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Boarding Schools

Boarding schools are a boon for many parents. These schools provides stability to the children of parents who are continuously relocating. There are pros and cons of boarding school. The decision to send a child to a boarding school should not be taken in haste. Weigh the pros and cons before deciding on a boarding school.

In India, many parents are faced with the boarding school enigma. Should we or shouldn't we send our children away from us? Clearly, boarding schools present a more varied set of challenges when it comes to teen development, both for parents and children. Often, parents that relocate to different places due to work opt for boarding schools to remove discontinuities in their child's education. It can be emotionally unsettling for teens to repeatedly leave their friends and familiar surroundings behind. Thus, boarding school provides a greater level of stability in terms of the overall educational and social environment for the teen. Moreover, boarding schools offer ample extra-curricular activities that allow teens to better explore their interests and potential. Many people who went to non-residential schools lament the fact that their teachers did not know them well enough to contribute more effectively to their overall development.

However, parents that send their teens to boarding schools have fewer day-to-day interactions and significantly less time to spend with their teens during their formative years. As a result, many parents complain that they could not fully and effectively contribute to the teen's development due to time and proximity constraints. On the other hand, teachers in boarding schools complain that they do not get enough support from parents who tend to rely excessively on the school. Above all, many boarding school alumni have one predominant complaint - homesickness.

The boarding school decision clearly must account for a large number of factors. The particular teen's personality, emotional needs, the quality and environment of the boarding school being considered, the type of the school (co-ed or single-sex), the distance, the parents' commitment to staying in touch with the child are some of the concerns that need to be accounted for in the decision. The ultimate decision will clearly be based on the individual analysis of the family given their own unique needs and circumstances. It must be noted that the boarding school decision is not a zero sum game. Parents must be forthright enough to pull their teen out of boarding schools if they realize that it is not working out well for the child.

The boarding school debate is endless. Without a doubt, the decision to send teenagers to boarding schools should be based on a thoughtful analysis of the child in question in light of the unique challenges associated with growing up away from home. To provide you a reference point, we offer the following list of some prominent pros and cons with regards to boarding schools.

Saklani's List of Pros & Cons for Boarding Schools


1. Greater scope for independent and experiential learning
2. More self-reliance and time management
3. More opportunities for teamwork and to explore interests/potential
4. Teachers get to know and understand the students well
5. Better opportunity for self-assessment through extra-curricular     activities
6. Lifelong friendships and traditionally stronger alumni networks


1. Homesickness and fewer bonding opportunities with parents
2. Lack of well-rounded social exposure
3. More affected by teacher favoritism
4. Inferiority complex from seeing others excel in sports and academics
5. Close interaction between teens from different socio-economic     backgrounds may cause resentments and insecurity
6. Possibility of falling into destructive groups/cliques

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Kritika.4 years ago
These days parents are very selective in choosing the right school for their children in terms of quality education, co-curricular activities, facilities, etc. They want their children to attend a school that exposes them to various extra-curricular activities from an early age, besides the basic education. My daughter have been studying at Candor International School since 3 years and we can see great progress in them. Their performance has not just improved academically but also in activities.
Mac.4 years ago
In today's busy life, where both parent are busy, isn't weekly boarding a better option for a childs allround well being. Please let us know on our survey @
Nitu.7 years ago
How is B K Birla Boarding school which is near Pune?
Jhanvi.8 years ago
i also feel that my son should also learn is boarding school. studing in boarding school will definately improve him. but i cannot live away from my son..
Brenau Mom.8 years ago
both good and bad exist with boarding school. be sure that you are sending your child to an environment that is exactly what you expect. we sent our daughter to brenau and regret ever doing so. she has been exposed to people that we would never let her associate with. worst of all the school wants no parental evolvement and the staff is less than supportive of the students. emotionally they are on their own, learn self doubt and to trust nobody. so if you don't care about your child and want to get rid of them...... send them to brenau!
ahmed.8 years ago
i looking for great bording school for my kids he is year 7 now please let me know about your school,

sffutt.8 years ago
i sent my son to a boarding school when he was sixteen the worst in yhe world academy at ivy ridge their all over the world they abuse them cousel sexly touch girls they lock them in a room in on drugs and leave them their for days there punshiment is to lay on the floor with your face down no phone call also watch what they write home if they are try to say somthing about the school they will though it away they feed they very bad cheese sandwich not toasted no second for dinner dirty water in the bld look un help teens cousel train the older student to make it look good they earn point
rob gurjansky.8 years ago
i attended the academy at ivy ridge from december 3rd 2002 until augutst 11th 2003. it wus the worst 8 and a half months of my life. i saw many kids abused through over excessive restraints by staff and administration literally beat kids in separate rooms. geroge tulip, "chef dave" and mr. finlinson where the most feared people in the building. the academy at ivy ridge is a scam for desperate parents money. i never really recieved any credit for all the classes i completed there and i was way behind my peers reguular curriculum at home so no wi am struggling in school. i believe that air has given me a new persepective on life and how it was in there but really nobody shoudl be subjected to that and i am still goin through therapy now to get closure with myself and air.
sarah.8 years ago
whatever you do do not send your child to mission mountain school. myself and many alumni feel it was abusive. go to and then to the forum to learn more.
nick.8 years ago
i also feel that my son needs to learn more about his culture and where he is from
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