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Day School vs Boarding School: Whats best for your child?

This is a question that is asked in many homes as the child starts to finish primary school. There are pros
and cons of both education formats and the answer really lies not in the format but in the lifestyle and
priorities of the parents.

A Case for Day Schooling

Education in formative years requires an effort both at home and at school. In the two to five years age
group, the role and responsibility of inculcating the initial values and daily habits in a child lie with the
parents. This requires constant love and attention by both parents and maximum time with the child is

Most homes today are nuclear families and in most cases, both parents work to earn a living. This poses
severe challenges in allotting time and attention to a child when it needs it most. Day care centers do not
and cannot address these needs. They only offer basic daily needs of the child. In cases where the
grandparents stay in the same home, the issue is better addressed but still not good enough as the child
still needs parental inputs and care.

The inter-personal relations and communication between parents have a major impact on children as they
are most susceptible to impressions at an early age and these stay on for a lifetime. So if there are
arguments and fights at home or if there are lifestyle issues of excess drinking, smoking, partying etc at
home, the child does get affected which may or may not be visible in the early years.

In such a scenario, its always better to shift your child to a boarding school. The best age to admit your
child to a boarding school is around seven years. Some may argue a little earlier while some may support
a later admission. Its a matter of personal preference, however, seven or eight years is a good age.

There are several advantages of a Day school. The child is always within view and is exposed to all kinds
of information, entertainment and awareness, at all times, something that Boarders miss out on. Its often
seen that when a Boarding school student returns home for holidays and interacts with his friends at
home, the difference in general knowledge and awareness of events around us is lacking. Before
television, internet and mobile came on, the gap between boarders and day scholars was wider. This gap
has now narrowed. The Boarders are now better informed of events happening in the country and the

Perspective on Day schooling

Disadvantages of Day School

The biggest drawback of keeping a child in a day school is pampering by the parents. This has nothing to
do with the school but staying at home does impact the childs development. The problem lies not so
much in each home but the fact that all children are exposed to varying degrees of indulgence, depending
on their parents economic status and therefore a child may or may not be privileged to get material
benefits and lifestyle of other children. This economic inequality unfortunately leads to leads social
hierarchy amongst children.

A simple thing like a car picking up a student vs using the school bus or a luxury car picking up the child
vs a basic model, can have a negative impact on the student. Money spent at the school canteen or over
the weekends can make or break friendships.
A day school tends to have more children per class than a boarding school and therefore individual
attention to a student becomes difficult. The class teachers involvement with each student is only for that
year. The advantage however, is that the competition is greater and therefore the pressure to achieve is

Perspective on Boarding School

Advantages of Boarding School

A boarding school is a good solution to parents that cannot devote too much time to the child or are living
in an area that is not conducive to bringing up a child.

Boarding schools have several benefits. Firstly, all children get equal attention and all get the same
benefits and follow the same lifestyle. All good boarding schools give maximum attention to overall
development of a student and this starts with inculcating discipline to follow daily routine and rules. After
the initial missing home period, the positive transformation in a young entrant to a boarding school is
very visible, within the first six months of admission.

All students are kept adequately occupied through a well-balanced daily routine in academics, sports and
other co-curricular activities. Students begin to love the lifestyle and many are reluctant to return home
during holidays. In fact, once holidays begin, they cant wait to get back which leaves many parents a tad
disappointed but amused.

Another advantage is that given the smaller number of students and full time interaction with the teachers,
the teachers develop a close bonding with students as they are very involved with the students
development in all aspects of emotional, physical, academic or sport and can monitor the progress far
better than any teacher in a day school. This is the reason that students develop lifelong attachment and
respect with their Boarding school and teachers.

The best part of living in a boarding school is that each student is taught to be independent and to take
care of his own needs. Each student is exposed to all aspects of leadership through his time at school and
the overall development is more balanced. Parents who have studied in boarding schools will swear by
the benefits of overall development of a child.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Day School Over Boarding School

The wide variety of different schools can often be overwhelming and one of the toughest
decisions is whether to opt for day or boarding. Listed below are five reasons why parents
choose day schools instead of boarding schools.

1. Expense

Boarding schools now come at a vast expense. An analysis by the Good Schools Guide shows
that the average annual cost is 27,600, before allowing for any extras. In comparison the
average day schools cost 11,709 per year. The Killik Private Education Index shows that fees
have increased by more than 300% since 1990 (at roughly four times the rate of inflation).
Staggeringly, if current trends continue we will be looking at fees of 61,000 by 2027. It is
undeniably something to consider carefully before committing.
2. Keeping your children at home

There is really no rush to send your child away from home, particularly from a very young age.
Upon leaving school, your children will become increasingly independent and may not ever live
at home again. With this in mind, it seems sad to only get a decade or so under the same roof!

3. Extracurricular activities

If your child is particularly fiendish at ice skating or some similarly niche pursuit which is not
usually offered at boarding school, you may be stunting a great talent which your child, if at day
school, could be working on in the evenings.

4. Academics

In general, day schools dominate the league tables because they are more selective than boarding
schools. The pace is a lot quicker and everything is crammed between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

5. Education at home

Remember that education doesnt only happen at school, where teachers are often under strain to
stick to the curriculum and focus on exams. You, as a parent, can keep your childs other
intellectual interests alive (be it literature, politics, art or drama), by spending evenings and
weekends at galleries, museums and with friends from outside of school.

Day schools vs. boarding schools

To find the best private school for your child, it's first a matter of understanding the features of
day and boarding schools.

Day school students enjoy an enriching education and strong relationships with their parents,
who can more effectively support their academic success, says Mary Hebert, former head of
school at The Study, a day school for girls in Quebec.

"Families are very much part of their children's ongoing daily education," she says. "They are
part of the school family and they support learning, and education is part of the students' lives,
whether they're at school or at home."

Parents get to play a hands-on role in helping with homework and projects, which can contribute
to their children's academic success, Hebert says. Volunteer opportunities for parents at day
schools allow them to make a difference and feel connected to their child's school.

Day school students are also better able to build roots in their home community and take
advantage of local career opportunities when they graduate, she adds.

While there's little research to reflect the concrete advantages of day school, it's clear that day
school families enjoy a unique bonusthe "we" factor, as Hebert puts it. "When children are in
day school and families get to spend more time together, there are fewer divides between parents
and childrenit's not them and us, it's we."

As your child gets older, he or she may develop the maturity to handle the independence that
comes with boarding school, which typically starts at middle or high school. This more
immersive route of education offers ample opportunities for kids to grow as human beings, build
meaningful relationships with peers and teachers, and realize their full academic and life
potential, says Peter Upham, executive director of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS),
which represents about 300 boarding schools across the U.S., Canada and abroad.

"When kids enter high school, the relationship with the teacher is as powerful as the precision of
the curriculum or the structure of the school day, and the intensity of boarding school allows for
teachers to be a powerful motivating force in kids' lives," Upham says.

In 2004, TABS commissioned a study called The Truth About Boarding School, which
compared the experiences of current and past boarders, including 2,700 private boarding, private
day and public secondary school students, as well as post-college graduates and mid- to late-
stage professionals. In the study, significantly more boarders than private day and public school
students reported having satisfying and challenging academic experiences, high-quality teachers
and leadership opportunities. The study also found that boarders felt better prepared for college,
were more likely to earn advanced degrees and enjoyed greater career advancement.

"Boarders also learn how to become independent, have more time to develop broad
extracurricular interests and tend to have friendships that are deeper and last longer," Upham
adds. "They are also more involved in their local communities and tend to be more philanthropic.
So there are a lot of lifelong benefits that come out of the boarding school experience."

Why choose boarding school?

Boarding school provides a unique educational experience, and many schools pride themselves
on providing a holistic education that focuses on skills both inside and outside the classroom.

Most boarding schools have a close-knit community that is supportive and fun, with a large
emphasis on academics, sports, arts and other extra-curricular activities.

Is Boarding School Right For Your Child?

Like any school, finding the right fit is very important. No two boarding schools are alike, and
one boarding school may be a better fit for your child than others. If you are considering
boarding schools then you should:

Conduct research to learn more about what is boarding school and the types of programs they
Contact boarding schools that you're interested in to learn more about life at the school and
what features make that school unique
Look for schools that have programs and activities that match your child's skills and interests
Arrange visits to potential boarding schools so that you can see first hand what life is like at the

Of course, each student will have their own unique experience at any school, however when
asked, students cite the following benefits as their favourite part of the boarding school

Quality academics
Well-rounded education
Rich social interaction
Supportive environment

"I've learned about myself. I've grown as a person; I'm more independent and outgoing. I've
learned to take risks." Caitlin, Havergal College

What is Boarding School like?

