What Does Boarding School Cost?
The Envoy Group
Therapeutic Boarding Schools don’t generally post their tuition online because they want to discourage you from falling into the temptation of price shopping. The reality is that the cheapest program is not necessarily going to do the most good for your struggling teen. Paying for a good therapeutic program is certainly a sacrifice, but you need to ask yourself, “If my son or daughter were to die tomorrow, what will I wish I had done?” Unfortunately, over the years we have heard several heartbreaking stories where parents did not act in time to help their teen.
The cost of a therapeutic or residential boarding school is usually dependent on the level of care needed. Residential boarding schools tend to cost less than therapeutic boarding schools because they do not offer therapeutic services from trained professionals, while therapeutic boarding schools tend to cost more (though not always) due to their employment of master’s degree level therapists, higher levels of safety precautions, and more staff equipped and trained to handle emergency situations.
If your teen is struggling with depression, ADD, anger, minor drug use, or is struggling at school, a residential boarding school may be a good fit for your teen. A structured and positive environment built to prevent teens from heading down the wrong path is usually enough to get them back on track.
However, some teens need full supervision or lock-down facilities. If your teen is a runaway risk, has threatened or hinted at suicide, is at risk of harming themselves, has participated in major drug or alcohol abuse to the point of near damage to body or mind, or has been diagnosed with ODD, RAD, OCD, PTSD, an anxiety disorder, anorexia or bulimia, bipolar disorder, or any major behavioral disorder, a therapeutic boarding school may be absolutely necessary for your teen.
Boarding School Tuition and Financial Assistance
Paying for boarding school tuition requires both careful financial planning and in-depth family discussion. As you view tuition and fees, keep in mind, boarding schools do offer financial assistance and they follow specific standards and guidelines for disbursements.
At first glance, they may appear expensive, but bear in mind the expenses you will no longer incur while your child is living away from home. Boarding school tuition and fees will cover everything from classes to room and board (meals), but also, transportation, clubs, activities, campus health care, and many other services. This means you won’t have to shuttle your son or daughter to sport practices, activities, or appointments. Boarding schools do it all and they do it 24/7.
While you compare schools and costs, make sure you contact the Admission Office to explore all of your financial options. Generally speaking, boarding schools offer need-based financial assistance, payment plans, loan options, and awards. They are committed to accessibility and affordability and will be sensitive to your concerns.
What factors influence the cost of boarding school tuition?
- Location – The state or actual city or town where the boarding school is located is often a significant factor in boarding school prices. Urban schools in Los Angeles or New York for instance could be much higher, but don’t be fooled. Boarding schools, even in very remote locations, like in some of the New England states, are not less expensive.
- 5 Day Boarding – For some families living locally, it may be practical to opt into a 5-day boarding program to reduce boarding school costs. However, keep in mind that many boarding schools do not offer a 5-day boarding option and the cost between 5 and 7 day boarding could be insignificant.
- 7 Day Boarding – To gain the full benefit of a boarding school experience, it is advisable to allow your son/daughter to stay on campus and come home for selected weekends and holidays. This immersive boarding school experience is ideal to gain the full benefits of academic support, maturity, independence, resilience, strong values, and lifelong friendships.
- Grade Level – Some private boarding schools offer lower tuition rates for middle school students vs. high school students, but it’s typically not a significant reduction in the overall boarding school cost. There are some boarding schools that begin in elementary school (4th Grade), like St. Catherine’s Academy in Anaheim, but they are few and far between.
- Type of Boarding School – Military academies are often less expensive than traditional boarding schools, even though both provide many of the same benefits, like a college-preparatory curriculum and development of life skills like time management and independence.
In fact, most military boarding schools boast a college matriculation rate of 95-100%, just like their traditional boarding school counterparts. Military academy students matriculate to The Ivy League, public and private universities such as: Stanford, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, NYU, MIT, as well as the highly selective service academies (USMA, USNA, USCGA, USMMA, USAFA).
Boarding schools in USA requirements
USA boarding school registration requirements
* If the student does not have the TOEFL or IELTS exam and his English language is weak, please contact us in order to find a boarding school that has a strong English language program for the student through ESL (English As A Second Language).
USA Boarding school application timeline
Applications to secondary boarding schools in the US are usually open throughout the year. However, Note that the starting dates are in January or September of each year, in addition to the summer semester which begins in April.
Boarding schools study levels for international students
Classes allowed in most boarding schools in the US for international students are from Grade 6 to Grade 12 (Grade 6-12). Also after the twelfth grade, there is sometimes a preparatory year in order to enter the university.
Types of boarding schools in the USA