The term boarding school refers to a residential campus that, among other things, prepares its students for college work. Incidentally, many boarding schools include “college preparatory” in their names.

Are boarding schools mixed gender?

What Does Boarding School Mean

As of this writing, there are over 300 boarding schools in the U.S. Of these 300 schools, 100 are single-gender institutions, leaving two-thirds of boarding schools co-educational.

What kind of boarding schools are there?

Like most institutions of learning, there are various types and sub-types of boarding schools. For example, some sub-types are designed to assist those who require extra, around-the-clock assistance due to special needs such as ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning differences.

There are alternative residential treatment programs known as therapeutic boarding schools designed to treat teenagers with disciplinary issues. In these types of boarding schools, students are treated for underlying, mental, and emotional health-related problems that cause them to act out in negative behaviors.

Types of boarding schools

Types of boarding schools
  • College-Preparatory Boarding Schools
  • Military Schools
  • Religious Boarding Schools
  • Junior Boarding Schools
  • Therapeutic Boarding Schools

While there are various types, there is one thing that all boarding schools have in common, and that is an added emphasis on education.

Boarding schools employ highly skilled educators

The vast majority of boarding schools, regardless of type or sub-type, are highly committed to providing an optimal education for their students. After all, many of these schools designate themselves as ‘college preparatory schools,’ some even putting it in their institution’s name.

Employing highly trained teachers with advanced degrees - which most reputable boarding schools do - reflects this dedication to higher learning.

Where do boarding school students live?

Whether it is preparing their students for advanced college courses or assisting troubled teenage boys and girls in overcoming mental, emotional, and behavioral issues, all boarding school students must be removed from outside distractions and influences. That said, all ‘true’ boarding schools require their students to live on campus (usually, year-round).

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