If you have a child, his or her education should be one of your biggest concerns. For people who can afford it, a boarding school offers a very unique experience for young people. They are taught not only academics, but many other valuable skills that will benefit them as they grow older. However, all boarding schools are not the same. They have different activities and rules, not to mention completely different curriculum and standards for acceptance. This is why it is so vitally important for parents to do a lot of research before sending their child to a boarding school. Here are some tips that will benefit you in your search.
1. Decide on the type of boarding school
The first thing you will need to do is decide if you want your child to go to a school that is coed or single sex. Will the school have a strong religious element to it? Do you want to find a military school that acts as a boot camp for teenagers? If your child has special needs, you will need to be certain the school is capable of properly taking care of him or her. Once you have determined the type of boarding school you are looking for, you can start to research various schools in that category to find the ones that you can afford.
2. What is your child interested in?
Does your child have a special interest in things such as sports or the arts? If so, you will need to find out if the school offers classes and extracurricular activities that match the specific interests of your child. You should also inquire about transportation. If your child is too young to drive, is transportation to and from events provided by the school? You need to iron out all of the logistical issues prior to sending your child to the school.
3. Visiting the school
If a school fits all of your initial criteria, you will need to make arrangements to visit the school in person. This is the only way you will be able to know for certain if the school is truly a good fit for your child. Much of the information about the school will be gathered during the interview. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to learn about the environment your child is going to be exposed to for the next several years. You should also encourage your child to ask questions during the interview and subsequent tour of the campus.