What are the different types of boarding schools?

There are three types of boarding schools that families can consider when choosing for their children. 

  1. College Preparatory Boarding School
    College preparatory boarding schools offer a rigorous academic curriculum designed to prepare students for higher education. They offer a structured learning environment including academic and residential facilities. These boarding schools help students develop life skills such as time management, self-discipline, and leadership skills through various social engagements and extracurricular activities. There are further distinctions between schools: 

    1. Single Gender or Coeducational Boarding Schools
      Parents can choose whether to send their children to an all-boys, all-girls, or co-educational boarding school. Each will have its own advantages and disadvantages that will depend largely on personal circumstances. Ultimately, the most important factors in choosing a boarding school are the needs, personality, values, and beliefs of the student and the family.
    2. Military Schools
      Many believe that military boarding schools are for troubled students where parents send their children to be disciplined. But in reality, military boarding schools offer a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that helps develop the abilities and emotional intelligence required to excel in any pursuit, whether inside or outside of the military. Aside from the structure and discipline that boarding schools provide, military schools aid students in developing strong moral values and focus on strong character, respect, discipline, leadership, accountability, and solidarity.
    3. Performing Arts School or Fine Arts Boarding Schools
      These boarding schools provide comprehensive arts training and education alongside a traditional academic curriculum. These schools offer a unique environment where students can immerse themselves in their chosen artistic disciplines such as music, dance, visual arts, theater, or creative writing. Admission to arts boarding schools can be competitive as some require auditions or portfolio submissions.
    4. Religious Boarding Schools
      Religious boarding schools are academic institutions that integrate religious principles and teachings into their extracurricular and academic offerings. In addition to standard education, these institutions emphasize moral development, spiritual growth, and religious teaching. They may belong to several different religious movements, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. While some schools might have strong religious requirements for pupils, others might take a more inclusive stance toward those with different religious backgrounds.
    5. Sports Academies
      Sports boarding schools provide an immersive environment for student-athletes, combining their academic and athletic pursuits. These schools offer comprehensive sports programs, elite coaching and training, top-notch sports facilities and resources, participation in competitions and tournaments, and college athletic preparation. Families can choose from a wide range of sports, including soccer, tennis, swimming, rugby, equestrian, skiing, snowboarding, and others.  
  2. Junior Boarding Schools
    Also known as junior boarding academies, these schools cater to students in their early and middle school years and offer academic programs tailored for students in the 6th through 9th grades. These schools provide a structured environment where students live on campus and receive comprehensive academic instruction, extracurricular activities, and character development that are crucial for middle school years. 
  3. Therapeutic Boarding Schools
    For pupils who are having emotional, behavioral, or mental health issues, therapeutic boarding schools offer support to cope with their needs. These schools are specialized educational facilities that offer academic instruction and therapeutic therapies. They seek to provide students with a disciplined and encouraging environment that meets their emotional, psychological, and academic needs. Students receive customized therapy and help to develop their living skills until they are prepared to enter a regular school or a vocational school.