Quality Academics

High quality academia is one of the universal aspects of boarding school. Boarding schools have
a well-deserved reputation for expecting excellence from students and for producing students
with self-discipline, keen intellectual development and uniquely sound work and study skills.

The boarding environment can be a key aspect in the development of these qualities with its
complete immersion in studies and academics. Boarding schools also tend to have smaller class
sizes and draw top-qualified, passionate instructors. In a 2010 survey, 60% of private school
students said they chose boarding school because it offered the highest academic standards.

Most boarding schools offer supervised evening study periods to make sure that kids have access
to homework help if they need it. Education goes far beyond the classroom, too, as students learn
beyond the curriculum. For some of the students, it may be the first time they've done laundry.
School staff and teachers will help guide your son or daughter navigate the roads of
independence and give them support when they may need it.

There's a lot more to boarding school than just academics. In fact, many of the best athletes in
history underwent critical development in boarding school. That's not all, either: there are top-
notch music and drama programs, extracurricular clubs and loads of free time to hang out with
fellow students, riff on life, learn from peers and grow together.

Rich Social Interaction

Strong social skills are an excellent byproduct of life in a boarding school. Shy youth might balk
at the idea of attending boarding school but this environment encourages them to change and
grow. They may not like that idea immediately but they appreciate the change later in life.
Students develop maturity and independence, overcome limiting fears and shyness and create
lifelong friendships.
It's important to consider what your goals are when you're deciding whether to send your child to
a boarding school or not. If developing a sense of independence is a priority along with social
interaction with other students from all over the world, then boarding schools are a good option.
Regardless of what type of school you choose, its crucial to make sure you do your homework

Private school experts say parents should choose a school that belongs to a larger organization
that guides and oversees the school because it suggests it has met certain criteria.

"Millions of opportunities are offered to you here, you just have to take the step to go for it and
get it."Emily, Trinity College School.

Supportive Environment

Boarding school offers a uniquely supportive environment. No other education environment

presents readily available professional guidance around the clock.

Teachers are present on campus until curfew (or even after) and they are there to help. In fact,
boarding school is a uniquely rigorous and demanding environment for teachers as well as
students. Fellow students and peers are always there to share the load of personal challenges or
double the joy of successes

If you want your child to become more independent, meet students from around the world and
have an immersive educational experience, boarding schools can be a very appealing option.

One of the big benefits of boarding schools is the opportunity to develop independence and an
excellent way to prepare for university.

Afra, a Grade 11 student at Bronte College in Mississauga, Ontario, says private school gives
you a chance to mature because you don't have parents breathing down your neck. At the same
time, she does miss her family back in Saudi Arabia. "The fact that you're away from home gets
a bit tough sometimes, especially with the time difference."

Tam estimates that about 85 per cent of Bronte's students are international. Many parents choose
Bronte because they want their children to graduate with an Ontario diploma and go on to North
American universities. Since parents are so far away, Bronte faculty and staff often serve as
parental-type figures.

"In a boarding school anyone over the age of 22 is viewed as a role model," says Tam. "We're
supportive of parents, too. They can email us anytime and we'll take care of their concerns. We
all understand that they are very far away, so we worry on their behalf.

The Benefits of Day Schools over Boarding Schools

There are several advantages of admitting a child in a day school and this article will help
parents make up their mind. Some of the benefits of a day school have been highlighted below.

Many day schools offer coeducation facilities and this is an important requirement in terms of
todays world. Interacting with the opposite sex in the early years will enable children to be
comfortable in the presence of the opposite sex when they reach a stage where they might have
to work alongside them in an official environment. Children who have not had this opportunity
might be shy and uncomfortable when they people from the opposite sex in the future. Most day
schools encourage children to mingle with the opposite sex from their early years and this builds
confidence and helps in exchange of ideas between the sexes over the formative years. This is
one of the most important functions performed by a day school. Although there may be a few
boarding schools that offer coeducation, day schools clearly outnumber the boarding schools
doing this and coeducation in day schools is a much more accepted and existent structure in day
schools, especially in India.

Cost Benefit

Day schools are a preferred option as they are much less expensive than a boarding school.
Tuition fees in day schools are cheaper. Most good quality day schools are relatively cheaper
than boarding schools and this is another reason why parents opt for day schools over boarding
schools. Day schools allow parents to admit students in private tuitions of their choice as well, in
case their children need extra coaching. Most boarding schools in India have fees that are a bit
exorbitant, and unless parents are willing to fund a new experience and style of education for
their children, most average Indian parents prefer day schools.


Day schools are a better option for those parents who wish to have close supervision over their
children. Day schools enable constant parent-teacher contact and this enables the parents to be
able to monitor the progress of their children in terms of both academics and extra curricular
activities. This is also an important aspect of a day school. Parents can provide moral guidance
if they are in constant contact with their children and this is possible only if the children at
admitted in a day school.

Hectic Life and Convenience

If children are used to the comforts at home, then they might find it difficult to survive in a
boarding school. Day schools enable the children to relax a bit more than boarding schools. In a
boarding school, students are required to take part in many events and many students find it
difficult to deal with this schedule. Parents will be better served to opt for a day school if their
children have been brought up in a relaxed atmosphere.


In case of any sickness or injury, parents can be with their children immediately if they are
admitted in a day school. Some children require parents to be constantly by their side, especially
if something untoward happens.
The choice between a boarding school and a day school lies depends on a variety of factors and
especially on the maturity level of the child involved. Whatever decision parents make, it is
important for them to stick to it- the kind of schooling a child receives and the experiences there
eventually define the personality of the child.

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The Big Advantages of Boarding Schools

Advantages of Boarding Schools:

1. Boarding Schools traditionally have highly qualified teachers who see their work as a calling
not a job.

2. Children at Boarding School benefit from small classes and heightened interaction between
students and their teachers.

3. The residential campus environment ensures that students are immersed in an educational
world where learning is central to all activities. Its a unique setting that promotes common
experience, camaraderie, friendship, trust and honesty between children and adults.

4. Boarding School students are uniquely prepared for university life. Graduates often end up
attending the finest universities. In addition, they arrive at college better prepared for academic
rigor because of they learned how to be responsible at Boarding School.
5. Students are conditioned for future success because they are encouraged to achieve their full
potential at Boarding School. Studies show that Boarding School graduates not only excel at
university, but advance rapidly in their professional careers.

6. Boarding Schools bestow on students an independence they would not have living at home.
Its an ideal preparation for the challenges and responsibilities of adult life.

A case for Day School:

Boarding schools are too expensive for little or no benefits.

Boarding school is so much more expensive, but to what benefit? Parents assume that, with the
amount of money they are paying, their child's grades will be top notch. But really, it is the
amount of effort the child is willing to put in that determines their grade. Shipping them off to
some expensive school isn't going to magically change the mindset of the child.

Come on! Life without family, and more time with bullies, no one wants a life of neglect and
being forced to smart and if you aren't you will be bullied! Kids need their family to grow up.
We all love coming home! Boarding kids will never understand that, the world should not be like

A case for Boarding School:

Gives you (as a parent) more time

You dont have to get in traffic jam to bring your child to school and you dont also have to get
stressed or nervous.
Taking a lot of little steps towards maturity is one of the intangibles of going to boarding school.
Boarding schools helps children to be more independent.

Boarding Schools have small classes which helps the students by paying the same attention to
each and every child. It also prevents 'hiding' in the classroom. In boarding schools children learn
subject that most other schools can't such as Greek and Latin. They will improve his vocabulary,
reading and writing.

Boarding schools helps children to be independent and helps in taking their own decisions which
would be better for them in future.
Students are made to learn by rote methods whereas in boarding schools easy techniques are
provided to the students which will help them in understanding things easier and better

With a boarding school, your child gets a unique experience that him/her wouldn't have if they
didn't go to a boarding school. Your child experiences responsibility in a new light, grows in
character, and learns independence without a helicopter parent. You also never have to wonder if
your child is going home with a competent parent or driver. They will never be in a sticky
situation with alchohol and drugs, as every "party" is monitored by staff. Let go and choose a
boarding school.

Because boarding schools teaches the students to be responsible on their properties and keeping
time.Lets say like; at home they have been cooking for you all the time and maybe laying your
bed , in boarding you learn to do everything by yourself.In day schools always going home
stressing the parents ,them telling you to do your work but your just playing around so yeah
boarding it is .Its just like a home .


Hello buddies. Have you ever heard about Full Day School (FDS)a program proposed
by Minister of Education and Culture of Indonesia, Muhadjir Effendy? Im sure you have,
right? Just to refresh your mind, this learning program is applied for elementary and
junior high school students in order to facilitate them with character education and
general education as well. Although this program is well welcomed by President of
Indonesia, Jokowi, does FDS work well? Is it good for students?

