1. Anonymous said: when should you ask your current school to forward your grades to the boarding school you're going to? and when should you ask for recommendation letters from teachers?

    You should try to get both of those done as soon as possible. It’s rude if you don’t try to give at least 2 weeks for someone to write a recommendation but a solid month is best. Sometimes the sending a transcript part can be difficult. A lot just want it sent when you send your app in, in which case talk to your current school guidance counselor to get that done.
    -Heidi

     

  2. Anonymous said: find a nice school that is more 'liberal'? And of course with good classes and everything. And do you think I'll have a problem transfering? I'm a international student but the classes have just started 3 weeks ago. And also, do you think I'll make friends easily? Thank you so much! :) (2)

    Well, if you would have asked sooner I would have told you not to leave your school until at least end of semester. The problems you have sound like you wouldn’t have ran in to them if you would have done more research before choosing to go to your school in the first place. Use that as a lesson to really ask questions and research prospective schools. I didn’t like my school at first but I’m glad I stuck out the rough part because I can’t imagine having gone anywhere else.
    It might be hard to transfer so early in the school year.. as for making friends, that also might be hard at first because it’s so early in the school year and everyone else just got done with that whole process when they settled in, but of course you’ll make friends eventually.
    Just please please please make sure you dp more research before deciding to move across the world to a school. As for rules, all boarding schools have a significant amount of rules because it’s a bunch of minors living away from their parents. Don’t expect college-level freedom. Maybe try asking more general questions to find out if the boarding school in a general sense is even right for you.
    -Heidi

     

  3. Anonymous said: Im in a boarding school in England for almost a month and I hate it. I'm leaving next week (thanks God) and now I'm looking for a really nice one in the US or Canada to transfer. Basically I didn't like it here because the place is very very old (medieval, so no wifi) and I like modern cities like the ones in US/Canada. And the place feels weird, smells weird and the women that lives with us is sooooo rude and she has so many 'rules'. I can't stand here. But could you pretty please help me (1)

     

  4. Anonymous said: what kinds of things (clubs, activities, sports) do imsa admissions look for?

    Absolutely anything as long as you’re passionate about it. If you aren’t just doing it for the sake of looking good on an application and they can see you legitimately dedicated time to an activity and were passionate about it then it will help you. They are just looking for well-rounded students so you don’t need to try and involve yourself with 10 different activities unless that’s what you’re actually interested in, then by all means.

     

  5. Boarding School In Canada

    This post is about boarding schools in Canada if ever someone out there is considering attending boarding school in Canada

    There are a couple things that you should know.

    The most important thing is that Canada is nothing like people portray it to be. 

    -we don’t all live in igloos and tee-pees

    -we don’t even say ‘eh’

    -It is not the arctic however our winters do get cold.

    -not everyone in Quebec speaks French

    Canada is actually a pretty good place, it’s like the knockoff of America. In some aspects Canada is better than the United States and in some aspects the United States is better. It really depends on who you are.

    Now that we have that over with, let’s begin.

    First of all the country is very vast and it’s composed of 10 provinces and 3 territories. There are boarding schools in most provinces. The places with the most boarding schools are Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.

    Now I don’t recommend boarding school in Quebec unless you already are a Quebec resident because in Quebec the education system is way more different than the rest of Canada. In Quebec you need to complete three years of high school and then two more years at this Preparatory College called the ‘CEGEP’ so technically you end up doing an extra year of high school before being able to attend college.

    Secondly,in Canada we have two official languages; English and French. In certain areas the community is more French than others but most Canadians are bilingual. Depending on your school and your province taking French class is required. Now no worries if you don’t know how to speak any French and you wish to come to Canada for school, I’m sure schools have classes to help you out.

    Another thing about French in Canada is that it’s not like the French you hear in France. Canadian French is more of a slang and sometimes we take little bits from English words and put them in our dialogue.

