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Category: Boarding School

Posted July 26, 2019, 9 a.m. by Emily Loring Good | View Comments
Mountain student

The idea of venturing away from home after high school is daunting. The idea of venturing before that? Maybe a little terrifying. Yet that’s the idea behind semester schools. It’s a basic concept: Go to school for one semester. The catch is that the school is outside of your world and probably outside of your comfort zone. Semester schools offer specialized programs that allow high school students — typically during your junior year — to study away from home, getting real-world experiences along the way. You return with a semester’s worth of high school credit and a wealth of brand-new ...

Posted June 21, 2019, 9 a.m. by Stephanie Barron | View Comments
Boarding School

When you start looking into boarding school, it’s hard to find an unbiased opinion. The websites show students decked in school colors as they cheer on teams, alums tell stories about the good old days, and pop culture suggests that it’s either like a college you get to leave for sooner or a prison to which your parents willingly send you. ‘ I am a boarding school alumna with extremely mixed feelings about my experience because it didn’t provide some things I expected but did provide others that I couldn’t have found anywhere else. Here’s what I wish I’d known ...

Posted May 21, 2019, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
debunking myths about boarding school

Boarding school has a historic reputation of being a dismal place for children who have been forcibly ejected from their families. The media backs up this by depicting students as drunken, marauding adolescents; evil gangs conjuring up witch-craft in the woods; or desolate, picked-on children. None of which are exactly reassuring. However, although a boarding school is by no means for everyone, these portrayals are so inaccurate they are almost mythical, when, in fact, it can often be a natural, and the most logical, solution for many families. Understanding the Purpose of Boarding School Although you might appreciate that life ...

Posted May 14, 2019, 3:10 p.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
High achieving boys

A new study suggests exposure to high-achieving boys can erode girls' achievements and confidence, especially in STEM subjects. Buy why? And what can we do about it? Once upon a time, girls weren’t expected to learn much in school. The only reason for a girl to go to college, the thinking went, was to meet a potential husband. Thankfully, these backwards notions have all but disappeared from most corners of our society. And changing attitudes have in turn led to greater educational opportunities for girls and women. Women graduate four-year colleges at higher rates than men, according to the National ...

Posted Sept. 7, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
University of Kentucky College of Engineering: Isabella Ritz

Isabella Ritz studies biomedical engineering at the University of Kentucky. What made you pick biomedical engineering? As I was exploring different career paths I could take with my materials engineering major, I realized biomaterials was an up and coming field so I thought by having a biomedical engineering minor I could create a unique profile for myself. Because biomedical engineering is so broad, almost any engineering discipline works with biomedical engineering. What do you like best about the University of Kentucky? You can pick the classes that tailor to your interests. And you can get six of your 18 hours ...

Posted Oct. 25, 2017, 8 a.m. by Capt. Tom McClelland U.S. Navy (Ret.) | View Comments
At Farragut, Military School Training Develops The Right College Skills

One important habit that Ashley Patterson Beaty learned by attending military school at Admiral Farragut Academy: Don’t overlook the details. “There were rules to abide by with demerit consequences,” says Ashley, class of ‘02, who now handles government relations for a clean energy company in Washington, D.C. “For example, black socks were required while in uniform. I initially thought this was totally arcane and with open defiance I wore leopard print socks resulting in two demerits. I was infuriated. But I never got another demerit after that. It was a lesson learned: Details matter, sometimes even for … socks.” Farragut, ...

Posted May 2, 2017, 9:11 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
At Turn-About Ranch, each student is assigned a horse to care for on the ranch.

There are many options for teens with mental health issues. Why would a working cattle ranch in the wilds of Utah be the answer for them and their parents? “When adolescents are failing in their home environment, it is sometimes essential for them to go to an isolated therapeutic environment to get their lives back together,” says Michelle Lindsay, executive director and licensed mental health counselor at Turn-About Ranch in Escalante, Utah. “Today’s world is filled with technology that floods our lives with immediate gratification, mixed messages and constant diversions from what is most important. Our real, working cattle ranch ...

Posted April 21, 2017, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
military-academy

When you think of the military, you think of discipline, honor, and commitment. These are all characteristics that you will embrace if you choose to attend a military boarding school for high school. Contrary to popular belief, military school is not a place where parents send only their troubled, undisciplined children. Nor does attending a military school mean that you have to pursue a career in the military. Military school is a place where students who strive for excellence in academics and in character will thrive. Motivated students who work well in a structured, disciplined environment are a good fit ...

Posted April 14, 2017, 9 a.m. by Barbra Weidlein | View Comments
arts-boarding-school

The arts enhance just about any aspect of education so most college-prep boarding schools offer classes in the arts. But for students who are passionate about the arts and want a stronger arts focus during their high school years, an arts boarding school may be a dream come true. Arts boarding schools can engage you in the arts as deeply as you want to go. Graduates of these programs often head to conservatories or college and university arts programs to major in the area they focused on in high school. Others discover a new passion while attending an arts boarding ...

Posted April 4, 2017, 10:16 a.m. by Bill Higgins | View Comments
post-graduate-year

Another year of high school, really? Why would anyone consider a post-graduate year instead of college? But if you’re a high school athlete looking to improve your game, a post-graduate (PG) year at a boarding school might be just what you need to play college sports. Max Willman, for example, was a hockey all-star and a good student at Barnstable High School in Massachusetts. But, coming from an off-the-beaten-track school on Cape Cod, he thought his competitive days would be put on ice when he graduated in 2013. Fast forward a short year later. Willman was playing at the Wells ...

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