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

Contact TLC to sign up on 010 8046-3886 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download registration form here

***Tour Update***

*Due to demand we are happy to offer local transportation in the U.S. - parents no longer need to self-drive.


Tour Itinerary

7/14 Boston

Family arrival in Boston & welcome dinner


7/15 Boston

Parent & Student Workshop 1: How to Plan for a Great School Visit

Tour in Boston including Commons and Harvard University


7/16 Andover

Free time 

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

Free day


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?


7/26 Boston

Tour & talk at Wilbraham & Monson Academy


7/27 Boston

Tour & talk at Cambridge School of Weston

Parent & Student Workshop 6: School Round-up & Review! 


7/28 Boston 

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.