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How to convince your parents to let you go to prep school

Pi12345Pi12345 185 replies29 threads Junior Member
edited August 2013 in Prep School Cafe
The name basically says it all. My parents are too attached to me and I desperately want to get away for awhile and live my life. Has anyone had really stubborn parents who took tons of convincing?
edited August 2013
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  • loveyoutooloveyoutoo 340 replies3 threads Member
    Have you looked at great day schools, or 5-day boarding? If you live in New England, then there are numerous top day schools you should look at.
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  • Pi12345Pi12345 185 replies29 threads Junior Member
    I do not live in new England and there are no boarding schools within 3 hours of me.
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  • loveyoutooloveyoutoo 340 replies3 threads Member
    Sorry, I'm going to a day school, so can't help much.
    There are probably other threads on this that you can look at. Check the parents forum, as well.
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  • loveyoutooloveyoutoo 340 replies3 threads Member
    Depends on the level of the schools near you. There probably is at least one or two private day schools though.
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  • patronyorkpatronyork 420 replies19 threads Member
    Try to show your parents (not just tell, show) you are mature enough to make your own decision. One of the reasons why parents seem to be attached to their children is they sometimes care too much about almost everything. If you could show them you are now able to take failure positively and learn from it, it may help them let you go.

    Also, think about these questions. These are similar to what I asked my son (and ourselves) when he said he wanted to go to a boarding school.

    1. Are you sure you are ready to leave home?
    2. Or is it just because you want to stay away from your parents?
    3. Are your parents financially capable? Or are you going for a financial aid?
    4. Do you understand there are also cons of boarding school?
    5. Is going to a top college your primary reason for the boarding school?
    6. Are you ready to handle rigorous workload and competitive pressure?
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  • jackpajackpa 96 replies10 threads Junior Member
    My mom wasn't really on board until we actually visited the schools. Then she realized how good of an opportunity BS was for me.
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  • Pi12345Pi12345 185 replies29 threads Junior Member
    Buuuuuuuuuuuuump
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  • Pi12345Pi12345 185 replies29 threads Junior Member
    Bumping this thread
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  • sfl2017sfl2017 20 replies0 threads New Member
    Okay, so my dad went to boarding school but my mom didn't and she really didn't want to me go to boarding school. She let me apply, but she wouldn't let me apply to a school that was really have away (like 2 hours, tops). But the revisit day won her over.
    Just try to convince them to let you visit schools - like I said, my mom wasn't really on board until she visited and then take it from there.
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  • KimberlyLailaKimberlyLaila 214 replies8 threads Junior Member
    if you're still looking i'd have to say to just sit down with them and have a serious talk about it. if it's money there's LOTS of financial aid. Also try and have BS alumni talk to them about it. Good luck! :)
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  • LondonLadyLondonLady 131 replies1 threads Junior Member
    What I did was I found pro's and cons of each school and took the reins of the admissions process. When my parents saw how dedicated I was to this they let me apply
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  • goldenfygggoldenfygg 656 replies6 threads Member
    My mom introduced me to the idea of prep school lol. My dad was indifferent about the whole thing. But now they are really excited about the prospect of me going.
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  • whimsicalwhimswhimsicalwhims 661 replies22 threads Member
    My dad introduced me, and both my parents support the idea, but my mother is a bit hesitant....
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  • bschoolsearcherbschoolsearcher 150 replies11 threads Junior Member
    It was my idea but now both my parents are excited and totally supportive of me going
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  • A08842A08842 2512 replies42 threads Senior Member
    It was definitely my idea all the way from sixth grade. My parents still don't know more than half of the schools I am applying to. X_X
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  • LondonLadyLondonLady 131 replies1 threads Junior Member
    My dad is behind me now but he and my mum are both a bit nervous.
    Hopefully, if i get in ;)) they will let me go.
    My mum is banking on me not getting in :(
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  • GryffinHunterGryffinHunter 606 replies5 threads Member
    I've bugged them since 5th grade.
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  • natakwalinatakwali 116 replies12 threads Junior Member
    My parents weren't really on board until they talked to a prep school mom who raved about the experience. Maybe an intervention from someone knowledgeable whose opinion your parents value is in order?
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  • agentwoodagentwood 85 replies7 threads Junior Member
    While BS is a wonderful opportunity, don't go just so you can get away from your parents. Make sure you want to go for the experience.
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