    For example in Canadian French a ‘hug’ is a ‘caresse’ while in Proper French it’s a ‘calin’

    So as you can see it’s not really the same.

    Third, In Canada most boarding schools have rolling admissions. Rolling admissions means that you can apply any time of the year because there are no application deadlines.

    In Addition, a perk about going to school in Canada is that Canadians don’t take SAT’s so you don’t really have to deal with that stress. US College and Universities are starting to waive the SAT’s for international students (so if you are an american studying in Canada your SAT might be waived) 

    Another thing is that Canada is known for it’s friendliness and willingness to help others. We are considered softies and as a Canadian I can tell you that we LOVE foreign students or even new kids.

    Canada also has a lower crime rate than the United States, a lower murder rate and a lower bullying rate.

    It’s also said that American Universities love American students who have had international experience.

    Not to mention Canada does have metropolitan cities just like the United States and we do have a lot of American shops and restaurants but we also have our very own Canadian shops and restaurants. There is one metropolitan city within each province. The biggest metropolitan cities are Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

    (Just a little tad of information that doesn’t really belong anywhere, a Starbucks is rare in Canada. We have a coffee shop similar to Starbucks called ‘Tim Hortons’ on pretty much every street corner. We do have some Starbucks’ but Tim Hortons is the most popular place to go and let me tell you some of their things are waaaay better than Starbucks)

    As for the price of boarding schools in Canada even with the parity of the dollar some Canadian schools will offer you the same value or maybe a cheaper value than an American boarding school with the same features and of the same quality.

    Canadian boarding schools also have AP classes and all that jazz just like American schools.

    Also if you live in America Canada is pretty close. For example in the city of Windsor in southern Ontario you can see the city of Detroit that is only separated by a small waterway and in some cities in British Columbia you can see Washington State! Not to mention that in Niagara Falls you’re facing Buffalo, New York!

     Now there are some down sides to Canada like the parity of the dollar, higher prices and taxes on some items (it’s not that bad though it’s maybe just a couple dollars more than the American price) so really some Items in The United States are cheaper than in Canada.

    The climate in Canada is basically harsh winters everywhere and depending on where you live your summer could be cold, mild, rainy, humid or warm.

    Canada has six different time zones so if you were on the West Coast of Canada but your family is in the East Coast of the United states there might be some problems.

    The USA has more boarding schools than Canada.

    If you’re considering a post secondary education in Canada we don’t have Ivy League schools but that doesn’t necessarily mean our Universities aren’t good. We have many amazing Universities such as Queens, University of Ottawa, University of British Columbia and McGill (my personal favorite)

    If you are interested in boarding schools in Canada I took the liberty of making a small list of my personal favorites.

    - Brentwood College School in British Columbia

    - Appleby College in Ontario

    - Ridley College in Ontario

    - Pickering College in Onatrio

    - Trafalgar Castle School in Ontario

    - Stanstead College in Quebec

    I hope I helped and Good luck if you’re applying to a Canadian Boarding Schools.

     

  6. Anonymous said: I'm leaving to attend Cate School (in California) in about a week, and I'm so nervous! do you have any advice or comments from students?

    We have multiple posts that Katie made such as packing lists and tips for once you arrive at school. Check out the tabs at the top of our blog. Hope they help!
    -Heidi

     

  7. Anonymous said: Hi I've been to boarding school in Canada and I'd like to be able to tell everyone a bit about boarding school in Canada (Because it's a bit different than the United States) if anyone is considering boarding school in Canada. If I sent you fan mail with the information could you guys maybe make a post about it? Thanks

    Sure! Or you can just submit a post to us for us to accept and post (just add /submit to the end of our url)
    -Heidi

     

  8. Anonymous said: what happened to Kate? She's never here!

    She’s busy with school and such (I mean, so am I but I’m just on more often). She still loves all you guys lots :) and she totally still helps me answer questions sometimes!
    -Heidi

     

  9. Anonymous said: (+) which is something hard to do around here since I dedicate at least 5 hours a day to studying (to get grades that most probably aren't enough for them). I'm a scout and I play tennis but I'm not sure if that's enough. Do you know anything about that? (.)

