Exceptional & Unique Offerings in BS - let’s update this!

@JustWinginIt

Additions:

(New topic) 5 Day BOARDING - WInchendon, Worcester Academy

Rowing tank - Brewster

Saturday Classes Weekly - Brewster, New Hampton, Kimball Union, Vermont Academy, Pomfret

Academic Support - Pomfret, Winchendon, Worcester Academy, Gould

Block Schedule - Forman, Pomfret

Robotics Team - Forman, Winchendon

Winter Term - Pomfret, Forman (many off campus and travel opportunities)

Signature Programs

  • ColLABS - Collaborative Laboratories”, \ these are where you will have the chance to either do a “deep dive” into a new topic that interests you with other students and teachers, or design your own independent study or internship. Winchendon
  • On Snow Program - competitive skiing/snowboarding, certifications in ski instruction, ski patrol or adaptive skiing and instruction for beginners with their own lodge and lift at Sunday River. Flipped schedule winter term to accommodate morning training with classes going later in the afternoon. Gould

St. George’s Semester at Sea should probably be listed as a signature program.

Summary update:

100% BOARDING (for current info, search by % boarding at boardingschoolreview.com):

  • Advanced Academy of Georgia * Blue Ridge School * Camden Military Academy * Carlbrook School * Carson Long Military Academy * Episcopal HS * The Gow School * Grand River Academy * Hampshire Country School * Hyde School - Woodstock, CT * Leysin American School in Switzerland (LAS) * Marine Military Academy * Midland School * New Mexico Military Institute * Oak Creek Ranch School * Oliverian School * Robert Land Academy * St. Andrew’s School, DE * St. John’s Military School * St. Paul’s School * St. Thomas More School * Scattergood Friends School * Squaw Valley Academy * THINK Global School * Wolfeboro: The Summer Boarding School * Woodberry Forest School

80%+ BOARDING (see note above):

  • Berkshire * Blair * Cate * Culver (90%) * Deerfield * Exeter * Forman * Groton (85%) * Hotchkiss (>95%) * Kent * New Hampton School * Salisbury * Thacher (90% - most day students are faculty kids living on campus) * St Mark’s

CHAPEL/RELIGIOUS SERVICES REQUIRED:

  • George (Quaker mtg)* Groton (4X/week) * Kent * Peddie (2x/week, not religious) * St. Andrew’s * St. Mark’s * St. Paul’s (4x/week) * Salisbury (2x/week)

CONVOCATION HANDSHAKES:

  • Choate

EVENING ARTS

  • Putney

FARM

  • George (organic garden) * Hillside (Jr. BS) * Hotchkiss * NMH * Putney

FIVE DAY BOARDING

  • Belmont Hill * Nobles * Winchendon * Worcester Academy

GOLF COURSE ON CAMPUS

  • Blair * Hotchkiss * Lawrenceville * Peddie * Taft (adjacent)

GROUP HUG BEFORE VACATIONS AFTER CHAPEL:

  • St. Paul’s

HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAM:

  • Emma Willard (w/ residential option - ‘The Wellies’)

HORSE PROGRAM

  • George * Kent * Orme * Thacher (mandatory, core to the school’s approach to building character, self-awareness, & leadership)

HUG LINE BEFORE CHAPEL:

  • Concord

INDOOR ROWING TANKS:

  • Brewster * Brooks * Deerfield * Kent * St. Paul’s * Suffield

JOBS ON CAMPUS ( Req.)

  • George * Kent * Loomis * Madeira (internships in DC) * NMH * Peddie * Putney

“NEW GIRL”/“OLD GIRL” PAIRING - CIRCLE OF LIGHT - SINGING IN THE GARDEN (Lots of singing at Porter’s) - RING CEREMONY

  • Miss Porter’s

NIGHTLY HANDSHAKING:

  • Groton * St Mark’s

ONE-SANCTION EXPULSION (1-strike you’re out)

  • Concord (same as Emma Willard) * Emma Willard (for ANY candle or flame in dorm or on campus) * Hotchkiss * Peddle * Pomfret * St Mark’s (if lying about an infraction or if infraction is bullying or putting another in a harmful situation)

OUTDOOR PROGRAM

  • Berkshire * Cate * Orme * Proctor * Thacher

THE PORTER PLAN

  • Miss Porter’s - House (dorm) directors’ primary responsibilities on campus are within the dormitories, w/o the additional responsibilities of teaching or coaching.

