PREPARATORY BOARDING SCHOOLS

Attending boarding school increases students’ chances of attending the best colleges and universities.

Boarding schools, commonly known as preparatory (“prep”) schools, are designed to prepare elementary, middle school, and high school students for the challenges of academic life. Attending boarding school increases the student’s chances of gaining admission to higher academic institutions. This is particularly true for international students who wish to attend an English-speaking high school, college, or university. Attending boarding school allows international students the opportunity to acclimate to the host country’s educational system, customs, and lifestyle.

Advantages of attending boarding school include:

Living on campus in a supervised, family-oriented, caring, and nurturing atmosphere that fosters maturity and adjustment to living away from home
Learning from faculty who are passionate about the subjects they teach
Participating in various intramural or varsity sports and physical fitness programs, including hockey, fencing, crew, and equestrian
Experiencing a mix of academics and recreation where homework demands are juggled along with sports, extracurricular activities, and free time
Fostering life-long friendships with other like-minded students who are passionate about learning
Being exposed to a greater depth and breadth of educational material
Receiving a superior high school education where small classrooms (15 students on average) foster individuality and critical thinking skills
Experiencing the latest technologies, state-of-the-art libraries and media centers, and modern sports facilities
Fostering leadership skills and building connections with the world’s future leaders

Most students enter boarding school in their middle school or high school years. We place young students in elementary boarding schools, but there are very few of these in the United States. Therefore, most of our placement for this age group is international. High school students typically enter boarding school in the 9th or 10th grade; however, it is possible to matriculate during junior or senior year. And for those seniors who wish to attend an additional year of high school in order to improve their grades and increase their chances of attending a good college or university, a post-graduate year is recommended.

In addition to placing students in both domestic and international boarding schools, we place them in private day schools. Private day schools now offer housing options where students live with a local host family, typically one that has children enrolled in the day school. Oftentimes, this is a more economical option to boarding school for those parents who still wish for their student to achieve a preparatory school education.