Lets see the advantages of FDS. According to Muhadjir Effendy, this policy is
believed to be an effective way to build students character since they will be longer study
at school (from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.). Muhadjir believes that giving additional time to study
at school is better than letting them to be alone at home since their parents are busy at
work. The other consideration is that if children are longer in school, they can finish their
school assignments until they are taken home by their parents. For other activities like
reciting Quran for Muslim, the school sides can invite Ustadz or religion teacher whose
background of knowledge and life have already known. Therefore, students can obtain
good knowledge from teachers who are professional and competent.

Not only does FDS have some advantages, but it also has some disadvantages. First,
many parents dont approve this kind of program of school. They believe that children
need time to take a nap as it is good for children health. Second, students are easily
bored. Therefore, if students have more time to study at school, they will be easily
stressed because they must force themselves to concentrate for long time. The last, this
Full Day School program cannot be implemented in some schools which are located in
restricted are. It is because of this program is not suitable with schools whose facilities
are lack.

In conclusion, to judge Full Day School as a good program or not can be done by
seeing its advantages and disadvantages. The FDS benefits are it is good for students
character building, it can prevent students from being lonely at home since their parents
busy at work, and it helps students to get good education as the teachers are professional
and competent. Whereas, the lacks of this program are students have no time to take a
nap, students will easily get bored and even stressed, and this program is not suitable for
schools in the restricted area because of the lack of facilities

7 Advantages and Disadvantages of 4 Day School Weeks

As countries become more competitive in providing the best possible education for children,
there is a significant number of people who believe in the in the efficiency of 4-day school
weeks, as they feel that children are spending too much of their time at school while there is not
enough learning being done. On the other hand, there are also others who believe that
schoolchildren should not have their schedules changed in such a dramatic fashion. Well, each
side has emphasized on viable points about this complex equation, and the best way to come up
with a well-informed opinion about where to side on is looking into the advantages and
disadvantages of implementing the 4-day school weeks.

List of Advantages of 4-Day School Weeks

1. It is proven to improve academic performance.

While critics claim that students who will make the change to a 4-day school week would suffer
academically, research shows that schoolchildren have responded well to the change. Results
indicated that students in a school in Colorado that implemented such a schedule were now
performing at a level that is significantly higher than the national average. It is observed that
children are now encouraged to focus more knowing that they have the safety net of a 3-day
weekend. Aside from this, the schedule is found to have increased the efficiency of educators
who are now spending more time on truly important subjects and have improved attendance.

2. It helps schools and residents to save money.

In several cases, schools that have decided to implement the 4-day school weeks did so to deal
with growing financial concerns. For example, one school district switch to such a change after
crunching the numbers and realizing that fuelling up their buses 5 days a week was basically
bankrupting them. Not only that a 4-day school week can cut operational costs across the board,
but it also saved residents additional income that they could have been spending on school taxes.
Utility bills are also another big area of concern that the new schedule is able to address.

3. It enhances teacher and student morale.

If both teachers and students were given the chance to get more rest and get ready to engage with
each other come school days, then morale across the board would dramatically improve. And
when they are able to give more effort four days a week, stress levels are also believed to
significantly decrease. As teachers are just as susceptible to burning out as their students, there is
no simple way to root them out when their performance has slipped while achieving tenure, but
to give them 4-day school weeks. This can decrease their work load, and students will also be
able to receive better education without even having to change schools.
4. It promotes responsibility.
A 4-day school week is believed to be a great way to instill a sense of responsibility among
schoolchildren. As proponents point out, giving children an extra day off from school would
teach them the importance of budgeting time wisely. While getting one more day for the
weekend is the dream of many children, this new school schedule does not mean that they
receive a day off from studying for upcoming exams and completing homework assignments.
Moreover, it helps students to figure out their preferred pace of learning and lets them choose the
means of absorbing information that suits their needs.

List of Disadvantages of 4-Day School Weeks

1. It brings about concerns on child care.

Most families today normally have two working parents, and with 4-day school weeks, their
need to spend their hard-earned money on child care services on weekends would be increased.
While proponents point to the perks of rotating days off on a weekly basis to increase flexibility,
it does not work well for all working parents. Instead of being able to look after their children
every weekend and maintain the same work schedule they are accustomed to, they would be
forced to spend additional money on babysitting for the extra day off from school or adjust their
schedules to meet their childrens needs.

2. It results in lessened focus.

While some students will be able to make the shift to the 4-day school weeks easily, others
students learn differently and may not be able to handle such a dramatic shift. Those who oppose
this new proposed school schedule point to the fact that children who are at risk and those having
learning disabilities may not be able to get the most out of it. As you can see, it would work best
for children who are self-motivated, but would not serve the needs of those who do not learn in a
similar way, leading them to a lessened focus on their studies. Also, in order to institute a 4-day
school week, a school has to speed up its overall curriculum to accommodate all the essential
subject matters. Thought there are students who can handle increased learning speeds, others
may feel rushed and will not be able to learn at the same rate of proficiency as they did with the
5-day school week.

3. It lessens hands-on learning.

Some students need more time in a class room and benefit from hands-on methods of learning.
Also, these children learn best under direct supervision of experienced teachers and would not do
well when left to their own devices. Now, the 4-day school weeks would deprive these students
of the time they need to spend with their teachers, as well as the hands-on learning experience,
and could lead them to being lost in the shuffle.

Expecting every child to his or her style of learning on the fly can be a very risky proposition.
While the 4-day school weeks lead to a rise of the test scores of the best and brightest students
and lift overall averages across the board, it is also important to consider that other childrens test
scores are also actually have gotten worse. To decide whether it is good for all of us to make a
sweeping change to the method of providing education, it is always important to weigh down and
evaluate all the advantages and disadvantages first.
Day School Versus Boarding School Which Should I Choose?
Its rarely easy to decide on the right educational path for your child, and for many parents
there are few decisions bigger than whether to choose a day school or a boarding school.

If youre in the throes of making this decision yourself, youll probably find that your instincts
ultimately make the decision for you. But you can make a more informed choice by weighing up
the pros and cons of both types of school and seeing which comes out on top. This article
introduces you to the advantages and disadvantages of both boarding and day schools; you may
wish to add your own pros and cons to these lists, as a lot will depend on your own familys

Boarding school pros

Lets start by looking at the advantages of sending your child to boarding school.

Round-the-clock education and development

The school will ensure your child does all the work theyre assigned.

A major advantage of the boarding school experience is the fact that the learning never stops.
Your child is immersed in an educational environment, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and
even when theyre outside the classroom, theyre still learning important life skills that they
wouldnt learn through sitting at home in the evenings and at weekends. Most boarding schools
are very strict about homework, so you can be confident that your child is getting it done in a
distraction-free environment often in designated time slots, so your child has no choice but to
do it.

Boarding school offers superb extra-curricular opportunities

Theres no doubt about it: the extra-curricular activities on offer at boarding schools are almost
certainly going to be far more extensive than those on offer at a day school. Boarding schools
have a responsibility to keep children busy in their downtime, and most of them really go to town
on the activities they offer. This means that your children will have numerous opportunities to
get involved in new hobbies, thereby developing non-academic skills that will be valuable for the
real world. Whats more, they can take part in these new hobbies in the evenings and weekends
without inconveniencing anybody, because they take place on site; and you can rest assured that
theyre being kept busy and out of trouble.

Boarding school comes with a built-in social life

Your child wont lack friends at boarding school.

Boarding school comes with a built-in social life, which means that your children will be living
with their friends a recipe for good fun! Many children want to go to boarding school for this
very reason (after all, theyve probably all read Harry Potter and love the idea of roaming around
school at all hours, having adventures with their friends). Its also a good option for only
children, who dont have siblings to play with back home. This lifestyle isnt just fun, though. It
develops your childs confidence because theyre forced to interact with other children
constantly, and theyll be learning to get on with lots of different personalities, which is a useful
skill for life.

Boarding school can improve family relationships

You wont have to deal with arguments over messy bedrooms.

Contrary to what you might expect, many families find that the quality of their family
relationship actually improves when a child goes to boarding school. This is because nobody gets
under each others feet, and because you see each other less often, the time you do spend
together is of a higher quality. Whats more, your child is away from any family tension or stress
that may be happening at home, and you miss the teenage angst during term-time, too. You stop
being the one nagging your child to do their homework or telling them what they should and
shouldnt do thats up to someone else, so they associate time with you with more positive

Boarding school fosters independence

Going to boarding school cultivates self-reliance, getting your child used to the idea of being
away from home. This makes it easier for them to make the transition from school to life at
university, as well as equipping them with the independence they need to succeed when they
leave the education system altogether and go out to work.

Theres no school run which frees up more time for everyone

This will become a twice-termly experience, rather than a twice-daily one.