SATURDAY CLASSES - NEVER:

  • Andover * Choate * Concord * Deerfield * Governor’s * Lawrence * Loomis * Middlesex * St. Andrew’s * Tabor * Thacher * Westtown

SATURDAY CLASSES - OCCASIONAL:

  • Cate (every other week) * Exeter * Hill School * Hotchkiss (50%)

SATURDAY CLASSES - WEEKLY:

  • Berkshire * Brewster * Brooks * Forman * Groton * Kent * Kimball Union * Lawrenceville * Loomis * Masters * Middlesex * New Hampton * Peddie * Pomfret * St. George’s * St. Paul’s * St. Mark’s (all pass/fail electives) * Salisbury * Vermont Academy

SENIOR SPEECHES (speeches given weekly by 1-2 senior students to the student body)

  • Cate * Concord * St Mark’s * Thacher (Senior Exhibitions: 30-minute presentations on research topics during Spring of senior year) * Westminster

SIT-DOWN FORMAL MEALS:

  • Berkshire (1x in Fall & Spring) * Blair (generally 2x/week) * Brooks (2x/week, Fall & Spring) * Cate (1x/week) * Deerfield * Episcopal * Groton (weekly, fall & spring) * Hotchkiss (w/faculty, 1x/week, informal) * Kent (1x/week) * Loomis (weekly, fall & spring) * Mercersburg * Millbrook (1x/week) * Miss Porter’s (2x/week) * Peddie (1x/week) * Portsmouth Abbey * St. Andrew’s (DE) * St. Mark’s * St. Paul’s (3-4x/term) * Salisbury (2x/week) * Thacher (4x/week)

SWIMMING REQUIREMENT:

  • NMH * St. Mark’s (for crew only)

ZOO (ACCREDITED)

  • Millbrook

Split into 2 - received a message it was too long. Feel free to consolidate if you can.

A C A D E M I C S

ACADEMIC SUPPORT
*Berkshire * Brewster * Cheshire * Cushing Academy * Darrow * Dublin * Forman * Gould * Kents Hill * Kimball Union * Mercersburg * Millbrook * New Hampton * NMH * Pennington * Pomfret * Solebury * Suffield * Vermont Academy * Winchendon * Worcester Academy

ARABIC:

  • Choate (Can also be in interdisciplinary Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies Program) * Deerfield * Exeter (Seniors w/ another language only) * Loomis

ARTS CONCENTRATION PROGRAM:

  • Choate

AVIATION SCIENCE (flight school)

  • Berkshire

BALLET COMPANY (for credit):

  • Concord (dance company: ballet & other dance disciplines) * Deerfield * Loomis * St. Paul’s * Westover

BLOCK SCHEDULE:

  • Forman, Pomfret * St. Andrew’s (DE) * St. Mark’s

CAPSTONE REQUIRED:

  • Mercersburg (MAPS and Springboard programs)

CARIBBEAN STUDIES

  • Lawrenceville (Island School) * Tabor (on a schooner 2 weeks)

COLLEGE MODEL ACADEMIC PROGRAM (fewer classes per semester; each semester covers entire year’s worth of material)

  • NMH

COMPUTER SCIENCE

  • Choate * Concord * Exeter * Hotchkiss * Loomis * Peddie * St. Mark’s * St. Paul’s

CLASSICS DEGREE

  • Exeter * St. Mark’s

ETHICS COURSE - REQUIRED:

  • Brooks * Cate (“Sophomore Seminar”) * Loomis (not req.) * Miss Porter’s School (Sophomore year) * St. Mark’s (req. Saturday class IV form) * Salisbury

FILMMAKING:

  • Cate * Choate (Video Production courses) * Concord * Dunn * George * Loomis * Exeter * Peddie * Putney

HARKNESS TABLE:

  • Blair * Cate (English/Humanities) * Concord (in language/humanities) * Exeter (all classes, including math & science) * Hotchkiss (language/humanities) * Lawrenceville * Loomis * The Masters School * Mercersberg * St. Andrew’s * St Mark’s * St. Paul’s

IB:

