Deciding to have your child apply for boarding school is a challenging decision, with many factors to consider. When looking for a boarding school, keep the following in mind:
1. The type of school.
Boarding schools can be divided into three categories - academic, military, and religious - based on their educational philosophy. Academic boarding schools tend to focus on giving students a traditional college-level education, whereas military boarding schools are designed to prepare students for a military career. Religious boarding schools are affiliated with a particular faith and offer a religious curriculum.
2. The cost of attendance.
Boarding schools vary in price range, but most charge between $30,000 and $60,000 per year tuition. Some boarding schools do offer financial aid, which can help defray the cost of attendance.
3. The location.
Boarding schools can be located in different parts of the United States and abroad, and being far away from family for school year is a big decision. Also, a boarding school's climate can be just as important as other factors about the school.
4. The size of the school.
Boarding schools are generally small, with a maximum enrollment of about 350 students. Boarding schools are known for their small class sizes and dedicated teachers who focus on each student. This type of attention can help foster a strong relationship between child and teacher which can be beneficial in later life.
5. The school resources.
When considering which boarding school is best for your child, be sure to consider their special interests. Many boarding schools have departments that focus on a specific field of study, such as music or science. Boarding schools can provide resources for your child's unique interests and needs that may not be available to them in a public school setting.
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