Sending your child to boarding school is a big decision. This is especially true if your child is going to attend a school that is far away from you.
Remember when you used to worry about your child going away to college?
Well, having them attend a boarding high school bumps that timeline up and brings that worry, amongst many others, front, and center.
There are many things to fear when your child goes to a new school. But don’t worry, you’re not the only one with these fears. And today, we are going to address some of the most common worries parents of boarding high schoolers have so you can rest a little easier when making this big decision for you and your child.
Will My Child be Safe?
This is a a genuine worry, mainly because at the time your child attends boarding school, they are still a minor. And, without you around most of the time to dictate what is happening in your child’s life, it can be very worrisome to hand that responsibility over to someone else.
That said, boarding schools take the safety of all their students very seriously. In fact, when you enroll your child into a boarding school, the contract signed strictly outlines that the boarding school is to act in loco parentis while your child attends.
This means that while your child attends boarding school, the school has taken on the legal responsibility of your child and will function in part as a parent to ensure their safety at all times.
This also means the boarding school will be allowed to act in the best interest of your child, while at the same time not violate your child’s civil liberties.
In other words, your child will be safe while attending boarding school.
Will My Child Excel Academically?
If you are thinking about placing your child in boarding school, you know that the academic rigor far surpasses that of any public school. And, while it’s good to challenge students out of their comfort zone so they can succeed later on in college, it is not unusual to worry that your child may struggle too much.
The thing is, to be accepted into boarding school, your child has to undergo a serious application process. Not only will they be interviewed by the admissions staff, there will also be essays to submit and test scores as well.
If your child has been accepted into boarding school, this is a sure sign the admissions staff feels confident your child will excel. And, any time your child does have problems, there are always resources available to help.
Will My Child Get Into A Good College?
The whole point of enrolling your child in boarding school is to help them further their academic career. For most, this means giving your child the right skills and knowledge to get into a good university.
Most boarding schools will know well ahead of time which universities your child is likely to get into based on their performance at the boarding school. Plus, throughout their entire academic career at boarding school, your child will team up with an advisor to help them reach their dreams and get into the college of their choice.
In the end, it is natural to worry about our children. However, placing your child in boarding school is not intended to be a burden, to you or your child. Instead, it is a helpful stepping-stone for giving your child their best shot in the world.