Boarding schools offer a unique setting in which education is fused with a well-rounded lifestyle. 3. And if there is not some club or student organization that draws your eye, you can always create it. My son started this year as a freshman and is having an amazing time-- being challenged in his honors classes, and trying so many different clubs, from Model UN, to Chess team, to a cappella to Chamber Singers, to writing for science and humanities publications. You have your housemates, friends who feel like family, and six houses to explore and hang out in. Even President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela went to a boarding school near Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa called Healdtown Methodist Boarding School now called Healdtown Comprehensive School. My son started this year as a freshman and is having an amazing time-- being challenged in his honors classes, and trying so many different clubs, from Model UN, to Chess team, to a cappella to Chamber Singers, to writing for science and humanities publications. Ranking factors include SAT/ACT scores, the quality of colleges that students consider, student-teacher ratio, boarding school ratings, and more. Students who are here actually want to be here, teachers are passionate and very intelligent, and the community is unparalleled. I watched the self-doubt become controlled and I saw a true leader develop. I will forever be thankful for St. Mark's.Read 38 Reviews, Junior: Peddie is an amazing school for so many reasons. While many of my peers struggled with the transition to college, I found that my college courses were easier than those at Hockaday. Before attending Loomis, I was a timid, young boy from Los Angeles who feared I wouldn't fit in at Loomis due to my ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Don't join them. Milton is an amazing school that offers challenging academics while also providing students a plethora of resources when they need extra support. Boarding school graduates often end up attending the finest universities. Founded in 1856 in Concord, New Hampshire, St. Paul's School is an all-boarding school for students in grades 9--12. She was able to participate in many activities - athletics, performing arts, clubs, etc... during her time at Thacher. That being said, Taft, like many other schools of its calibre, also struggles with issues regarding drug and alcohol use, but is readily making changes to become a better school. Superior education in an all-boy environment, where male and female teachers are demanding of excellence, as well as kind. The College is set on 35 hectares of natural landscape in Asu Village, near Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, less than an hour drive from Lagos. Still, there are things that could be improved: for one, the institution values athletics far more than the arts, and it shows—the music/theatre facilities are housed in the old gyms, and the visual art classes are all in the school basement; meanwhile, we just poured tons of money into building a glorious new athletic center. Arundel School. Go LFA! Even though I knew how special Andover was, I experienced an even better Andover through my daughter. Even when there was a disappointment, she knew that she could power through it with the skills she possessed. Four years later, I am no longer that shy boy, but a young man capable of articulating my thoughts soundly and I have developed a work ethic that will allow me to succeed in college and beyond. While busy, she wasn't overwhelmed. The school motto “Servons” is achieved through the service work that the school persuaded their students to sign up for. There is something for everyone. Additionally, Hockaday offers a myriad of unique opportunities for students to explore, from spending a semester in Switzerland to participating in the ISAS fine arts festival (one of my favorite memories). For instance, boarding schools traditionally have highly qualified teachers who see their work as a calling. To this day, years after Prize Day (our version of Commencement), my roommates and best friends from Groton are people with whom I speak daily and consider the closest thing to family I have outside of my household. The arts are vibrant at St. Andrew's as well as strong academics and opportunities to play so many sports and participate in a variety of extra-curricular clubs. However, its remote location and traditional values make for limited social life, and its strict administration makes for high rates of discipline. Often times, they'll claim an agenda for the future, which never ends up coming to fruition.Read 77 Reviews, Parent: St. Andrew's is a magical place! You have your housemates, friends who feel like family, and six houses to explore and hang out in. 1781). PEA offers so many opportunities to partake in such a wide variety of activities- from dance to sports to 3D design to robotics and everything/anything in between. Most of the positives regarding St. Mark's revolves around relationships that you make while attending. You'll find it very easy to "get in trouble," and more difficult to "have fun." My daughter graduated from Thacher last year and I must say that it was a truly transformational experience for her. Every morning they gather for assembly which often has performances. Many UK boarding schools combine beautiful, centuries-old buildings with a mix of modern classrooms and traditional architecture. The opportunities Milton offers are as expansive inside the classroom as they are out!Read 126 Reviews, Parent: Extraordinary school and community. Solid school overall. The teachers here are responsive and caring towards students' various needs. The school values the whole student, and this is evident through their core values: character, courtesy, scholarship, and athletics. She has life-long friends, both boarders and day students, boys and girls, athletes and non-athletes. Hockaday provides a rigorous curriculum that empowers young women. I truly believe it is a direct result of the welcoming community that Loomis possesses and its ability to transform its students in just 4 years. Students who are here actually want to be here, teachers are passionate and very intelligent, and the community is unparalleled. PEA is prestigious; that is a known fact. A boarding school is a school at which most or all of the students live during the part of the year that they go to lessons. 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