Second Edition: The Owl Boarding School Guide has Grown! Highlighting the Small Boarding School Association

We’re so pleased to add and highlight a special group of nurturing, supportive schools known as The Small Boarding School Association! In our school planning world, the SBSA schools are roughly equivalent to the Colleges That Change Lives consortium in our college planning practice: hidden gems with hands-on Heads of School, project-based learning, and individualized learning support. […]

The Boarding Advantage in Challenging Times

Invariably I begin Zoom calls with my shelter-at-home high school juniors with some variation of, “How is online schooling treating you?” With few exceptions, my kids, particularly those enrolled at boarding schools fire back with “good,” “solid,” or “going well.” Contrast the upbeat tenor of a sequestered-at-home boarder with one of the handful of public […]

Grit, Inspiration, & New Hampshire Boarding Schools

A Yankee Recipe For Success David Brooks recently wrote a column, “Putting Grit in its Place,” in which he references the current fascination with this formative four-letter word.  He initially defines grit more in the negative as “the ability to trudge through long stretches of difficulty.”  Parents often invoke this definition of grit to urge […]

Why a Boarding School is Also a Good Home

For the record, I grew up a free-lunch kid from a public school in NJ.  I had no idea about boarding schools other than to suspect that if someone was “sent” there, there was a problem or something was wrong. As I completed college and entered the workforce, my career path was focused on education […]

It’s Never Too Early – – Or Too Late – – To Apply To Boarding School

The arrival of spring brings the onset of warmer weather, reimagined hopes, and new opportunities. And just as spring signifies the start of the second season of the calendar year, it also harkens in the second season for boarding school admission. While most schools have application deadlines in January and early February, many schools will […]