Useful Resources for Boarding School Students and Families

The list below is a collection of resources shared, recommended, and suggested by the contributors to The Boarding School Survival Guide. As you know this book was written to fill a void of information that I felt was “missing” in my boarding school research process, namely the voices and ideas shared by real students and actual graduates of boarding schools. The sites and resources below also assisted me and many of my contributors in their research and process of applying to and living and surviving as a student in boarding school. I hope they help you, too! Feel free to email me at with any suggestions for additions to this list that you may have.

Helpful Web Sites and Locations to Research Boarding Schools:

School Web Sites – Obviously visit each of these to find information on faculty, campus activities and traditions, course guides, and most every nut and bolt you need to know about the logistics and

School Newspapers – Read what students have to say today about their school now. Most student newspapers are uncensored by the school (inquire if you are curious), so student real voices and opinions can be heard. Most school papers can now be found on line, but in rare the case they are not, email to request a hard copy be mailed to you.

Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, Instagram – All easy quick places — if the schools you are interested subscribe to them —  to collect information, get current news, and ask questions.  a useful place to start to research and compare schools and what you might want in your boarding school experience. Some articles and mostly data driven. – a helpful resource to students and families researching schools. Offers behind-the-scenes looks at over 300 schools across the U.S., Canada and abroad. Also known as The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) – on Facebook, too.

Catholic Boarding Schools Association (CBSA) – a community bulletin board/forum with an area dedicated to prep school student and parents so you will need to sift a bit to find boarding school information but it is in there.

Independent Educational Consultants Association(IECA)

Independent Schools Association of Northern New England (ISANNE)

Junior Boarding Schools Association (JBSA)

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)

Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) – A free boarding school consulting service geared to assist international students with the USA boarding school application process.

Western Boarding Schools Association (WBSA)

Student Academic and Boarding School Support Resources:

Blackboard Collaborate a cool, collaborative site where students can obtain support from other students, teachers, and educators on a variety of subjects. – a great site to assist you with creation, collaboration and presentation of your school work or projects. helpful location to go to produce and create illustrations for your data in any research papers or presentations you are writing.  a student message and discussion board and resource location for student participating in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and other competitive academic endeavors. —   a helpful site to use sometimes when writing papers of if you are confused about proper MLA format. is an amazing website. It offers online tutoring, which can assist in the tough course like calculus. It’s really cool – there are teachers who you basically instant message with and they can help you with homework.

Informative books and novels on boarding school:

After the Harkness Gift, A History of Phillips Exeter Academy Since 1930, by Julia Heskel – A unique approach to independent learning and the story of it’s origins.

The Best of the Best, Becoming Elite at an American Boarding School, by Ruben A. Gaztimbide-Fernandez. – A peek into U.S. boarding school from an author who spent two years on the inside researching it.

Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld. Novel about a girl and her boarding school drama.

The Starboard Sea, by Amber Dermont. Novel about student experiences, drama, social issues set in New England boarding school .

A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger. No words to describe this important book.