Six avantages de l'inscription de votre enfant dans un internat américain

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. Une approche équilibrée

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. Un programme d'études innovant et de nouvelles perspectives

Les internats ont l'avantage de pouvoir concevoir et mettre en œuvre un programme d'études qui met au défi et inspire leurs élèves. Dans de petites classes, les élèves apprennent à explorer des idées sous différentes perspectives, à réfléchir de manière critique et à développer leurs propres interprétations du matériel. Ici, à Fay, par exemple, nos élèves de troisième ont la possibilité de suivre des cours facultatifs uniques, tels que Diagnostic du monde moderne, un cours combinant science et histoire, où les élèves explorent des questions d'actualité telles que l'accès mondial à la nourriture et à l'eau d'un point de vue historique et scientifique.

3. Une population étudiante diversifiée

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. D'excellents enseignants

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. Un enseignement solide de l'anglais

Les recherches montrent que l'immersion linguistique aide les élèves à développer des compétences cognitives et de communication dès le plus jeune âge. En plus du travail quotidien en classe, les internats américains motivent leurs élèves à apprendre l'anglais en leur proposant des activités ludiques qui favorisent l'apprentissage immersif de la langue, comme des clubs et des activités extrascolaires. Certaines écoles, comme Fay, proposent également des cours d'anglais ciblés aux personnes dont la langue maternelle n'est pas l'anglais et qui souhaitent développer leurs compétences en lecture, écriture et expression orale.

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.)

Le but ultime de tout parent est de préparer son enfant à la réussite, quelle que soit la forme que prend ce voyage. Choisir d'envoyer votre enfant dans un internat de haut niveau aux États-Unis peut être la première étape parfaite.