Seis ventajas de inscribir a su hijo en un internado americano

Many families know about boarding school, but they assume that this option is available only to students in grades 9 through 12. Junior boarding schools serve younger students (here at Fay, our boarders are in grades 7-9), and they offer middle schoolers unique opportunities and thorough preparation for the road ahead.

1. Un enfoque equilibrado

Many junior boarding schools employ a “whole-child” approach that addresses every aspect of student development, from classroom learning to physical and emotional well-being. Here at Fay, we focus on helping students learn how to be good students and good people: the academic curriculum is complemented by daily participation on athletic teams, music and art classes, opportunities to lead in community service and student government, and after-school clubs that include robotics, the student newspaper, songwriting, and contest math. Balance is a focus of the program: personal technology like laptops and cell phones are locked away for most of each day, for example, so students can fully immerse themselves in school life without digital distractions.

2. Plan de estudios innovador y nuevas perspectivas

Los internados tienen la ventaja de poder diseñar y aplicar un plan de estudios que desafía e inspira a sus alumnos. En clases pequeñas, los estudiantes aprenden a explorar ideas desde diferentes perspectivas, a pensar de forma crítica y a desarrollar sus propias interpretaciones del material. Aquí en Fay, por ejemplo, nuestros alumnos de noveno grado tienen la oportunidad de cursar asignaturas optativas únicas como Diagnóstico del Mundo Moderno, una clase combinada de ciencia e historia en la que los alumnos exploran cuestiones actuales como el acceso global a los alimentos y al agua desde perspectivas históricas y científicas.

3. Una población estudiantil diversa

The United States boasts a diverse population, and this holds true for its junior boarding schools as well. Students who attend American schools learn side-by-side with students and teachers from a wide range of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. At Fay, our boarders come from more than 25 countries, and they are paired with roommates whose native languages are different. Our students have regular opportunities to participate in meaningful conversations about identity through our Community Connections program, and beloved school traditions like Taste of Nations give our students ways to celebrate the range of cultures in our community. Being part of an authentically diverse community at an early age helps children develop the empathy and understanding they will need to be part of an increasingly global society.

4. Excelentes profesores

American educators are known for having some of the most extensive training and experience in the world. Ninety percent of the faculty at Fay School hold master’s degrees in teaching or in their subject area, and many are published authors and experts in their fields. Furthermore, they are middle school experts and know how to support the developmental needs of adolescents. At a junior boarding school, living on campus provides the added bonus of allowing students to build meaningful connections with their teachers, who also serve as their coaches, dorm parents, and advisors.

5. Una sólida formación en inglés

Las investigaciones demuestran que la inmersión lingüística ayuda a los alumnos a desarrollar sus habilidades cognitivas y comunicativas a una edad temprana. Además del trabajo diario en clase, los internados estadounidenses motivan a sus alumnos para que aprendan inglés con actividades divertidas que promueven la inmersión lingüística, como clubes y actividades extraescolares. Algunos colegios, como el Fay, también ofrecen clases de inglés específicas para hablantes no nativos que deseen seguir desarrollando sus habilidades de lectura, escritura y expresión oral en inglés.

6. Expert secondary school counselors

After attending junior boarding school in the United States, many students go on to enroll in top U.S. secondary schools. In turn, these schools prepare students well for an American college experience. Junior boarding schools provide students with opportunities to build English skills, integrate with a new culture and environment, participate in extracurricular activities, practice leadership, and develop the academic skills that will help them to be more compelling candidates for secondary school. At Fay, our dedicated team of four secondary school counselors work closely with parents to help them find schools that are a good match for their child. Our counselors also guide students as they write their applications and help them prepare for the all-important secondary school interview. (You can see the list of where our students attend secondary school here.)

El objetivo último de cualquier padre es preparar a su hijo para el éxito, sea cual sea la forma que adopte ese viaje. La elección de enviar a su hijo a un internado junior de primera categoría en Estados Unidos puede ser el primer paso perfecto.