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What is a boarding school and what are its benefits?

A boarding school provides education for teenagers who live on campus, as opposed to traditional public schools. The word "boarding" is used in the sense of "room and board." It is not always a straightforward process determining the best education route for your child. For countless parents, there are few decisions more meaningful than whether to choose a traditional school experience or a boarding school for their child.

Discussing the advantages of boarding schools

Boarding school eliminates distractions - Boarding schools provide teenagers with safe surroundings where they can immerse themselves in academics, healthy extracurricular activities and positive social connections.

Why Send Your Child To Boarding School?

Boarding schools provide personalized educational attention - Smaller class sizes and trusting relationships with teachers build an all-inclusive ecosystem.

Boarding schools provide teens an environment that encourages the development of life skills and their own natural abilities - In the company of other young people and well-trained staff, students have around-the-clock opportunities to foster their important life skills and their own personal interests.

Alternative boarding schools can help individuals with emotional or behavioral struggles - These schools employ expert counselors who specialize in helping teens overcome unique challenges.

Boarding schools offer remarkable arts and athletics programs — Public schools may corner the market on football and basketball. But for children who have talents for activities like horseback riding, dance, science, rugby, or sculpting, most public schools won’t offer opportunities to explore these interests.

Boarding schools provide teens continued guidance - Teachers regularly serve as dorm parents and participate in school activities.

Why Send Your Child To Boarding School?

When to consider a therapeutic boarding school

While the academic benefits of boarding schools are evident, many parents will be more focused on the remedial services provided by a therapeutic boarding school.

Even healthy and generally well-behaved teenagers undergo periods of mood and behavioral shifts that can lead to unusual or explosive behavior. But how can a parent ascertain if these changes are becoming truly problematic, and possibly in need of treatment?

Within a family, it is natural to get caught up in minute issues that are irritating but have little to no long-term influence on our teens. We, as parents, need to learn how to evaluate our child’s level of struggle and decide what is considered a core problem that could require professional treatment, and what may simply be a symptom of something typical in teenagers. As parents, we need to make sure that we are approaching poor behavior with the proper strategy and getting to the source of the issues when behaviors are unusually problematic for the child’s future.

Below are five strong indications that suggest if teens have become unstable and potentially on the decline.

1. Withdrawing from family and friends. Underlying Cause: Guilt, shame, lack of clear and accepting communication with family members.

2. Spending more and more time with new friends who engage in problematic behavior. Underlying Cause: Lack of perceived attention and acceptance from family.

3. Lying is becoming routine. Underlying Cause: Lack of trust by the teen in how their parents will react to the truth.

4. Demonstrates severe fluctuations in mood and demeanor. Underlying Cause: Lack of self-awareness and emotional discipline.

5. Elusive interactions are becoming the standard. Underlying Cause: Feelings of inferiority, shame, and guilt.

Makana Leadership Academy enlists knowledgeable specialists who are passionate about our mission, which is to render "superior care" to our youth, to address the deficiencies of the current options available to families. We do this through continuous, daily engagement into mental, physical, emotional, and social challenges, addressing the health of our students "holistically," with our 4 Dimensions of well-being.

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