Before enrolling your child in a boarding school, you’ll probably want to make sure that they are in a boarding school that they love. There’s no better way to see if they’ll be learning in a safe and encouraging environment where they’ll receive the best attention and education available than by scheduling a school visit. Here are some tips to help you decide whether boarding school is right for your family during your campus visit:
There are several things for you to consider before enrolling your child at a boarding school. In addition to academics, you have to consider athletics, learning support, extracurricular activities, safety, college counseling services, and more. Here are a few questions to ask when visiting a boarding school campus:
What academic classes are available?
You’re investing in this boarding school by enrolling your child so you want to make sure you’re getting your return on investment. Will your child receive the best education? What kind of academic opportunities will they have? During your campus visit, make sure you check out the academic courses offered by the school. You should also explore the classrooms and take note of any extraordinary learning spaces the campus offers that makes it unique from any others. Does it have a makerspace? A college counselor, a large and comprehensive library? All of these special offerings will give your child a leg up upon graduation.
How many extracurricular opportunities are there?
Many boarding schools don’t have large student populations so it may not be possible to accommodate all interests. Some schools might overlook the arts in order to cater to sports or vice versa. Other boarding schools, such as The Kiski School, are able to cater to all of their students interests from athletics and art to music and creative writing. You should also ask about leadership roles for your child. Volunteering and collaborating through our leadership and character development program, community service, and extracurricular activities are great ways to build character and develop valuable leadership skills.
Is this a safe environment where your child will be able to learn without disruption?
While you’re on campus, you should be able to explore and learn as much as you can about the school. Some of your priorities while exploring should be to check out the dorms, sample the dining services at the cafeteria, meet the faculty and staff, and understand the school’s rules and regulations. Understanding the school rules and paying attention to the quality of supervision will give you an idea of whether your child will be safe there. It’s also important to observe the environment that school is located in. It is somewhere that you would feel safe sending your child? These are all important questions to ask yourself.
Boarding schools like The Kiski School will often surpass your expectations. You can learn more about the most exceptional boarding school by visiting our website,scheduling a visit, or attending one of our open houses. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States. Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.