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Why Would You Send Your Child to Boarding School, If You Could?

Posted by Peter Barnes on May 31, 2021 at 10:24 AM

classroomOnly a very small percentage of the worldwide student population attends a boarding school.

I spent the last four years of secondary school as a “boarding student” because my family lived in country Queensland, and there was no high school nearby.  

Living away from family, sleeping in the dormitory with 30 other kids, and eating what I and my fellow students deemed totally unsatisfactory food was, in retrospect, not too bad. Not too good either, especially in my senior year when the school started to feel a little like a detention centre.

I imagine the quality of the accommodation and food has improved in the decades since I was a boarding school student. At least I hope so!

Nowadays some city parents choose to send their son or daughter to board at a school in the same city because they can afford to do so. 

Would you send your child to a boarding school if you could? What do you know about boarding schools?

The Army and Navy Academy, an all-boys boarding school in Carlsbad, California has published an article, The 5 Common Misconceptions About Boarding School. They are:

  1. The admission standards are so high my child will not get accepted.
  1. Boarding schools are generally unfriendly and are reserved only for the rich, famous, or well-connected.
  1. Boarding school is probably too expensive and beyond our reach.
  1. Boarding schools are only for kids who are in trouble.
  2. Attending a boarding school isn’t fun and it’s all about rules.

The article is interesting, even if, like most parents, you would not consider sending your child to a boarding school.

You can read it here.


Topics: School

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