The Big Advantages of Boarding Schools

1. Boarding schools traditionally have highly qualified teachers who see their work as a calling – not a job. 

2. Children at boarding school benefit from small classes and heightened interaction between students and their teachers.

3. The residential campus environment ensures that students are immersed in an educational world where learning is central to all activities. It’s a unique setting that promotes common experience, camaraderie, friendship, trust and honesty between children and adults.

4.  Boarding school students are uniquely prepared for university life. Graduates often end up attending the finest universities. In addition, they arrive at college better prepared for academic rigor because of they learned how to be responsible at boarding school.

5.  Students are conditioned for future success because they are encouraged to achieve their full potential at boarding school.  Studies show that boarding school graduates not only excel at university, but advance rapidly in their professional careers.

6. Boarding schools bestow on students an independence they would not have living at home. It’s an ideal preparation for the challenges and responsibilities of adult life.

TABS Findings Prove the Worth of Boarding Schools

These are the findings of the influential The Association of Boarding Schools. TABS is the public voice for college-preparatory boarding schools and the central resource for boarding school education. TABS serves 300 boarding schools in the US, Canada and abroad.

Academic Promise – More than 60% of students enroll in boarding schools because of the promise of better education. More than 90% of students concede they find their schools academically challenging. Boarding school students spend more than twice as many hours (17 to 8) a week on homework than their peers in state schools.

24-Hour Learning – Thanks to the unique residential campus environment, learning continues outside of the classroom. Boarding school students participate in more extracurricular activities than state school students, whether it is exercising and playing sports (12 hours vs. 9 hours), engaging in creative endeavours like music or drama (6 hours vs. 4-5 hours), or participating in student government and club activities (35% vs. 27%). 

Learning To Lead – One distinctive characteristic of boarding schools is that character development counts as much as academic achievement. The environment—in which teachers live among their students, and students live away from home—lends itself to the cultivation of self-discipline and independent thought. Leadership opportunities also emerge. More than three quarters of boarding school students say they have been given leadership opportunities, a far higher percentage than state and private school students. At the same time, students gain the distinct advantage of regular interaction with their teachers outside of the academic setting.

College Ready – It is almost universally acknowledged that boarding school environments—through the balance of greater mentor guidance and greater personal responsibility—deliver graduates to university with an unequalled level of preparation. Eighty seven percent of graduates concur, while nearly 80% added that they were equally prepared for the non-academic aspects of college life, including independence, social life, and time management.

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. Equally impressive, 60% of alumni give to social service organizations, compared with 46% of all others.