While every educational institute strives to equip their students with the best knowledge and skill to build a gleaming college career, their teaching approach and the learning atmosphere makes a big difference in a child’s personal progress. As we look at the things that differentiate a typical day school from a boarding school, there’s more than what meets the eye at a swift glance.
Let’s look at some core differences that boarding school and day school education can make in your child’s development.
24-hour Educational Environment VS 8hrs of Day school
Immersed in an all-time educational atmosphere, a boarding school is a place where children never stop learning. The students are constantly under the supervision and care of their mentors at a boarding school, which is cut down to 8hrs of classroom learning at a day school. At boarding, children are constantly exposed to an atmosphere of growth and inculcate important life skills even outside the classroom; while it is a comparatively relaxed school routine at day schools, where students head back home to a million other distractions. Most residential schools are also very strict with homework and assignments, ensuring the children complete all the work they’re assigned in a given time and a distraction-free environment.
Round-the-Clock Opportunities for Extra-Curricular Activities VS Once-in-a-week
The round-the-clock opportunities for sports and extra-curricular activities that children can try their hands at boarding are typically one of the biggest advantages of residential boarding education. Boarding schools have the best facilities and a wide range of activities to offer students in sports, arts, music, dance, club activities, and specialized labs for computers, science, and robotics; with high-quality equipment and training programs that are far more extensive than those available at a day school. These activities help children to learn through active play, engaging their minds in creative ways to explore their hobbies and interests in non-academic areas for holistic development.
Growing up in a Community of peers VS with Family
Children experience life in a completely different way of boarding. Unlike life at a normal day school, where the school is only a part of a child’s daily life; boarders live, learn and grow in a family of friends at boarding. This community approach at boarding provides their students with an early opportunity to build their own social life in a peer-backed environment, cultivating friendships that last a lifetime. As much as a normal day school provides comfort for children to live with their parents, there are times when homesickness can eventually strike at boarding. Although children studying at a day school spend more time with their family, boarding schools allow students to spend quality time on the weekends, actually improving family relationships.
A Strictly Disciplined Lifestyle VS a Normal School Routine
Children studying at boarding are encouraged to take responsibility for their daily chores and follow a strict disciplinary routine; whereas in a normal school routine, parents may find themselves nagging at their children to finish up the homework or clean their messy rooms. At boarding, children also learn the art of self-discipline and develop good habits that they essentially carry throughout their life. Along with children gaining international exposure, they also get a more rigorous education at International Baccalaureate boarding schools under the constant eye of their supervisors and mentors. At a typical day school, children don’t get to experience this self-disciplined lifestyle, as they’re basically brought up in a familiar environment, with to do and act as they like under the much lenient care of their own parents.
Self-Reliance VS Parental Responsibility
The foundation of a truly self-dependent and self-reliant lifestyle is rooted in early childhood experiences as they have lasting emotional and psychological effects on a child’s life. Students at boarding schools are sculpted in such a way that they get used to the idea of an independent lifestyle, cultivating a rock-solid mindset and good habits to easily take on any challenges that life may throw at them. As opposed to this disciplined and self-reliant lifestyle, a typical day school student would lack this experience of living on their own, which leaves comparatively less room for them to grow out of their comfort zone at home. Looking further ahead in the future, boarding schools essentially prepare their students to make an easy transition from their school life, to a successful professional life, managing their livelihood with total independence.
AtSNIS Boarding School in Bangalore, we bring value to the students’ individual growth and educational development with motivation and support to develop social skills in a close-knit community. As an international residential boarding school, SNIS encourages students from all over the world to come together and collaborate, exposing children to grow in a diverse cultural environment.