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ParentsCanada Guide to Private School - Fall 2017

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ParentsCanada Guide to Private School | 2017 20 | STUDENT life BOARDING SCHOOL There are more than 27 boarding schools in Canada accredited by Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) – 23 of which are also accredited by The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS). Some boarding programs start at grade six or seven, others at grade eight. Some are only for upper grades (nine through 12). Most schools also have programs for day students. Whether a private day or boarding school is right for your child(ren) depends on many things: where you live, your circumstances – and of course, your individual kid. Benefits of boarding • very structured – set schedule for meals, classes, study/homework help, mandatory co-curricular activities • close, lifelong friendships • strong supervision • independence (university won't be the first time a kid is away from home, making that transition easier) • time management – an essential life skill that's valuable throughout life, personally and professionally • study skills – easing the transition to post-secondary studies and increasing the chances of success • time and energy not wasted in going home and back every day; for some day students, this can mean long bus rides • everything's on campus: meals, sleeping, co-curricular activities, health services, social circle; allows students to be fully immersed in school life, focussed on studies and interests • students, teachers, parents working toward the same goal, who share positive school values • family-like, team-centred 'we're in this together' feeling • positive, camp-like atmosphere (being able to share in many activities with peers, eat meals, live together in a dorm setting) • peers who are motivated, focussed and engaged in doing well at school • very commonly, better parent-child relationships – easing friction in the relationship in the adolescent years/ more quality time when parents, children are together • taking the stress off of parents – of overseeing school work, ferrying kids to and from extracurricular activities • especially for kids from rural and less multicultural areas – the enriching experience of friendships with students from many countries. PRIVATE DAY AND BOARDING SCHOOLS OFFER MANY BENEFITS "It takes courage to be a board- ing school parent. You are let- ting go of your child, and that's tough. I always say you're not letting go – you're letting grow. It's controlled independence." — HEADMASTER DAVID ROBERTSON, SHAWNIGAN LAKE SCHOOL, B.C. Shawnigan Lake School King's-Edgehill School Stanstead College

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