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Picking the Best Boarding School

 

It’s spring time, and that means boarding schools have sent out their acceptance decisions. Many students apply to multiple schools, which means the potential to receive several acceptances! This can be very exciting, but it also means you have to make some difficult decisions. Don’t fear though, we’ve got three tips that can help you figure out the best boarding school to attend.

 

Visit (or visit again)

The easiest way to pick the best boarding school for you is to actually spend time on campus. Many boarding schools offer Revisit Days, which are events designed specifically for accepted students to help them get a better idea of what life is like there. You’ll tour the campus, maybe attend a class, meet students, and have a chance to ask lots of questions about life on campus.

Ask Questions

Especially when you visit campus, asking questions is the best way to figure out if the school is the place for you to be for high school. Ask your tour guide about making friends, dorm life, activities, and even what the food is like. Ask teachers about classes you might take, how much homework is assigned, and what you’ll do if you need extra help. Ask coaches about practice schedules, how much game time you can expect your first year, and what level team you might play on to start.

Compare Packages

If you’ve applied for financial aid, then take your aid packages into consideration and see who gave you the best offer. If there are significant differences in awards from school to school, that can play a big part in your decision making. But, remember to take into consideration travel expenses. You may have received more aid from the school that’s 2,000 miles away, but your travel costs to and from campus need to be taken into consideration.

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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