Boarding school or not?
Hi guys, I am a sophomore right now. I was thinking about applying to boarding school this year as a new junior next year (or perhaps a repeat sophomore). I considered it last year but I wanted to see how things would work out at my current school first.
Right now, I go to a public high school in NYC. It's a "specialized high school," which means it's a selective high school that administers an exam for admission. It's a competitive, STEM-based school, and right now I am in the top 10%.
The reason why I want to apply to boarding school is mainly for the small class size and the benefits that come with that (i.e. getting to know your teacher better, having a better learning experience, etc.). At my current school most of my classes have roughly 30 students and one teacher, and that teacher may not necessarily be the best or most qualified.
However, besides the large class size, my school is able to offer almost everything a boarding school can academically. For instance I am in my school's science research program, and I have a few leadership positions this year. I was also able to establish good relationships with some teachers, and my guidance counselor knows me quite well.
The thing is I feel like I would really really benefit from a smaller class size and more individualized attention. Over the summer I did the CTY program and my class only had 15 students with a teacher and a TA, and I felt I really thrived in that smaller class environment.
Also, the college counselors at the top boarding schools are well-connected (or at least that's what I hear) as opposed to my home school's college counselor who isn't so connected with adcoms. I'm aiming for top schools -- Ivys and some LACs -- so having this benefit won't hurt.
Should I stay at my current school or should I apply to boarding school? If it matters, the schools I'm looking at are Andover, Exeter, Lawrenceville, Groton, and St. Paul's. Oh, and I'll need financial aid too.