Are there Boarding schools in America

Boarding Schools at a Glance

Boarding schools offer many different experiences. Do you want the discipline and leadership training a military school offers? You can choose from about 30 schools in that genre. Want your child to experience a progressive education? Several dozen schools will fill the bill. Want a mainstream college preparatory school? There are many schools with the faculty and courses to achieve that aim. Are special needs a requirement? There are several boarding schools which have the highly qualified skilled teachers who can help your child re-mediate his learning differences.

In fact there are so many different types of boarding schools that you will need to actually visit the schools in which you are interested in order to make your final selection.

Cost

A handful of boarding schools are free. Girard College and Milton Hershey School. However, most boarding schools charge tuition and fees for room and board. The costs range from approximately $15, 000 to over $50, 000 per academic year.

Financial Aid

Most boarding schools offer generous financial aid. As a rule they are also proactive in attracting students from all across the economic spectrum. If you can do the academic work but cannot afford to pay the cost of a boarding school education, please apply anyway. If you have all the other things the school is looking for, money will not be a deal-breaker.

Admissions

In line with financial aid, most private schools seek to enroll students who have the ability to do the academic work demanded by the school's curriculum. Why does this matter? Because each private school sets its own curriculum and standards. These metrics meet or, in most cases, exceed state requirements. As a result, schools will carefully review your academic achievements via transcripts and teacher recommendations as well as requiring you to take a standardized admissions test such as the SSAT or ISEE. Schools will generally want to interview you as well.

What's Taught

What is taught in a boarding school and how it is taught goes to the heart of the matter. This, after all, should be the main reason you are considering sending your child to boarding school. Most boarding schools will offer extensive courses in the core subjects of English, math and sciences. That's a given. What will amaze you is the depth and breadth of courses in all the other subjects public schools tend to consider as frills. Foreign languages and the arts are an integral part of most schools academic work.

Teachers in most boarding schools have first degrees in their subject. They are hired in the first place because they are passionate about their subject and love teaching it to young people. A high percentage of boarding school teachers also have advanced degrees.

Locations

The northeastern states have the most boarding schools. The international airports at Boston and New York make these schools fairly accessible from just about anywhere. Most boarding schools are located in rural areas. Those schools have plenty of room to spread around and offer physical plants to match their settings.

Some Famous Schools

Andover, Exeter, Hotchkiss, Eton and Harrow are examples of famous old boarding schools. These schools are certainly fine schools. But there are dozens of less famous boarding schools which can provide a superb residential school experience for your child.

Why Boarding School?

Boarding school offers many tangible benefits such as excellent academics, sports and extracurricular activities. But it also offers certain intangible benefits which you have to experience in order to appreciate. For example, the growth and confidence which comes from living in a community away from home. Or the close bonds and network of friends you will make which will last a lifetime.


Interesting facts:

The Cate School, established in 1910 by Curtis Wolsey Cate, is a four-year, coeducational, college-preparatory boarding school in Carpinteria, California, United States.
Cate School is nationally recognized for its academic excellence and is located outside Santa...

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