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4 Things to Look for in a High School

Posted by Laura Burgess on May 14, 2021 11:45:13 AM

If you are reading this, you might already be thinking about the next exciting step of your education. Good for you! 

What to look for in a high school experience is important, and taking that next step to find that perfect school is exciting. Your high school experience should be so much more than just going to classes. High school should be a special time in your life — a place that you look forward to going to every day and that you will want to have in your life forever — and these four tips just might help you find the best private school for you.  DSC_7825

  1. Meet New People: High school is your first real chance to prepare yourself for the world and the contributions you will make to it. How exciting is that!? One of the best ways to do that is to meet as many new people as possible. At boarding school, you will go to school with friends from not just all over the country, but all over the world. Everyone you meet, like you, intentionally chose a diverse community and they are looking to make as many new friends as possible.

    At Tabor, we typically enroll students from over 20 states and 20 countries each year. It’s impossible not to meet new people. 

  2. Gain New Perspective: The diversity of your fellow students means that when you learn about history, science, literature, and languages, you do it while gaining the perspectives of your diverse classmates.  Because your classes are intentionally smaller, there is more emphasis on discussion, and more diverse perspectives in the classroom that enrich everyone’s learning experience.

    Real classes we offer at Tabor that are even more interesting with a diverse group of classmates: Creative Writing, Modern East Asian History, Aquaculture, Engineering Projects, Global Studies: Issues & Action, and Advanced Topics Spanish: Literature, Arts, Music, & Film.

  3. Live and Learn with People who have Similar Priorities. To take full advantage of the opportunities you have in high school, you want to be around people who value those same opportunities. You will get more out of the four short years in a community of students who also strive for high achievement, work to improve every day, and take pride in their accomplishments. At boarding school, you’ll be with people who share the same unique commitment to their education that you do.

    At Tabor, you’ll live in multi-age dorms where you’ll be inspired by your older peers and hear their tips about how to be successful. 

  4. Try Anything and Everything New: You probably have an activity you are passionate about and know you are good at, but high school is also a great time to try something new. Your high school should provide a supportive environment where students can try new things without being intimidated or worrying that they will be the only one who has never participated in that activity before. Boarding schools offer a great many new activities and are known for giving students a chance to step out of their comfort zone.

    Crew Team - Taken by Jayden Smith '22

    Most students at Tabor try at least one new thing, and many try several. With options like squash, different types of sailing, photography (this photo of the crew team was taken by Jayden '22), service and leadership opportunities, there are plenty of activities to explore! Our co-curricular programs provide a welcoming and inclusive environment.

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