What's The Best Boarding School?

The best boarding school for your child is the school where they feel the most at home.

  • Letting Her Go

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    By Trish Fogarty I dropped her off at boarding school for her 8th-grade year, knowing she would be there for two years. She was 13 and we were both soaked with tears by the time we said our goodbyes. In the weeks that followed, many friends and acquaintances asked me why I would send her […]

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  • 5 Things That Give Boarding School Students an Edge in College

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    Thinking about sending your son or daughter off into the real world can be a bit scary. The good news is that you’ve already started considering a future in which they will thrive. The better news is that we’ve put together a quick checklist of things you can do now that will set them up […]

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  • Finding Your Authentic Voice

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    As a new ninth-grader at Westtown—a 14-hour plane ride from his home—Yiheng Xie was once told his accent was hard to define. In this (abridged) reflection delivered at graduation, Yiheng explores the connection between voice and family history—the “grit and sand” in his words—and how every person and experience we carry with us, can leave its […]

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  • 7 Signs You’re Boarding School Material

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    High school is around the corner, and you’re wondering what it will be like. You may be thinking about whether it will help you get into the college of your dreams, or allow you to learn about the things that really interest you. There are a lot of unknowns about high school, but you’re sure […]

  • Where You Should Be in the Application Process by Mid-December

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    The traditional application deadline is about a month away. Again, know your admission application and financial aid application deadlines. Deadlines could be anywhere from January 10, January 15, February 1, or rolling admission. Each school has its own admission and financial aid application deadlines. Make sure you know them. Have them in writing, or, in […]

  • ​Applying to Private Schools After The Deadline

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    As a family, choosing an independent school for the coming fall may not have been in your plans when the school year began, but circumstances change and needs change with them. This time of year, you may be thinking about a school change.

  • ​Applying Late to Boarding School

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    Applying late to boarding school can be a stressful endeavor. Our advice – relax, breathe and create a plan. Even with uncertainty about space availability, you quite possibly may have several options. While it is true that the most selective schools will be full and have only waiting lists by spring time, many good schools […]

  • ​​11 Questions to Ask An Educational Consultant Before Hiring Them

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    The many “to do” items that you need to check off during the private school admission process can be daunting, especially for families new to school search. It leads some to turn to placement advisors for help in navigating the admission waters. But how do you find the right independent educational consultant? And what questions […]

  • ​​10 Things to Think About If You’re Considering Boarding School

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    Talk with your child about the things that will be important if your family decides that boarding school is the best educational path for them. Ask them and yourselves these questions. The answers will provide the foundation for finding the best fit at the best school. What kind of student is your child? How do […]

  • ​Private School Rankings – Why We Don’t Rank Schools

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    At least once a week, we get a request to rank our schools. Where does school X fall on the list? What about school Y? We always answer, “Please ignore private school rankings.” Why? Because rankings are simply inaccurate. They can never capture and convey the nuances that make each boarding school unique. A number […]