About Junior Boarding Schools

The preteen years can be a turbulent time. Children between 12 and 15 are struggling to exert their independence and to define themselves as individuals separate from parents. Hormonal changes and environmental stressors during this time can lead to risk taking activities such as substance use and abuse, sexual experimentation, or even violence.

An important part of growing up is to become autonomous, but this must occur in a safe and stable environment. For many preteens, this can happen at home, but for some, junior boarding school provides the structured and stable setting needed.

A decision for boarding school isn’t an easy one. There are adjustments to be made – to a new setting, new friends, and separation from family. But there are good reasons to consider junior boarding school, too:

  • Boarding schools offer a safe and structured learning environment with small class size, which allows individual attention and encouragement to participate. By engaging students in this way, they can develop a positive attitude toward learning.
  • Many junior boarding schools offer in depth organizational and study skills that prepare children for high school and college study.
  • Curriculum in junior boarding schools is both challenging and diverse.
  • The social environment in a junior boarding school is both supportive and highly supervised, with opportunities to develop a strong community bond between students, staff and faculty.

Junior boarding schools also offer girls an opportunity to develop responsibility at a faster pace than they might at home. While there is structure and support from faculty and staff, students still are presented with opportunities to increase maturity and become self-sufficient.