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The Boarding School Search: Should the Surrounding Town Be a Factor?

A consideration for deciding where to attend a boarding school and your boarding school search could hinge on how easy- or hard- it is to get to the campus. Remote mountains are great for hiking and skiing or snowboarding, but if the only road leading to the school is narrow, or difficult to maneuver in winter, it might also mean it’s for students to travel off campus for activities.

If airports and train stations are hours away, then visits by families may be less frequent. When choosing a boarding school, think about how long it would take to get home for a weekend; if the travel time is so long that you have to turn the car around nearly as soon as you arrive, visits may need to be limited to longer school breaks.

If a school is in an urban setting; transportation won’t be a problem, but the amount of traffic could be. If commuter gridlock is a daily occurrence, pre-planning is required to get to a destination on time. If traveling by car, families may need to leave very early in the morning or late at night to miss the congestion. Other tips include not traveling during busy weekend hours such as Friday or Sunday evening, or finding alternate routes. Even access to commuter trains doesn’t always solve the problem- delays from weather or equipment failure can add hours to the travel time.

Schools in suburbs may have the advantage of not having major traffic problems and being fairly easy to access by car, but a lack of nearby transportation hubs mean students must often rely on a ride from a school bus or van. While Cheshire Academy is nestled in the middle of a suburb, close to New Haven and Hartford, off-campus trips are arranged each weekend by our Student Life office, regularly taking students to activities such as mall trips, paintball, restaurant outings, and more. The campus itself is also situated in a bustling town with local restaurants and coffee shops, making it easy for students explore the neighborhood or acquire essentials by foot.

Whatever boarding school you and your family decide upon, traveling to any of these geographical locations can go more smoothly by signing up for alerts from public transportation agencies or individual airlines. Contact your admission office to learn more about the surrounding area for your school, and check out this previous blog post on Cheshire Academy's location to find more ways you can enjoy the surrounding region of Southern CT!

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Stacy Jagodowski

Written by Stacy Jagodowski

Ms. Jago joined the Cheshire Academy community in August 2013 as the director of strategic marketing and communications. Prior to coming to Cheshire Academy, she spent six years working in communications offices at both colleges and private school, as well as five years in admission at both boarding schools and day schools.

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