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What do boarding schools look for in applicants?

Last updated: 
October 24, 2023

Boarding schools look to admit students who can excel in a rigorous academic environment. Admissions teams often review standardized test results as part of this evaluation, but a student’s passion for learning is equally important. 

Schools holistically take a student’s performance at their current school, participation in academic enrichment programs, teacher recommendations, and enthusiasm and curiosity during the admissions process into consideration to understand their thirst for learning and likelihood for success.

The boarding school environment is unique in that students are always at school. As a result, admissions teams look for well-rounded students who participate in extracurricular activities, are independent and adaptable, responsible, display leadership potential, and are respectful of others to project whether a student will be comfortable studying and living away from home.

Boarding schools also put an emphasis on building a diverse community where students from various ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic backgrounds can share, learn, and grow from each other’s collective worldviews.

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