When evaluating the top Boarding Schools in the country the task can be a bit daunting, unless you have a personal jet to fly around the country, which I do not. What do most people think of when they hear Boarding School? Verdant landscapes, ugly sweaters, blazers, and plaid skirts, oh and let’s not forget the high academics, and even higher tuition bills attached to these influential and exclusive institutions. The products of such elite programs are proof enough that although the cost is high, the rewards are tremendous. These are the schools that produce Judges and CEO’s, Nobel Prize winners, and Olympians. Many Philanthropists, Ambassadors, and the innovators of the future graduate from Boarding schools. The education offered to students through boarding schools like Asheville, St. George’s School or the Putney School is of highest esteem.
At the top of nearly every list there are a few constants; the reasons vary, but there is one commonality, which is distinction. Among the very exclusive boarding schools there are Exeter Academy, located in New Hampshire, they boast 450 courses and 19 subjects, and offer customized learning and a faculty of advanced degree holders. The second on the list will be the Phillips Academy in Andover Massachusetts, they are one of the oldest boarding schools in the US. Offering an exceptional curriculum of the Harknes method, as well as a wide variety of music classes. Third on my list would be the Putney School, located in Vermont, providing students with a hands on education that is both rigorous and unique. The Putney school ensures that their graduates gain entrance to some of the best Ivy league schools, to include Yale, Columbia and Cornell. To sum up my short list I would offer the Church Farm school located in Pennsylvania, originally an all-boy’s preparatory academy. In addition to required attendance to weekly chapel services, they have a co curriculum program that provides opportunities for community service, cultural arts, and leadership training.
Our future certainly lies with our youth and their success. When choosing a boarding school, the costliness, or extravagance should not be the main focus, it should be the skills, and knowledge that will produce a successful college candidate and student. Boarding schools have proven that an elite and specialized education will optimize the chances for academic and life-long success. There are many, many schools to choose from and the selection process is intimidating at best. In this day and age even Boarding schools offer financial assistance to well-educated and qualified students, so that any driven, and gifted student may be eligible.