  • Annie Wright * Carlisle * Cheshire (CT) * Dwight School * EF Intl Academy New York * George School * Mercyhurst Prep * Mid-Pacific Institute * Montessori HS (OH) * Mount Saint Mary Academy * New Hampton School * North Broward Prep * St. Andrew’s (FL) * St. John’s (MN) * St. Timothy’s (MD) * Stoneleigh-Burnham * UWC-USA * Verde Valley

INGENUITY LAB

  • Forman

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS:

  • Blair * Brooks School * Choate * Exeter * George (service learning) * Hotchkiss * Lawrenceville * Loomis * NMH * Peddie * Proctor *St Mark’s * St. Paul’s * Westover

ISLAND SCHOOL:

  • Berkshire * Exeter * Lawrenceville (Semester in Bahamas)

LIVING IN COMMUNITY (required class):

  • George * St. Paul’s

MARINE SCIENCE - ADVANCED:

  • Portsmouth Abbey * Cate * Santa Catalina * Tabor

MOD SYSTEM (Academic calendar = 3 courses at a time taken for 6 weeks):
*Cambridge School of Weston (CSW)

MOUNTAIN CLASSROOM:

  • Proctor (full trimester camping/academic adventure) * Cate (1 trimester, based in Leadville, CO. For experienced skiers/hikers)

NAUTICAL SCIENCE

  • Portsmouth Abbey * Tabor

OBSERVATORY
Hotchkiss * St. Paul’s * Thacher

OCEAN CLASSROOM:

  • Proctor (10 wks in fall aboard 130’ schooner sailing to Caribbean; also offered in spring—16 wks & open to non-Proctor students for credit)

ON SNOW PROGRAM

  • Gould

RAINFOREST PROGRAM

  • Forman

ROBOTICS TEAM:

  • Forman * George * Peddie * St. Mark’s * Winchendon

SACRED TEXTS:

  • Groton

SCHOOL YEAR ABROAD

  • Andover * Belmont Hill * Brooks * Culver * Deerfield * Exeter * Hill * Hotchkiss * Lake Forest * Lawrenceville * Loomis * Mercersburg * Milton * Peddie * St. Mark’s * Taft * Thacher * Westminster

SCIENCE RESEARCH PROGRAM:

  • Berkshire (Advanced Math Science Research Program & Advanced Environmental Research Program) * Brooks * Choate * Emma Willard (Practicum program) * Concord (InSPIRE program: summer internships in Boston area) * Exeter (summer intern at Stanford / or field level course) * St. Mark’s * St. Paul’s (Engineering Honors Program, summer research internship) * Thacher (Astronomy)

SHAKESPEARE SEMESTER:

  • Episcopal * Exeter (trimester in Stratford-Upon-Avon)

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE:

  • Peddie (in Advanced Research Science, Arts, Asian Studies, Creative Writing, Languages and Robotics) * St. George’s (Semester at Sea) * Winchendon

STAINED GLASS/ HOT GLASS:

  • St. Paul’s

INDUSTRIAL ARTS

  • Proctor

WINTER TERM (Period during a vacation where students return to campus for non-traditional classes of their choice)

  • Berkshire * Brooks * Forman * Lawrence * Millbrook * New Hampton School * Pomfret * St. Mark’s (Lion term - Note: NOT in Winter; last 3 weeks of school & mainly off campus)

WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

  • St. Mark’s * Westover

You should just start a new list with relevant categories. For example, Arabic can likely be taken at any school which offers independent study and has an instructor or the ability to study online ( this goes for any subject really). We didn’t fund a single BS that didn’t have at least 3-5 international trips ( and many had dozens of options). Internships were available at many schools, though the scope and number varied a lot. I also think your boarding numbers need to be updated at least one school on your list is off by a large factor. Things change iver the years. Kids and parents need to know what is important to them and investigate further. This is one reason online rating systems for schools are not that accurate.

@JustWinginIt, thanks for volunteering!

Not sure what “Masters” is under Weekly Saturday Classes, but it’s not The Masters School - which should be added under Saturday Classes - Never

The Masters School uses Harkness for all classes
Has a Dance Company for credit
Has not one but several robotics teams (see Zetetics below)
Has video production courses (under Filmmaking)
Has Senior Speeches
Has an Ethical Leadership program, including Seminars in Ethical Leadership
Has a four-year Engineering Program (The curriculum is aligned with Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and International Society for Technology in Education Standards.
Through the partnership with the Rochester Institute of Technology, students earn college credits.)
Has a robust Zetetics program, with cybersecurity, computer science, and robotics teams.

