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#1 of 30 Old 06-05-2011, 09:31 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi, All.

Looking for US elementary 24/7 boarding schools.

Thx :)

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Google "boarding schools" and "elementary" and "united states."  You'll see a lot of sites that have state-by-state info.  I haven't heard of any boarding schools that start below the fifth grade (outside of special needs schools) but it is worth a shot to dig around.


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Find nothing. But, really, thx for your advice. There are a lot of high schools and a few number of middle education boarding institutions (11 yrs and older).
 

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I haven't heard of any boarding schools that start below the fifth grade (outside of special needs schools) 

 

Unfortunately, that seems to be true. There is only Oakland School in Virginia for kids with learning disabilities, starting at grade 2.

I had my boy studied by an french-spoken boarding kindergarten/school Pré Fleuri Alpine in Chemin de Curnaux, Switzerland. From 3 to 7 years. He's now at grade 2 by US educational stages classification and I dont know what to do...

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North Country School in NY state has a great reputation, but doesn't start until grade 4.  I found one school that starts at 3rd.http://www.jbsa.org/bementnew2.htm   They have younger grades, but not boarding.  It might be that they would make an exception.

 

Can I ask why you can't have your child with you?  And why you can't leave him/her where he/she is?

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I can't imagine sending my young child away to boarding school.

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I can't imagine sending my young child away to boarding school.


That's cool, but maybe she has legitimate reasons/questions?  Some which may not fit into what all us view within our own comfort zones?  I get the same things about sending my child to preschool ALL DAY.  She was seeking advice on a specific question.  

 


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Hi Sarah, 

 

Welcome to Mothering.com. I see this is your first post (or almost) and you came here looking for boarding schools. I'm sorry I can't help you out as I don't know anything about that. Is there anything else you're wanting to discuss? Have you looked around at this bulletin board much and read some of the other threads? We're really, really big  - I think one of the largest online communities and certainly the largest focussed on parenting. Of late, I think we've been attracting people who sometimes start weird threads just to get everyone talking. I'm sure that's not you, but I just wanted to put that warning out there.

 

Are you looking for a special needs school? Did you try a google search? Is the child in school now? If so, can your present school give you any recommendations? Did you find 5-day boarding schools, but not 7-day schools? Is there some reason your child cannot continue to go to the swiss school? 


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This one seems to start with K- http://www.boardingschoolreview.com/school_ov/school_id/545
After that, it seems there are 2 or 3 listed that start at grade 3.
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I can't imagine sending my young child away to boarding school.


Ah, come on.  Two weeks into summer break and that sounds fabulous right about now.  ;) 

 

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If you can tolerate Canada, here is a list:

 

www.ourkids.net

 

As a bonus he may be able to continue his French.

 

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Hi, All.

Looking for US elementary 24/7 boarding schools.

Thx :)


Yes, there are a few.  These three accept boarding students from 3rd grade and up:

 

Delphian School http://www.delphian.org/ is in Oregon

Bement School http://www.bement.org is in Massachusetts

Ojai Valley School http://www.ovs.org/home.php is in California

 

Happy Hill Farm Academy http://www.happyhillfarm.org/ is in Texas, and accepts boarding students from Kindergarten and up.  Hope this helps.

 

 

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That's cool, but maybe she has legitimate reasons/questions?  Some which may not fit into what all us view within our own comfort zones?  I get the same things about sending my child to preschool ALL DAY.  She was seeking advice on a specific question.  

 

Considering that she hasn't been back, I'm going to assume that it wasn't a legitimate question. Even if it was, I have the right to share my opinion.
 

 

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Ah, come on.  Two weeks into summer break and that sounds fabulous right about now.  ;) 

 



HA. It's only Day 1 for us and I can see the up side. LOL. Want to do a kid swap?

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I am curious as to why you would want to send your child to boarding school at such a young age. Are you thinking you cannot find a good private school in your area? Maybe if you posted the area you live in, maybe we can help you find a good private school?

