What is a Prep Boarding School?
In the United States, a “prep school” refers to a college-preparatory school. This is a high school, either private or public, preparing students ages 14-18 for matriculation to university. In boarding prep schools, student reside on campus. College prep boarding schools may be affiliated with a particular faith, completely secular, small or large, rural or suburban. The most elite are characterized by extremely competitive admissions, first-rate facilities and pricey tuition. Best prep schools exist to route students into the most selective US universities.
Do college prep boarding schools really funnel students to elite universities?
While there are many worthy boarding prep schools, the very best in fact have notable success when it comes to placement in top US universities. On average, the top 20 prep schools send nearly one-third of their graduates to the top 10 US colleges. Small class sizes, individualized attention and round-the-clock access to faculty at prep boarding schools form students who are well-prepared for the rigors of university. But it is not just about the academics. Best prep school students are reliable. They will likely make a seamless transition to university and succeed there. It is this predictability this is attractive to top universities. They are more willing to “bet” on these students coming from schools whose graduates succeed in university.
True value of a Prep Boarding School
Besides getting into a top notch university, best prep schools form a self-confident student. Students are characterized by their ease of communication with authority figures. They view chain of command as a pathway to ascend rather than as a limitation. Acquiring these skills and self-assurance is invaluable preparation for life even beyond university.
Five reasons to choose a college prep boarding school
- Programming is geared to the growth and success of a particular type of student.
- Grading and report cards should keep parents informed about what the student is learning inside and outside of the classroom, including descriptive paragraphs detailing achievements and opportunities for growth.
- Teachers actively work to draw students into participation through mentoring and encouragement.
- School fit. The school should meet your student where she stands in her development and, then, grow the student well from there.
- College counseling. The college counselor(s) should work with a very limited number of students. Less than 25 is ideal.