Common Myths about Boarding Schools
Written by Craig Rogers, in Section Boarding School News
When one thinks of going to a boarding school, you may already have an idea of what you would be in for thanks to countless movies and books from years past. These preconceived notions, for the most part, could not be further from the truth. Here we will examine a few common myths about attending a boarding school.
Myth: All Boarding School Students are Stuck Up Rich Kids
While in the past, this may have been somewhat true, today things are much different. The vast majority of boarding schools today at least provide information on how to receive some sort of financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships and more.
Myth: If Your Child has a Learning Disability, Boarding Schools are Not for Them
This is false. There are several boarding schools that excel in helping teenagers with learning disabilities such as ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia and more. These schools employ teachers who are skilled at handling students with a learning disability, and can better prepare them for life in the real world.
Myth: All Students Wear Uniforms
While this may be true at some schools, many follow a much looser dress code. Gone are the days where each student has to be in a full suit and tie all day. The majority of boarding schools now have a much more relaxed dress code, usually requiring collars on shirts or regulating skirt/dress length. While this may still be a shock to some public school students, it’s nothing compared to the strict dress codes of boarding schools in the past.
Myth: Diversity is Rare at Boarding Schools
There was a point in time where accepting a student that was not a white male was unheard of. Fortunately, these days have changed, and doors are open where there were only brick walls before. Today, more than a quarter of all boarding students are either students of color or international students, which makes them more diverse than many public schools!
Myth: No One Has Fun at a Boarding School
This again points back to the days of boarding schools past. Many years ago, boarding schools were just a place for parents to send their teenagers who were unruly or out of control. Boarding schools have evolved over the years to what we have today: a diverse, great learning environment for teens to help them grow into young adults.