Private Boarding School Open Houses
Parents and students contemplating enrolling in a Private Boarding School or a Private Day School will want to be aware of and prepared to attend an open house. Many of the open houses, sometimes referred to as fairs will be by RSVP and some by invitation only. This will give students and parents a chance to meet administrators, teachers, and tour the campus. This can be a very exciting time for everyone involved. This also gives the students a chance to see where they will eat, sleep, and go to school. This can be a great time for parents to gain comfort as to where their child will be, and who they will be working with. It is normal for parents to be anxious about sending their child away from home. This can be a test for the entire family. Families that have children that are home sick will have to exercise patience with their student until they are able to overcome the anxiety that comes from being away from home. Parents may need to make a few extra trips to visit, and allow the student to come home a little more than ordinary until they have become accustomed to their new home away from home. The purpose of the private boarding school open house is to allow everyone the chance to become acquainted and visualize working together. It may even provide some schools the opportunity to make final decisions on students that have applied for admission.
There are a group of professionals that work with and recommend placement options for families looking to enroll children in boarding schools. They are known as Educational Consultants, and Education Consultants. They typically charge a fee starting at a few thousand dollars going up from there. They offer monthly follow up and can assist a family with the entire placement process. This may be a convenient way for a family to maximize time if finances are not too tight. With the development of the Internet and a poor economy many people are bypassing the consultant to save money. Most schools have the ability to apply online, and reports etc, can be given in real time. Some people believe that Education Consultants will gradually be phased out because parents now have the ability to search for schools on the Internet. There is definitely an advantage to having an ally that has already developed a rapport with a boarding school that can assist in the entire enrollment process. The consultant may be able to help enroll a student that is borderline, just because they have such a strong relationship with the administration. Some of the consultants have worked with the schools they recommend for many years. This helps them develop a good eye when it comes to a potential student fitting into a particular school. If a family has the funds the Education Consultant can be a very good investment. If parents do not have the funds to hire and EC they should still actively pursue the school they are interested in on their own. Sometimes a parent can be pretty convincing when it comes to talking about their child.
Advantages of Private Boarding Schools
Those involved in Private Boarding schools are convinced that the education offered is much better than that in a Public School. This may be due to the fact that the public schools are required to deal with everyone. The private schools are able to hand pick their students, refusing students that are borderline, or that do not really want to learn. The application process for the private school is very extensive and completion does not guarantee admission. Imagine the difference in a typical public classroom where a student is only there because he or she has to be there. The opposite side of the coin is the private school where all of the students are happy to be there and eager to learn. The private school can also hand pick the teachers and administrative staff. If a teacher does not perform well they will be asked to leave. If a school is not running well an administrator will be fired. In the public school system teachers that are vested obtain a sort of untouchable status. In some places they will really have to do something bad to be fired. Once vested some teachers relax and do a mediocre job until retirement. There are those teachers that take pride in their work and will always do a good job in a private or public setting. Teachers in a private school may not have the comfort of being vested.
As mentioned previously students in a private school are there because they really want to learn. Teachers are there because they really want to teach. This creates a very positive learning environment. The success of the school is based on the success of the students. This gives everyone the desire to make things work. Since the private school has hand selected the students enrolled the success of the school depends in part to the students selected. This may seem unfair to those working in the public sector. In one sense it does have a tendency to tilt the scales in favor of the private school. How can they fail with hand picked students, teachers, and administrators. This allows the private school to charge more because of their success. An ideal situation would be created if the private sector could replicate what happens in the private school. The truth is not every young person wants to go to school. Not every teacher wants to go to work, and not every administrator is excited to make a success of the public school they work in. As in everything the opposite is also true. There are talented teachers and administrators in every school just like there are gifted students in public schools. The biggest difference is the number and ratio of talented people and students involved in a private setting compared to that of a public setting. The challenge for the public schools is to capitalize on the gifted students that are unable to attend a private school. The public school can also be careful to hire teachers and administrators that are excited and capable of doing the jobs their are hired for. It would also be a good idea to do review the policies that protect teachers and administrators that are not performing well from being fired.