5 STEPS TO SELECT A TOP PREP BOARDING SCHOOL
Boarding school selection requires committed preparation if you want your child to get the best education possible. With the wealth of different boarding schools that you can choose from, this can be quite a daunting process—but not when you are properly guided. Here are some critical steps you should take when choosing the right prep boarding school for your child:
- Consider your child’s strengths, weaknesses, and needs. Perhaps the best approach to finding the right school for your child is to think about which school best fits their needs. This said, there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all type of school. The best approach to choosing a good school is to think about your child’s learning style, academic ability, personality, special strengths, and their most pressing educational needs. Think about your family’s priorities, goals, and values and look for a school that meets them.
- Spend time researching schools and really getting to know what they are all about. More than their impressive website, take time to read reviews about their educational approach as well as the quality of living that they provide their students. Take your time building your list and doing first-hand research—starting a year early isn’t too soon if you are planning to send your child to boarding school the following school term. This will give you ample time to weigh the pros and cons of each school.
- Visit your top choices. Boarding schools welcome families who wish to tour their facilities. They are more than willing to entertain visits from potential students and their parents who want to know more about the school’s vision, philosophy, approach, and offerings.
- Apply to multiple schools. Once you have narrowed down your choices, choose your top 2 or 3 options and submit your application to each. Putting all your eggs in one basket isn’t the best way to get admitted to a boarding school. Remember that these schools have very strict admissions processes and are often extremely picky about the students they accommodate. Limiting yourself to one perfect school could lead to heartaches and disappointments should your child get rejected by the school board.
Finally, be patient as you wait for results and feedback from all the schools you’ve applied for so you can make an informed final decision based on their invitations and confirmations.