Boarding School Jobs

Looking for a boarding school job? Not all sites that appear to be helpful in finding boarding school jobs actually are. This article gives some hints and tips for locating boarding school jobs.

Boarding School Job Site to Skip

Although a great place to get information about different boarding schools—which might help you learn enough to begin deciding whether you’d want to work there—when seeking job openings, the BoardingSchoolReview.com jobs page (http://www.boardingschoolreview.com/boarding-school-jobs.php ) is a washout. It ostensibly offers the ability to search by State, Region, or Country, but the country drop-down menu has no options, and one is forced to choose a limiter in one of these geographical designators. So, it’s badly designed. Worse, it has no data: after searching through all the regional options (New England, Mid-Atlantic, South, Southwest, West, Midwest), not one job turned up. Even if they do come up with some data, the requirement to limit the search could be problematic. But you can use this page to discover more about schools that do have job openings.

Boarding School Job Site to Check Infrequently

Slightly more success was achieved with The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Job Board (http://www.boardingschools.com/for-schools/job-board.aspx ). This site offers better search criteria, with 26 job categories (from teacher to admissions to coaching to residential life to health services), ability to specify salary, work year, full time or part time job and location. Problems are immediately obvious when looking at the location choices, which are limited to Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Vaud, and Virginia. (Vaud is a city in Switzerland). Since it seems that the locations are added as jobs are posted, the small number of areas suggests that not many people are using the site. All in all, there are 11 jobs listed, which you can discover by choosing all the checkboxes and leaving the salary indeterminate. Current job offerings include a Director of Athletics at in New York, a Residence Hall Counselor in Michigan, and a Librarian/Learning Resource Specialist in Vaud, Switzerland.

Best Boarding School Job Sites

The best sites to keep an eye on for boarding school jobs include those of associations of boarding schools that post up-to-date job listings and are widely used. Here are some worthwhile ones:

• National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)—NAIS has a page of services for job seekers, who can post resumes, search for openings, and apply for jobs. http://www.nais.org/career/index.cfm?ItemNumber=146045&sn.ItemNumber=142458

• Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS)—AMCSUS features a career center for job seekers seeking posts at its member schools. http://www.amcsus.org/page.cfm?p=7

• Standards in Excellence And Learning (SEA+L)—This Canadian site has a job list for Canadian boarding schools with seven postings in the last seven days and search criteria to narrow your search. http://www.cais.ca/page.cfm?p=8

• National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)—NATSAP has a job search with filters for job type and program type, as well as a keyword function. There are currently 64 jobs on offer, and they range from direct care to administrative to education to outdoor. http://www.natsap.org/jobsearch.asp

Boarding School Reviews

Boarding school reviews evaluate boarding schools based on criteria or judgments made by outsiders and students and sometimes based on data supplied directly by the school. Boarding school reviews vary quite a bit in quality, so read on to find out more.

What Good Is a Boarding School Review?

If boarding schools had their way, you might never read a review: you’d show up on their campus prepared to soak in their ambience and offerings firsthand. Since that can’t always happen, this article helps you understand differences between various types of boarding school reviews and what you can get out of boarding school reviews.

A boarding school review could be written by a student or former student or parent of a student or former student, or it could be prepared by outsiders. Each type has intrinsic values and limitations. Those who actually know the school bring their observations and insights, but also their prejudices and biases, based on their individual personal experience. What reviews by outsiders make up in objectivity, they often lack in concrete knowledge and detail. The ideal review, then, may be one that combines firsthand information and insight with objective information. With these two elements to balance each other out, you may get as thorough and fair an idea of the school as possible without being there yourself for a not insubstantial amount of time.

Bottom line: since education is important, a good match between child and school is critical, and boarding school is expensive, boarding school reviews are worth consulting as part of the decision-making process. Be sure to glance over user comments for clues to situations where the “received wisdom” deviates markedly from the reality, but follow-up on issues raised there, rather than taking them as givens. Comments draws both speakers of truth and people who wrongly perceive themselves as injured parties, looking for payback.

