

Boarding School Tuition Costs

Costs can vary based on the school's region, the programs being offered, and the number of faculty and staff required for supporting the student body. Parents can generally expect to see boarding school yearly tuition fees to fall anywhere in the range of $10,000 to upwards of $35,000, though scholarships and financial aid grants are usually available for those who qualify. Some boarding schools even offer free tuition for all their students provided they meet the income requirements set forth by the school.

St. Paul's School and Phillips Exeter Academy, both located in New Hampshire, offer free tuition to students from families with an income of less than $80,000 or $75,000, respectively. It is important to keep in mind that lower tuition rates may not offer the most financial benefit as some schools don't include the room and board or other fees in their tuition costs. Be sure to investigate all costs associated with attending each boarding school considered, and compare them accordingly.

Final Thoughts for Families

Many parents and students agree that the overall benefits of boarding school far outweigh the costs associated with attending. They have fun, are immersed in a culturally diverse environment, and maintain close and loving relationships with their families while forming new and valuable bonds with mentors and peers. With the opportunity for academic excellence, enriched character development, increased self-discipline, and encouraged critical and independent thought, it's easy to see why over 30,000 students are happy to leave home to attend boarding school each year.