Many parents decide to put their children in a traditional high school setting without considering the benefits of an alternative high school experience. But if parents would take the time to research and consider choosing boarding school for their high school-age children, they might realize the various benefits of an option like boarding school over traditional high school.
So, what are the benefits of boarding school?
One of the major benefits of a boarding school education is an exceptional academic environment. Boarding schools are often specifically designed to have a college preparatory focus, which encourages and promotes academic excellence. And in turn, the expectation levels are high for students and instructors alike.
Academic excellence is often a result of the heightened expectations of the school. And while students will be challenged, the short- and long-term benefits are abundant.
Another advantage of a boarding school environment is the strong sense of community and support that comes with the boarding school experience. Students have the chance to live side-by-side with students from many locations. Not only does this allow students to develop a sense of community but it also will expand their worldview.
As students are away from their homes and their parents, they must learn how to independently and maturely take responsibility for themselves. Through increased responsibility, learning how to live independently, and adjusting to being away from home, students will grow as individuals (and maybe even in appreciate their parents and homelife even more!)
The structured environment of boarding school, while challenging for some, is a benefit for many. Students are given scheduled class times, but much of their time spent out of class will be up to them to plan and organize. Students must learn how to prioritize and balance academics, clubs, sports, service opportunities, leisure time, and other extracurricular activities.
Prioritizing tasks and time is a major take-away for many graduates of boarding school, because learning to do so is required for academic success. In addition to academic excellence, a sense of community, and structure, there are many other benefits to attending a boarding school for high school: the friendships made, the encouraged opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, a deepening of communication skills, learning to get along with a wide variety of people, and preparing for college in a strategic way.
Making the decision to send your high schooler to a boarding school can be a difficult one to make, but before making a decision on what high school setting will be the best fit for your high schooler’s personal needs and objectives, take the time to do some research and consider the benefits of going to a boarding school for high school.
Interested in seeing a boarding school up close? Take a look at St. Lawrence’s upcoming Weekend Visit dates.