Parents' Biggest Worries About Boarding School
Will my child be safe?
Boarding schools take your child's safety very seriously. Contractually a boarding school functions in loco parentis which is a legal way of stating that the school acts in the place of the parent when it comes to supervision of its students, your child included.
In many respects, your child is a whole lot safer at school where she cannot drive or go to somebody's house and get into who-knows-what. Drugs, drinking, and smoking are not permitted in a boarding school. Zero tolerance is the rule. Does it prevent teens from pushing the limits and experimenting? That's impossible, of course, as any parent knows. However, the limits are strictly proscribed and teens learn to respect those limits and rules or face the consequences. These are good lessons to learn.
Will she have time to herself?
Will she be able to keep up with the academics?
The academic work is rigorous. But what really stretches your child is that there is so much academic work. She won't read just one Shakespeare play like she probably would in a public high school. No. She will read three Shakespeare plays over the course of a year. That's a lot of material to get through, to absorb and digest.
Academics in a good boarding school don't just skim the surface. Nor do they teach to a test. Rather the overarching theme will be teaching your daughter how to think critically by exposing her to so many ideas and disciplines.
Stretching your child, stimulating her and expecting greatness are the hallmarks of any decent boarding schools academic program.
Will she have enough money?
Will she get into the right college?
We parents will always worry about our children. That's part of our job. But when it comes to sending your child off to boarding school, ease up. Relax. Boarding schools know what they are doing. And they do it extremely well.
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