For those parents who want a life changing experience for their child may want to send them to abroad to an international school. It is an opportunity to make international friendships and to gain a new perspective and greater cultural understanding.
“She certainly has a deeper understanding and appreciation of the world,” says Jane Ritcey, whose daughter Alexandra spent a year at the West Island College’s International Class Afloat program. “They have seen everything from palaces to poverty.”
Along with that cultural understanding is often the chance to learn another language and increase their overall communication skills. Living abroad can create greater independence and allow your children to problem solve and make decisions on their own. Similar experiences are learnt at boarding school, an experience many international schools offer.
Travel the world on a tall ship, or spend winter term in London. Visit the natural, historical, artistic, and scientific wonders of Europe (including Poland), Australasia, and Central America. Live and learn within a developing community, or spend a term living and studying on the campus of Oxford University. That’s just a small taste of what international travel schools offer, and for periods ranging from a single term to the entire high school career.
Certainly, the options offered by world travel schools are as vast as they are impressive. These are schools that build their programs beyond the traditional bricks-and-mortar model. Some move frequently from destination to destination, building lessons around them while also providing the full range of secondary instruction. Others are less peripatetic, moving only between terms, allowing students to spend a period of months living, learning and engaging with a single community. In all cases, students move between destinations as a group, providing a sense of continuity and allowing for the development of meaningful peer and mentor relationships. Throughout, they are supervised with the same round-the-clock attention that you’d find in any boarding school setting.
It’s not for everyone, though certainly no instructional model is. That said, travel schools offer more than just a chance to appease a sense of wanderlust. Whether travelling abroad to help a community in need, to build language skills, or to develop a truly international sensibility, these programs provide unequaled opportunities to broaden knowledge and understanding through first-hand, lived experience.
The appeal of boarding outside Canada is considerable, both for the quality of the academics and for the richness of the cultural experience. Being in Europe or Asia, for example, means being proximate to a wealth of languages, ideas, places, and people. Closer to home, the United States is home to some of the oldest and most respected boarding schools on the continent, and some of the most progressive schools in the world.
All participate in a robust, world-class academic tradition. With students enrolling from around the world, learning from each other, discussing their backgrounds and sharing an understanding of their place in the world, schools outside Canada are able to offer a broad range of opportunity and independence that isn’t available at home. Along with that cultural understanding is often the chance to develop language and communication skills.
A majority of boarding schools within Canada are, by their nature, global institutions, drawing students from throughout North America and around the world. As such, they offer a global experience while remaining close to home. When students arrive they join a community that, given the diversity within the student body, naturally adopts and promotes a global perspective. In addition, many schools have developed robust programs to capitalize on that perspective and develop the skills necessary for participation in international business, development, and philanthropy.
Chamberlain International School (est. 1976)
Co-ed therapeutic boarding school in Massachusetts for students 11-22 years. Student support is offered for learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, NLD, ASD, attachment disorder, bipolar disorder and depression. [View profile]
|US $58,227 to US $146,000
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Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)
Independent day and boarding school for college-bound girls. Our STEAM curriculum is unique, and creative, independent thinking is valued. Located in Buffalo, NY, girls access the best of city living. [View profile]
|US $21,900 to US $52,750
||HighSchools Boarding Day Girls||21900|
North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)
North Broward Preparatory School is a K-12 co-educational day and boarding school located in S. Florida located minutes from the beach with IB, AP, and LD classes set on 80 acres with year round hockey. [View profile]
|US $24,200 to US $59,950
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed||24200|
Alpine Academy (est. 2001)
Alpine Academy isn't just a school, it is an experience that prepares young women for life beyond our campus. Students learn to engage in not only academics, but also family, community, and interpersonal relationships. [View profile]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Girls||120000|
Hampshire Country School (est. 1948)
A friendly, active boarding school for bright boys who have good intentions but who may be too impulsive, intense, or bothersome for other schools and whose intellectual interests may separate them from their peers. [View profile]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys||60000|
|US $46,000 to US $64,000
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed||46000|
Montverde Academy (est. 1912)
Founded in 1912, Montverde Academy is an elite college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-K3 through post-graduate studies with a distinct student population from over 80 countries worldwide. [View profile]
|US $7,875 to US $51,350
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed||7875|
A+ World Academy (est. 2015)
A+ World Academy is a boarding school on a Ship. Up to 60 students in grades 11 and 12 live and work the 90 year old Norwegian Tall Ship, ‘Sørlandet’, while they take AP classes and travel the world. [View profile]
EYC Academy (est. 2018)
Alternative School for students 6-12th grade • One teacher, one student learning environment with integrated therapeutic services • Ongoing enrollment in full-time and dual enrollment ($10,500-$17,500) [View profile]
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Coed||15000|
Admiral Farragut Academy (est. 1933)
Admiral Farragut Academy is located in beautiful, sunny, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. Farragut is a military style school offering unique classes such as Aviation, Scuba, and AP Capstone. [View profile]
||HighSchools Boarding Coed||51800|
||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed||9999999999|
Randolph-Macon Academy (est. 1892)
There is a power within you. The power to soar above self-imposed limitations, to create something new, to become a leader. Come explore Randolph-Macon Academy, and discover The Power of Rise. [View profile]
|US $14,350 to US $40,525
||MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Coed||14350|