Boarding school according to a congressman

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Boarding schools today provide a breeding ground for some of the most innovative and independent individuals despite some misimpressions depicted on TV and movies. Students come out more mature, motivated and independent compared to their peers educated in traditional schools.

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A study conducted by The Association of Boarding Schools (Tabs), a non-profit organization for independent boarding schools, shows that 95-percent of students bred in this environment are satisfied with their academic experiences. This is attributed to the presence of high-quality teachers, excellent support systems, and an extensive variety of extra-curricular activities fit for their skills and interests.

Mark Aeron Sambar, former Representative of Puwersa Ng Bayaning Atleta Partylist, recalls his time in St. George’s School, a Tabs member school in Vancouver, BC in Canada.

“The biggest advantage that I experienced during boarding school was the class sizes. While other schools normally have 40 students per class, there were only 10 to 15 of us in a room. I definitely felt like my teachers were able to pay closer attention to each one of us.”

Sambar, who completed his schooling from an independent boarding and day university-preparatory school for boys, explained how boarding school helped him prepare for his future.

“The boarding school experience truly opened my eyes. It was there where I learned how to properly manage my time and live on my own.”

According to the same study, graduate students from boarding schools are more independent because of the fact that these adolescents are away from home and mature on their own. A total of 70-percent of boarding school students confirm that boarding school has helped in their personal growth in terms of self-discipline, maturity, independence, and critical thinking. These students are better prepared for college than other peers. The study further indicated that 50-percent of former boarding school students have gone on to earn post-graduate degrees.

Tabs serves as a bridge between students and a network of 300 boarding schools across the United States, Canada, and Europe. They actively support the needs of boarding schools and provide information to both students and their families about the benefits of boarding school education.

On November 14, the organization will host a free conference at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Makati from 6:30 p.m. onwards to introduce boarding schools as a promising choice for families looking for better-quality education for their children. Parents and students are encouraged to drop by and receive exclusive one-on-one access to 22 participating university prep boarding school representatives.

To date, nearly 20 North American college preparatory boarding schools in TABS membership have signed on to be present at the Admission Fair. For the most current list, and roster of participating schools visit BoardingSchools/com/Manila.

Interested parties may register or get more information from http://www.tabs.org.

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