I was seeking group input on other boarding schools that we should consider.
My DD would be applying for the 2022-2023 9th grade admissions to boarding schools. Because we live in an area with strong day schools, she had good local options. However, she has begged for years to go to boarding school. She is very extroverted and I believe would do better in a large social environment such as a boarding school. The rest of our family and her brothers are much quieter and less outgoing.
-Standardized tests I think she will be in the 80% on the SSAT. That is where she has been in prior testing.
-Academically she is doing well, mainly As but some Bs at a good day school. She is not a competitive person or wanting loads of academics. Her favorite subject is math.
-Intellectual interest is low for her. She reads, but less classics and great works and more how-to or YA fiction. She spends a lot of time making things at home–cooking, construction, etc. She has little interest in current events.
-Recommendations will be very strong. She is a leader at the school in many ways–planning events for other kids, organizing and producing quizlets and games for her teachers.
-A hands-on project learner. She does well in these areas.
-Extracurriculars are dance, theater and singing. She’s worked hard in these areas but sees them more as a fun activity than a career. She’s been in many local productions and has been training in these fields.
-She likes to move around and try games but not an athlete. She’s done cross country and ultimate frisbee at her school. Next year she’s hoping to join volleyball and swimming.
-She’s curious about overseas travel and culture.
-She would prefer a school that is more cooperative than competitive. She gets along with all types.
-She is good with uniform schools or with a detailed schedule of study and play. Somewhat prefers co-ed but she’s ok with an all girls school.
I have made the following list. few schools that might be obvious candidates fell by the wayside due to weak dance programs. Because of good day school options in our area, we can manage all WL or rejects if that’s the unfortunate result.
Emma Willard School
Northfield Mount Hermon
Mercersburg Academy (She loved this summer program and dorm.)
St. Andrews School
Does anyone have other schools we should consider? In the reach-target-safety analysis method I’m really looking for target schools. Thank you for any advice.