I’ve heard that boarding schools are for kids who get into trouble and their parents don’t know how to handle them. Is that true?

That’s a common misperception about boarding schools. And maybe that used to be partly true a very long time ago. But these days, boarding schools are pretty competitive, and you even have to take an entrance exam to be accepted. So, if you have good grades, you shouldn’t have a problem getting in. Today, boarding schools are known for strong academics, the ability to play a different sport every season, and the opportunity to try new things that you may not normally get to try. And because you live with your friends in a dormitory, you build really close friendships too.