Sphere of Education
- What qualifications does the boarding school offer?
- Is it possible to reintegrate into the previous school system after studying at a boarding school (at home and abroad)? Are the boarding school qualifications completely accredited?
- Do mentors take good care of newcomers?
- What are the pedagogical concepts upon which the lessons are based?
- Does the boarding school have intensive courses?
- Does the institution offer foreign languages? Do they have a bilingual system?
- How are the studies organised?
- Is homework done under a tutor's supervision, with other pupils or alone in one’s room?
- Can the teacher or educator be reached at any time?
- How is everyday life organized?
- Is the child/teenager motivated to learn independently?
- Are mentors and educators involved in staff meetings?
- What is the class size? How many pupil is each mentor responsible for?
- What is the ratio of boarders to day pupils?
- Are there any weekend lessons?
- What kind of recreational activities are offered?
- Do these recreational activities incur an additional cost?
- Is it possible to include arts and crafts, musical and social activities in leisure time?
- What are the consequences of breaking the rules?
- How is the weekend schedule organised?
- What steps are taken to motivate a sense of responsibility in the pupils?
- How does the institution handle drug problems?
- Are psychologists available to help pupils in times of crisis?
- What is a typical menu? Do the dietary options cater for diabetic and vegetarian pupils, for example?
- How are pupils accommodated? Are they segregated by gender?
Questions for the child
- Can you imagine living away from home at a boarding school?
- Can you imagine seeing your current friends and relatives infrequently?
- Are you scared or worried about the idea of going to a boarding school?
- Would you like to have regular contact with family and siblings during your stay?
- Can we do anything to make you feel more comfortable at boarding school from the very beginning?