It's hard to imagine a better way of preparing for university than through boarding school.
Students and parents around the word recognize that boarding schools (called prep schools in the United States and some other places) offer university preparation like no other high school. Boarding schools have a reputation for academic rigour that universities often implicitly – and in some cases, explicitly – recognize.
Beyond academics, though, the boarding experience anticipates the freedom and independence you'll have in university, whether or not you end up living in residence during your university years. You'll already have the experience of independence under your belt – something a percentage of first year university students are unprepared to handle and may even end up as their undoing.
"Learning to live without parents, you have to handle things without them. I feel I'm a lot different now."
—Gavin, Brentwood College School
Beyond college, boarding school graduates are more often professionally accomplished and philanthropically active adults. By mid-career, more boarding school graduates achieve top management positions than their peers. More impressively, 60% of alumni give to social service organizations, compared with 46% of graduates of other schools.
Adult life might seem like a distant planet at this point in your life. But boarding school grads are better prepared for life beyond university and college than other people. They are often more professionally accomplished, more likely to end up in executive roles, more likely to be financially successful – and philanthropic. Statistics show that 60% of boarding school alumni give money to social service organizations compared to less than 50% of grads from non-boarding schools.
Not only will you be one of those people who lead society, but many of the friends you make will be as well. At a boarding school you'll make lifelong friendships with good - make that great - people.