Boarding High Schools

Written by Shirley Parker
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Some parents, whose professions don't require them to be gone from home for long stretches of time, prefer not to select a boarding school until the upper grades loom on the horizon. Then, research and a decision may need to be made rather quickly. This is especially true when a local high school's standards have dropped precipitously due to lack of funding by the state or province responsible for the education of its residents' children. A suitable boarding school may be an hour's drive from home or much more distant.

A boarding high school is also a responsible, feasible answer when nearby high schools have unacceptably high problems with illegal drug sales on or near the campus. If a neighborhood is changing drastically, with criminal elements taking over the streets and parks, a boarding school may be the salvation and future for at risk youth. Exposing a child to higher standards and opportunities to work their way out of bad surroundings gives that child a chance to develop their full potential. That benefits the child and humanity. Of course, the prospective student must have shown real interest in learning, so that he or she can keep up reasonably well with new peers.

Many boarding high schools are considered college preparatory schools, and are determined to maintain their reputation. Course work is rigorous, with high grades attainment expected, since most such schools have a 100 percent college placement record. Even those schools whose focus isn't college prep have high academic standards, so students spend less time watching television and more time doing homework. They won't accept a child who would be frustrated by the academic requirements of the school; besides, doing so would be a great disservice to the student. But hours of recreation and other fun activities are allowed for in the curriculum.

Finding the Money for Boarding School

If a family knows ahead of time that a child would benefit from a private boarding school, that family is able to plan ahead in some measure to invest the required funds. Ideally, those funds will earn the necessary increase for the quarterly or annual costs. However, nowadays, it's estimated that at least one third of students at boarding schools receive financial aid. At some schools, the percentage may be higher. The admissions office of a school will have all necessary information and applications. Some outright grants may be available on a needs basis. Loan programs are also available, along with merit awards, or scholarships for children meeting specific classifications.

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