At some point you may have considered sending your child to a boarding school. If so, you will want to familiarize yourself with the concept.
Typical boarding schools have all necessary buildings on site, while a few will require pupils to travel to other places throughout the neighborhood, so be sure to be aware of this before enrolling your child if it is important to you that he/she stays put throughout the day.
Since your child will be living at the school for the biggest part of the year dormitories will be provided for their sleeping and living needs. A public dining room, libraries, as well as television rooms are shared with other students. Some boarding schools have private cubicles where the children can concentrate while doing homework. Fifty students may live in each house. This will require making adjustments not only in life-style, but in attitude as well. Living with so many people with differing personalities and back grounds can be trying, but can be a rich source for growing emotionally and culturally.
Students will not only benefit from the academic provisions, they may have advantages of many extra-curricular activities such as sports, music and games that may be enjoyed after classroom hours.
Many feel boarding schools help promote healthful attitudes and habits, such as respect for others, confidence and indepence, responsibility and interests in areas they would otherwise not be privileged to become familiar with.
In the past boarding schools were available to only the wealthy. These days, boarding schools can be a possibility to all, in spite of financial means, through grants. Children are encouraged to be themselves, which promotes a strong sense of community and friendliness.
There are usually three terms, lasting thirteen weeks each, so children go home several times throughout the year to be with their family.
It is a big decision, with pros and cons, but with a little foresight the right choice for your child is not far away.