Boarding School What is a boarding school

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What is a boarding school

boarding school is an institution where children live within premises while being given formal instruction. The word "boarding" is used in the sense of "room and board", i.e. lodging and meals. As they have existed for many centuries, and now extend across many countries, their function and ethos varies greatly. Children in boarding schools study and live during the school year with their fellow students and possibly teachers or administrators. Some boarding schools also have day students who attend the institution by day and return off-campus to their families in the evenings.

Boarding school pupils are typically referred to as "boarders". Children may be sent for one year to twelve years or more in boarding school, till the age of eighteen. There are several types of boarders depending on the intervals at which they visit their family. Full-term boarders visit their homes at the end of an academic year, semester boarders visit their homes at the end of an academic term, weekly boarders visit their homes at weekends. There are also semi-boarders who attend a boarding school in the school hours for formal instruction and activities but return home by the end of the day. In some cultures, boarders spend the majority of their childhood and adolescent life away from their families. Boarding schools are relatively more prevalent in the United Kingdom (UK), India, China, and parts of Africa. These countries begin boarding schools at a very early age and for a longer span of time. However, boarding schools are relatively less prevalent in Europe and the US where it is mostly seen for grades seven or nine through grade twelve -- the high school years. Some are for either boys or girls while others are co-educational. In the United Kingdom which has a long tradition of classic British boarding schools, many are independent (private) schools that have elite associations. While there are also state boarding schools, many of which serve children from remote areas.

In some societies and cultures, boarding schools are the most elite educational option (such as Eton and Harrow, which have produced several prime ministers), whereas in other contexts, they serve as places to segregate children deemed a problem to their parents or wider society. Canada and the United States tried to assimilate indigenous children in the Canadian Indian residential school system and American Indian boarding schools respectively. Some function essentially as orphanages, e.g. the G.I. Rossolimo Boarding School Number 49 in Russia. Tens of millions of rural children are now educated at boarding schools in ChinaTherapeutic boarding schools offer treatment for psychological difficulties. Military academies provide strict discipline. Education for children with special needs has a long association with boarding; see, for example, Deaf education and Council of Schools and Services for the Blind. Some boarding schools offer an immersion into democratic education, such as Summerhill School. Others are determinedly international, such as the United World Colleges.


Top Florida Boarding Schools (2021)

1.      Admiral Farragut Academy

Admiral Farragut Academy is a private, coed, K-12 day school and 8-12 boarding high school. Waterfront location on beautiful Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida. Close to beaches and a vibrant downtown harbor. Offers signature programs such as STEM, Marine Science, Naval Science (Leadership & Sailing), AP Capstone, Aviation, and Scuba.

Our faculty focus on developing the whole child and are involved in each student's life in and out of class. Our students represent an average of 27 countries and we offer ESL classes for non-English speakers.

Farragut also offers a variety of clubs, competitive sports, and weekend trips to theme parks.

·         Grades: (Boarding) 8-12

·         Students: 320 students

·         Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $53,200

·         Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $24,900

·         Acceptance rate: 90%

·         Average class size: 17 students

·         Application Deadline: None / Rolling


Tel: (727) 384-5504

501 Park Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710


2.      North Broward Preparatory School

7600 Lyons Road
Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Tel: (954) 247-0011

·         Grades: (Boarding) 6-12

·         Students: 1620 students

·         Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $71,400

·         Acceptance rate: 50%

·         Average class size: 15 students

·         Application Deadline: None / Rolling


North Broward Preparatory School is an extraordinary community of learners committed to accelerating each student`s academic achievement and personal growth.

We foster critical thinking skills, provide opportunities for the discovery of interests, and instill the virtue of civic responsibility.

Our challenging, yet nurturing environment, prepares our students to excel in their top choice colleges and universities.

As a member of Nord Anglia Education we offer a curriculum that is enhanced by collaborations with world-class organizations like MIT, Juilliard and UNICEF.

Our school provided personalized learning plans by intergrating technology to further engage students.



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