Should I Go Or Not?
Many teens struggle over the decision to move away from home to attend a boarding school. Of course it is exciting to move away, make new friends, and focus more intensely on academics. It is partially up to the teen or preteen if they really want to go. Parents will need to be prepared to pay for the boarding option which may be a contributing factor for the student. Schools vary in how much they cost, and admissions criteria may also vary slightly. The more sought after boarding schools have a tendency to fill up more quickly so applications must be submitted as quickly as possible. The teen that struggles with home sickness needs to address these concerns prior to enrolling. Some schools may not refund tuition for a child that leaves early. While it may be a good experience for a child that suffers from home sickness, it can be miserable until they make the transition, and become used to living away from home. Home sick children will be in contact with parents many times a day initially, and then gradually tapering off until they are more settled in their new environment. Once the teen has beat their home sick blues, they will be prepared to finish their schooling, and will be much better equipped to move on to college.
The advantage to boarding schools is a more focused approach to academics. When a student is living on campus it only seems logical that they have a tendency to do a better job on their homework. The ability to stay after class and receive additional tutoring is also an advantage. Parents may be able to log on and see the progress students are making on a weekly basis, and speak with teachers and counselors to determine what areas they need to encourage their youth to focus on. The social aspect of a boarding school is an advantage for children that may be lacking in social skills. They will need to to deal with having a room mate, and developing friends in their dorm. Some children will be eating together creating a situation where they will learn appropriate etiquette and manners. Some parents have busy schedules and are unable to give the appropriate amount of time and attention their children need. This creates and advantage for a the child being placed in a boarding school. They will receive more attention and supervision than they might receive at home. When children are left unsupervised they are much more likely to get into trouble, and fail to do their homework. Parents with the financial ability to send their child to a boarding school, but unable to give them time may decide the advantages of boarding school outweigh the child’s absence from the home.
Parents and children should work together to determine the best boarding school for their needs. Once the school has been decided upon parents should begin working on enrollment applications. Good boarding schools will fill up rather quickly. It may require some extra legwork obtaining letters of recommendation and completing necessary paperwork. Most schools have strict deadlines for applications.