You might have caught my recent post, "Boarding Schools for Girls." As you may have guessed, there are boarding schools for boys, too! All too often, people assume that boarding schools for boys are only for troubled teens, boys in need of therapeutic services, and military schools. While yes, there are boarding schools for boys that fill all three of those requirements, there are also a number of schools that serve the needs of the most academically, artistically, and athletically gifted boys. What makes a boys' school different?
Boys boarding schools are often among the most competitive, requiring top entrance exam scores, stellar academic records, and active involvement in extracurricular activities. They offer these standout students a chance to focus on their studies without the distraction of girls around. And, we know that science has proven that each gender develops differently, which means in an all-boys classroom, the teacher can utilize on pedagogy that focuses on the ways in which boys learn best. Studies have shown that boys in a single-sex school may perform better academically than their peers at coeducational institutions.
Gender Stereotypes Eliminated
Traditional stereotypes pin boys as athletic and girls as artistic. But in a single-sex school, boys and girls are front and center in both arenas. Most boarding schools require students to engage in both arts and athletics, which means, there are no gender stereotypes. Boys are the only ones in the arts classes and they all must take them. In an all boys school, there are no girls to take the lead in English, languages, and arts classes. The removal of gender stereotypes also helps boys become engaged in activities that they may be more inclined to avoid in a coeducational setting, and for some, that means discovering a passion that can inspire a new career path.
Discipline and Structure
When genders are separated, it's not uncommon to see fewer disciplinary issues. The gender-specific environment reduces superficial competition and increases the level of seriousness that allows students to better focus on school and their activities. Students are more engaged in their work thanks to the lack of interference from coeducational social dynamics. This means, students are less likely to get caught up in antics and drama, which leads to fewer disciplinary issues. The structure of a single-sex school also eliminates the constant comparison of the two genders in regards to dress code, activities, and overall performance.
Types of Boarding Schools for Boys: More than Just Military Schools
Yes, there are military schools for boys, but did you know that there are 21 military schools in the U.S. and Canada and only 13 of them are all boys? It's true, and all 13 are considered college preparatory. However, there are 26 other all boys boarding schools without the military component, including college preparatory schools, religious schools (most of which are college prep also), and even junior boarding schools for students in grades 5-9.
Single-sex schools, including all girls schools, are designed to best serve the needs of each gender, giving students a unique opportunity to succeed. While this environment isn't right for everyone, for some, it's the best way to ensure they reach their fullest potential.
An all-boys boarding school isn't the only way for boys to experience the benefits of boarding school, though. If a single-sex boarding school isn't right for you, consider coeducational schools like Cheshire Academy. These schools also offer rigorous academics, competitive athletics, and rich arts programs for students.