What is Boarding School Really Like?
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Are you and your child considering boarding school and would like to learn more?
- What do students do on weekends at boarding school?
- When will I be able to see my child?
- Are there curfews?
- How do I know if my child is ready to be away from home?
- How much academic support will be available for my child?
Get the inside scoop about the unique and rewarding aspects of boarding school from Laura Danforth, Head of The Masters School, and Matthew Quinn, Head of St. Thomas More School.
Drawing upon their many years of experience in boarding schools in a variety of roles, Laura Danforth and Matthew Quinn will share their extensive knowledge and answer your questions about boarding school life.
In March of 2018, Matthew Quinn was named the third Head of School in St. Thomas More’s history. As the son of a long-time basketball coach, Jere Quinn, Matt grew up on St. Thomas More’s campus and attended the school – ultimately sparking his understanding and love for St. Thomas More School. Matt has held many roles at St. Thomas More before becoming its Head of School, including teacher, coach, Academic Dean, and Assistant Head of School (leaving briefly to teach and coach at the Winchendon School before returning to St. Thomas More). Prior to his career in boarding schools, Matt worked for PeacePlayers International, where he developed and directed several grassroots programs enabling creativity, education, and unity in divided societies through youth sports. He currently serves as an ex officio board director of Parents League of New York.
Laura Danforth has served as Head of School at The Masters School since July 2015. Before joining Masters, she was Principal of the Upper School at Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Riverdale, NY. Prior to that position, she served for ten years as Associate Head of School at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT.
Laura has served in a variety of administrative roles in her 30-year career in independent schools. She currently serves as a Board member for NYSAIS (New York State Association of Independent Schools), a Board member for TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools), and Lead Head for Fairchester Heads, an organization of Westchester and Connecticut Schools. She currently serves as ex officio board director for Parents League of New York.