Considering the option of sending your child to boarding school can be difficult. There are many websites that talk about the advantages of this type of schooling. There are also many blogs and videos that discuss the schools through the eyes of the student. While you are taking all of these views into account, you may also find yourself running across some myths. Before you assume the myths may be true, consider understanding the myths and the truth behind them.
Children Don't Want to Go
The first myth you may face is that children do not want to go willingly to boarding school. The truth is, some children may enjoy the idea and the lifestyle more. The truth behind this myth is that you need to introduce your child to boarding school with their viewpoint in mind. You need to let them choose the type of school and what type of environment they want to be in. Though you will make the final choice, letting your child be part of the process will make the transition more accepting and easier.
Academics are the Same
The academics of boarding schools tend to make their way into the myths you will hear. One of the more popular myths is that academics are the same as other boarding schools or the same as your child would receive in a local private school. The truth is, though some academics are the same topically, they may not be the same quality. You may also find there are many subjects that are not available at your local private school or even at other boarding schools. This means, if academics are vital to you, you may want to ensure the academics of the boarding school you choose match you and your child's needs.
Special Needs Courses
If you have a special needs child, you may feel that boarding school is not an option. This is a myth that many parents of special needs children believe. The truth is that there are some boarding schools that do offer programs for special needs children. Some of these boarding schools deal directly with specific needs such as schools for the blind and the deaf. There are other emerging schools that deal with autism and other related issues.
If you have any questions about boarding school, consider discussing the options with parents who already have children in this type of educational environment. They can give you insight into the schools, what to know, and the lifestyle your child will face. They can also help you determine which schools may be ideal for your child.