The Pros and Cons of Boarding Schools

  • January 2014
  • Posted By JohnnyG

What is a boarding school? In most cases boarding schools can be prerequisites for college living. They are an all inclusive school, meaning that your student lives on campus. The school supplies the academic courses, as well as room and board. The student stays on campus for the whole school term, getting out and coming home for summer vacations, as well as the holidays. While a good boarding school can be a great experience, they aren’t for everyone. Here are some pros and cons of boarding schools to help you decide whether or not this type of school environment is right for you and your child.

Academics is certainly one of the best pros about boarding schools. A boarding school can provide a dynamic learning environment. Usually these schools have the best computers, laboratories, libraries, and other learning facilities. Your child has much more opportunities for learning than a regular school, because the teachers are also living on campus, and can hold spontaneous classes, or take their students on many learning adventures outside the regular classroom setting. While some boarding schools offer a wide range of academic courses, others focus on certain areas of study. Your child will be studying the basics, English, math, social studies etc, but they would also be focusing on how these are relative to computer sciences, health care, or culinary arts, just to name a few. Boarding schools also offer many more extra curricular activities, more that a public school could provide.

There are also more boarding schools that ever before. One simple search on, a website that offers links to different schools, shows many different boarding schools across the country, from California to New York and beyond. You simply click on the state list and see what is offered. No more do you have to ship you child across the country or have a lot of trouble finding a school that you and your child may be interested in.

Another positive about boarding schools is the strong social bonds that are developed. These bonds are developed between peer groups, as well as the teacher and student. They learn about teamwork, self development, and can build strong self esteem. While some of these schools are coed, for the most part they are single sex schools. Because there is no jealousy, or distractions, it allows the student to focus on more important things.

These are just some of the pros that boarding schools offer your student, but again they are not for everyone. One of the cons to boarding schools is the isolation from close friends and family. Many children who go off to boarding school may feel abandoned by their parents, which can lead to frustration, poor study habits, and even school disciplinary actions. Since the student is gone for eight months out of the year, they can get extremely homesick. They may also have trouble adjusting to the new environment, new students they have to interact with, as well as teachers. Students who may be teased by their peers, or frustrated by teachers don’t have the ability to escape from them like they would at a regular school. If the school doesn’t provide adequate supervision, it is also possible your child may pick up bad habits from other peers they will bring home.

These are just some of the pros and cons of boarding schools. It is really important that you sit down with your child and discuss going to a boarding school instead of just shoving them off to one. Go to some of the websites that offer boarding schools, like with them and talk about the possibilities, the pros and cons that these schools offer. It is important that your child doesn’t feel like you are trying to get rid of them, but want them to get the best education possible, and achieve their goals. Most of all, make sure that they know you love them.


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