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Adjusting to Boarding Life: What Parents Should Anticipate

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Adjusting to Boarding School

Parents and students should anticipate that boarding normally takes a period of adjustment as students must learn to acclimate to being away from home.

Students have to learn to go to the resident faculty and administration for advice and direction. There may be the tendency for some students to try to call their parents whenever there is a problem or situation. While a parent should listen, the parent should direct the student to call or meet with the Director of Resident Life. Parents must defer the students to the school and its course of action.

Whenever there is a parental concern, the parent should contact the resident life administration. The period of adjustment is usually three to six weeks, depending on the student. During the period of adjustment, the school plans orientation sessions and works closely with students in anticipation of their concerns.

Our residential life handbook provides more information about Brandon Hall’s residential life program.