@JustWinginIt please also add The Masters School to 5 Day Boarding.

Updated. Deleted a lot of explanatory info; I figure this is a jumping off point to help everyone find schools to look into further. Also deleted computer science listing; most, if not all, schools offer computer science classes now.

Tag me with a note about what to add/change, and I’ll update it every few days.

100% BOARDING (for current info, search by % boarding at boardingschoolreview.com):

  • Advanced Academy of Georgia * Blue Ridge School * Camden Military Academy * Carlbrook School * Carson Long Military Academy * Episcopal HS * The Gow School * Grand River Academy * Hampshire Country School * Hyde School - Woodstock, CT * Leysin American School in Switzerland (LAS) * Marine Military Academy * Midland School * New Mexico Military Institute * Oak Creek Ranch School * Oliverian School * Robert Land Academy * St. Andrew’s School, DE * St. John’s Military School * St. Paul’s School * St. Thomas More School * Scattergood Friends School * Squaw Valley Academy * THINK Global School * Wolfeboro: The Summer Boarding School * Woodberry Forest School

80%+ BOARDING (see note above):

  • Berkshire * Blair * Cate * Culver (90%) * Deerfield * Exeter * Forman * Groton (85%) * Hotchkiss * Kent * New Hampton School * Salisbury * Thacher (90% - most day students are faculty kids on campus) * St Mark’s

5 DAY BOARDING

  • Masters * Winchendon * Worcester Academy

CHAPEL/RELIGIOUS SERVICES REQUIRED:

  • George (Quaker mtg)* Kent * Peddie (2x/wk, not religious) * St. Andrew’s * St. Mark’s * St. Paul’s (4x/wk) * Salisbury (2x/wk)

CONVOCATION HANDSHAKES:

  • Choate

EVENING ARTS

  • Putney

FARM

  • George (organic garden) * Hillside (Jr. BS) * Hotchkiss * NMH * Putney

GROUP HUG BEFORE VACATIONS AFTER CHAPEL:

  • St. Paul’s

HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAM:

  • Emma Willard (w/ residential option - ‘The Wellies’)

HORSE PROGRAM

  • George * Kent * Orme * Thacher (mandatory, core to school’s approach to building character, self-awareness, & leadership)

HUG LINE BEFORE CHAPEL:

  • Concord

INDOOR ROWING TANKS:

  • Brewster * Brooks * Deerfield * Kent * St. Paul’s

JOBS ON CAMPUS ( Req.)

  • George * Kent * Loomis * Madeira (internships in DC) * NMH * Peddie * Putney

“NEW GIRL”/“OLD GIRL” PAIRING - CIRCLE OF LIGHT - SINGING IN THE GARDEN - RING CEREMONY

  • Miss Porter’s

NIGHTLY HANDSHAKING:

  • Groton * St Mark’s

ONE-SANCTION EXPULSION (1-strike you’re out)

  • Concord (certain infractions) * Emma Willard (certain infractions) * Hotchkiss * Peddle * Pomfret * St Mark’s (certain infractions)

OUTDOOR PROGRAM

  • Berkshire * Cate * Orme * Proctor * Thacher

THE PORTER PLAN

  • Miss Porter’s - house (dorm) directors’ primary responsibilities on campus are within the dormitories, w/o additional responsibilities of teaching or coaching.

SATURDAY CLASSES - NEVER:

  • Andover * Choate * Concord * Deerfield * Governor’s * Lawrence * Loomis * Masters * Middlesex * St. Andrew’s * Tabor * Thacher * Westtown

SATURDAY CLASSES - OCCASIONAL:

  • Cate (every other week) * Exeter * Hill School

SATURDAY CLASSES - WEEKLY:

  • Berkshire * Brewster * Brooks * Forman * Gould * Hotchkiss * Kent * Kimball Union * Lawrenceville * Loomis * New Hampton * Peddie * Pomfret * St. George’s * St. Paul’s * St. Mark’s (all pass/fail electives) * Salisbury * Vermont Academy

