Virtue Consultancy prides itself in being the leader in Boarding School placements in Nigeria. Whether you're looking to spend a summer, a year, or numerous years abroad studying, you can count on us to find you the perfect school and in the best location. Our contacts in the US, Canada, UK, Switzerland and Jordan are the most extensive of any Placement agency in Nigeria. We know both the Schools and the Admissions officers, and are invited annually to visit schools around the globe to compare facilities, faculty and curriculum.
No one in Nigeria has more in-depth contacts with Boarding Schools than Virtue Consultancy. To help familiarize yourself with Boarding Schools, we've place a few articles below for you and your family. Selecting a Boarding School might seem complicated with so much information, but everyone at Virtue Consultancy is here to make certain that the process is one of ease and that we navigate it together so you know what the Schools are expecting from us every step of the way.
In essence, a boarding school is a college preparatory institution where students and teachers live and study together in a safe and secure campus environment. You will find boarding schools within a short distance of nearly every major metropolitan city in North America. There are also many fine boarding schools in England and Europe, and a few now in the Middle East and Asia.
As you might imagine, attending boarding school provides many advantages for students—and their families.
Boarding schools have an outstanding tradition of academic excellence, built on an educational model that delivers diverse curricula, taught by highly qualified and exceptionally motivated teachers, in small classes that encourage meaningful interaction with the students.
Ninety percent of boarding school students said in a recent survey that they felt challenged academically. Official figures back it up. Boarding school students spend more than twice as many hours a week (17 to 18) on homework than their peers in state schools.
At boarding schools, learning extends beyond the classroom. Because staff and students live together, students benefit from countless "teachable moments" inside and outside of the classroom.
Boarding school students also participate in more extracurricular activities than students in state schools, whether playing sports, engaging in creative endeavors like music or painting, or participating in student government and school club activities.
Boarding school environments can range in character from arts-focused to militarily-oriented, but almost always feature a student body composed of young people from a diversity of backgrounds. At boarding school, students are empowered to achieve their true potential and enjoy a measure of real independence.
Because they are not living at home, they are required to learn how to live with, trust, and respect their peers in an environment of "controlled freedom”. As many graduates have remarked, there are few substitutes for having to manage your own academic and personal responsibilities at a young age.
Again, the statistics highlight the value of a boarding school education with eighty-seven percent of graduates saying they were well-prepared for university versus just 39% of their state school peers.
Boarding schools also offer the priceless gift of preparing young people for future success. The academic rigor and the training in negotiating the responsibilities of independence set boarding school graduates on a path to prosperity—professionally, socially, and culturally.
By mid-career, 44% of graduates have already achieved top management positions, while 60% actively give to social service organizations.
It is often said that at boarding school, students "live to learn" since they spend large parts of their day engaged in learning activities. But they also "learn to live" by shouldering the responsibility that comes with greater independence.
Without question, boarding schools shape lives for the better. Unsurprisingly, the experience leaves a positive impression on graduates and over 80% say they would repeat the boarding experience – given the chance.
Compared to regular schools in your neighbourhood, the prospect of attending a Boarding School can seem a little scary. You will be away from your family and friends in a different new environment. However, there are many, many reasons to consider Boarding Schools as a positive option, allowing you a great deal of personal responsibility at the same time as providing you with a first class education.
Boarding schools generally have small class sizes that allow teachers to engage with every student, and classroom settings are often specifically designed to encourage student participation and eye contact among everyone in class. Also, course options at boarding schools tend to be diverse and wide-ranging. Athletic and extracurricular opportunities will be thick on the ground and you will be encouraged to try new things. Many boarding schools also offer opportunities to study for a term in different countries. Going to boarding school is a bit of an adventure. You will get to try lot of new things and experience new situations. At boarding school you'll be part of a community where there is an expectation and a willingness to try new things, study new subjects and make friends with new people.
It’s more daunting in some ways to go to boarding school than a local school in your neighbourhood.
Because you have to adjust to a brand new environment. Being away from family and friends can be emotionally stressful at first and the financial cost means that boarding school is not for everyone.
Depending on where you live, local schools might be worthy of consideration. Highly rated private day schools, magnet schools, or public high schools can obviously have very bright students and highly qualified teaching staff. Extracurricular offerings can also be good in certain cases.
Student focus - boarding schools generally have small class sizes that allow teachers to engage with every student. Classroom settings are often specifically designed to encourage student participation and eye contact among everyone in class.
Quality of faculty - the majority of boarding school teaching staff have specialist degrees in their teaching subject.
Quality of resources - student resources at boarding schools - such as the library, theatre facilities, or athletic complexes – are usually of a very high standard and may be superior to local options.
High standards - Boarding schools operate extremely high standards and students are encouraged to be inquisitive, ask searching questions and tackle challenging problems.
Broad course offerings - course options at boarding schools tend to be diverse and wide-ranging. Athletic and extracurricular opportunities will be thick on the ground and you will be encouraged to try new things. Many boarding schools also offer opportunities to study for a term in different countries.
University counseling - university counseling departments at boarding schools are generally well-staffed and counselors tend to be extremely experienced.
Taking responsibility for yourself is not an easy option but, of course, you will get masses of support from teachers, advisors and peers.
While there is a strong support structure within boarding schools, you have to make choices about how you will spend your time, the courses to take and the activities to get involved in.
Most students see this as a positive. It translates to increased maturity, greater self-sufficiency, and superior preparation for university.
Going to boarding school is a bit of an adventure. You get to try lot of new things and experience new situations. It can be a little daunting at times but the rewards are amazing.
At boarding school you'll be part of a community where there is an expectation and a willingness to try new things, study new subjects and make friends with new people. It’s challenging and rewarding at the same time.
Boarding schools attract students from around the world so you’ll get to know people from different cultures and different backgrounds.
You’ll have lots of fun and make lots of friends. You’ll get the opportunity to excel in the classroom and at sports.
You will have a wide range of friends - boarding schools actively aim to recruit students from a wide range of geographic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds. At boarding school, you'll be exposed to a wide range of individuals and cultures, whereas local options may expose you to students with a narrower background.
It will be challenging at times but you’ll be part of a proud community. You will see yourself grow in confidence and your parents will undoubtedly notice the “new you”.