SOURCE: AdmissionsQuest, Inc.

January 15, 2008 13:23 ET

Boarding School Benefits

By Brian Fisher, AdmissionsQuest, Inc.

BELMONT, MA--(Marketwire - January 15, 2008) - Students choose boarding schools for multiple reasons. Small classes, extracurricular opportunities and an edge in college admissions rank highly in the minds of many. Of course these are not the only boarding school benefits. The list below offers key reasons for attending boarding schools.

Boarding School Life

Boarding schools provide a great opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities, some of which you may never have tried -- from athletics to debate. You don't just go to class. You're on an athletic team, play in the jazz band and work as student tour guide for the admission office.

Smaller Scale Academics

Small classes, personal attention and relationships with teachers mean not getting lost or overlooked in the classroom. Be prepared to participate by asking questions and knowing your material.

College Counseling/Academic Guidance

Many boarding schools have dedicated college counselors to guide you through the competitive college admission process. They help you explore the possibilities and zero in on the schools that best fit your talents and interests.

Relationships Beyond the Classroom

You get to know your teachers as people. They don't go home at three o'clock when classes are over; they live with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The classroom is just a small part of a boarding school experience. Some of the most important learning takes place outside of the classroom.

Family Atmosphere

Boarding schools are committed to fostering a tight knit community. Warm, friendly, family-like atmospheres are found in many boarding schools.

A Busy Life

Boarding schools provide structure outside the classroom. Afternoon requirements (athletics, arts, etc.) and evening study hours keep you engaged throughout the day.

Parental Communication

Boarding schools communicate the good and the bad with parents -- a phone call from a teacher or advisor at early signs of struggle isn't uncommon. Nor is it out of the ordinary to hear from the school when their child excels. Parent participation is encouraged -- they want to hear from you.

About AdmissionsQuest

AdmissionsQuest serves as an online resource for students researching and applying to boarding schools. AQ provides school search tools, articles about boarding schools and the admission process and information on affording boarding schools. AQ also offers boarding school placement services through AQ Educational Consulting.

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