Even if you're just starting your boarding school research, there's a good chance you already have an impression of what boarding schools are like. Perhaps you have read The Catcher in the Rye or A Separate Peace. Or maybe you saw Dead Poets Society or School Ties.
These stories, while entertaining, take place in boarding school settings which are quite different from what you will actually find today. Last year, we tackled 5 common boarding school misconceptions
, but there are still some additional myths that can make you mistakenly think that you wouldn't fit in at boarding school:
1. Diversity is rare at boarding schools.
More than a quarter
of all boarding students are either students of color or international students. Boarding schools are generally more diverse than public schools - they actively seek diversity
and draw from many geographic areas whereas local schooling options are dependent on neighborhood living patterns where populations tend to concentrate along ethnic or socio-economic lines. Also, boarding schools create more meaningful opportunities for different students to interact with one another. Whether in the dorms, classrooms or playing fields, you'll always be surrounded by a diverse population that you'll inevitably get to know throughout the year.
2. Boarding school is for kids who are having trouble at home or school.
There are two types of boarding schools: college-preparatory boarding schools and therapeutic boarding schools. The two are sometimes confused and can cause misperceptions that boarding schools are only for kids who are having trouble at home or school.
College-preparatory boarding schools, such as The Kiski School, are geared for motivated students who are looking to explore new opportunities. College-preparatory boarding schools are often ideal choices for students who are already doing generally well at school and at home, but would simply like to find new challenges. These types of boarding schools are not appropriate choices for students with drug, alcohol, or behavioral problems. The key objective of these boarding schools is to prepare students for college
through rigorous academics.
3. It will be hard to keep in touch with my family.
Boarding school students and their families are fortunate in that it's easier than ever to stay connected. The internet, in particular, is redefining how students and their families communicate. Boarding schools offer internet access for their students, with most schools having access in each dorm room. Depending on the school and its policies, cell phones can also be helpful in keeping families connected. Students also have the option of going home on the weekends to spend time with family, if desired.
4. Boarding schools are for academically gifted students.
Boarding schools accept students from all walks of life – you don’t have to be academically brilliant to attend. Since boarding schools are student
focused, they have a track record of bringing out the best in students and encouraging them to achieve their true potential. Living and studying in an environment that encourages academic success will help a student excel even if he is not in his mind academically gifted.
At The Kiski School, we designed our curriculum and created a nurturing environment specifically for boys who want to reach their full potential. If you’re interested in learning more about Kiski and how we help our students succeed, contact us or schedule a visit!