Pro and Contra

There are many arguments in favour of a boarding school education. Nevertheless, boarding school is not always the optimal educational institution for everyone. The following advantages and disadvantages will help you in the decision you make concerning your son or daughter.

Arguments in Favour:

  • Interacting and communicating with people at an early age is very important for a child's personal life and can be especially helpful for future professional activities.

  • The development of the personality is greatly encouraged by boarding schools, as all essential school activities take place within the community. Especially children , or those who are shy and find it difficult to make contact with others, can take advantage of interaction through communal activities to improve their social skills. In this process of learning through teamwork consideration for others and tolerance are taught. Children are also helped to recognize necessary limits as well as their own needs.

  • Boarding schools offer a great variety of activities, allowing children to pursue excellence and develop specialised skills in their free time. Arts and crafts, music and theatre, as well as many different sporting activities are introduced from an early age. Boarding schools motivate children to develop a variety of interests keeping them active and fit.

  • The structured way of life and strict rules at boarding school help adolescents to get used to a well-ordered way of life. In addition, it has the effect of diminishing the risk of parents being overly solicitous. The drive towards greater independence during the teenage years comes about naturally and the tension between parents and children is reduced.

  • Professionally-trained teachers and educators with pedagogical experience, each of them responsible for a certain group of pupils, guarantee independent education and systematic work.

  • The way in which boarding schools provide relief for parents who are intensively involved in their professions and careers is also of particular importance. Children are offered an excellent education without the need for parents' constant supervision.

  • Living and studying at a boarding school helps pupils to become more responsible and reliable, while their self-confidence is strengthened.

  • The manners and social skills which pupils acquire help them to develop talents in leadership, as well as learning to adapt to difficult situations.

  • Lifelong friendships and strong alumni networks are established.

Cons:

  • It is inadvisable to send a child to boarding school if it becomes obvious that he/she will have to repeat a year. In order to move forward to the next class, students must demonstrate the ability to study independently, show good work performance and pass their exams.

  • Boarding school should not be seen as a punitive measure for inappropriate behaviour or unsatisfactory study performance. Children who are rejected by their families and sent to a boarding school close themselves off from relationships with peers and teachers, which is not beneficial for either side.

  • Boarding school is not recommended for children who are strongly attached to their families. There is a danger that through loneliness they may become frustrated and socially isolated.