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Benefits of College Preparatory Programs

Russell Held

If you are in the process of deciding whether to send your child to a boarding school, you're most likely wondering about the benefits of college preparatory programs. You may have questions such as "What percentage of prep school students go to college?" or "Do colleges look at prep schools differently?"

To help, let's take a look at the pros and cons of prep schools as well as answer some common questions parents have about boarding school.

Pros and Cons of Prep Schools

The pros and cons of prep schools vary depending on the school you're looking at. For most parents, the only con is that their child may attend a boarding school away from home. But this is, more often than not, a positive experience for students. By sending your child to a college preparatory school, they learn vital skills earlier than other students. They also have access to a multitude of other benefits.

College Prep School Benefits

Sending your child to a college prep school provides the following benefits:

·      Independence: Your child will develop their independence at a crucial stage in their life. Kids who attend prep school learn to manage their time, do their homework and balance their school and social life. Developing a strong sense of independence during adolescence fosters a stronger sense of drive and accountability early in life.

·      More Academic Opportunities: College prep schools offer more academic opportunities. From AP courses to state-of-the-art teaching facilities, your child will benefit from attending a specialized school designed for them to shine throughout their academic career.

·      Feel Prepared for College: The main difference between attending college and college prep school is the age of the students. Many kids who attend prep school first feel they are better prepared for life in college.

·      Smaller Class Sizes for a Personalized Education: At college prep schools, smaller class sizes lead to more hands-on learning and one-on-one mentorship. For students seeking a more personalized education, attending a college preparatory school is the way to go.

·      Community: Learning how to build community is a valuable life skill. When your child attends a college preparatory program, they will experience first-hand what it's like to join an integrated community. Students learn how to organize social events and interact with one another on deeper levels.

What Percentage of Prep School Students Go to College?

At most college preparatory schools, the percentage of students who go to college is very high. At Wilbraham & Monson Academy, our college matriculation rate is 100 percent. Our students come to us with the goal of getting into their dream school. All parts of your child's education here at WMA are geared toward preparing them for college.

Do Colleges Look at Prep Schools Differently?

The short answer is yes. Colleges are aware that children who attend college prep school have successfully completed a vigorous education to help them grow stronger in their academic career.

If you have any questions, contact us today or fill out an admissions form online.

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