Best Place to Find Boarding School Reviews Worth Reading

The key website for finding boarding school reviews is BoardingSchoolReview.com http://www.boardingschoolreview.com/ Each entry provides contact information, including address, phone number and a map, a link to the school website and a quotation from the school’s publicity information. Student reviews may also be available, and the school’s ranking in various areas are given, for example, “listed among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 287 school) for . . . Most Sports Offered.”

Information about the school after that point is either factual or comparative. The review offers a factual overview of the school as a whole, the student body, the academics and faculty, the finances, the admissions process, the AP courses, the sports, the college matriculation records over a number of years, and school notes, which may include featured facilities and famous alums. The categories listed above down to admissions are listed side by side with the national boarding school average, for comparison. Below all of this is a community map showing other boarding schools in the area with the distance away, useful for planning a trip to multiple schools.

Site tools at the website, such as a compare schools tool and the ability to save schools of interest for future reference, add to the value.

Boarding School Ranking

Those interested in college prep schools are also often interested in school ranking, and prep schools are the most likely to have a boarding school ranking. This article explains how boarding schools are ranked and provides tips for reading the rankings.

What Are Boarding School Rankings?

Boarding school rankings are ratings that compare boarding schools based on specified criteria and focused almost entirely on college preparatory schools. Some websites and organizations provide a yearly report to allow for changes to existing schools and the introduction of new institutions to the field. Here are some of the reviews you can look for, with a brief description of each:

Forbes.com http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/29/best-prep-schools-2010-opinions-private-education.html The ranking weights student/faculty ratio, proportion of faculty with advanced degrees, size of endowment, and percentages of students that went on to what Forbes considers to be the top ten US colleges.

• PrepReview.com http://www.prepreview.com/ranking/us/boarding_schools.php This site requires a payment to see its rankings, which are based on the percentage of the graduating class entering Ivy League schools plus MIT and Stanford in the past 5 years, of boarding schools with at least 5-day boarding programs and a minimum average of 45 students in their graduating class.

• GreatSchools.org http://www.greatschools.org/school-choice/ At this website, you begin by defining your ideal school and then search based on the criteria you’ve provided, creating a personalized set of school rankings. Criteria include the type of school you want, the distance from home, the school facilities you want, the school size, ability to work well with any special needs your child might have, type of curriculum, school achievement history, rigor of the curriculum, amount of homework, use of technology, extracurricular offerings, expectations for parental involvement, type of school culture, degree of diversity in the school population, school philosophy or mission, qualities of the teaching staff, and the school’s approach(es) to communicating with parents.

Note that U.S. News does not include private high schools (including boarding schools) in its ranking of the best American high schools because its criteria include statewide accountability tests, which private school students do not have to take, making comparison impossible. Similarly, Newsweek does not rank private schools, but claims that a lack of cooperation from private schools, which—according to Newsweek— believe that rankings are misleading and not a good way to judge schools and that visits to school campuses should be used instead.

What Are Some Tips for Reading Boarding School Rankings?

Here are some hints and tips for considering boarding school rankings:

• The private schools that recommend that rankings not be given too much weight have a point, especially when considering rankings based on narrow criteria, like those of PrepReview.com. Rankings should be placed into a broader context.

• Rankings do not touch on most of the things that make a particular school a good fit for a particular student, and for some students with particular interests or aptitudes or disabilities, they may be less useful.

• Read the comments on ranking articles, but only pay heed to them if the commenter seems balanced and rational. There will be many whose alma mater or employer was left out and want to make a case for it, and this can be a valuable source for other ideas of top-flight schools.

Sources

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/06/13/america-s-best-high-schools-faq.html

http://education.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/articles/education/high-schools/2009/12/09/frequently-asked-questions.html#12