Granger Whitelaw: Boarding School

Granger Whitelaw: This Week, Boarding School

So I just spent a few days with my daughter Lili at her school and my son Granger Whitelaw (mini me). Lili goes to an all girls school in Maryland and Granger Whitelaw jr in New Jersey, co-ed of course. It is amazing to see how wonderful these schools are today and the facilities they provide for children to learn and grow. The students at these schools are the top of their classes, and to get in, you must take SSAT’s (like mini SAT’s, but in 8th grade..UGH!) and then go through extensive paperwork, essays, recommendations and interviews to be admitted. Trust me, if you think getting into College is hard, it does not hold a candle to this process! I am really proud of my kids. They are both great students, respectful people and I expect they will do great in life. If you are considering sending your kids to a top boarding school, I highly recommend it. Just make sure they are ready to be away from home…my kids?…. they couldn’t wait !

All my best,

Granger Whitelaw

For those who are interested in further information, here is an excellent set of questions to consider as written by Robert Knox Kennedy on Boarding School Review click on the link for entire list and other resources.

Is boarding school right for your child? Answer these questions to help you make that important decision.

1. Do you want to stretch your child?
If you are content with the status quo, then boarding school is probably not a good idea. Why? Because by going to boarding school your child will be embarking on an incredible adventure. She will be exposed to all kinds of new ideas and different points of view. She will be able to select academic courses which will enrich and challenge her. She will be in small classes where she cannot hide in the corner. Her opinion and ideas will matter. Her strengths will be expanded. Her weaknesses will be addressed in a positive environment.

The stretching occurs because she will simply do more academic work at boarding school than if she were in a public school with its large classes. Moreover, the students who attend boarding school want to be there.

2. Do you want her to have sports opportunities fall, winter and spring?
It’s a major difference between public and private schools. Stories about public school budgets being cut are everywhere. The first things to get cut are sports, arts and extracurricular programs. They are often considered extras. Not at a boarding school.

Boarding schools have long subscribed to the idea that education works best when there is balance. Academics, sports and the extracurricular activities which are part of every boarding school’s program make this philosophy work very well.

3. Do you want him to be with other young people who are serious about achieving something?
A parent’s worst nightmare is that your child will fall in with the wrong crowd. While things like substance abuse and inappropriate behavior of all kinds are worrisome enough, so is the idea that your child will hang out with kids who have no goals, no dreams and no aspirations. Boarding school offers a safe haven for your child, to be sure. But it also puts him in the company of children who want to achieve something in life, who want to be the best and who aspire to greatness. Boarding schools educate the whole child. They don’t just teach them how to solve an algebra equation or how the stock market works. They educate the whole child and strive for a balanced approach to accomplish that objective.

4. Do you want her to develop a network of friends which she will have for life?
We adults understand the importance of networks more than ever in these tough economic times. Networks of friends and acquaintances who know you, understand you and can vouch for you are one of the lasting benefits of a boarding school experience. When you live with your classmates 24/7, you really get to know them. You also appreciate them, and, even more important, learn to get along with them. The diverse nature of most boarding school populations these days means that your child has the potential for a network of friends which literally could stretch around the world.

18 thoughts on “Granger Whitelaw: Boarding School”

  1. I think boarding school is a good idea but I think some children can’t handle that and your children are really brave not even scared a little to be sent on a boarding school. That is what I like about the schools nowadays and that is because of the technology, they really used the technology properly and efficiently.

  2. I haven’t tried living on a boarding house but I think it will be fun, doing the things you want independently and doing things that you haven’t done before. Though it may fun as other see it, it is still very hard to be alone and to live far away from your family.

  3. I like the questions below on the introduction of the blog and you seem very expert on this type of situation. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us with this.

  4. That must be so hard for your children to be in boarding school but the advantage of that is they will get independent and they will fastly learn things about life and about maturity. I haven’t been into a boarding school but I know it is not easy since you are on yourself and to think that you are still a child. Anyway thank you for sharing this story to us. I hope they will always be very good in class.

  5. I can see that your 2 children are very brave to live such independent lives in a boarding school. I have never been in a boarding school but I know it is not easy there since you have to wash your own clothes, you have to clean your room on your own, you have to wash plates on your own and all of that isn’t easy because you don’t have unlimited time because you have to study also.

  6. I know this is fun “So I just spent a few days with my daughter Lili at her school and my son Granger Whitelaw (mini me).” but a little sad too on leaving part. Anyway thanks for sharing the information about the hints and tips to your child and I think that will be helpful also to some of the parents out there. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.

  7. This is the most that I like in the content of the article “Do you want to stretch your child?”, I agree with your ideas with this question. I like the idea that the children will be exposed to great adventure great learning of good point of views of life. You really are a good parent for letting your child to be independent and to learn more in some things on some ways in a boarding school.

  8. I have observed this one also “It is amazing to see how wonderful these schools are today and the facilities they provide for children to learn and grow”, and I think it’s because of the fast improving development of technology in our world. I think in the future it will be much more advance and it will be totally amazing and that is my prediction since we know that many are studying for more evolution of our current technology.

  9. There are many boarding school in near to my school and there are lots of students in my school that lives far away from school so they are living on a boarding school while studying on the school. I know that living in a boarding house is not easy and each of my classmates that lives in a boarding house will totally relate to that. You have to live independently and you have to take care of yourself even what will happen, even if you get sick.

  10. I feel amused by the last two words of this line that I quoted from the above article “So I just spent a few days with my daughter Lili at her school and my son Granger Whitelaw (mini me)”, I want to see him and have a look if the appearance is identical to you and also the what is his face. I think he will be a good man since you told us earlier on one of your article that he is a gentleman.

  11. Thank for this list of guidelines “Is boarding school right for your child? Answer these questions to help you make that important decision”, I really appreciate your posts on about this, about boarding school. It’s really hard not just for children but also to their parents to send their children into boarding school because it’s a big move and a big step that will happen.

  12. I think the best part of being a teenager is to being independent, independent that in a sense that you can do the things responsibly and I think the boarding school is having that kind of training though it is not really stated specifically but that is actually what happening on the boarding school since the students live on their own there.

  13. Yeah! but so seldom parents are like this “If you are content with the status quo, then boarding school is probably not a good idea. Why? Because by going to boarding school your child will be embarking on an incredible adventure.”, any parents wold love to experience their child a good life and to experience independence in such a way that they won’t be harm. I think boarding school is good for parents.

  14. Yeah! but so seldom parents are like this “If you are content with the status quo, then boarding school is probably not a good idea. Why? Because by going to boarding school your child will be embarking on an incredible adventure.”, any parents wold love to experience their child a good life and to experience independence in such a way that they won’t be harm. I think boarding school good for parents

  15. Boarding school is a tough school since it’s hard because you can’t move freely up to your extent but going to boarding school has an advantage too like you can also be discipline and also you can always concentrate on your studies and subjects at school. I have been into school but not in boarding school and I think I am right with the words that I have said because that is far what I have observed in some of my friends that went to boarding school.

  16. Boarding school can be great place to meet new people and to have fun while you’re at school, but day school is also a good place to go if you don’t like being away from your parents or you have great friends where you are. Both are really great, but boarding school can be really fun and you get really close to the people you meet in that place. You can also learn to be independent in being away with your parents.

  17. Boarding school can be great place to meet new people and to have fun while you’re at school, but day school is also a good place to go if you don’t like being away from your parents or you have great friends where you are. Both are really great, but boarding school can be really fun and you get really close to the people you meet in that place. You can also learn to be independent in being away with your parents.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *