Yesterday, a mom called the office asking about junior boarding schools in the south- a quick straightforward question that quickly grew from the practical to philosophical.
The family was new to the notion of boarding school and, within that, working to come to terms with an eighth grade daughter who might be best served in a middle school boarding setting.
We talked about some of the concepts of junior boarding schools- why, who goes…concluding with my offer to put together some references that that would give her a place from which to begin reading and learning.
The proverbial “Ah, ha.” moment from a customer- why haven’t we written this before?
Here are some thoughts and references that can help a family begin researching of junior boarding schools:
Generally junior boarding schools serve grades 6-9. Some upper schools, have junior boarding programs that begin in about the 7th grade. Junior boarding schools can be coed or single gender.
If the student is an eighth or ninth grader, there are two ways you can go. You can consider schools that with a 7th through 12th grade program; or, you can consider schools with lower school programs where 8th and 9th graders are the oldest students. In this latter setting the student will be in a older leadership postion. The decision here lies mostly with the student/family goals and student’s maturity.
- A video interview with Kim Laughlin, Bement School admission director: “Why a Junior Boarding School?“
- Our directory of Junior Boarding Schools. Also, you can inquire directly to any AdmissionsQuest member schools directly from their profiles with us.
- All of our blog posts connected to junior boarding schools
- The Junior Boarding Schools Association web site
- You might also consider using an educational consultant to direct and support your school search. We offer services through AdmissionsQuest Educational Consulting and you can find a nationwide directory of educational consultants on the web site of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.
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