Quaker Education: What’s Different about a Friends School?

Updated   July 26, 2017
Quaker Education:  What’s Different about a Friends School?
Learn about the benefits of attending a Quaker boarding school.
While each Friends school has its own unique style and personality, they all have a common purpose: not only to provide a rich and challenging education but also to foster the ideals of community, spirituality, responsibility and stewardship. A hallmark of the Quaker school experience is the basic beliefs that we are all teachers and learners and that each child has unique gifts and talents. Students are called upon to discover their own voices and interests within the framework of rigorous, college-preparatory academics.  The foundation of the educational experience is built upon the ideal that students’ quality of character – what kind of people they are becoming – is as important to their lives and to the world as their intellectual growth and exploration.
 
Because a Quaker education endeavors to be a socially responsible one, Friends schools’ curricula emphasize service, social action and experiential learning. Can an education be socially responsible and academically rigorous at the same time? Educators in Friends schools believe that one is not developed at the expense of the other; instead, they work in tandem to prepare students for college and for life. 
 
 
How do students learn community, responsibility and stewardship?  By living it! The Quaker belief of the “Inner Light” or that of God in each of us creates an atmosphere of tolerance and openness. Students are led by example not only to respect the perspectives and talents of others in the community, but so to learn from them. Friends schools campuses are culturally, religiously, racially and socio-economically diverse
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Updated   June 06, 2016 |
Understanding Financial Aid
Learn how financial aid works in boarding schools.
One of the major issues most families consider when thinking of sending their child to boarding school is the cost. Though it may seem daunting, the boarding school financial aid process isn’t as complex as you might think, and understanding the system will pay off in the long term.
 
Recently, boarding schools began reshaping their financial aid policies to allow more talented, middle-class students to attend their schools. Today, a large percentage of students at boarding schools receive some form of financial aid from grants, and in some cases that number is as high as 40%. Each school’s aid policy is different, and officers are your best bet for accurate information. Contacting them will give you a better understanding of the steps you will need to take, but below are some basic tips that will apply to all schools.
 
What is financial aid?
 
Financial aid is funding intended to help students cover the cost of attending private schools (tuition, board, fees, etc.). Aid does not have to be repayed (unlike loans).
 
Generally, the endowment of a school correlates directly into the amount of financial aid that can be offered. Each year, a percentage of the budget is set aside for financial aid. Thus, it’s very easy for a boarding school to run out of financial aid. 
 
Tip: sending in all the required documents as soon as possible increases the chances that your student gets an affordable package.
 
What types of financial aid are there?
 
Aid generally comes in two forms: merit based or
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Published   December 19, 2007
What does boarding school life look like? View photos from a variety of boarding schools and see if you can also picture yourself there.
Updated   June 21, 2016 |
International Students: Boarding School Benefits
Boarding school is appealing to both U.S. and international students. Learn why boarding school is a popular option for international students around the world.
Boarding school is appealing to both U.S. and international students. This is why boarding school is a popular option for international students around the world.
 
Who are International Students
 
An international student is a student that holds a foreign (non-U.S.) passport. There are many reasons why boarding school is a popular option for international students around the world.
 
Why Boarding School for International Students?
 
Many international students would like to attend college or university in the United States, but find it difficult to do so. International students may lack the proper guidance when choosing between the thousands of colleges in the United States. Their English skills may also be a problem when applying to an American university. Boarding school helps international students:
  • Improve their English proficiency
  • Help them learn about and gain acceptance to appropriate U.S. universities
  • Adjust to a new culture by providing a smaller, structured environment designed to support non-native English speakers
English Immersion & ESL (English as a Second Language) Courses
 
 It can be difficult to learn English if it is not spoken regularly. In boarding school, international students attend class, play sports, and live with English-speaking students. This creates a helpful environment for learning English. This gives them the chance to make friends and communicate in English on a regular basis.
 
ESL (English as a Second Language) classes offered in boarding schools also help international students learn English more quickly. These classes are generally very small. ESL courses are designed to improve an international student's speaking, reading and writing ability. Boarding schools provide international students
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Updated   June 03, 2017
Considering a U.S. Arts Program?
If the arts are part of your interests and your passion, you should research each school’s available offerings. Spend time reading the school’s literature and visiting its website.
This article was written by the staff of Boarding Schools in the USA.

Arts programs are an especially appealing aspect of selecting a U.S. boarding school. In fact, you may be narrowing your search to U.S. programs because both contemporary and traditional art forms are flourishing in this country and many of our boarding schools excel in arts instruction and practice.
 
To be sure, arts programs vary widely. Some programs specialize in visual art, (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and computer graphics), theatre (acting and theatre design), dance (ballet, jazz or modern), creative writing, music (vocal or instrumental) or filmmaking. Other schools offer relatively little instruction in the arts and specialize more in outdoors activities, military training, and so forth.
 
When choosing a boarding school in the U.S.A. it is important to match your interests and goals as they change over time, with the strengths of the school.
 
If the arts are part of your interests and your passion, you should research each school’s available offerings. Spend time reading the school’s literature and visiting its website. Be sure to look for the qualifications of the teachers, who may themselves be artists, and the range and level of available courses. Examine the facilities available – the theater, studios, and practice rooms. If possible, visit the school yourself.
 
 
You should evaluate whether the arts are your first priority. Arts courses may be just a part of the well-rounded education that
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