Why Boarding?

Why Choose A Boarding School?

Ireland is home to many of the great boarding schools, with 26 boarding schools on the island of Ireland you'll certainly find one that suits your child. Boarding Schools have a worldwide reputation for providing students with essential skills required to be successful in today’s shifting global economy. Whether they are large or small, located in a city or in the countryside, all Boarding Schools provide students with an education that is recognized for its superior quality by the best universities around the globe. The boarding experience gives students and parents the gift of time - less time spent in the car and more time focusing on education, extra-curricular activities and character development.  

Top Reasons Parents Chose A Boarding School For Their Child(ren): 

  • Better Education/High Academic Standards
  • Better at Meeting Personalized Needs (tutors, sports, extra-curricular)
  • Better Preparation for University
  • Physically and Emotionally Safe Learning Environments
  • More character, morals and values
  • A well-rounded education

Quick Facts About Boarding

Research completed by The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) found the following:

  • 91% of boarding school students report that their schools are academically challenging, compared with 70% of private day and 50% of public school students.
  • 90% of boarding school students report that their teachers are high quality, compared with 62% private day and 51% public school students.
  • 78% of boarding school graduates report being very well prepared academically for university, compared with 36% of private day and 23% of public school alumni.
  • 77% of boarding school students say their schools provide opportunities for leadership, compared with 60% of private day and 52% of public school students.
  • 75% of boarding school students report being surrounded by motivated peers, compared with 71% of private day and 49% of public school students.
  • 95% of boarding school students report that their academic experience at their school is satisfying or very satisfying, compared with 86% private day and 86% of public school students. 
  • By late-career, 52% of former boarding school students achieve positions in top management, compared with 39% of private day and 27% of public school graduates
  • Boarding school students spend about 17 hours a week on homework, compared with 9 hours for private day students and 8 hours for public school students.