The time spent travelling between home and school eats significantly into your childs day (not
to mention yours), and another big advantage of boarding school is that the daily school run is a
thing of the past. Without this travel time, children are free to do much more with their day, such
as sports or music practice, or extra study. For you, it means that youre not having to rush about
driving your child to and from school.

Boarding school is the perfect solution for busy parents

Its not just the school run that eats into your day when your children arent at boarding school.
Youre called upon to make all their meals, supervise homework and ferry them to and from
extra-curricular activities. If you both work, there will reach a point when its not feasible to do
all this. Boarding school provides the ideal solution for career-focused parents who are anxious
that their children are adequately supervised at all times and encouraged to participate in a
variety of out-of-school activities. It allows you to maintain your career at the same time as
ensuring that your children get the best possible start in life.
Boarding school cons

As with any sort of education, the boarding school experience is not without its disadvantages
even in the modern boarding school, which places huge emphasis on the wellbeing of its pupils.
The harsh discipline and lack of home comforts associated with boarding school in days gone by
are, thankfully, very much a thing of the past, but there are still one or two drawbacks with this
style of education. Lets see what they are.

Parents feel much less involved in their childs upbringing

There will be normal family experiences that you wont get to have or at least, not as often.

Theres no escaping the fact that when you send your child to boarding school, youre handing
over a major chunk of their upbringing to someone else. When your child goes to boarding
school, youre relinquishing a lot of the decisions youd normally make about what your child is
and isnt allowed to do, and the responsibility for their upbringing falls temporarily on someone
elses shoulders. They will probably be going to someone else a school-appointed pastoral
carer with their problems, which may make you feel redundant. Many parents find this idea
hard to cope with, and feel a great sense of loss when their children go off to boarding school.
You wont be there to chat to them over breakfast or say goodnight to them when they go to bed,
and in these vital years of your childs life, when theyre growing fast, youll inevitably miss out
on a lot of their childhood.

Homesickness will strike at some point

Homesickness is likely to rear its ugly head at some point or another, at least in the beginning.
Your child will be away from home for the first time, in an unfamiliar environment away from
their family and home, and their new way of life will take some getting used to. They will almost
certainly get used to it sooner or later but both you and they might find it difficult when theyre
grappling with feelings of homesickness, and it will probably make you wonder whether youve
done the right thing.

Boarding school is undeniably expensive.

The other disadvantage of boarding school is that it costs significantly more than day school
you can expect to pay over 30,000 a year at the top boarding schools. There are state boarding
schools for those for whom these sorts of costs are unfeasible, but youre still looking at 10,000
or so a year even for that; only the tuition is paid for by the Government, so you still need to
stump up the cash for the boarding costs.

Day school pros

Now lets turn our attention to day schools. Theres not so much to say on the pros and cons of
these, as day school is a much more standard educational model about which few people have
strong opinions either way; so although this section will be somewhat shorter than the space
weve devoted to boarding schools, this doesnt mean were advocating one over the other.

You get to see your children every night

Having seen the start of your children growing up, you might not want to risk missing out the
next stage.

The primary reason for choosing a day school over a boarding school is that you get to see your
children every morning when they wake up and every afternoon when they come home from
school. You get to put them to bed at night, make their meals, take responsibility for their
homework and generally retain much more control over what happens to them. Any concerns
they have can be discussed with you, rather than a school-appointed carer, and you can raise any
concerns you have with them and ensure that theyre exposed to your own values (obviously if
you did send them to boarding school, youd pick a school you felt would instil the right values
but its still not the same as them learning directly from you).

Day school is much cheaper than boarding school

Another major argument in favour of sending your children to day school rather than boarding
school is that its considerably cheaper. Youll have to spend more on food when theyre at
home, of course, and youll have to spend more on driving them to school and extra-curricular
activities. But youd still save a massive amount of money by having them home each night.

Day school cons

There are very few disadvantages associated with day school, as a good one will give your child
the same level of academic education and theyll have ample opportunities to make friends. The
only real disadvantage we could think of is discussed below.

Day school is demanding on your time

If you have a demanding job, you might find boarding school a preferable option, particularly if
you travel a lot.

Day school generally places many more demands on your time, so it may not be ideal if you
have a busy career that makes it difficult for you to devote the necessary time to taking your
children to places, cooking meals or supervising homework. Unless the school is within walking
distance, you may have to drive your children to school and pick them up every day, to say
nothing of extra-curricular activities, which may not take place at school. Day schools also tend
to expect more parental involvement in things like Parent Teacher Associations, which you may
not have time to take part in.
So which should I choose?

If money isnt an object for you, and you want your child to be totally immersed in an
educational environment, and/or you have a busy career yourself, boarding school has much to
offer and its worth seriously considering it. As weve seen, there are a great many benefits to a
boarding school education that your child wont receive from a conventional day school

Discuss the options with your children.

If, on the other hand, you cant bear the thought of handing over responsibility for your children
to someone else, or not being there to say goodnight to your children each night, boarding school
probably isnt the right decision for you. You may feel that the benefits of a boarding school
education dont outweigh the sense of loss youd feel on missing out on so much of their
childhood. You can, of course, enjoy the best of both worlds: your child could be a day school
pupil at a top boarding school and receive many of the benefits of a boarding school education,
without the drawbacks outlined above.

Ultimately, however, nobody else can make the decision for you. Its a personal decision, and
one that depends very much on your family circumstances and on the personalities involved.
Your childs opinion matters, too, so its not a decision you should make without discussing it
with them first. Careful consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of boarding school,
along with open discussion as a family, will allow you to arrive at a decision you feel is right for

Effect of Boarding School on Children

Is boarding school the right decision?

Most parents consider the boarding school effect on children prior to enrolling their child in this
form of education. The close-knit communal living of boarding school appeals to many children
and parents for differing reasons. While parents who enroll their children in boarding school
normally do so with hopes of reaping the educational benefits, children are often excited to build
lifelong relationships with their peers. Here's a look at some of the common advantages and
disadvantages to boarding school and what to consider before submitting applications.

About Boarding Schools

Unlike a traditional private or public school, boarding school students live and learn on campus.
The term "boarding" is derived from the term "room and board." Children attending boarding
school eat their meals with their fellow pupils and teachers, and lodge with them in dormitory
buildings or small housing structures. Like most traditional educational institutions, most
boarding schools close during the holidays, providing the students ample time off to spend with
their families. Although not as common, some boarding schools even permit students to travel
off campus on weekends to visit with family. Although admittance age may vary, most boarding
schools cater to students grades 7 thru 12, with children spending the majority of their adolescent
years away from home.

College Prep vs. Therapeutic Schools

Contrary to myth, not every boarding school is packed with wealthy students obtaining an
exclusive higher education. In fact, there are two main types of boarding schools, therapeutic and
college prep. College prep schools are aimed to provide a quality education while motivating
students to excel in their studies. Therapeutic boarding schools are a common solution for the
student who is experiencing a variety of family or personal difficulties, including drug or alcohol
abuse, learning challenges, and behavioral problems.

Positive and Negative Boarding School Effect on Children

Boarding school and its long term living arrangement has a significant impact on a family unit.
While some parents and children may prefer this unconventional lifestyle, the boarding school
effect on children who enjoy the comforts of home may be too extreme long-term.

The following positive and negative effects are most common amongst students who attend
boarding school.

Positive Effects

There are plenty of reasons to consider a boarding school if your child struggles with a
traditional form of education or has social or family woes impairing his or her education and
general sense of well-being.

It's easy to build lifelong companionships when you're living in close quarters with your peers.
Campus living can be a nurturing environment for children who lack this close-knit social and
family structure at home. An accessible faculty is another perk for boarding school students,
helping them to advance academically while building positive and thriving mentorships.
Diversity is yet another positive influence for boarding school children. Enrolled pupils come
from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. If you want to expand your horizons and
have unlimited exposure to a wide range of people and personalities, boarding school is a great
way to build diversity.
Not only is education challenging and engaging, students tend to thrive in the small teacher-to-
student ratios provided in boarding school settings.

Negative Effects

Of course, with every positive there is bound to be a few negatives. Boarding school is not the
perfect solution for every child.
Before enrolling your child in a boarding school, you'll want to make sure you've exhausted all
other options and ensure that your reasons for boarding will outweigh the potential negative
Children who have gone through traumatic experiences such as family illness, loss or divorce, or
those who suffer from depression, are not likely the best candidates for boarding.
Make sure your child is mentally stable enough to spend time apart from her family unit to
ensure her happiness at an institution.

Fleeing the nest and living away from home can be a big challenge for many students.
Fortunately, computer/Internet access and cell phones have increased the number of ways
families stay in touch. If you opt for a weekends-off school, your child can make a special trip
home on weekends to spend quality time within the family unit. Losing touch with family is
generally the hardest adjustment for boarding school students, along with their lack of privacy
and freedom.