    I was in a similar situation with my boarding school actually. There were only about 5 people out of my class of 200 that maintained all As. What I had to do in my essays since my grades weren’t so good is explain the rigor of the school I was attending, explain my work ethic and how hard I worked, and then talk about how much I learned despite my grades. My school also sent their own packet of information with all students’ college applications explaining the type of school we were and how grades were different there than for public schools.
    It’s not bad that you only have 2 extracurriculars. Colleges don’t look for amount, they look for the dedication. They like to see that you had passion for something. So if you’ve dedicated a lot of time/years to tennis and scouts then tell them that! Let them know that you have to balance school stuff to find enough time to do them. You can always call a school’s admissions office and ask these same questions and ask them how you’re able to portray all this well in your application. In my experiences they have always been glad to help, people just don’t think to ask them for help.
    -Heidi

     

  10. Anonymous said: (+) Our grades don't really matter when we go to college since we have to take entrance exams and they don't even look at our grades. So I would probably do better on the entrance exams than someone who gets straight As in a public school even if my grades are bad. Basically, what I want to know is if the school I want to go to will know that about Brazil, or if they're gonna look at my grades and say no straight away. I know in the US you also care a lot about extracurricular activities, (+)

     

  11. Anonymous said: Hi! I'm Brazilian, and I'm not sure if you know much (or anything at all) about Brazilian schools but I have some questions, if you don't mind. Here in Brazil, depending on the school you go to, your grades vary a lot. Like if I went to a public school I would probably have awesome grades to show them, but I go to a private one where it's truly an accomplishment to not have to repeat the entire year. A "C", or even a "D" (depending on your teacher) is great and worth celebrating. (+)

     

  12. Anonymous said: If I have mosts C's on my freshman and sophomore year and my junior and senior I only get A's and some B's would that be enough to go to a good university (like NYU)?

    It really depends on the type of student the college is looking for at the moment. If I’m being 100% honest, race plays a big part into college decisions and then again when scholarships are handed out. By that I mean, if there was one spot left and it was down to you and another person, they would pick the minority. That aside (not trying to offend anyone by mentioning the racial factors), colleges like well-rounded students so having extra-curriculars that you dedicated your time to and showed passion for can really help you. My boarding school was really hard and even though they didn’t calculate a GPA colleges still looked at my grades. My grades were very far from perfect but I still go to a good university and I even got a scholarship. Colleges look at a lot more than just grades, though they are a factor. Try and do really well on standardized testing and that helps lots too.
    -Heidi

     

  13. Anonymous said: I have something on my mind bc I never thought I would study in the UK I'm so anxious. I wanted to go to canada or the usa but omg idk I'm so nervous I leave in 10 days!

    You will do just fine no matter where you go. Just give it a shot instead of freaking out before you even get there.
    -Heidi

     

  14. Anonymous said: What is the fashion/clothing style like in boarding school? Because I like to dress up at school and wear dresses and look nice. (Meant for schools with no formal dress code)

    It all just depends. People dress different based off of where they’re from and just preference in general. I dressed like you described almost every day of boarding school but I had friends that would wear sweatpants everyday. Just wear what makes you happy; you don’t have to dress like anyone else.
    -Heidi

     

  15. Anonymous said: One more kind of UK related question haha! So I finished the 11th grade in the American system in the UK. But now Im considering a american education for the 12th bc I want to go to a US college. Is there a problem in that? I mean, my education would end up being in 3 different countries (since the 2 years of HS I was in South america)

    I don’t think US colleges would care at all! When you apply to college you’ll have to list all your different schools you attended which is kind of annoying but it won’t affect your admission. Good luck!
    -Heidi