by Michael Gary, Former Director of Admissions, Phillips Exeter Academy
“Why boarding school?” This is the question I have been answering for almost thirty years, first as a student and now as a seasoned admissions director. The answers to this question are just as varied as the kids who decide to attend.
Decades of research show that the middle school years are the number one most challenging time in the life of parents. But it’s a peculiarity of the early 21st that, all too often, mothers and fathers alike are getting drawn into the quagmire of early adolescence along with their kids.