Choose Carefully

Whether you're considering boarding school for yourself or your child, make sure you further
your knowledge so that you can make the most informed decision. For further reading, visit a
reputable website such as Boarding School Review to crack the typical boarding school myths
and locate a boarding facility within your budget and means.

The Drawbacks of Boarding Schools

When youre considering sending your child to a boarding school, its a huge decision so its
important that you have fully considered both the potential drawbacks and the possible
advantages to your child. Remember that a child attending a boarding school will spend far more
time there than at a day school, so this will impact their social and psychological development as
well as their educational progress.

Before reading through the drawbacks, below, remember that their impact will differ depending
on which kind of school you opt for. There are various different kinds of boarding schools
available, including weekly boarding, when your child will stay at the school during the week
and then go home for weekends; full boarding, where a student stays at school until the end of
term, and day boarding, when a child stays at school for an extended day, usually eating all
their meals at school but sleeping at home every night.

The majority of the disadvantages of boarding listed below focus on the most extreme type, full

Potentially Intensive Periods of Stress

When a child is spending all of his or her time at school, this can result in extreme periods of stress for
children. Those with tendencies towards things like eating disorders or panic attacks may be driven on
with this if someone else in their group at school is a sufferer. Of course, this can occur within day
schools too but may be particularly intense within a boarding school environment. Likewise, during
exam periods when all of the kids in a certain age group are feeling tense and concerned, this can rub off
on other students to create a frenzied environment.

Missing Out on Home Life

When your child goes to boarding school there will inevitably be some ramifications on your home
environment. It may be difficult for your child to adjust to being at home during the holidays; older
children may argue with parents about their comparative lack of independence while at home. During
the term time you will not be seeing your child as much as you would if they lived at home with you, and
this will affect your relationship with your child, and potentially your other children too. You may also be
less in tune with their lives, interests, hobbies, and friendships, likewise they may feel the same about
the lives of friends and family at home.

Less Free Time and More Rules

With the extra academic and extra curricular opportunities at boarding school, children may have less
time to be alone with their thoughts and personal interests. This might mean less time for things like
reading, or, for older children, having a part-time job or any of the other important developmental
activities that can be offered to children living at home. Often the boarding school day is highly
structured with lots of rules and regulations, which can lead to some children wanting to rebel against
the grain. But obviously this depends on the individual school and the nature of your own child.

Making a Decision

It is important to consider both the advantages and disadvantages of boarding schools before you
ultimately make a decision about where your child will be educated. Whatever his or her age, it
is also important that your child is involved in the decision-making process too, since it is he or
she who will be living with the everyday reality of this kind of education.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Boarding


In a boarding school setting, a student may be able to learn independence and a sufficient sense
of self. Because he is in a more enclosed environment, a stability is present within all of the
student's educational and social settings. Educational advantages begin with the ability of
students and teachers to cultivate personal relationships that encourage more growth and provide
extra help with academic and personal betterment. At a boarding school, students are provided
with study sessions that are supervised by teachers, thus improving performance in school. Many
classes are also available that better fit in with each student's specific interests.

It can be difficult for a student to adjust to boarding school because she has been placed in
completely new surroundings with unfamiliar people and circumstances. Time spent with family
and friends from home becomes limited, which can make the transition seem harder. A personal
life away from school is also difficult to maintain due to the high expectations of academic
excellence in a typical boarding school. Also, extracurricular activities provided by the school
often occupy a student's time after classes and on the weekends. And although rules and
guidelines are needed to implement discipline in students, oftentimes a boarding school student
must strictly adhere to even minor rules or risk expulsion.

Boarding Schools in the United States

Choosing between a boarding school in the United States and one abroad can be difficult because
both have certain advantages. Boarding schools in the U.S. may increase the chance for family
visits due to being closer to home than schools abroad. This reduces any travel time and costs
that the student's family may encounter when planning visits. This may also relax both the
student and his family because they won't be so far apart. Also, there are generally more choices
of boarding schools in the U.S., and financial aid and visits prior to admission are more readily

Boarding Schools Abroad

An advantage of boarding schools located in other countries is that they offer a student a fresh,
new experience in a completely different culture. The student will extensively learn about how
other parts of the world work, and may even become familiar with other languages. This gives
her an advantage in later employment opportunities. Also, students in boarding schools abroad
have an advantage when applying for college, because colleges will value a well-rounded student
with international experience.

Pros and cons of boarding school

What are the pros and cons of boarding school? Families need to create their own list, based on
the needs of the family and of children. As a starting point, though, here is an overview of the
advantages and disadvantages of sending children to boarding school. Click on the links for each
to learn more.


Boarding school offers many distinct advantages unavailable anywhere else.

Unique education and opportunity. Boarding school offers a completely unique education
experience, with many advantages over other education experiences.
Traditional standards. Many boarding schools, perhaps especially those with longer histories in
Canada, honour and maintain the traditions that they represent.

Close community of learners. Students join an academic community that respects learning and
can be transformative.

International and global perspectives. Intensive international programs are a priority for boarding

Daily routine that invokes self-discipline. Strict routine and independence from parents fosters
self-reliance among boarding school boys and girls.

Academic development like no other. Boarding school fosters a supportive "all in this together"
community where kids have opportunities to learn collaboration.

Unique social and personal development. The boarding school environment offers opportunities
for personal growth and social development that are unavailable through other means.

Mentorship. Teachers and older students in a boarding school environment are uniquely
supportive of younger students.

An environment of learning outside the classroom. The immersion in school life offered by
boarding allows a holistic approach to learning that extends well beyond classroom walls.

Culture of collaboration and responsibility. The boarding school environment encourages all
children to learn more about how to work well with others.

Cross-curricular. The extra time allowed by boarding school allows for fuller integration of
curricula and programs.

Academic innovation. A number of top boarding schools are often ahead of the curve in terms of
creating or integrating innovative education techniques and improvements.


No school is perfect, and parents and students considering boarding schools need to be aware of
some concerns.

More expensive than other private education options. Of course, boarding school is more
expensive than other education options (although room and board is included in the cost).

The presence of bullying and related problems. Boarding school are not immune to problems
with bullying (as is sometimes documented in the media), but they are also uniquely well-
positioned to deal with bullying through innovative programs that help students integrate.
Moving away from home can be very difficult. This is the biggest challenge of boarding for
many students, but of course this also fosters independence and personal growth.

Boarding too young can lead to "boarding school syndrome." This is a documented problem, and
parents need to be wary of sending kids to school too young or when they have not matured

Pros and Cons of Boarding School

Boarding schools are exceptionally expensive, but if you are in the lucky position where it is an
option, is it the right choice for your child? Each child is different and whilst some children
thrive at boarding school, others loathe being away from home. Either outcome could have a
lasting effect so sending your child away from home is something to consider carefully.

We thought we would offer a brief overview of some of the advantages and disadvantages of
boarding school.


Boarding schools often create stronger friendships and alumni networks which last for a
Children are kept at arms length from the parties, drinking and drugs that are sometimes more
easily available to pupils at day schools.
Children benefit from additional non-classroom contact with teachers in the evening, as well as
supervised homework, music practice time and other extra-curricular activities.
Students are kept occupied in the evening. There is less use of technology and students are
often more social.
Students tend to be more independent and confident.
Since boarding schools charge more, they can afford to pay staff higher salaries and therefore
employ more experienced teachers and other members of staff faculty.
For the same reason, facilities and resources are also often better than they are at day schools.


The costs are now so high and rising that boarding schools are often beyond the reach of all
but a tiny minority of families.
Extracurricular activities beyond those that the school offers are often marginalised. This is
particularly relevant for children who have a special talent in a sport or activity not often offered
by schools.
Pressure to succeed, look good, do well is as constant at boarding as at day schools. But whereas
day pupils are released each day from the echo chamber of school life, boarding pupils are not
so fortunate.
Students miss out on home life and can become homesick. Although most boarding pupils
sustain great relationships with their families, homesickness can easily lead to children
becoming frustrated and socially isolated, and should not be underestimated.
If you do decide to send your child to boarding school, here are some tips to make sure your
child gets off to a good start:

For children who get homesick, choose a school which offers great pastoral care, try not to
speak to your child too much on the phone, and dont let your child know that their
homesickness is upsetting you.
If your child is coming from overseas, arrive a few days early in the UK and at the school so that
they have time to get used to the unfamiliar environment before everyone else arrives.
Find out if anyone else from your childs current school or group of friends will also be going on
to the new school. Make contact with their parents and invite their child over a few times during
the summer. Even if they are not in the same house or class, it will be a familiar face to bump
into during break and sit with at lunchtimes, until new friendships have been formed.

Boarding school vs Day school - Which is better?