SENIOR SPEECHES (speeches given weekly by 1-2 senior students)

  • Cate * Concord * Masters * St Mark’s * Thacher (Senior Exhibitions) * Westminster

SIT-DOWN FORMAL MEALS:

  • Berkshire (1x in Fall & Spring) * Blair (generally 2x/wk) * Brooks (2x/wk, Fall & Spring) * Cate (1x/wk) * Deerfield * Episcopal * Groton (wkly, fall & spring) * Kent (1x/wk) * Loomis (wkly, fall & spring) * Mercersburg * Millbrook (1x/wk) * Miss Porter’s (2x/wk) * Peddie (1x/wk) * Portsmouth Abbey * St. Andrew’s (DE) * St. Mark’s * St. Paul’s (3-4x/term) * Salisbury (2x/wk) * Thacher (4x/wk)

SWIMMING REQUIREMENT:

  • NMH * St. Mark’s (for crew only)

ZOO (ACCREDITED)

  • Millbrook

A C A D E M I C S

ACADEMIC SUPPORT
*Berkshire * Brewster * Cheshire * Cushing Academy * Darrow * Dublin * Forman * Gould * Kents Hill * Kimball Union * Mercersburg * Millbrook * New Hampton * NMH * Pennington * Pomfret * Solebury * Suffield * Vermont Academy * Winchendon * Worcester Academy

ARABIC:

  • Choate * Deerfield * Exeter (Seniors w/ another language only) * Loomis

ARTS CONCENTRATION PROGRAM:

  • Choate

AVIATION SCIENCE (flight school)
Berkshire

BLOCK SCHEDULE:

  • Forman * Pomfret * St. Mark’s

CAPSTONE REQUIRED:

  • Mercersburg

CARIBBEAN STUDIES

  • Lawrenceville (Island School) * Tabor (on a schooner 2 weeks)

COLLEGE MODEL ACADEMIC PROGRAM (fewer classes per semester; each semester covers entire year’s worth of material)

  • NMH

CLASSICS DEGREE

  • Exeter * St. Mark’s

DANCE COMPANY (for credit):

  • Concord * Deerfield * Loomis * Masters * St. Paul’s * Westover

ENGINEERING (4 YR PROGRAM)

  • Masters

ETHICS COURSE - REQUIRED:

  • Brooks * Cate * Loomis (not req.) * Masters * Miss Porter’s School * St. Mark’s (req. Saturday class IV form) * Salisbury

FILMMAKING:

  • Cate * Choate * Concord * Dunn * Exeter * George * Loomis * Masters * Peddie * Putney

HARKNESS TABLE:

  • Blair * Cate (English/Humanities) * Concord (in language/humanities) * Exeter (all classes, including math & science) * Lawrenceville * Loomis * Masters * Mercersberg * St. Andrew’s * St Mark’s * St. Paul’s

IB:

  • Annie Wright * Carlisle * Cheshire (CT) * Dwight School * EF Intl Academy New York * George School * Mercyhurst Prep * Mid-Pacific Institute * Montessori HS (OH) * Mount Saint Mary Academy * New Hampton School * North Broward Prep * St. Andrew’s (FL) * St. John’s (MN) * St. Timothy’s (MD) * Stoneleigh-Burnham * UWC-USA * Verde Valley

INGENUITY LAB

  • Forman

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS:

  • Blair * Brooks School * Choate * Exeter * George (service learning) * Hotchkiss * Lawrenceville * Loomis * NMH * Peddie * Proctor *St Mark’s * St. Paul’s * Westover

ISLAND SCHOOL:

  • Berkshire * Exeter * Lawrenceville (Semester in Bahamas)

LIVING IN COMMUNITY (req.\ class):

  • George * St. Paul’s

MARINE SCIENCE - ADVANCED:

  • Portsmouth Abbey * Cate * Santa Catalina * Tabor

MOD SYSTEM (Academic calendar = 3 courses at a time taken for 6 weeks):
*Cambridge School of Weston (CSW)

MOUNTAIN CLASSROOM:

  • Proctor (full trimester camping/academic adventure)

NAUTICAL SCIENCE

  • Portsmouth Abbey * Tabor

OBSERVATORY

  • St. Paul’s * Thacher

OCEAN CLASSROOM:

