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A Parent’s Guide to Boarding School

A Parent’s Guide to Boarding School

Summer is always a welcomed break from school and schedules. But as the new school year creeps closer, you and your family may have a big decision to make.

If you’re considering a boarding school for your son, we understand that you have a lot of questions and, perhaps, a few uncertainties.

It’s normal to wonder if your son will realize his potential, find success, fit in, make friends, have fun, and be happy.

Your son is uniquely different and fosters his own set of strengths, needs, and interests. To support him completely – academically, socially, physically, and emotionally – he needs a school that is committed to developing to total young man.

Whether you and your family:

  • Just started researching and considering boarding schools for your son
  • Have a list of your top boarding schools that may be a good fit for your son
  • Have visited your top choice schools, toured the campuses, and met faculty and staff
  • Have already enrolled your son at a boarding school

We’re here to address and answer your biggest concerns, questions, and anticipations about boarding school life. As a parent, you want the absolute best for your son, and making a decision that you and your family feel completely confident about now will not only benefit your entire family, but will also benefit your son for the rest of his life.

In our Parent’s Survival Guide to Boarding School, you will find six tips to support this major life transition, such as what to look for and discuss when it comes to a boarding school’s:

Parents Guide to Boarding GRA


- Academy 

- Community 

- Academics 

- Athletics & Activities 

- Support Services 

- Effectiveness 




At Grand River Academy’s all-boys boarding school, we’re committed to making the transition into boarding school life a gratifying experience for your entire family.

Read our Parent’s Survival Guide to Boarding School and feel free to contact us with any lingering questions. We’re here to support you.

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