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When they are 5 yrs old...boarding school seems tempting, LOL. But I would not do it.
 

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Ah, come on.  Two weeks into summer break and that sounds fabulous right about now.  ;) 

 



 

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Considering that she hasn't been back, I'm going to assume that it wasn't a legitimate question. Even if it was, I have the right to share my opinion.
 

 


I'm giving her the benefit of doubt. I figure it was a legitimate question and she hasn't been back because she simply doesn't want to engage in this kind of debate, implied criticism and judgement. Any further information she gives or statement she makes will give people something to talk about. 

 

 

 

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When they are 5 yrs old...boarding school seems tempting, LOL. But I would not do it.
 



 



I thought 12 was the most tempting age for boarding school!


but everything has pros and cons  shrug.gif

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I thought 12 was the most tempting age for boarding school!



Oh gosh- that's just  couple years from now.. sounds like a good plan to me!  (The pre-teen angst is a bit over the top this morning around here. :))

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I thought 12 was the most tempting age for boarding school!

Really? I homeschool, but boarding school for ages 2-5 sounds realllllllly appealling. I hate tantrum-stage. By 5, they are more fun IMO!
 

 


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Really? I homeschool, but boarding school for ages 2-5 sounds realllllllly appealling. I hate tantrum-stage. By 5, they are more fun IMO!
 

 



I'm good right now, but 10 minutes ago I would have packed my two year old up and wished him well! lol.gif

 

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i dont mean to sound accusatory, im just genuinely curious, why have children if you want to send them to live some where else at such a young age? i realize young children are a hand full, but didnt you know that when you made the decision to have one? if you cant handle temper tantrums, how about just dont have kids?

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Yes, Shaun, we all know exactly what parenting will be like in advance.  Parenting and life never, ever throw curveballs.  Ever. 

 

Reasons why I can imagine wanting to send a very young child to boarding school, if money were no object (I acknowledge that, in the situations I'm describing here, money usually is an object):

- Military deployment.

- Parental incarceration. (I recall some former Enron execs doing a lot of tap dancing in plea bargains to make sure their kids always had one parent out of jail.)

- State Department or other work assignment to a region considered unsafe for dependents.

- Any job that requires frequent, unpredictable travel (the "the company has a private jet for your use" kind, as well as the more usual "we need you to go straight to the airport now" variety).

- High-level government employment in an unstable country.  (If you were the deputy prime minister of Zimbabwe, you might prefer your children to be in Switzerland.  I am also pretty sure that Kim Jong-Un was not educated in North Korea.)

- One or both parents requiring intensive, long-term medical treatment.

- Witness protection.  (Some boarding schools have excellent security.)

 

OP, the only boarding school for early elementary that I know of in the U.S. is Happy Hill Farm.  In your shoes, I'd call their admissions department, ask for info, and ask if they can put you in touch with some families who sent their kids.  Then I'd ask those families where else they looked.  It's not a one-step process, but I think a lot of boarding schools for that age group aren't big into publicity.

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Yes what MeepyCat said.  I attended boarding school with other students whose parents were overseas with military, or international diplomats, or were simply foreign exchange students whose parents wanted them to have an American education/language immersion, etc. 
 


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St. Thomas Choir School in NYC starts boarding in grade 3:

http://www.choirschool.org/

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This thread is from 2011.


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Huh.  Good catch.
 

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well, since it's from 2011 and it seems lighthearted at this point, I'd like to say that my kids are 8 and 6 and I am loving this age. However, call me when they are 16 and 14, I might reconsider. :) My parents threatened me with boarding school when I was young, just to scare me into obedience. Then again, about age 14 I was pretty awful. 

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I have to be honest... Maybe I was just really lucky, but with every stage my kids hit, I thought "It can't get better than this!" And yet, it did. They're now 19 & 21, and it REALLY can't get better than this. Though I suspect it will.

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http://boarding-schools.findthebest.com/d/c/Elementary

for a few look up elementary boarding and or military school

Good luck

I just started looking for my son and that is was what  I found

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