  • Proctor (10 wks in fall aboard 130’ schooner sailing to Caribbean; also offered in spring—16 wks & open to non-Proctor students for credit)

ON SNOW PROGRAM (competitive skiing/snowboarding, certifications in ski instruction, ski patrol or adaptive skiing and instruction for beginners)

  • Gould

RAINFOREST PROGRAM

  • Forman

ROBOTICS TEAM:

  • Forman * George * Masters * Peddie * St. Mark’s * Winchendon

SACRED TEXTS:

  • Groton

SCIENCE RESEARCH PROGRAM:

  • Berkshire (Math Science / Environmental) * Brooks * Choate * Emma Willard * Concord * Exeter * St. Mark’s * St. Paul’s (Engineering) * Thacher (Astronomy)

SHAKESPEARE SEMESTER:

  • Episcopal * Exeter (trimester in Stratford-Upon-Avon)

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE:

  • Peddie (in Advanced Research Science, Arts, Asian Studies, Creative Writing, Languages & Robotics) * St. George’s (Semester at Sea) * Winchendon (ColLABS - either do a “deep dive” into a new topic that interests you w/ other students & teachers, or design your own independent study or internship)

STAINED GLASS/ HOT GLASS:

  • St. Paul’s

INDUSTRIAL ARTS

  • Proctor

WINTER TERM (Period of time during a vacation where students return to campus for non-traditional classes of their choice)

  • Berkshire * Brooks * Forman (many off campus/travel) * Lawrence * Millbrook * New Hampton School * Pomfret * St. Mark’s (NOT in Winter; last 3 weeks of school, mainly off campus)

WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
*St. Mark’s * Westover

I just got an email that Stuart Hall is starting an Esports program. That’s pretty unique!

Can someone please add to Dance Company (for credit) the following schools:

Emma Willard and Miss Porters?

Thanks!

@JustWinginIt,

You can add Noble and Greenough and Belmont Hill to 5 day boarding. Note: Neither school offers 7 day boarding.

@vwlizard - is esports extreme sports? Electronic sports? Help! :smiley:

Because teenagers needs to spend more time with video games? smh

@skieurope - so it is electronic sports?? I was joking! Good grief…

Yup
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esports

Yes. Electronic sports. Apparently, they are even dedicating a new building to it. I don’t get it either, but it is certainly unique.

Very sad.

Updated. Tag me with a note about what to add/change, and I’ll update it every few days.

100% BOARDING (for current info, search by % boarding at boardingschoolreview.com):

  • Advanced Academy of Georgia * Blue Ridge School * Camden Military Academy * Carlbrook School * Carson Long Military Academy * Episcopal HS * The Gow School * Grand River Academy * Hampshire Country School * Hyde School - Woodstock, CT * Leysin American School in Switzerland (LAS) * Marine Military Academy * Midland School * New Mexico Military Institute * Oak Creek Ranch School * Oliverian School * Robert Land Academy * St. Andrew’s School, DE * St. John’s Military School * St. Paul’s School * St. Thomas More School * Scattergood Friends School * Squaw Valley Academy * THINK Global School * Wolfeboro: The Summer Boarding School * Woodberry Forest School

80%+ BOARDING (see note above):

  • Berkshire * Blair * Cate * Culver (90%) * Deerfield * Exeter * Forman * Groton (85%) * Hotchkiss * Kent * New Hampton School * Salisbury * Thacher (90% - most day students are faculty kids on campus) * St Mark’s

5 DAY BOARDING

  • Belmont Hill * Masters * Noble and Greenough * Winchendon * Worcester Academy

CHAPEL/RELIGIOUS SERVICES REQUIRED:

  • George (Quaker mtg)* Kent * Peddie (2x/wk, not religious) * St. Andrew’s * St. Mark’s * St. Paul’s (4x/wk) * Salisbury (2x/wk)

CONVOCATION HANDSHAKES:

  • Choate

EVENING ARTS

  • Putney

FARM

  • George (organic garden) * Hillside (Jr. BS) * Hotchkiss * NMH * Putney

GROUP HUG BEFORE VACATIONS AFTER CHAPEL:

  • St. Paul’s

HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAM:

  • Emma Willard (w/ residential option - ‘The Wellies’)

HORSE PROGRAM

  • George * Kent * Orme * Thacher (mandatory, core to school’s approach to building character, self-awareness, & leadership)

HUG LINE BEFORE CHAPEL:

  • Concord

INDOOR ROWING TANKS:

  • Brewster * Brooks * Deerfield * Kent * St. Paul’s

JOBS ON CAMPUS ( Req.)

