For a young person who demonstrates the ability to be responsible, independent, and hard-working, a boarding education is the greatest educational experience a well-equipped young person can have. Simply put, boarding schools ask their students to do more, because the education is seven days a week, 16 hours a day. The rigor of a boarding school—intellectual, social, developmental—prepares young people for successful college careers, and, more importantly, productive and successful lives. It teaches resiliency and perseverance, adaptability and problem-solving, skills and traits the 21st century demands.
A hidden value of a boarding education is the intangible benefit of living and learning with people from a wide range of backgrounds and geographies. Even at the best and biggest day schools, public or private, all of the students are coming from the same perspective, relatively speaking. Day schools can’t boast the experiential diversity that a boarding school’s student body can.
The residential program at LWS is robust and healthy, and treats students like young adults, endowing them with responsibilities—and freedoms—that most teenagers aren’t ready for. Boarding school graduates have more than just a leg up on their peers when they get to college. They have a collection of experiences and memories that will distinguish them for the rest of their lives.