Boarding schools today are much different than they used to be, and poles apart from stereotypical Hollywood images, such as havens for children of privilege or refuges for troubled teens. New research proves that contemporary boarding schools serve a diverse body of motivated and well-rounded students who study and live in supportive, inclusive academic communities where they learn about independence and responsibility—traditional values that help them achieve success at higher rates than private day and public schools students—in the classroom and beyond.

To gain a more comprehensive understanding of modern-day boarding schools and the relative value of the boarding school experience, The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), the non-profit membership organization for independent, college-preparatory boarding schools, commissioned Art & Science Group, a market research and consulting firm based in Baltimore, to study the subject (by denise at tf). The results of their detailed assessment debunk many of the misperceptions about boarding schools and offer new insight into the strengths—and advantages—of boarding schools today.



This report summarizes the main findings of the research, providing a picture of boarding school education and how it differs from a private day or public school experience.

Interviews with current boarding school students reveal why young men and women choose to apply to boarding school, what they learn once enrolled, and how boarders spend their time as compared to students who attend private day or public schools.

Interviews with boarding school alumni across generations reveal the long-term, life-changing effects of attending school in a residential setting, and how the lessons and values learned at boarding school influence and shape college experiences and professional success.


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