smaller boarding schools

<p>My daughter is a HS sophomore. She was diagnosed with a learning disability as a child but has overcome it through shear grit and determination. She earned excellent grades as a freshman and has asked to transfer to a boarding school for her last two years. There, she feels she will get the attention she needs to excel. We can afford it, so I have agreed t it.</p>

<p>Here's the issue: She's applying to the usual big-name schools and I'm wondering whether she'd be better off at a smaller, perhaps less well-known school. She's looking at Lawrenceville, Peddie, Blair, Webb, Episcopal, Choate, and a few others. Any suggestions?</p>

<p>Your daughter might want to consider applying as a repeat sophomore. It is much more difficult to be accepted to any school as a junior.</p>

<p>My daughter has a mild learning difference and we were looking at boarding and day schools for this fall. She ended up choosing a small school in New Hope PA called Solebury. They do have a strong academic support system in place with teachers who know how teach to all learning styles. She’s been there a few wks as a freshman and loves it. She hasn’t felt likes she’s needed to seek out extra help so far because the teachers explain things perfectly (as she put it). Good luck </p>

<p>Maybe Milbrook, Vermont Academy, or Pomfret. You could also do a search on boardingschoolreview.com with specific parameters in the advanced search function. See what pops up… It’s a great way to find schools outside of the usual list. Good luck! </p>

<p>I am not sure if you are saying she still needs support around the LD, but if so look at Proctor. They have an excellent learning skills program that is very nicely integrated into the entire curriculum: <a href=“http://www.proctoracademy.org/Page/On-Campus/Learning-Skills”>http://www.proctoracademy.org/Page/On-Campus/Learning-Skills</a> There program is strong in many other areas as well. They have nice study abroad options.</p>

<p>I am not as familiar with Solebury, but have heard good things as well.</p>

<p>If she is not needing any structured support, other good, smaller schools are abundant. We also used the hidden gems thread to narrow things down. If by smaller you mean smaller than those you list, I would look at these which all have below 400 students: Millbrook, Pomfret, Holderness. Even St. Mark’s or St. George’s. More appropriate suggestions can really be made only by knowing what she is specifically looking for in a school.</p>

<p>I agree with the repeat 10th grade possibility.</p>

<p>Smaller schools are good to consider, but your child’s interests and overall fit are more important. We started our search thinking a small school of 300 or less would be best as we were also seeking a strong curriculum with a supportive, low pressure community that let him thrive at whatever pace was best for him. We quickly realized. though, that lots of the bigger schools were just as good of a fit. More so, in some ways, as the larger communities tend to offer more options both academically and socially. Even Choate, which is huge in my book, surprised us with how supportive they seem despite their bigness and rigorous academics. I think my kid would have been happy at anything along the spectrum from Choate to Millbrook to Vermont Academy. He absolutely fell in love with Blair though. I am always happy to plug Blair, and if it is support you are looking for that is what you will get when you go there. </p>

<p>@Kenneth1960- Here’s a thread that might be helpful:</p>

<p><a href=“http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/prep-school-admissions/1545276-2013-14-hidden-gem-applicant-thread-p1.html”>http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/prep-school-admissions/1545276-2013-14-hidden-gem-applicant-thread-p1.html</a></p>

<p>On page 4 there are blurbs and links to school websites. </p>

<p>Echoing what @BlairParent said, yet in the reverse! We started off looking only at bigger schools, but somewhere along the way my DD ended up at a small school - Cate (which she LOVES). There are many arguments pros/cons for larger vs. smaller schools, but I agree that it ends up being about fit. So don’t get too hung up on the size and maybe more options will be available to you. I think that Pomfret, Millbrook, St. Mark’s are all good suggestions. Brooks? Loomis? Repeating 10th grade is a good suggestion. Maybe call a couple of these schools and see what they say? Don’t be afraid to ask questions about entry year, academic support, etc. etc. etc. </p>

<p>Not too far from Proctor is also Brewster Academy that has Instructional support and emotional literacy programs.<br>
Also, I’d look at Putney. </p>

<p>Thank you all for your help. It is sincerely appreciated.</p>

<p>I’m sure folks are surprised that I haven’t bombarded you with St. Andrew’s messaging!</p>

<p>Here’s a link to the process we went through with my older girl a few years ago:
<a href=“http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/prep-school-parents/1174214-one-family’s-bs-search-and-application-process-—-start-to-finish.html#latest”>http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/prep-school-parents/1174214-one-family’s-bs-search-and-application-process-—-start-to-finish.html#latest</a></p>

<p>She is currently a senior at SAS. Sending you a PM as well.</p>

<p>DD has decided to attend White Mountain School in Bethlehem, NH. She will start there in a week’s time. Thanks to all for your advice and counsel.</p>