Send your child to boarding school and the society immediately judges you for being parents
who are too busy to give ample time to their children. Despite the fallacies surrounding boarding
schools that they are for troubled children or for those nerds who know nothing other than
studies, there are parents who look at the brighter side of boarding schools and the better
development it offers to their children.

The educational standard at boarding schools are quite high and it also helps children develop
social values which are of real importance in life. High school teenagers in boarding schools are
far more disciplined and do not throw tantrums like most children of their age do.

Along with the advantages, there definitely are some disadvantages that surround leaving your
child at a boarding school. Both the child and the parent will have apprehensions and anxiety
before making a decision to enroll in boarding school but thinking from the point of view of your
childs better future can help you decide.


All under one roof : Children get all the facilities under one roof, be it library and laboratory for
their studies or music and sports for extracurricular activities. They have the guidance of teachers
all through the day which makes learning easier for them. They can look for teachers help at any
time of the day when they are confused or finding any kind of difficulty.

Real activities : Children get less screen time which means they are made to involve themselves
more in real activities like pursuing their talent of arts or music or dance. Children who have
been to barding to schools are found to be extremely good at one or more extracurricular activity.
Less technology effects also means that they are kept aloof of the bad effects of spending too
much time on internet video games and other such stuff which is mostly impossible if the child
stays at home through the evening.
Social skills : Most boarding schools also look after the social skills development of children.
They are taught better etiquettes of high living which makes their manners impeccable. They are
more responsible for their stuff and know how to keep their things organized, starting from
clothes to books and toys. They are more likely to be disciplined and obedient compared to day
school children.

Stronger friendship : The friend circle at boarding schools will be usually safer and better since
all of them would hail from good family backgrounds. Spending all the time in the company of
friends right form waking up to dining makes the friendship stronger and are more likely to last
for a lifetime. They know you inside out and have been with you through the nostalgic hours.
Closer friends who know and understand you all too well is something to be cherished forever.

Confident and responsible : Children know they do wouldnt be having their parents all the
time to run to with their problems which makes them adapt to being confident and responsible.
They know how to speak for themselves and take stand for themselves. More interaction with
faculty also makes them more confident which some shy children at day school lack.

More pay more worthy : Boarding schools charge more and hence provide better learning and
living facilities. Teachers and staff faculty are more experienced and specially trained in their
field. Children get to learn from the best that there is. Laboratory and library facilities are so
much better equipped which helps children to a great extent.

Free from bad habits : Early teenage is a tough time for both parents and children. Parents find
it difficult to keep tab of what their children do in their peer group and to prevent them from
indulging in ill habits like smoking, drinking and rash driving. At residential schools parents can
be totally assured that their children would not be indulging in these kind of unhealthy activities.


Parent-child relationship gets affected : With less involvement of parents in the upbringing of
the children, their relationship is not as strongly bonded as it should be. In the vital years of
growing up, parents miss the bonding they do normally develop while at home with their
children. Parents remain unaware of the way their childs thought process shapes up to be as they
grow up. They wont run to you with their problems which makes most parents anxious.

More costly : Not that private day schools are any less costly these days, residential facilities
only make the cost soar higher than reachable for middle class parents. The annual fees at the
best boarding schools in India are so high that they only accommodate the children of rich
parents. This somehow also affects the environment a child grows up in. Later they are found to
be unaccepting and unable to make friends with children hailing from middle class families.

Nostalgia and homesickness : Children who have always lived with their parents find it really
hard to adapt at boarding schools, far away from parents and family. Though it is normal for
them to be nostalgic and homesick once in a while, there are some overtly sensitive children who
cannot bear to be separated from either of the parents or siblings. Their progress in studies have
been known to depreciate when they are sent to boarding schools.
Family values : This is controversial. While some people believe that staying far away from
family and meeting them only once or twice makes the children grow fonder of the family and
looks forward to spending time with them, others are of the view that keeping away from family
makes them want to live in their own space and they are more likely to not be happy about their
personal space being invaded.


Boarding schools can be better than day schools for the overall development of the children
depending on individual choice of parents and children. Not all children are as adaptive as the
others and they are not likely to bear staying away from parents. Some children are also known
to feel that they are punished by parents when sent to stay at boarding school.

Contrary to this, some children along with the cooperation from parents understand better and
know that it is for their own benefit that they are sent to boarding school. Hence, it is more likely
to depend upon the attitude, behavior and parental nature of the parents that shapes the way a
child benefits from staying at boarding schools or not.

RE: Boarding school vs Day school - Which is better? -Shruti Shrabya (06/03/16)


Boarding schools is better than day school. These schoolshelp to make one independent. Besides
being far off from kinsfolk, school child down pat practical knowledge. It tunes a student to the
early to bed and early to rise strategy.

Some guardians feel that the people, who take their child as burden, sendthem to boardingand
prioritize their professional life.

But, the main reason behind this is that one wants to see his/her child remarkable.

In boarding schools, children get everything under the same roof, be it mental or physical.

Every student is kept adequately through a well maintained routine in academics and sports.
Boarding schools give equal time and attention to all the students. It helps to establish a good
bond between teacher and student.

The best part of boarding schools is that they develop leadership quality in students.


Keeping children in boarding schools, affects the bond between parents and their kids. It
generates a feeling of detachment in kids. This is where a parent starts getting distanced from
their children.
Some boarding entertain only prosper families due to its high cost. This creates a difference
between friendliness of rich and middle class children.

It is hard to go to boarding, for children who are home sick, but, after a while, they also start
adjusting accordingly.

Generally, studentswho have a fear from teachers or say, are frank to their family members feel
hesitated while discussingor sharing their problems with new and unknown friends.

For some, it is even tougher to get unattached from their family and consequently, they fail to
reciprocate in that environment.

Boarding VS Day School

Jul 25, 2015 28 The Naija Verdict

The word institution has many dictionary meanings and with good reason because it can be used
in many different contexts. For the purpose of this rant, we shall call an institution an
organisation providing residential care for people with special needs. Yes, you are right to think
along the lines of rehab centres, juvenile homes and boarding schools, which, to be truthful, is
what this is about.

As you might have guessed, Im not a fan of boarding schools so when my colleague asked for my
opinion last week on whether or not I would send my children to one, I answered vehemently in
the negative and came home to discuss this with my S.O who disagreed with me. Well, what did I
expect? He went to one of those institutions too. So, Ive decided to do a post on this to see what
majority of you think.

What do I have against boarding schools? Well, my list is long, but I dont want to bore you,
so, here are a few reasons why Im against the idea:

1. Bullying There is nobody I know, who attended a boarding facility that does not have a senior
from hell who tormented them throughout their school life. With a day school, parents can
intervene and guide the child on how to manage bullying,
2. Homesickness Many people suffered from acute homesickness and said that at more than one
point, they longed for their parents. They however did not dare to say this for fear of being bullied.
If the child is at home, this would not occur.
3. Loss of Parental Guidance Ive heard of many children who picked up bad habits from boarding
schools and because their parents could not nip this in the bud early, they were able to carry on
with these bad habits for a long time. This can be avoided because you can see your children every
night and mould their character / behaviour.
4. Poor Facilities: Those of you who went to the Boarding Facilities know how horrible the toilets
and bathrooms were. Now, why would anyone want their child to go through that? If they were
home, they would have the cleanest facilities ever and there is no fear of unnecessary infections.
5. Missing out on real life experiences: The boarding environment provides a fake living experience
where the children are forced to live in a make believe reality. Once out, many struggle with how
to manage. A home schooled child is more in touch with real life and experiences and therefore
adapts to life in a more relaxed manner.

So, after I laid out these and many more carefully thought out reasons to my Mister, he scoffed
and told me the reasons why Boarding Schools are better than Day Schools. Some of his reasons
are below:

1. Allows for Independence: He believes that the boarding schools encourage a child to become his
own person earlier as they quickly learn important life skills based on personal experience
2. Round the Clock Education: He believes that children in the boarding school have more study
hours than those in the day schools who have to wake up earlier to get on the road, sit in traffic
and also get home late. For him, the kids in the boarding schools have all the hours to focus on
the real job of being educated rather than unnecessary things.
3. There is no need for parents to worry about the school run: The kids are already in a safe
environment, so you can focus on your day to day business activity without worrying about how
and when they get home. So, this is a perfect opportunity for busy parents.
4. Comes with a built in social life: This means that the children live with their peers and is a fantastic
option for kids who do not have any siblings or have a huge age difference to their siblings
5. Conducive Environment: He thinks that children are safer in the boarding environment where
they are able to learn, through appropriate rules, how to become better individuals. More so,
parents do not have to worry about their kids picking up bad terminologies and habits from the
domestic help.

As he laid down his reasons for supporting boarding facilities, I began to realise that it seems this
man has his heart set on sending the children to boarding school o. I did not attend a boarding
school and I think I have turned out fine even if I do say so myself. So, what do you guys think?
Are boarding schools a must for kids?

