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The Ultimate Boarding School Definition


Sure, you can look it up in a dictionary, but the basic boarding school definition will leave you less than informed. We’ve got the ultimate boarding school definition that you won’t find anywhere else. 

Search for “boarding school definition” on Google and you’ll see:

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But what does this boarding school definition actually tell you? That you’ll live at school. What doesn’t this definition tell you? A lot.

Boarding school gives you a chance to meet students from all over the world.

There aren’t many places you can go where you’ll meet as many people from different walks of life. Schools like Cheshire Academy pride themselves on being diverse communities with students from more than 30 countries and 20 US states. In fact, Cheshire Academy was amongst the first schools to welcome international students, starting in the mid 1800s. Plus, many boarding schools welcome local students to campus as part of a day program, meaning those students don’t reside on campus. That’s a bonus for boarding students because it means they can often sign out for a weekend away from campus with day student friends and get to know the local area even more.

Boarding school can help you achieve greater academic success.

Students aren’t the only ones who live on campus at boarding school; teachers live on campus, too. What does that mean? Boarding school students aren’t limited to the traditional school day to meet with teachers. At boarding schools, it’s common to find students and teachers working together in the morning, either at breakfast or in the classroom, as well as after school hours. Study halls at night are proctored by teachers, giving you another chance for support outside of the traditional academic day. AND … boarding schools are known for offering small classes and providing lots of personal attention, meaning you won’t get lost in the crowd.

Boarding school gives you the chance to try new things.

A well-rounded educational experience is at the heart of every boarding school experience. From exciting weekend activities and academic field trips to ample arts offerings, which are usually a required part of the academic curriculum, and three seasons of sports, boarding schools spare no expense on providing students with opportunities to try new things. Students are usually required to take arts and participate in sports, meaning even the most inexperienced artists and athletes can learn new skills and practice new crafts. Schools like Cheshire Academy even offer their own on-campus Ropes Course, which means you get to swing from the trees and test your tight rope skills as part of class work, leadership training, or even an afternoon activity.

Boarding school gives you the chance to travel to new places.

With students coming from all over the world, quick trips home aren’t always possible. That’s why boarding schools offer plenty of travel opportunities to keep students engaged during vacations and long weekends. If you’re a Cheshire Academy student, you might find yourself traveling around the country or even the world to places like Costa Rica over spring break for a community service trip, Florida for spring training if you’re a varsity athlete, or Machu Picchu in Peru to explore the area. The opportunities to travel beyond the campus are endless. Not to mention the trips around the local area! Schools like Cheshire Academy are located within driving distance to major cities like New York and Boston, which means students can expect plenty of trips. You’ll likely also visit local amusement parks, museums, and maybe even attend plays on Broadway!

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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