Our boarding schools in the USA
The advantages of boarding schools
Our boarding schools offer excellent academic programs, lots of sports, incredible recreational opportunities, and a unique way of living together on campus. All this in an exclusive environment with excellent conditions and top facilities.
Choosing the right boarding school
On extended road trips we regularly visit all our boarding schools and maintain intensive contact with the school officials. We get to know our students intensively and then know exactly where they can be happy and successful.
10 Questions to Ask When Considering a Boarding School
This is your child, your child’s education, your child’s future…it’s what we think about as parents all the time and when it’s clear that boarding school is the right option for growth and success, how do you sort it all out? There are hundreds of options to choose from: large and small, near and far, traditional or niche. Which one is right for your unique child?
While all college preparatory boarding schools provide a curriculum for college readiness and placement, it’s also recognizing the makeup of your child, how they connect, and where they are happiest that will help set the table for what to look for in a boarding school.
While the below areas may overlap and are certainly connected, they present a range of areas to consider when narrowing down the field for your child’s best fit.
- Learning profile. Does your child have a learning profile indicating they would benefit from specific academic coaching or extra support? Executive Function needs, processing, access to extra or untimed testing, social/emotional guidance. If you know these factors to be important components for your child’s successful learning, seeking a school with Learning Support and/or Social/Emotional guidance could be the first guidepost in directing you in your school search.
Find the right school for your child.
- The right setting. In what environment is your child happiest? Are open space and fresh air important? Is geography something that matters to them, to your family? Is “familiar” better (staying within a certain few hours)? Or, is freshness the key- a place where they can branch out on their own?
- Culture. What type of cultural space is important for your child to feel “at home away from home” and comfortable? What is the best cultural fit for focused learning and personal growth for your child? Does your child feel most at ease in a uniform, not worrying about what to wear? Is gender-specific education or a religious base a priority? Is it important for your student to have a personal expression in how they dress? Is the tradition of military or an arts-based education in your child’s best interest?
- Structure. Does your child thrive with a predictable routine with most time managed for them, or are they ready to manage limited free time? What level of supervision do they need to be productive? Are they a student who will ask for help when they need it? Or, is integrated support best? Most schools have study halls– but how they present can vary greatly, from supervised to independent to in-class to in-dorm.
- Activities. Does your child have one or more activities that they are passionate about, that are a “must-have” item for their happiness and trajectory? Music lessons, a specific sport or art, an academic area? This can sometimes be a guiding factor. Similarly, what is the activity level of the school for free-time, entertainment, and relaxation? Does your child need directed activity or is free time and freedom to choose more in line with how they interact best?
- Academic rigor and style. Does your student thrive in an environment of honors, IB or AP? Do they rise to the challenge in a competitive classroom? Are they more inclined to glean from collaboration, hands-on, or discussion-based lessons? Sometimes looking at the college placement list can provide insight into what types of students are likely to be the peer group. There are schools that lean one way or the other or have a combination of both.
- Size of school- Ages and grades at the school? Average class size and faculty-student ratio can vary greatly. The size of the community can be important for making connections and for a sense of belonging.
- Diversity and Inclusion. There are schools with high percentage boarding populations or schools with large day populations. There are schools with 5-day boarding programs and schools with rich weekend life. Where do the students come from? Are they all coming with the same background…and is that the same as your children or are they all coming from diverse backgrounds that are inclusive for your child?
- Safety. What is the climate of safety at the school…for both health issues (like Covid protocols) and for overall city/town access. What are the school’s policies around technology, cars on campus, visitors?
- Values. Each school has a mission statement. Each school practices and embraces certain values and qualities that embody the type of experience provided at that school. Following a school’s social media channels and having a chance to speak with Administrators, faculty and current parents can highlight the values celebrated at a school.
There is a great range of schools out there, and one that will be a perfect fit for your child. Starting with some of the above questions as a family will help you determine what items to seek in your child’s next setting. As well, admissions offices want to enroll the students who will be happy, thrive, and succeed at their schools. Having candid conversations about your child’s needs and interests is welcomed and appreciated!
Author: Julie Middleton
Our exceptional boarding schools in the USA
The boarding schools stand out academically as well as athletically, artistically and socially.
The exceptional academic education
Our boarding schools offer optimal teaching conditions. The classes are very small and the teachers are highly trained and motivated. This allows the teachers to meet the needs of our exchange students in a very special way. At the beginning the English language skills of the exchange student may still be a bit bumpy and the intensive supervision helps to catch up quickly.
These schools are academically at a particularly high level. They prepare many students
to study at prestigious universities. The excellent facilities of the schools are another point that makes the experience at a boarding school very exclusive and unique.
The exceptional extracurricular possibilities
At our boarding schools there are unlimited possibilities to pursue one’s passion. Whether sport, art, music or theatre, in all these areas we have schools with fantastic opportunities for our students.
This is why it is so important for us to get to know our students intensively and to know what is important to them and what they are particularly good at. At some schools, acting in particular is furthered in a drama club. Elsewhere the focus is more on music and the marching band is very good or the school orchestra plays at a high level.
Sport occupies a very special place in US society. It teaches important values such as teamwork, fairness and discipline. Personal development, fun, health and camaraderie are furthered and contribute to a balanced school education.
Our boarding schools all have fantastic sports facilities, dedicated and passionate coaches. They differ in the level of the competition. We get to know our students intensively before they are accepted into the program. This enables us to ensure that we also find the right school for their level of performance from a sporting point of view. Through our own experience in sports, we know what is important for athletes.
The exceptional social life
Boarding schools in the USA offer students a very special experience. The everyday life there cannot be compared to boarding schools in Germany. The sense of community is at the center and the students are cared for all around very intensively. They live together with advisors and teachers and their families. This makes for a family atmosphere and a close-knit community. It’s through this intensive contact that one gains faster connection and many new friends are made very quickly. Many activities are carried out together, both in everyday life during the week and in the comprehensive weekend programs.
The boarding schools are attended by many international students from different cultural backgrounds. In addition to the American culture, the students also come into contact with these other cultures. This promotes the tolerance of our students and contributes to international understanding.
School fees: additional
Accommodation: on campus
Min. stay: 5 months / 1 semester
Max. stay: 4 school years
Age: 14-18 years old
Early bird discount: $ 300,- for booking until 31.10.2022
The visa application/SEVIS application costs about 450 €.
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