Boulder Creek Academy serves troubled teenagers from eighth through twelfth grade with behavioral, clinical, and academic challenges that make it difficult for them to succeed in a traditional school setting. Boarding schools like Boulder Creek Academy offer a number of additional benefits over standard school systems, a few of which are illustrated below:
1. Fosters independence and responsibility. Students attending boarding school learn to become independent and responsible due to the absence of a parental figure to perform everyday tasks for them. They must do their own laundry, learn to navigate the campus and surrounding community, and manage their own schedules for study and free time. Also, the lack of constant surveillance enables students to better understand the impact of their actions and the potential consequences of their choices.
2. More personalized attention. Boarding schools tend to offer much smaller class sizes than public schools, in addition to smaller student-to-teacher ratios. A smaller class size typically means that teachers can provide more individualized and one-on-one attention to students and enables the curriculum to integrate more activities that focus on student participation.
3. Improved facilities for athletics, art, and theater. Many boarding schools offer a wide range of programs and facilities for special interest activities such as art, theater, and sports. Special interest facilities in boarding schools may also outclass commercial ones with better equipment and more diverse programs.
4. Provides a sense of community. A community atmosphere often comes hand-in-hand with a boarding school experience as students maintain regular interaction with roommates, teaching faculty, and other school staff. Also, students can come from all walks of life and a variety of different cultures, which makes for a very diverse community.
5. Improved academic opportunities and college training. The boarding school model encourages communication between students and teachers and often offers a wide range of educational opportunities to help students succeed. It also prompts students to explore new things and prepare for college life due to its more rigorous academic expectations.