How Boarding School Prepares Students for College

When students apply to boarding school, it’s often with the ultimate goal of getting into a top college, and for good reason: 87% of students who attend boarding school say they feel prepared for college. According to The Association of Boarding Schools, the figures are not as impressive for other types of schools: only 39% of public school students claim they are ready to take on college or university-level learning. But how exactly do boarding schools prepare you for college? Let’s take a look:

Boarding Schools Offer Exceptional Academics and Extracurriculars

Boarding schools are known for having rigorous academic programs and often go above and beyond the state’s minimum curriculum requirements. As a result, students feel more challenged and better prepared to take on college academics. In addition to their academics, boarding schools often require that students participate in two or three sports and afterschool activities. This heavy schedule helps students develop strong work ethics and time management skills, all before attending college.

Students Learn Independence

Students who attend boarding school receive a better preview of college life than students at a day school. Why? Because boarding school students live in dorms on campus, instead of at home with their families. This allows them to experience what it’s like to live independently, but in a more supportive environment than you might find at college. From laundry and room cleanliness to waking up on time and balancing work and social life, boarding school challenges students to make responsible decisions.

Students Receive Individual Instruction

Most boarding schools, like The Kiski School, boast small class sizes. Research shows that small classes encourage students to not only keep up with their lessons but to excel in academia. According to this report from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), students of smaller classes “tend to be as much as one to two months ahead in content knowledge, and they score higher on standardized assessments.” These smaller class sizes also allow for more personal attention for students and no chance of getting overlooked in discussions. This supportive environment means students receive even more opportunities for success.

Students Are Guided Through the College Application Process

Another benefit of attending boarding school, particularly when it comes to preparing for college, is the assistance students receive during the college application process. From providing help with researching colleges and universities to reviewing financial aid and scholarships, College Counseling offices work with students and their families to help them find the best fit colleges and universities.

The Kiski School has a 100 percent college attendance rate and about 80% of students attend one of the top 100 institutions in the nation as ranked by U.S. News. Interested in learning more about how Kiski can help prepare your son for college? Contact us or schedule a visit!
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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.

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