According to research conducted by The Association of Boarding Schools, the number of boarding school graduates who achieve prestigious top management positions in their mid and late careers is significantly higher compared to the number of private and public school graduates with similar achievements. What causes this disparity? How can boarding schools help nurture high achievers?
Optimal Time Management
As part of round-the-clock immersive communities centered on the their growth and development, boarding school students will face fewer distractions and are thus able to spend more time on both academics and extra-curricular activities compared to the average public or private school student. Boarders also typically follow a set daily schedule that allows them to optimize their time.
Additionally, unlike most regular public or private schools, boarding schools tend to offer richer curricula with a wider variety of subjects and activities, such as arts, theater, sports, music and robotics, providing boarding students with more opportunities to explore their interests and discover their talents, strengths and skills. Under the mentorship of highly trained faculty members, the students are able to develop their interests into lifelong passions that may even flourish into fruitful future careers.
Boarding school is an ideal place for students to prepare themselves for the challenges and responsibilities of adulthood while in a safe and supportive environment. In their new home away from home, boarders learn to become disciplined and self-sufficient individuals. They are encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions and gain vital living skills such as completing chores and budgeting. They are given the freedom to try new things and learn from their mistakes. This freedom to make decisions enables them to develop remarkable levels of confidence and resilience. Subsequently, the high standards that boarding school students are accustomed to help them transition smoothly into college and work life. In fact, a significant 70% of boarding school graduates report that boarding school helped them develop self-discipline, maturity, independence and the ability to think critically. With these skills, boarders will not just survive; they will thrive well into the future.
Building Strong Connections
In today’s society, who you know can be just as important as what you know. Networking is an essential skill to become successful in almost any field. Fortunately, boarding school students have a head start. The shared communal experiences of boarding school produce friendships that are deeper and more meaningful. Boarding school graduates state that they establish lifelong friendships at school and look back most fondly on their time spent together then. Additionally, with many boarding schools hosting an international student body, boarders will have an excellent opportunity to build a global network of connections, which may be advantageous for their future.
Cultivating an Effective Learning Environment
The strong relationships forged at boarding school also provide great academic benefits. In one study, 78% of boarders reported that they are motivated by peers compared to 49% of public school students. This success-oriented peer environment encourages boarding school students to support and intellectually stimulate each other to achieve their full potential. Furthermore, having a wide array of students from across the world enhances this learning environment even further. A study conducted by Stanford University revealed that an environment of diversity makes us more creative, diligent and hardworking. The research indicates that a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives stimulates our thinking and openness, which leads to more innovation.
Located in Johor, Malaysia, Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City International School provides students with an exceptional boarding school experience with highly qualified teachers, cutting-edge facilities and a rigorous yet holistic curriculum. This prestigious boarding school allows children in the region to be fully immersed in a world-class American educational system and culture close to home, while also giving them an opportunity to learn necessary life skills, including good study habits, independence and time management, under the watchful eye and guidance of their dorm parents. Here, the opportunity to grow, learn and succeed is a 24/7 experience.