Would love to hear some first-hand experience of what it is like to be a Christian student at a boarding school like Exeter, Andover, or Lawrenceville.
Our 8th grade son currently attends a private day school in the Seattle area and is very happy with the school and his circle of friends. But, he is still open to exploring the option of attending a BS far away from home. We know of a couple of students who have transferred to Exeter for high school from my son’s current school in recent years.
Potential pros of boarding schools listed above that we can envision include:
-bigger (can be a con), greater diversity of student body, esp. in terms of international students
-Harkness method (if my son were to apply, we think Exeter would provide the best fit given my son’s focus on math)
-better overall opportunity for personal growth, maturity, and college readiness (not necessarily in better academics but in terms of developing greater independence and self-advocacy skills)
The most prominent concern or question mark for our family is how attending boarding schools may affect our son’s Christian faith, which is still very much evolving and growing, in light of the expected challenge of finding and being able to attend a “good” church that is probably off-campus, the presence (or lack) of “peer” Christian students/groups, etc.
Would love to hear your thoughts, esp. based on first-hand experiences. Thx. a ton in advance!