Boarding schools in Los Angeles appeal to a variety of clientele, from international students who want to get an education at an American secondary school, to students who have trouble functioning in a traditional school. The cost that accompanies sending a child to boarding school is can be unmanageable for most families. When determining whether to award a scholarship, boarding schools look at a child’s potential to succeed at the school and the family’s financial situation.
Located just outside Los Angeles in La Canada Flintridge, California, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy provides a boarding option for students. The school has around 400 students, including international students, and boards approximately 50 students each year. In addition to participating in the school’s clubs, co-curricular activities, and sports; boarding program students participate in weekend trips to places such as ski resorts and amusement parks. Boarding students also have the opportunity to interact with host families, i.e. families of day students who invite them to participate in family events and activities to help reduce homesickness. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy offers need-based scholarships, which 25 percent of students receive. Boarding school tuition is around $40,000 a year, and the average scholarship is around $7,000 a year.
St. Catherine’s Academy, located in Anaheim, California, offers a Catholic school experience with military elements for boys in kindergarten through eighth grade, and a residency program for boys in fourth through eighth grade. As part of the residency program, boys live in a multiple-bed dormitory and follow the principles taught at the school during the day. All residents must participate in a nightly study hall. Dormitories are run by the school’s Dominican sisters. The school offers five and seven-day residency options. Those who participate in the seven-day residency option enjoy trips on the weekend to local amusement parks and other attractions. In addition to monthly payment options and family discounts, St. Catherine’s offers partial tuition scholarships. Families must fill out the Student and School Service for Financial Aid application in order to determine their financial need.
Julian Youth Academy provides a safe, Christian boarding school for troubled youth in the Los Angeles area. Located in nearby Chino, California, and part of the Teen Rescue program, the school allows teens to enjoy education and the beautiful California scenery in a non-threatening environment. The school is open to children ages 12 through 17 who have problems with verbal abuse, severe A.D.D. or A.D.H.D., running away issues, alcohol abuse issues, and other behavioral issues. With its home school curriculum and rolling admissions process, students may enroll at any time of the year in order to get the help they need quickly. Students have constant supervision and are asked to participate in the daily running of the camp in order to build character and responsibility. Scholarship programs are available for families who demonstrate financial hardship. Student loans and installment programs also help families get the help they need for their child.