Five Facts of Boarding School Life

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By offering quality courses and good student/teacher ratios with plenty of personal interaction, boarding schools equip their students for success. The following five facts of boarding school life are courtesy of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).

Promise of Better Academics –  60% of students enroll in boarding schools because of the promise of better education. Over 90% of students admit they find their boarding schools academically challenging. Another fact is that boarding school students spend more than twice as many hours (17 hours boarding school vs. 8 hours public school) a week on homework than their peers in public schools.

24-Hour Learning – Due to the unique and encouraging campus environment boarding schools provide, students are tremendously active outside the classroom. These students participate in more extracurricular activities than other students, whether it is exercising and playing sports (12 hours vs. 9 hours), engaging in creative endeavors like music and painting (6 hours vs. 4-5 hours), or participating in student government and club activities (35% vs. 27%).  Teachers are also on campus to help encourage and nurture (mentor) students in all these areas.

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Learning to Lead – One distinctive characteristic of boarding schools is that character development counts as much as academics. The environment in which teachers live among their students, and students live away from home, allows boarding school students to develop self-discipline and independent thought. Leadership opportunities also emerge. More than three quarters of boarding school students are given leadership opportunities, with teachers and deans mentoring those talents, which is a far higher percentage than public and private school students. This also allows students to gain the specific advantage of regular interaction with their teachers outside of the academic setting.

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College ReadyBoarding school environments along with greater mentor guidance and greater personal responsibility, deliver graduates to universities with an unequaled level of preparation. Eighty-seven percent of graduates agree in this, while nearly 80% added that they were equally prepared in the non-academic aspects of college life, which includes independence, social life, and time management. Public school students state that they were in no way prepared for college let alone college life.

Getting Ahead – Beyond college, boarding school graduates are most often professionally accomplished and philanthropically active adults. By mid-career, more boarding school graduates achieve top management positions with more frequency than students from other schools. More impressively, 60% of alumni give to social service organizations, compared with 46% of all others.



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