Boarding School Placement

Written by Shirley Parker
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Boarding school placement has an entrance point and an exit point. While it's important to find the right boarding school for a student's ongoing development, equal educational value is the final destination. Do graduates of that boarding school go on to university? Could they, if they chose to?

Another consideration is that boarding school graduates may end up being happy, caring, successful members of society who don't need a college degree to contribute immensely to our brothers and sisters throughout the world. While no education is wasted, college classes can be the wrong road for thousands, if it isn't where their interests lie. By freshman year, students are usually astute enough to discern that not everything they hear is worthwhile for them at that point in their lives. They may go on to college at a later date.

Competent high school or other professional educational counselors can be a great help in opening up many avenues for students and their parents to investigate. The key word is competent. An overworked counselor with an impossible caseload can't possibly provide the in-depth or ongoing advice that may be needed. In any case, parents will need to augment the counselor's recommendations by following up on boarding school referrals by themselves.

The Occasional Bad Advice

A biased counselor who is out of touch with the real world can do more harm than good. If a counselor indicates that, given your class or financial background, the chances for significant achievement by your child are nil, run the other way. It isn't true that anyone can become president of the United States or any other entity; the world of politics doesn't work that way, so keep that in mind. But never let anyone tell you or your daughter that she isn't bright enough to become a nuclear physicist, or that your son is too rebellious ever to become a house lawyer. If that's where their interests lie, let them go for it.


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