Attending an all-boys boarding school has several benefits that families should consider when evaluating educational options. Although boys might be averse to the idea at first, the setting can be a lot of fun and give them the support they need to excel in academic and extracurricular pursuits. Families should consider the boy's personality and decide whether the benefits of the boarding school outweigh the financial cost and relational difficulty of having a child away from home.
One of the major benefits of going to a boarding school with only boys is that it removes one of the major distractions from the educational atmosphere. Without girls in the classroom, boys will be able to focus more on learning and less on impressing the girls in class. Boys in co-ed schools often want to develop a reputation as a cool guy, and because enjoying school is not perceived as cool, they have a rebellious attitude in the classroom. At an all-boys boarding school, teens can focus on personal development in and out of the classroom rather than dating.
Attending a boarding school puts boys in a structured environment that is significantly different from what they would experience at home. Boys have to make their own decisions about how to spend their time and have plenty of activities to choose from. Living away from parents forces them to be more responsible, but the boarding school also offers some structure and mentors to help them in the process. This helps equip them with the skills to excel when they go to college because they are already comfortable with the experience of living away from home.
Boarding schools are generally more academically rigorous than other types of schools. They usually have smaller class sizes and because of the residential aspect, boys have access to assistance with their studies around the clock. This helps the boys to excel in their K-12 education and be better prepared to get into a good college. In addition, boarding schools usually have excellent academic counselors who can help students with the process of selecting and applying for colleges. Being in an environment devoted to education helps boys to put in the time and effort to apply for college.
Outside of a boarding school environment, boys might have a tendency to seclude themselves and delve into playing video games or other individual pursuits. A boys' boarding school, on the other hand, puts boys around their peers all the time. This encourages them to develop strong friendships with one another and depend on each other. Boys often become like family and have friendships that last long after they graduate from high school. Boarding school can provide continuity for a boy whose family has to relocate regularly due to work or other reasons. In addition, boarding schools often have very diverse students, encouraging boys to develop friendships with other boys from different backgrounds.