The Benefits of a Boarding School Education
Packing up and leaving the nest at an early age is hardly an easy thing to do, especially when the destination lies thousands of miles away from home. The fear we all feel when confronted with the possibility of spending long periods of time without seeing those closest to us is natural and not easy to manage, at least not at the start. Also, tackling the challenges of daily life without the sense of security that one’s home provides can be very intimidating, often becoming a deterrent to those who would otherwise be thrilled at the prospect of exploring new places and building new relationships.
Why should we then bother to even entertain the idea of attending an overseas boarding school? What is there to gain? Well, it turns out that the benefits of a boarding school education far outweigh the trepidation that some feel when they first embark on this journey. Let’s find out what these are:
- A More Fulfilling Academic Experience
Boarding schools generally offer a more challenging academic experience than your average day school. The depth and breadth of the academic courses offered at these schools are quite remarkable. That may scare some of you away, but it really shouldn’t. You want to be pushed. You want to be challenged. That is the only way you can grow to become a competitive college applicant in the not-so-distant future.
It is also worth mentioning that according to a study conducted by The Association of Boarding Schools, 54% of all students attending boarding school have reported being highly satisfied with their academic experience. This number stands out particularly as only 42% of students who attend private day schools and 40% of students who attend public schools responded positively to the same question.
- Fast Track to College
We just briefly touched on this idea, but it is certainly worth repeating: boarding schools are a much better gateway to college. Many well-known boarding schools, especially in the United States, are often referred to as ‘prep schools’ or ‘preparatory schools’. These are schools known for their high graduation and college attendance rates, and many of them may sometimes be called ‘feeder schools’ as a high percentage of their students often transition to a particular institution of higher education following graduation, often an Ivy League school.
An added value to attending boarding school from a ‘college prep’ perspective is the fact that by the time they are set to attend university, boarding school students have already acclimated to the idea of living away from their homes and thus they are better prepared to hit the ground running on day one of their university career.
- Fast Track to Independence
This is in my view one of the strongest arguments to be made in support of a boarding school education, and represents the direct upside of the fear we discussed at the beginning of this discussion.
You may be a world away from those who have looked after you your entire life, but boarding school grants you the unique opportunity to take charge of your own future. That may seem like a huge responsibility being bestowed upon you all of the sudden (which it is) but it will also bring you closer and faster towards maturity. In boarding school, you have to learn to get along with others because now you are an indispensable part of a tight-knit community, and you have to learn to be responsible for your actions because no one will be there for you to pick up the pieces on your behalf.
This may sound quite intimidating at the present moment, but the lessons learned in boarding school are meant to lay a very solid foundation for adult life.
- Extracurriculars Galore
Finally, I will end this list by highlighting the fact that most boarding schools give students access to state-of-the-art sports facilities and magnificent performance arts centers. The range of sports and creative opportunities for you to explore can truly be mind-boggling and it should not be overlooked.
Many of you probably have plans to attend college in the United States after high school. If that is the case, then know that your extracurricular background will play a crucial role during the college application process. Lacking involvement in the arts or sports can deal a fatal blow to your college application, especially if you intend to apply to some of the country’s most competitive universities.
Luckily, boarding schools make access to extracurriculars quite easy as they represent a key pillar of life on campus.
The list of benefits of an overseas boarding school education goes on, but we will end it here for the time being. Just remember that if the opportunity to attend boarding school arises, you must seize it!
NTK Education Consulting Team