The famous ancient Greek philosopher Plato once said:
“The direction in which education starts a man, will determine his future in life.”
Of the many decisions young Americans make – which sports to play, which instrument to learn, which classes to take, and which colleges and universities to apply to, among countless others – the most important decisions concern their education.
Of all those who completed high school in 2016, nearly 70% enrolled in college. Those freshman helped comprise a big part of the approximate 20.5 million students who stepped onto college and university campuses across the country this fall. That’s almost a quarter of a billion people choosing education to determine their future – but that choice doesn’t have to begin after twelfth grade.
With education as a cornerstone in the American life, many Americans are opting to attend boarding schools in order to enhance their learning and ensure preparedness for whatever is coming down the road for them.
Whether a student plans to pursue post-secondary education or take other paths to work towards their goals, the choice to attend boarding school is a tried-and-true way to put you on the path to success.
Of the many reasons why choosing boarding school is an excellent choice, here are but a select few:
1. Boarding School Students Are Surrounded by Inspiring Peers
According to The Association of Boarding Schools, 75% of boarding school students report that they feel their peers are motivated (compared to 71% of private day school students and 49% of public school students). Being surrounded by motivated peers will provide a positive kind of peer pressure for all students to feel inspired to work hard, support those around them, and hold themselves to a higher standard. The positive environment will create a support system of peers who can help you study for an exam, push you a little harder on that project, and pull through for your big speech.
2. Boarding School Students Feel More Prepared for College
Boarding school students boast a 78% rate of feeling prepared for college. This is more than double that of private day school students (in which 36% report feeling prepared) and over three times that of public school students (with only 23% feeling prepared). In 2014-2015, only half of all high school graduates in Connecticut and a mere 31% in Maine met the college readiness benchmarks in their ACT. Boarding school students, with such a high rate of preparedness, face college with a serious advantage, both academically and emotionally.
3. Boarding School Students Experience Future Success in School & at Work
Not only are boarding school students significantly more likely to feel prepared going into college, they are more likely to experience success in college and in the workplace than students who attend private day or public school. For example, 50% of boarding school graduates went on to earn advanced degrees (compared to only 36% of private day and 21% of public school graduates). According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 20-24 year-olds with a bachelor’s degree or higher experience a 13% higher employment rate than those with some college experience (but no bachelor’s degree) and a 22% higher employment rate than their peers who have only a high school diploma. Boarding school students, then, are more likely to get advanced degrees and gain employment.
Beyond boarding school students’ higher employment rate, students are also more likely to achieve a top management position by mid-career and by late-career than their private day and public school counterparts.
4. Boarding School Students Get More Learning Opportunities Outside the Classroom
Boarding school students report higher levels of satisfaction with their learning environment and teachers – but they also spend more time learning outside of the classroom than their peers in private day and public schools.
A boarding school student spends significantly more time learning outside of the classroom – and at Hyde School, that means more opportunities to develop your character and work towards becoming the best you.
For instance, boarding school students spend an average of 47 hours a week doing additional learning through their homework assignments, reading books, practicing music, and playing sports. However, both private day and public school students spend only 31 hours a week on extra-curricular learning – and they spent 4 more hours a week watching television.
George Washington Carver, the scientist and inventor, said that “education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” A holistic education grants its students more opportunities to develop, grow, and achieve in all aspects of their lives. The decision to attend boarding school is a monumental one that will help you find your way down the path of excellence, whether it be excellence in sport, in art, in academics, or in character – or in all things at once. Boarding school places you in a positive environment and provides you with opportunities to thrive in the present and the future.
Watch The Association of Boarding Schools’ video, “The Truth About Boarding School,” for more reasons to chose a boarding school vs. a day or public school. It’s pretty incredible what a boarding school can offer to students!
Want to learn more about a boarding school that will help you find your path to being the best version of yourself? Inquire about Hyde School today!