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Choosing the right boarding school to attend

 

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Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to boarding school, and now it’s time to decide where to enroll. Choosing the right boarding school to attend is a big step, so here are three tips to help you make your decision.

1. Attend a Revisit Day

Most schools offer Revisit Days for accepted students to give them a second or third chance to visit campus and get a feel for the community. These events often allow students to visit classes, talk to teachers and coaches, interact with students, and get a feel for daily life at the school—including the dining hall! Visiting campus is an important part of deciding how well you might fit in at boarding school, so be sure you take advantage of every opportunity to do so.

 

2. Review Your Must-Haves

Every student should have a list of things they must have in a school. It might be a strong academic program, a particular sport, arts opportunities, or even geographic location. Whatever your must-haves might be, make sure the schools to which you’ve been accepted offer what you need and want for a successful high school career.

 

3. Still Not Sure? Ask to Talk to Current Students

Boarding schools are often happy to put you in touch with other students and their families to ask questions about the school. Where to spend the next four years of your life is an important decision, so gather as much information as you need.

 

Once you’ve made your decision, be sure to let the boarding schools know, both the one where you will attend and those where you will not. Often, schools have waiting lists of students who will receive acceptances should a space open up. Letting a school know that you won’t attend allows them the chance to offer your spot to another candidate.

Congratulations on your boarding school acceptance, and good luck!

 

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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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