5 good reasons

5 good reasons

A Foundation for Future Success


TABS believes there are five principal advantages to a boarding school education, and you'll find them reflected in different ways throughout the site.

First, boarding schools provide unequaled academics, supported by small classes and heightened interaction between teachers and students.

Secondly, in the unique residential campus environment in which they live, students are immersed in a special setting that promotes the camaraderie of common experience, friendship among peers, and a trust and honesty with mentors and adults that endures for a lifetime.

Third, boarding schools bestow on students what they have always wanted—the responsibility of appropriate independence. Living on campus provides an unparalleled setting for learning how to live with and among peers, and provides countless teachable moments for mentors to reinforce the myriad lessons of both school and life.

Fourth, boarding school graduates are uniquely prepared for college life. Statistics reveal that graduates, on average, attend the nation's finest universities and arrive at college better prepared for both the academic rigor and social challenges that universities present.

Fifth and finally, boarding school graduates are conditioned for future success. By the time graduates arrive at their first professional job, they're fully prepared for the challenges of adult life. Studies show that they rapidly advance in their professional careers, and are more engaged in their communities than their peers.

For more information on the overall value of  independent schools and tips on choosing a school that’s right for you visit the  National Association of Independent School website.


Five Facts of Boarding School Life

Some findings in a recent study provide compelling support for these central advantages.

The Academic Promise - It's no surprise that more than 60% of students enroll in boarding schools because of the promise of better education. More than 90% of boarding school students find their schools academically challenging, and the figures back it up: boarding school students spend more than twice as many hours (17 to 8) a week on homework than their peers in public schools.

24-Hour Learning - Thanks to the unique and encouraging campus environment boarding schools provide, students are tremendously active outside the classroom. Across the board, boarding school students participate in more extracurricular activities than other students, whether it's exercising and playing sports (12 hours vs. 9 hours), engaging in creative endeavors like music and painting (6 hours vs. 4-5 hours), or participating in student government and club activities (35% vs. 27%).  

Learning to Lead - One distinctive characteristic of boarding schools is that character development counts as much as academics. The environment—in which teachers live among their students, and students live away from home—lends itself to the cultivation of self-discipline and independent thought. Leadership opportunities also emerge. More than three quarters of boarding school students say they have earned leadership opportunities, a far higher percentage than reported by public and private day school students. At the same time, students gain the distinct advantage of regular interaction with their teachers and advisors outside of the academic setting.

College Bound - It's almost universally acknowledged that boarding school environments—through the balance of greater mentor guidance and greater personal responsibility—deliver graduates to university with an unequaled level of preparation. Eighty seven percent of graduates agree, while nearly 80% added that they were equally prepared for the non-academic aspects of college life, including increased independence, social life, and time management.

Getting Ahead - Beyond college, boarding school graduates are more often professionally accomplished and philanthropically active adults. By mid-career, more boarding school graduates achieve top management positions than their peers. More impressively, 60% of alumni give to social service organizations, compared with 46% of graduates of other schools.

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