Preparing to send his son to a boarding school comes with mixed feelings. Your head says that it can produce the best educational results, but being separated from your child can be an incredibly stressful experience. Involving your son or daughter in the process of decision making so that they realize that the feeling of control is important to what is happening.

When it comes to choosing the right boarding school for your child, there are things to consider in large numbers. While not every school is right for you, there are practical steps that parents can follow.
Here’s how to select the best boarding school for your son.

Learn about the boarding community
Boarding families often develop a close community based on the common interest of having their children's borders. Ask about the boarding community or guardian association for the search of available support networks.

Research the school

Read information you can about, from the school's website to their prospectus - even their social media pages - every piece of information will give you information about the school's philosophy, values, beliefs and mission.

Tour the school

Although this is not always easy, if you can take some time to visit those schools which you are considering, then this will make your choice very easy. Wander around the school and look at the different features they have to present - they are more important than your thoughts.

Can you afford the fees?

This is a clear question, but there is something that requires a bit more research. Some schools divided the cost of tuition and boarding, others put them together as a lump sum. But what about the extra cost? These can include tours, tuition, music tuition, or sports lessons. Try and get an understanding of what you can pay at the top of the school fees in a year.

Get a feel for warmth and camaraderie

Visiting boarding schools, which you are considering, is an important step in the decision-making process. Many times the boys may be overwhelmed, but there should be a genuine warmth and unpleasantness which is clearly evident, between the two boys, as well as between employees and boys in their care. House should also have a great pride in their house, which is the best house to be in the house.

Is there a sense of personal responsibility?
Boarding creates an atmosphere for students to become part of a new community, where there is a hope that they will give their best in all their efforts. This aspect is particularly powerful in a boarding setting where boys play the role of leadership and detect the perception of personal responsibility from an early age. Ask employees about encouraging leadership and personal responsibility.

Learn about the pastoral care

An important factor to consider knows what support your child will receive from boarding staff. Will they be assisted academically? What about emotional and psychological support? Ask the school about its pastoral care program and acquire an understanding of the staffing situation.

Following these practical steps will help families to make the right choice when deciding where their son or daughter will fit in and flourish.

Author's Bio: 

I work on Education for Sustainable Development and mostly focus my schooling programmes on emphasizing on Basic Education keeping Generic Skills intact in the learner.