5 Common Myths About Boarding Schools

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Boarding schools in India are a growing norm, and with many of them established in different cities and towns, students have an alternate option available for living and studying in residencies. These schools have become popular since many parents have overseas work attachments, transferrable jobs, or want their children to become independent from a young age. Being a crucial decision to enrol one’s ward in a residential boarding school in India, many times parents are exposed to certain myths about such schools.

This blog attempts to bust some of these myths and present the facts about the best boarding schools in India.

Myth 1: Boarding schools are meant only for rich people’s children.

Though there is an additional cost to the stay, board and lodge in a boarding school, the best IB boarding schools in India are within the financial reach of a large number of parents. Thus the student population in a residential school is drawn from different parts of the country and from families of varying financial standing. At MIT Gurukul with our affordable fee we attract children from all parts of India and overseas.

Myth 2: Boarding Schools are for students with behaviour problems

The reality is far from the often cited reason for some parents to feel uncomfortable sending their children to boarding schools. With good pastoral care services available in boarding schools, and their location away from city centres, the home away from home atmosphere of boarding schools ensures a higher rate of motivation and long-term success for students.

As per recent research done by the EF academy, 78% of boarding school students reported positive peer influence as compared to 49% in non-residential schools. Most students do not ever have any disciplinary issues and the rest are minor, growing-up phases that are addressed easily. In day schools this figure stands at 82% thus confirming that boarding schools’ structured residencies actually help develop disciplined students. Also, most boarding schools are for students with no behaviour problems. In some overseas countries, some boarding schools are specially set up for children with adjustment issues.

Myth 3: It is hard to keep in contact with the family:

With the advent of technology and instruments like handheld mobile phones, internet, zoom calls and other such platforms, the students are able to keep in regular contact with their family. Within the educational calendar of the school, designated times are set for students to call their families, or for the families to contact them. There are also days every month when the parents can visit the school and meet with their wards.

Myth 4: There is little or no free time for students to relax and find their individual time

Students are given time within daily schedules to pursue their own interests, just sit and read or do nothing to take a break from studies and activities. This helps them find quiet periods to rest, spend time with other residency students and strengthen their friendship bonds, pursue a hobby, or connect with their families.

Myth 5: All boarding and residential schools follow international curriculums

Different boarding and residential schools, especially the best international schools in Pune, offer different curriculums based on student profiles and parents’ demands. MIT Gurukul offers the IB curriculum since most students aspire to study abroad after school and the curriculum helps them transition to foreign education seamlessly.       

Other common myths related to residential schools include the fact that all students from such schools go overseas to study, or opt for only science subjects, or that parental involvement is very less due to distance etc. In reality, students choose institutions in India and overseas for their bachelor’s, study science, commerce and humanities, and parents are encouraged to participate in school initiatives.

The residential schools are excellent educational institutions that help develop future leaders and give holistic input to their students. MIT Gurukul has a comprehensive curriculum, optimal extracurricular facilities, a relaxed yet disciplined residential life and a family kind of loving and caring atmosphere. To know about the residential facilities and interact with the pastoral staff at MIT Gurukul, we invite the parents to visit the campus on open days and parent orientation programs.

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