Neuchatel Junior College is another alternative to a four-year boarding school. Students from all over the world may apply, however most of the student body is Canadian. It is located in Neuchatel, in French-speaking Switzerland. This school is only for students wishing to spend their senior or PG/gap year abroad.
The most attractive part of this school, for me anyway, is that you are allowed to travel independently three weekends per semester, and even more often with the school. On your own, you may visit cities like Milan, Paris, Geneva, Monaco, Nice, etc. during the weekend. With the school, they take holiday breaks to places such as Athens, Kenya, and Thailand. Twice a yer, they attend a Model UN conference in St. Petersburg and Berlin.
The school also offers an internship the summer following your graduation at the High Commission for Refugees and the Canadian Embassy in Bern.
You guys are probably wondering how I heard of this. Today I met with my grandmother's friend, who is also an academic advisor. Her kids went to Georgetown, Cambridge, and La Sorbonne and she went to Wharton. She told me that attending Ashbury College (prep school in Ottawa) would be a waste of $20,000 per year and it is full of kids who have the holier than thou attitude. My dad, however, disagreed with this because I have many relatives who went there that are not like that. She told me I would be better off going to Lisgar Collegiate, which is one of the best schools in Canada, and they also have a gifted program. I would go to this school for three years, then hopefully go to Neuchetal.
Another advantage of going to school during the school year in Canada is that I would have the opportunity to become a parliamentary page, which is similar to a congressional page in the US. She knows a lot of people high up in the government so she could probably arrange this for me. Working with politics is something I want to do, and I would be so happy if I could do it at such a young age. The only thing to this is is that I would have to be fluent in French. I would be immersed in the language here, so that would be great and hopefully I could learn it within a year.
So anyway, the point of this thread is to give you guys' an alternative to the American boarding school. Neuchetal is an amazing opportunity to travel Europe while being challenged during the school year. It offers over 15 AP courses as well which you can take in your senior/PG year. It costs about the same as a top American prep school, but they have a few bursaries. http://www.njc.ch/home/
P.S. - At this school, you live with a host family and you can only speak French to them. However, fluency in French is not required to attend the school, however you should be proficient. The town of Neuchetal looks so amazing. I saw pictures of it and it looks amazing!