Why Boarding School?

Finding the right school can be a daunting task.  For some, boarding school seems like the right choice, but questions and misconceptions still linger.  Today's boarding schools are places for the world's best and brightest young men and women to pursue academic excellence and a myriad of interests.  While different schools cater to different needs and ambitions, in all you will find a community of students, parents, and educators committed to inspiring and teaching.

According to The Association of Boarding Schools, a non-profit membership organization for independent boarding schools, ideas of boarding schools are changing.
  • Ninety-five percent say they are satisfied or very satisfied with their academic experience, compared to 86 percent of private day or public school students.
  • Ninety-one percent report that their schools are academically challenging, compared to 70 percent of private day and 50 percent of public school students.
  • About 70 percent of boarding students say boarding school helped them develop self-discipline, maturity, independence, and the ability to think.
  • Seventy-seven percent of boarding students say that their schools provide opportunities for leadership, compared to 60 percent of private day and 52 percent of public schools.
  • Eighty-seven percent of boarding school graduates report being very well prepared academically for college, compared to 71 percent of private day and 39 percent of public school alumni.
  • Seventy-eight percent of boarding school graduates say that they were very well prepared for the non-academic aspects of college life, such as independence, social life, and time management, compared to 36 percent of private day and 23 percent of public school students.
  • By mid-career, 44 percent of former boarding school students achieve positions in top management, compared to 27 percent of private day and 33 percent of public school graduates.
  • Boarding school alumni are more philanthropic: by mid-career 60 percent give to social service organizations, compared to 46 percent of all others; 58 percent to political parties, compared to 33 percent of all others; and 52 percent to their 
Is boarding school a good fit for day students?  Absolutely!

Because we're a boarding school, our doors never close; we're a school 24 hours a day, seven day a week.  WNA provides a wide variety of programs and activities both during the week and on weekends, significantly more than most day schools. Most of our day-student families fully participate in these programs. For students, weekend getaways to museums, malls, and sports events are a perfect way to unwind with classmates. And for parents, it's the piece of mind knowing that students are fully engaged in their high school experience.  Attending a boarding school as a day student is also the perfect way to prepare for the dormitory experience in college and in life beyond -- day students are welcome to stay overnight in the dorms with their friends.