  • George * Kent * Loomis * Madeira (internships in DC) * NMH * Peddie * Putney

“NEW GIRL”/“OLD GIRL” PAIRING - CIRCLE OF LIGHT - SINGING IN THE GARDEN - RING CEREMONY

  • Miss Porter’s

NIGHTLY HANDSHAKING:

  • Groton * St Mark’s

ONE-SANCTION EXPULSION (1-strike you’re out)

  • Concord (certain infractions) * Emma Willard (certain infractions) * Hotchkiss * Peddle * Pomfret * St Mark’s (certain infractions)

OUTDOOR PROGRAM

  • Berkshire * Cate * Orme * Proctor * Thacher

THE PORTER PLAN

  • Miss Porter’s - house (dorm) directors’ primary responsibilities on campus are within the dormitories, w/o additional responsibilities of teaching or coaching.

SATURDAY CLASSES - NEVER:

  • Andover * Choate * Concord * Deerfield * Governor’s * Lawrence * Loomis * Masters * Middlesex * St. Andrew’s * Tabor * Thacher * Westtown

SATURDAY CLASSES - OCCASIONAL:

  • Cate (every other week) * Exeter * Hill School

SATURDAY CLASSES - WEEKLY:

  • Berkshire * Brewster * Brooks * Forman * Gould * Hotchkiss * Kent * Kimball Union * Lawrenceville * Loomis * New Hampton * Peddie * Pomfret * St. George’s * St. Paul’s * St. Mark’s (all pass/fail electives) * Salisbury * Vermont Academy

SENIOR SPEECHES (speeches given weekly by 1-2 senior students)

  • Cate * Concord * Masters * St Mark’s * Thacher (Senior Exhibitions) * Westminster

SIT-DOWN FORMAL MEALS:

  • Berkshire (1x in Fall & Spring) * Blair (generally 2x/wk) * Brooks (2x/wk, Fall & Spring) * Cate (1x/wk) * Deerfield * Episcopal * Groton (wkly, fall & spring) * Kent (1x/wk) * Loomis (wkly, fall & spring) * Mercersburg * Millbrook (1x/wk) * Miss Porter’s (2x/wk) * Peddie (1x/wk) * Portsmouth Abbey * St. Andrew’s (DE) * St. Mark’s * St. Paul’s (3-4x/term) * Salisbury (2x/wk) * Thacher (4x/wk)

SWIMMING REQUIREMENT:

  • NMH * St. Mark’s (for crew only)

ZOO (ACCREDITED)

  • Millbrook

A C A D E M I C S

ACADEMIC SUPPORT
*Berkshire * Brewster * Cheshire * Cushing Academy * Darrow * Dublin * Forman * Gould * Kents Hill * Kimball Union * Mercersburg * Millbrook * New Hampton * NMH * Pennington * Pomfret * Solebury * Suffield * Vermont Academy * Winchendon * Worcester Academy

ARABIC:

  • Choate * Deerfield * Exeter (Seniors w/ another language only) * Loomis

ARTS CONCENTRATION PROGRAM:

  • Choate

AVIATION SCIENCE (flight school)

  • Berkshire

BLOCK SCHEDULE:

  • Forman * Pomfret * St. Mark’s

CAPSTONE REQUIRED:

  • Mercersburg

CARIBBEAN STUDIES

  • Lawrenceville (Island School) * Tabor (on a schooner 2 weeks)

COLLEGE MODEL ACADEMIC PROGRAM (fewer classes per semester; each semester covers entire year’s worth of material)

  • NMH

CLASSICS DEGREE

  • Exeter * St. Mark’s

DANCE COMPANY (for credit):

  • Concord * Deerfield * Emma Willard * Loomis * Masters * Miss Porters * St. Paul’s * Westover

ENGINEERING (4 YR PROGRAM)

  • Masters

ESPORTS (Electronic Sports)