Anyway, are you for or like me, AGAINST the boarding schools? Will you send your kids to a
boarding school? Are there any reasons for your position? Would you care to share some of your
experience? Over to you, the verdict is yours

Day or boarding school: Which is better?

BUKOLA BAKARE writes about what parents should consider before enrolling their children in
either a day or boarding school

In few weeks, a new school year begins for children across the country. As expected, some will
move into new classes with others experiencing the school environment for the first time.

For most parents, the goal remains the same; to ensure that their children receive quality education
in an environment conducive to learning.

After all, every parent will want to get value for the money spent. However, choosing appropriate
school for children is sometimes a difficult task for most parents, especially when the choice is
between a day and boarding school.
A day school is one where pupils return home at the end of the days learning while in a boarding
school, pupils live on the premises of the school. The latter has hostel or dormitory facilities to
accommodate the boarders as they are called and other staff members.

Some parents are often bothered about the choice to make between the two school compositions
as their Children prepare for a new school year.

An Information Technology expert and a father of three, Mr. Abimbola Wilson, expressed a
different view on the matter.

He said he would only consider enrolling his children in boarding school when they get to certain

Wilson said, I will enroll my children in boarding school after they have attended a day school
up to a certain point; that is after their primary education.

He also said most parents with children in boarding schools do not have enough time to bond with
them as much as they would have loved to since the children would always be in school.

According to Wilson, children should be allowed to attend boarding schools for their secondary
education because the environment provides a learning curve for them to be independent early in
life and it will go a long way in helping them adjust when they get into higher institutions.

He said, In boarding schools, children dont need to be spoon-fed like their counterparts in day
schools so one will realise that from a tender age, they begin to have a sense of maturity and

Wilson added that the development was not unconnected with the extra fees parents pay to keep
their children in hostels.

He also linked the situation to other things which the parents could have noticed in keeping their
children in boarding schools.

On her part, a mother of two daughters, Mrs. Folawe Lawson, kicked against the idea of sending
children to a boarding school.

Lawson said she would prefer to have her children under her watch.

She stated, Perhaps, I will be able to let go when my kids gain admission into the university.
They are still in secondary school. They attend day schools so that I can keep an eye on them, she

Also, an accountant with an international school in Lagos, Mr. Samuel Odebode, welcomed the
idea of enrolling children in day schools for a number of reasons.
According to him, there is lack of parental guidance in boarding schools, although children are
sent to schools to learn, they need adequate parental guidance.

He stated that some children copied bad habits from boarding schools and continued with them in
the absence of their parents who could curb them.

He said, Often times, teachers in boarding schools are too busy because they have a lot of kids
to cater for.

He also said the boarding environment also provides children with some sort of fake living
experience where they would be forced to lead a fake life different from real-life experiences.

Once they now get out of boarding schools, it becomes a struggle to blend into the society. A
child who attends a day school and is also in tune with his home is more relaxed, in touch with
real-life experiences and can adapt to life in a more relaxed manner. Some schools also contend
with pupils who bully other pupils, he stated.

Odebode added that it could be a lot easier if such pupils would move from the boarding section
of their present schools to the day section, rather than from one school to another and from day to
boarding or vice-versa.

Besides, a school principal, Mrs. Uzor Oluwaluyi, said both schools were okay in her view.

She said some parents could decide to send their children to day schools while others prefer
boarding schools.

Uzor said, Quite frankly, some parents are not always around. Therefore, they need someone to
take care of their children in their absence which is why they prefer boarding to day schools. There
are even some boarding facilities for toddlers in some parts of the country so it is a matter of

Speaking to SUNDAY PUNCH, a school Proprietress, Mrs. Titilayo Pacheco, said both day and
boarding schools have their merits and demerits.

She explained that parents, who decided to send their children to either of the two, should know
that children would mix with their peers and in the process, pick certain habits.

Pacheco said, Whether it is a day or boarding school, some children are able to learn positive
things in school and apply it to their lives. The down side is that if care is not taken, other children
could end up mixing up with other kids of questionable characters in both schools.

The educationist added that children ought to be properly trained by their parents irrespective of
the type of school they attend.

She also advocated that those in boarding houses should be well managed by house masters and
dormitory mistresses who represent their parents at every point in time.
On his part, a teacher in a private school in Lagos, Mr. Funto Adenubi, also agreed with Pacheco
that there were advantages and disadvantages inherent in day and boarding school systems.

He, however, argued that some boarders often face certain difficulties in their dormitories and
begin to feel homesick and depressed while longing to be with their parents and loved ones.

Adenubi said, Other risks such as sexual abuse, same-sex lust and sexual intercourse are also
possible within boarding schools, especially when they are out of monitoring zone. This is not to
say that these vices cannot be present in day schools but chances are that they may be minimal.

The teacher, who noted that day pupils always have the moral and emotional support of their
parents and siblings as they see them daily, said such could be missing in pupils in boarding

Another educationist, Dr. Jonathan Akpan, gave a twist to the issue when he said Nigeria needed
prayers because the future appeared bleak for the youth.

He said whether parents decided to send their children to day or boarding school, the most
important thing was for the pupils to be at peace.

Akpan stated that a standard boarding school would be ideal for pupils since they would be learning
in an environment conducive to learning.

He stated, I think children are better off in standard boarding schools that are well managed. Such
a school must also be one that places a high premium on morals because some schools leave out
that important aspect. Some parents opt for cheap schools. Poverty is a disease. So, in a country
where some people are out of jobs, some parents cannot afford textbooks and the extra cost in
boarding schools. For me, boarding schools are moulding blocks and for parents who can afford
it, I will recommend it. In my school for instance, during the 2016 SSSCE, pupils in our hostels
performed better than those in the day section. I am always proud to tell people that. I am not
saying day schools are not good but boarding schools are better.

Some other educationists who threw their weight behind boarding schools argued that those who
attended boarding schools often show signs of maturity and good training because of the capacity
to cope independently.

They also added that the training of pupils in boarding schools varies from one school to another
and largely dependent on some factors ranging from available facilities, teachers competence to
moral upbringing among others.

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Many parents agonize over sending their child to boarding school or keeping
them at home and sending them to day school. A look at the pros and cons
Many parents agonize over sending their teenager to boarding school or
keeping them at home and sending them to day school. The issue you really
need to address is the quality of supervision you are able to give your children
after school and on weekends. Let's face it, modern parents lead very busy
professional and social lives. If you aren't around to see what's going on, do
you know what your teen is up to?

The Advantage of Going to Boarding School

When you send your child to boarding school, you are buying the whole
package: academics, athletics, social life, extracurricular activities and 24/7
supervision all rolled into one. That's just part of the boarding school DNA. It is
an incredibly good deal for many thoughtful parents. Of course she will miss
her mother and father, her siblings, her own room and all those other special
things she knows and loves. But, the truth is that she will be off to college
anyway in a few years. Getting a head start on leaving home is not a bad
thing. It will pay huge dividends in later years as she has had to learn to cope
and adjust to new circumstances at an earlier stage in her life. Teaching her to
be independent is a good thing.

Living in a boarding school essentially prevents your child from being

anonymous. She will be part of the school community. She will be engaged in
its activities, academics and athletics. She will be involved in the life of the
school. That may strike her as different from the life which she has enjoyed
back home. Nonetheless, she will become accustomed to participating in a
wide range of activities throughout the week. She will develop confidence in
her abilities. Best of all, she will accomplish all of this in the company of and
with the support of her new friends. The following short video illustrates the
kind of fun your child will have in boarding school.
Sports practices and games are easier to schedule because the whole school
operates on its own self-contained schedule. Holding a drama or choir
rehearsal in the early evening won't inconvenience anybody. Study hall and
lights out are all part of the rhythm of school life as well.

You also don't have to worry about meals as those are part of the daily
schedule too. So is down time. Teens need time to socialize. Boarding
schools help teenagers learn to manage their time. And that is a life skill worth
Besides not having to worry about what your child is doing, the transportation
issue is moot. No more driving to and from school. Or worse, no more teens
driving between home and school.

Best of all, a boarding school is a self-contained community. Your child will

interact with all the members of that community, learning valuable lessons
about diversity and tolerance in the process. The teaching, and the learning,
never stop just outside the classroom.
Once again, the important question you need to ask yourself is whether or not
your busy professional lives allow adequate supervision of your teenager's
activities. The answer to that may determine what kind of school will meet
your requirements. Boarding schools offer many wonderful advantages for
you and your child. Visit Boarding School Review and find out more.

