Should you send your kids to boarding school?

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A boarding school is when students spend most of the week, and sometimes weekends, at the school in a dorm. There are advantages and disadvantages to this. Here is a breakdown to boarding school life so you can see if it’s right for you and your child.

Support for Classes and Homework

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TAIS offers students a variety of study halls in the evenings and weekends. This allows students access to teacher support for their classes. Parents don’t need to pay extra for cram schools to tutor students when they have teachers on hand to assist in the evenings.



Many students cite friendships as the number one advantage of American boarding education. Spacious dorm rooms with four students to a room offer students opportunities to make friends with their peers. Weekend activities are fun, educational, and support students in their quest to make friends and form bonds with students and teachers alike. Alumni often return to visit and say they miss the dorm life at TAIS. 

Beautiful Natural Environment

TAIS is located in the mountains of Nantou on an expansive, lush campus. Students have access to a large gymnasium, soccer/track field, and an enclosed campus where they can walk around or ride their bikes and skateboards. It’s impossible to measure the positive effects on body and spirit of the clean air and natural surroundings.

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Teenagers and adolescents need opportunities to take care of themselves away from parents. While living away from home can be hard at first, they are able to slowly ease into it at an international boarding academy located in Taiwan.  At TAIS, they have plenty of support from family and friends. Most of our students go on to study abroad, much farther from their local support network. TAIS is a training ground, if you will, for going abroad. TAIS alumni do much better when studying in foreign countries because of the experience they received at boarding school. 

Is it right for you?

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It can’t be denied that many parents prefer having their kids living at home with them. There are many advantages to this. On the other hand, many parents are too busy to keep track of their students activities on a day to day basis. If they live in a city, this offers students opportunities to get into trouble. Parents who are seeking a safe and supportive environment where students can grow and mature would be well served to enroll at TAIS. Ultimately, you have to decide if it’s right for you; no one can tell you.

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