  • Stuart Hall

ETHICS COURSE - REQUIRED:

  • Brooks * Cate * Loomis (not req.) * Masters * Miss Porter’s School * St. Mark’s (req. Saturday class IV form) * Salisbury

FILMMAKING:

  • Cate * Choate * Concord * Dunn * Exeter * George * Loomis * Masters * Peddie * Putney

HARKNESS TABLE:

  • Blair * Cate (English/Humanities) * Concord (in language/humanities) * Exeter (all classes, including math & science) * Lawrenceville * Loomis * Masters * Mercersberg * St. Andrew’s * St Mark’s * St. Paul’s

IB:

  • Annie Wright * Carlisle * Cheshire (CT) * Dwight School * EF Intl Academy New York * George School * Mercyhurst Prep * Mid-Pacific Institute * Montessori HS (OH) * Mount Saint Mary Academy * New Hampton School * North Broward Prep * St. Andrew’s (FL) * St. John’s (MN) * St. Timothy’s (MD) * Stoneleigh-Burnham * UWC-USA * Verde Valley

INGENUITY LAB

  • Forman

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS:

  • Blair * Brooks School * Choate * Exeter * George (service learning) * Hotchkiss * Lawrenceville * Loomis * NMH * Peddie * Proctor *St Mark’s * St. Paul’s * Westover

ISLAND SCHOOL:

  • Berkshire * Exeter * Lawrenceville (Semester in Bahamas)

LIVING IN COMMUNITY (req.\ class):

  • George * St. Paul’s

MARINE SCIENCE - ADVANCED:

  • Portsmouth Abbey * Cate * Santa Catalina * Tabor

MOD SYSTEM (Academic calendar = 3 courses at a time taken for 6 weeks):

  • Cambridge School of Weston (CSW)

MOUNTAIN CLASSROOM:

  • Proctor (full trimester camping/academic adventure)

NAUTICAL SCIENCE

  • Portsmouth Abbey * Tabor

OBSERVATORY

  • St. Paul’s * Thacher

OCEAN CLASSROOM:

  • Proctor (10 wks in fall aboard 130’ schooner sailing to Caribbean; also offered in spring—16 wks & open to non-Proctor students for credit)

ON SNOW PROGRAM (competitive skiing/snowboarding, certifications in ski instruction, ski patrol or adaptive skiing and instruction for beginners)

  • Gould

RAINFOREST PROGRAM

  • Forman

ROBOTICS TEAM:

  • Forman * George * Masters * Peddie * St. Mark’s * Winchendon

SACRED TEXTS:

  • Groton

SCIENCE RESEARCH PROGRAM:

  • Berkshire (Math Science / Environmental) * Brooks * Choate * Emma Willard * Concord * Exeter * St. Mark’s * St. Paul’s (Engineering) * Thacher (Astronomy)

SHAKESPEARE SEMESTER:

  • Episcopal * Exeter (trimester in Stratford-Upon-Avon)

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE:

  • Peddie (in Advanced Research Science, Arts, Asian Studies, Creative Writing, Languages & Robotics) * St. George’s (Semester at Sea) * Winchendon (ColLABS - either do a “deep dive” into a new topic that interests you w/ other students & teachers, or design your own independent study or internship)

STAINED GLASS/ HOT GLASS:

  • St. Paul’s

INDUSTRIAL ARTS

  • Proctor

WINTER TERM (Period of time during a vacation where students return to campus for non-traditional classes of their choice)

  • Berkshire * Brooks * Forman (many off campus/travel) * Lawrence * Millbrook * New Hampton School * Pomfret * St. Mark’s (NOT in Winter; last 3 weeks of school, mainly off campus)

WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
*St. Mark’s * Westover

Might be worth differentiating within the horse program category.

Lots of boarding schools have equestrian programs with competitive teams that ride English style (Chatham Hall, Ethel Walker, Foxcroft, Kent, George, Thacher)… Some schools even allow or encourage kids to bring their own horse.

Fewer schools have Western Riding available (Thacher, Orme, Ojai Valley School)… but only one school has a Horse Program that is both mandatory and central to the school’s approach to building character, responsibility, and self-awareness (Thacher.).

Given limited space and the desire to keep it to one post, I’d let folks do their own research re: what each school’s horse program entails.