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The Boarding School Experience

One of the great rewards of a boarding/day school is that so many of our students and faculty live where they learn and teach. Learn about being a boarding student at Admiral Farragut Academy.

Five Advantages of Boarding Schools

Findings in a recent study by The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) provide compelling support for these central advantages.

The Academic Promise

  • More than 60% of students enroll in boarding schools because of the promise of better education.
  • More than 90% of boarding school students find their schools academically challenging, and the figures back it up. Boarding school students spend more than twice as many hours (17 to 8) a week on homework than their peers in public schools.

24-Hour Learning

  • Thanks to the campus environment boarding schools provide, students are tremendously active outside the classroom.
  • Boarding school students participate in more extracurricular activities than other students, whether it's exercising and playing sports (12 hours vs. 9 hours), engaging in creative endeavors like music and painting (6 hours vs. 4-5 hours), or participating in student government and club activities (35% vs. 27%).  

Learning to Lead

  • One distinct characteristic of boarding schools is that character development counts as much as academics.
  • The environment—in which teachers live among their students, and students live away from home—lends itself to the cultivation of self-discipline and independent thought.
  • More than 3/4 of boarding school students say they have earned leadership opportunities, a far higher percentage than reported by public and private day school students. 

College Bound
Boarding school environments require greater personal responsibility, which deliver graduates to university with an unequaled level of preparation.

Getting Ahead

  • Beyond college, boarding school graduates are more often professionally accomplished and philanthropically active adults.
  • By mid-career, more boarding school graduates achieve top management positions than their peers.
  • 60% of alumni give to social service organizations, compared with 46% of graduates of other schools.

Boarding School Graduate Statistics
by The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

Graduates who report being academically very well prepared for college:

  • 39% Public
  • 71% Private Day
  • 87% Boarding

Graduates who report being very well prepared for nonā€academic college life:

  • 23% Public
  • 36% Private Day
  • 87% Boarding

Graduates who earn advanced degrees:

  • 21% Public
  • 36% Private Day
  • 50% Boarding

By late career, graduates achieve position in top management:

  • 27% Public
  • 39% Private Day
  • 52% Boarding

Admiral Farragut Academy is a private, college prep, day and boarding school located in St. Petersburg, FL serving grades PreK thru 12th grade.

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