In their post “The College Decision From The Professors’ Perspective,” Lynn Jacobs and Jeremy Hyman mention Interlochen Arts Academy as an example of a strong program and how to temper and weigh collegiate expectations.
“Don’t make a hobby into a deal-breaker. Whether — and how well — a college can accommodate your extracurricular interests is a reasonable thing to consider in making your final decision. Just don’t let it dominate your thinking. Yes, it’s nice to find a school where you can be on the wrestling team in spite of your less-than-Olympic-level skills, or play in the string quartet even though you never went to Interlochen. But you wouldn’t want to trade a better school, all things considered, for a lesser one, solely on the basis of a personal interest or hobby.”(NYT)
One of Jacobs and Hyman’s points also resonates well for families making their boarding school decisions right now. If you’re making your decision, I recommend making this angle part of your deliberations if you haven’t already:
“Imagine yourself there. …Your personal commitment to learning, your individual learning style, your ability to withstand the increased competition… — all of these are important determinants of how well you’ll learn — and grow… Take them into account when making your final selection.”(NYT)