The Convenience of Day School

If you live in an area which has several private school options AND you have
the time to be a full-time parent, then day school is a serious option which you
ought to be considering. The two main advantages are that the cost is less
than boarding school and that you can exercise your parenting skills on a daily
basis. If you have a demanding career or perhaps one which requires
extensive travel, you ought to think twice before considering day school.
Teens need 24/7 supervision or else they will get into mischief or worse. This
video shows the wealth of programs which a typical day school offers
As a product of the English boarding school system I can say that first of all, boarding schools at least
in England are some of the best in the world. Boarding happens to be mandatory in order to enjoy
the whole 'boarding' lifestyle and so attending these schools without boarding isn't possible.

The two main advantages in my experience are the levels of involvement in so many exciting
extra/super curricular activities and the involvement you get in an established social group. Because
you essentially live at least during the week, but often for two months at a time with the same people
you form very close and personable bonds with people. Obviously one argument against this is that if
you don't like the people you board with then to all intents and purposes, you won't have any friends
but actually I see it as a way of breaking down social barriers that might prevent you becoming
friends with someone outside of a boarding environment. Moreover, the amount of music, sport etc.
you do can create very strong camaraderie. Most importantly in my opinion, it helps you learn
responsibility and leadership, especially as you grow older. In a boarding house (approximately 60-
100 boys from 13-18) you learn a duty of care to younger members of the house and a sense of
responsibility for their welfare.

Whilst I've loved my time at boarding schools, this gold-plated, silver lined education has not come
without some issues. Most of all, because of the nature of boarding schools, you spend very little time
with your family, not just during school terms, but also in holidays. Because you are hard wired to
spend your time almost entirely with boys of a similar age, being alone at home can be incredibly
challenging. Therefore during school holidays, you often spend most of your time with your friends
going skiing, beach holidays etc. instead of with your family. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but
something worth being aware of.

Secondly, and I'll try to tread carefully here, often behaviours, especially at single sex schools can
often be misconstrued as inappropriate or worse. I've done things I'm not proud of at boarding
school, both as a result of the very overtly masculine enviroment and lack of much daily exposure to
girls. I'll admit I quite enjoyed parts of it but I'll freely say that boarding schools are rife with
drinking, smoking and (some) drug use. Not necessarily to a great degree always but still a clear
culture. There also tends to be a degree of bullying and intimidation, especially centred around
masculinity relaed issues, as one would expect in an environment of teenage males. I won't go into
great details because I'm sure there are many many horror stories (most probably false or at least
Wildly hyperbolic) on the Internet. But I'm sure you can grasp the general idea with shared dorms
and changing rooms etc.

I'd stress here that these issues I've raised are purely from my own experience. I do know of similar
ideas in other schools bar mine that friends have told me about but I wouldn't count this for much.
The benefits I outlined earlier are widely shared amongst 90% of the boarding school population and
is something I'd highly recommended is you or your child had the chance to experience it.
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Gail Grazian Egbeyemi, Over 30 years as a child mental health professional.

Answered Dec 27, 2015
I don't know what country's boarding schools you are interested in.

In the US, they undoubtedly could receive an excellent education. However, many (not all) of their
peers would have affluent parents. They would lack experiences with peers from a broad range of
socioeconomic backgrounds. Most American kids don't go to boarding school, and they'd miss out on
the community based school experience.

In most parts of Africa, most adolescents go to boarding school. The very poorest kids can't afford
school at all: they receive no education. There are still many poor kids at boarding schools, but
perhaps an uncle is paying their school fees. In Africa, students meet peers of all socioeconomic
levels. Going to boarding school is the norm. The only thing the students miss out on is living with
their parents.
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Catherine Hackett, Boarding schools, books, education in general, I'm your girl!
Answered Dec 5, 2016
Besides the obvious lack of physical connection with your child, not much. The pros definitely
outweigh the cons in most cases, although Im sure that for some people it wouldnt be the best idea.
You are, of course, placing the well being and safety of your child into the hands of strangers, so
make sure its a good school before you apply. Virtually every school has extensive training and high
qualification bars in the first place, but its always good to be careful.

The many benefits include independance, a great learning environment, and amazingly close
friendships. Your child will be greatly benefited by being at school 24/7, as well as being surrounded
by amazingly smart people all the time. Asking for extra help is made much easier, and the
opportunities offered are expansive.
Basically, in my opinion, sending a child to boarding school will help more than it will hinder them in
the long run. The connections and friendships made can be extremely useful later in life, and the
communities are beautiful.

Why We Chose Boarding Rather than Day School

Deciding whether to send your child to boarding school instead of day school
is a decision most of us parents make early on in the private school search
process. Here is our story. I had taught in day schools and was a Deputy-
Director of one of them. Nancy and I chose to send both daughters to
boarding schools for the following reasons. I hope that our experience will
help to inform you as you make this critical decision about which kind of
private school will be best for your child.

At the time we were considering sending our children to private school we

were fortunate to be living in an area which had good schools. My late wife
Nancy indeed had graduated from the local high school. In fact, she was chair
of the local school board when we decided to explore other options for our
daughters' schooling. So it wasn't the schools per se which were the issue.
Four factors shaped our decision.

The high school curriculum was solid. The teachers were experienced and
competent. The school was small as high schools go, with a student
population of 400 students in grades 7 through 12. There were football and
basketball teams, a highly-acclaimed marching band and a couple of
clubs. That, however, was what made us want more for our daughters. We
wanted them to read five Shakespeare plays a year. Not just the one play a
year which she learned in her current high school. The same thing was true of
other academics. They met the minimum requirements. But we wanted more.

The sports and arts programs were wonderful, but options were extremely
limited. The same was true of the extracurricular activities. But the real reason
was something every parent of a teenager comes to terms with: who was she
hanging around with after school? Who would be driving her back and forth if
we couldn't? We were both busy professionals who couldn't always drop
everything and drive 30 miles through the Litchfield County hills to pick up and
drop off.

So, it was for those reasons that we began to consider boarding school very

Rigorous academics
We always felt that we should stretch our children intellectually. That
approach literally started from the earliest months. Nancy read
voraciously. She devoured serious fare with a few mysteries thrown in. She
was fluent in French and Spanish too. Classical music was my thing. Sp, our
children didn't stand a chance against those influences. It also didn't take us
long to realize that we had two gifted children on our hands. That is why
serious, rigorous academics were simply what we expected.

As mentioned previously, the public school offered basic courses. There

simply was not enough depth and breadth for our needs. We had no firm
ideas about what the girls should pursue in college. We felt our job was to
provide them the best foundation we could. As we explored the curricula at
several boarding schools, we realized that our children could build on their
existing knowledge base, while having the opportunity to explore more

Lots of sports
The idea of having athletics twice a week was a huge hit. Boarding schools
typically finish classes at lunch on Wednesdays. The afternoon is given over
to sports. Same thing on Saturdays. The variety of sports offered as well as
the availability of many sports at the varsity level as well as intramurals made
this feature of boarding school very attractive. The other feature of boarding
school sports programs which appealed to us was the fact that the teachers
coached sports. The athletic department staff organized and oversaw
everything; however, the children's teachers were actively involved in

Plenty of extracurricular activities

As with the athletic programs, the schools we looked at offered dozens of
clubs and other extracurricular activities. Because all the students were
required to take part in one or more activities, there was plenty of talent to
make the activity fun and practiced at a high level. We also like the fact that all
extracurricular activities were directed and supervised by members of the
faculty. That involvement allowed students to experience their teachers in
another setting than the classroom. Mr. Smith teaching quadratic equations is
one thing.
24/7 supervision
This is not a characteristic of boarding schools which your teenager will
consider terribly important. But it was a huge plus for us parents. We had
spent many years raising our children according to our personal values and
precepts. When it came time for our young adults to begin to leave the nest
and fly solo, we still wanted the reassurance of a safety net. 24/7 supervision
is something which boarding schools simply do very well. They have looked
after teenagers for decades. They are tuned into what goes on in those young
minds. They have the safety net at the ready. The net is invisible most of the
time. But it is there when needed.

Boarding schools know how to handle the hormone factor before things run
amok. They understand bored teenagers. And they do all of this unobtrusively
most of the time but conspicuously when that approach is called for. We didn't
want to worry about who was driving our daughter home. We didn't want our
child going to somebody's home where the parent was either not at home or
was disengaged from parenting. Boarding schools' 24/7 supervision was a
feature almost as important to us as the impressive academics were.

Finally, I should mention that we were not helicopter parents. We taught our
children as best we could and allowed them to get on with living their own
lives. We felt that a gentle transition from childhood to adulthood just made a
lot of sense. You cannot hover and be over-protective, and then expect your
child to develop self-confidence and independence. That's why we were
comfortable with letting our children go off to boarding school.
Looking back more than two decades it was probably one of the best
decisions we ever made. Both girls excelled in college - Harvard and UMass
Amherst - and went on to earn advanced degrees. They have great careers.
They are wonderful mothers. What more can a parent ask?