At The Learning Center (TLC) we understand how important, yet often challenging, it is to select the right boarding school for your child, which is why one of our goals is to empower both parents and students to make informed decisions about their boarding school selection. This summer, TLC will be arranging a 2-week tour of leading boarding schools in the U.S., designed to give parents a clear understanding of the types of schools that best suit your child and become familiar with life in the U.S. We also hope the trip will be a source of inspiration and motivation for you and your child!
The trip will involve a tour of 10 carefully selected boarding schools, among the top in the U.S., in New England, with opportunities to talk with admissions officers and gain a comprehensive understanding of life at each school. The tour will also include workshops, seminars, and plenty of sight-seeing, cultural activities, and shopping!
Who will benefit most from this tour?
Families with children who are preparing to enter grades 6, 7, or 8 in the fall of 2017 will benefit most from this trip. The trip is designed to help families become familiar with the selected schools and life in the U.S. There will be no 1:1 interviews arranged as part of the trip.
The tour will be limited to 10 families and will be led by Jennifer Sachs and Lian Peng.
Younger siblings are welcome of course, but please bear in mind that the school visits are often 1.5 to 2 plus hours in length and may be difficult for children under 9 years old.
Registration deadline: June 15, 2017
*Due to demand we are happy to offer local transportation in the U.S. - parents no longer need to self-drive.
Family arrival in Boston & welcome dinner
Parent & Student Workshop 1: How to Plan for a Great School Visit
Tour in Boston including Commons and Harvard University
Drive to Andover, MA
7/17 Concord, MA
Tour & talk at Phillips Academy Andover
Parent Workshop 2: Analyzing your Child’s Situation
Student Workshop 2: How to Give a Great Interview
7/18 Concord, MA
Tour & talk at Concord Academy
Visit Kimball Farm for lunch, ice cream, games, and a spot of mini golf
7/19 Greenfield, MA
Tour & talk at Middlesex School
Parent Workshop 3: How Do I Understand How Good a School Really Is? How Important is Ranking?
Student Workshop 3: What is Special About Me?
7/20 Greenfield, MA
Tour & talk at Cushing Academy
7/21 Putney, Vermont
Tour & talk at Northfield Mount Hermon
Visit the Yankee Candle Company before traveling to Putney, Vermont
7/22-23 Putney, Vermont
Parent & Student Workshop 4: Review of the Schools So Far
7/24 Northampton, MA
Tour & talk at Vermont Academy
Tour & talk at The Putney School
Cheese tasting at Grafton Cheese Company and visit to Vermont Country Store
7/25 Northampton, MA
Tour & talk at Williston Northampton School
Parent Workshop 5: What are my child’s strengths & weaknesses?
Student Workshop 5: What are my strengths & weaknesses?
Tour & talk at Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Tour & talk at Cambridge School of Weston
Parent & Student Workshop 6: School Round-up & Review!
Free time (full-day) in Boston
End of Tour Dinner
Depart for Beijing
＊TLC reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary based on changing needs or circumstances.