The right college prep boarding school provides your child with an academically fast-paced environment that mimics the college experience. Many students enrolled in boarding schools note that living with their peers can push them to succeed academically and socially, more than if they were enrolled in a traditional school.

At boarding high schools, education infiltrates all aspects of your child’s life. Choosing the right private school can be challenging, but we think you’ll find many reasons to choose AUP for your child’s boarding school. Here are four things to look for when searching for the right boarding high school.

1. Academic Offerings

Selecting a school with comprehensive academic offerings is important to allow your child to explore different fields and areas of study, so they can discover what subject areas they like and can succeed at. Some boarding high schools may specialize in a certain discipline that aligns with what your child is interested in.

AUP provides a discovery-based education program rooted in the liberal arts and sciences and prepares students for acceptance and future success at select colleges and universities across the country.

2. Explore the School’s Philosophy

For each boarding high school on your short list, find out what their general stance is on education. Some private schools have educational outlooks that diverge from the mainstream, while others have traditional ideas of what a boarding high school education should provide.

At AUP, our mission is to prepare students to become global leaders full of integrity and knowledge, so they can be problem-solvers and have a positive impact on a fast-paced world that’s always changing. We do this by creating a culture that encourages collaboration, creativity, curiosity and critical thinking.

3. Extracurricular Activities

Activities that take place outside of the classroom are a big part of a well-rounded education. Take a look at each school’s activity offerings and determine if your child would be interested in any of them.

Look for a wide variety of activities to choose from.

At AUP, we offer a wide variety of fun activities that encourage students to pursue their individual interests while spending time with friends. With Los Angeles as the backdrop to the campus, students can take advantage of everything the city has to offer.

4. Students’ Cultural Background

If it’s important to you for your child to be exposed to different languages, customs and cultural backgrounds, consider a boarding high school with a diverse student population. It can help expand their knowledge of the world and help foster acceptance. AUP is situated in the diverse city of Los Angeles, CA and welcomes applications from international students.

5. Level of Staff Support

A boarding high school’s residential life staff should be supportive and available to assist students after the academic portion of their day is over. Whether it’s to provide social support, counseling or just a sympathetic ear, at AUP our residential staff encourages students to be independent and adventurous.

Whether you’re just beginning your search for a boarding high school or have narrowed down your list to a select few, consider AUP for your child. Find out more about applying to AUP online, or contact us at 212-282-9823 to get your questions answered.

Not all boarding high schools are created equal, and at AUP Schools, we believe our school is unique and stands apart from other private schools. Here are five reasons to choose AUP high school over other boarding high schools on your child’s short list.

1. Family Atmosphere

At AUP, dialogue is encouraged among students, parents, teachers, and administrators. We want AUP to feel like your child’s home away from home, and we always encourage families to schedule a visit as part of the enrollment process. This gives you a chance to learn about the resources, programs, and classes that AUP offers.

Each student’s residential life is enhanced by an attentive staff that’s available to support and assist students after classes are over for the day. Our hope is that once students leave AUP, they’ll be ready to thrive in a collegiate environment among their peers.

2. Los Angeles Location

AUP is situated in one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the United States. Students enrolled at AUP will interact with a diverse student population, providing exposure to different cultural ways of life, languages, and customs. Enrollment at AUP can help foster acceptance while expanding your child’s knowledge of the world. AUP is the first international boarding high school to be located in such a vibrant and strong community, right in Los Angeles.

3. Experienced, Knowledgeable Faculty

The faculty at AUP is led by a group of international educators with experience in all levels of education, including undergraduate education and graduate-level training. Each member of the faculty and Advisory Board brings their special expertise to the school to help students grow into independent leaders.

4. Rigorous Academics

At AUP, we believe that each student is unique, with varied talents and learning styles. Because of this, for students to be successful in their learning efforts, they require a range of pedagogical strategies to support them. Our faculty uses Socratic learning to facilitate discussions, allows students to review and preview lectures online and offers many project-based learning strategies to promote independent, critical thinking and hands-on learning.

The student-to-teacher ratio is quite favorable at AUP at 8:1, so students can receive the individualized attention they need to succeed academically and socially.

5. Wide Range of Extracurricular Activities

At AUP, we believe the activities that take place outside of the classroom are just as important as academics, as they help create a well-rounded education for your child. Our extracurricular activities allow your child to pursue their individual interests and spend time with friends

To find out more about what AUP has to offer students and their families, contact admissions at 212-282-9823 to get your questions answered, or apply to AUP online by completing a simple, straightforward application.

Applying to and finding the right boarding school is exciting — and part of that application process is scheduling an interview, usually with someone in admissions, at the school, you’re applying to. If you’ve scheduled a boarding school interview at AUP Schools, you might be wondering what questions your interviewer might ask you. Here are some possible questions to expect and suggestions for how to approach your answer.

1. What memorable cultural experiences have you had?

This broad question allows you to recall notable cultural experiences you’ve had, either in school or outside of school. AUP School is a multicultural environment — students from all over the world attend AUP Schools and, as a result, the friendships you make and relationships you form with faculty will be across many cultures different from your own.

In recounting these experiences, you might find a reason to explain your situation or another’s based on culture — such as “This misunderstanding or event happened because of the differences in our cultures.” However, at AUP Schools, we teach that these shortcuts in thinking are often incorrect. Instead, you can learn to interpret the actions of yourself and others with different explanations.

2. How would your friends describe you?

Are you social, funny, serious? Or a combination of all three? Remember that how you define your personality is often based on how others perceive you. At AUP Schools, everyone from peers to faculty gets to know you in a specific way, but we also encourage students to take risks with developing their character. We don’t want people to pretend to be someone they’re not, but we do encourage students to explore activities and options that may be outside their comfort zone.

When answering this question, think about how you behave in small groups versus one-on-one with the interviewer and elaborate on that.

3. How do you deal with stress?

Teenagers are constantly having to deal with stressful situations, mainly due to your ongoing development. Your brain is changing as it learns new things; you’re interacting with new environments, new people and new ideas. Knowing your body’s response to stress and recognizing times when you’re feeling stressed are good lifetime habits to develop. Talk about what you’ve learned up to this point about dealing with stress. What are some strategies you use to combat stressful feelings or situations?

4. How have you recovered from a setback or disappointment?

Whether it was a bad grade or not making a sports team, this interview question asks you about a setback or disappointment you’ve experienced, which gives the interviewer a perspective on your ability to persevere and try again. When answering this question, tell a story about a time you experienced a setback and focus on what you learned from it.

5. What activities do you plan on participating in at our school?

Hopefully, you have done your homework and browsed through the AUP Schools site. To answer this question, you might relate an interest of yours to some of the school’s co-curricular opportunities. One of the goals of AUP Schools is to provide as well-rounded an education as possible, and this includes your participation in activities outside the classroom. To learn more about AUP Schools or to schedule a campus visit, contact us today.