Have to admit I like the ancillary benefit of DS eating at school, too. He is a big eater, and likes more variety than I can make at home. He thinks it's strange that some kids order pizza every night, because he loves the food!
We mainly looked into BS because
1) BS supports intellectual curiosity and true learning (unlike most public schools)
2) Social - wanted DS to be more social than he was being at home and the captive environment helps.
3) Teachers/staff taking a true interest in students. Student is not a number, but rather a valued member of the school community.
And yes, I think BS is delivering on all three, and the fringe benefit too!
"Interesting update-- the AO from PA told my nephew that they don't want kids who are going to isolate themselves--not just about the numbers--they are looking at students who can thrive socially, also."
I think they are biased against introverts and this is another type of "diversity" in education that should be embraced.
Also, I think these ("top") schools are a pressure cooker for many/most kids - and I'm not sure why that is so attractive, when the end result is not the same as it used to be (ie, prep for an ivy league school, when so few get in these days and I think Ivy are looking for something else now). There are schools out there that offer a more positive, less stressful environment, and for many kids, that is a better choice.