Boarding School: it’s not inexpensive; but, for some students, it’s the best education fit

Boarding School: it's not inexpensive; but, for some students, it's the best education fitThe Globe and Mail (Toronto) ran a primer on considering a boarding school (Away By Choice).

Writer Diana McLaren presents an argument strong on the value of the boarding environment, but realistic about price and how modern parents viscerally retract when broaching the thought of a child going away to school and growing-up away from home.

The families, students, and school officers featured in the article create a realistic narrative of opportunity.  Boarding school is difficult/challenging; it’s expensive; but, for some students, it’s the best education fit.

While McLaren gleans her information and focuses on Canadian boarding schools, she concludes with a sound list of questions to answer-topics to cover- if you’re considering boarding school options.

Brentwood College School senior Clara Duffy and her mother Adrienne share their thoughts, boarding school commitment and experiences.

Select Highlights:

The Family Perspective:  “There were days in the beginning when it was not easy…but we stay very close and remain connected. We see her at term breaks and holidays and when we visit her school for parent interviews or to attend the Spring regatta, which we do every year, ” mother Adrienne Duffy. (ABC)

The Student Perspective:  Daughter Clara Duffy, “I love the community of the school and especially my boarding house. I’ve built good relationships with members of the faculty and there is a lot of support and mentoring from faculty to help you make decisions that support future plans.” (ABC)

Emily Fleck (student) on boarding school:  “the perfect stepping stone towards university, as I was away from home but still in a structured and comforting environment.” (ABC)

The Boarding School Administrator
“…it’s the independence piece; the sense of responsibility a young person gets from living away from family but in a safe and supportive community. It’s the kind of growing up that you do when you don’t go home every day.

“Kids get a great educational experience, have a lot of fun, and grow personally in a way that prepares them for university and life,” Andrew Weller, admissions director of Ridley College. (ABC)

McLaren presents an honest picture of the high costs; increasing financial aid budgets; the current state of Canadian boarding schools; and, the ways that boarding schools are working to improve their outreach and marketing.

“To Board Or Not?” McLaren’s guiding topics for families considering boarding school provide a good starting point to begin building your admission plan.

Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.

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