DC26 is considering applying to some highly competitive and academically rigorous boarding schools for 9th grade entry Fall 2022. DC26 is an A student attending a private day school that goes up to 12th, but is not challenged academically. DC26 is already being recruited by some Ivy and top D1 programs.
As parents, we are open to the idea of boarding school and see many positives, including forced learning of time management which is crucial for a student-athlete in college, but are concerned that a pressure cooker environment won’t allow for the time needed to train for sport while maintaining a high GPA.
DC26 has done a lot of research already and is primarily interested in HADE+CL, which seem to be described as “balanced” at best, and with homework loads in some cases described as increasing over time to up to 4 hours/day. DC26 has already reached out to coaches at a few of the schools, and they have responded enthusiastically.
As a recruited athlete DC26 doesn’t need tippy top grades/scores to be admitted to some of the Ivy and high academic D1 schools that would be top choices, but how hard is it to get “good enough” grades at these boarding schools to meet those minimum Academic Index standards?
(some college coaches have already said they would like to see minimum 3.8 unweighted, 1400 SAT) Would having to be so dually focused on sport + academics prevent DC26 from experiencing all of the other great things that BS has to offer?
I know this is completely subjective and child-dependent, but would appreciate thoughts from any parents who have gone through this experience with their recruited athlete child who attended BS. I also realize this post may come across as elitist but I am just trying to be honest about our situation and trying to get feedback to help make the best decision possible for DC26.