A typical day starts at breakfast shared with day students and faculty who choose to meet in the Dining Hall for study, to plan events, or just to chat. After school, boarding students are busy with the same activities as their day school friends. In their residence halls, they can choose to work out in the Benedict House training room, or relax and socialize in the lounges, watching the large-screen TVs, playing Ping Pong or Foosball, and sharing snacks or doing homework at the 24/7 Café booths in the St. Anselm lounge.
After dinner, students have supervised study time. House meetings, routine business is dispatched and time is set aside to develop practical skills. This material focuses on learning specific skills for living successfully with others, and on developing character and judgment in decision-making. Living away from home brings many challenges, and the residential curriculum helps students to identify and solve them-from academics to laundry.
Boarding students love the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships, and the fact that those friends hail from a variety of cultures, religions and backgrounds is an aspect they especially value. Students want to be well prepared academically and socially for college, and they appreciate the added support residential life brings.
For two recent graduates' views on boarding life, see student profiles of Gilly Mendoza and Francys Scott in Academic/High School and High School Courses. For other views, see these links:
A Comparative Study of Educational Options published by The Association of Boarding Schools. Also you might find these parent comments helpful: What parents have to say about Independent Schools?