What age would you send your kids to boarding school?

Australia
January 20, 2007 8:52am CST
What age would you send your kids to boarding school? My daughter is in her last year for Primary School and has requested that we send her to boarding school! She wants to do a career to do with Customs, Fisheries, policing, or Ranger areas. With us living in remote north of WA, we found there is no way she can do this without having to go to the city. Would Year 8 be too early? Or would you send her down when she is in Year 10, and then let her follow her career path? I look forward to your suggestions!
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@Adversa (408)
• Australia
20 Jan 07
Ah yes. I know your daughter a little. I have spoken to her several times. She is a very bright kid and I am sure she will be able to acheive whatever she wants to in life. That being said though she is still fairly young and I dont think she is mentally ready to be that far from home. plus I feel you also need time to come to terms with your daughter being away for so long. I think its best for her to wait - two years make a lot of difference, plus the first two years of high school are basic. Its pretty much the 3 R's etcetera with not much that is career specific (untill year 9 or 10 (thats NSW - where year 7 is the first year of school)). But let her know that your supporting her. If there is something she wants to learn specifically that she cant do where she is then you could look into something by corrospondance. It will give her the knowledge she craves whilst keeping her safetly at home. Two years I think should be the best time. I still think she is too young.
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• Australia
20 Jan 07
thankyou for your comment Adversa I will let her read this and hopefully my wish will be granted in making her stay a few more years at home! But the high schools are not that good up here either so we will see as the year goes.
@raveena (1355)
• India
21 Jan 07
I sent my daughter to the boarding school when she was 6 and I really feel that is the right age. My hubby has also studied in the residential school and went at the same age.
• India
21 Jan 07
well iwudnt want to send my kids to a boarding school but if its for their goo d then u surely should and in ur case ur dughter wants to go so u can provide her with the best , but i think ita a little early to send her away... as u see she might hav captured a fair idea abt things at place like boarding school , but things might hav not sunk in right so wat id say is let her become 12-13 then shell be more mature and will know more abt wat she jumping into n once shes ready u send her to fulfill her dreams and u all will be happy
@kmgupta (561)
• India
21 Jan 07
i think put your child as early as school permit
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@starpawan (176)
• India
21 Jan 07
well dear i am still single and a student. But i have plans for my kids. I will send them to boarding school after 10th class. so that they can prepare for competetive exams as well. I want best future for my kids.
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@edigital (2710)
• United States
21 Jan 07
If you find your child brave to live in boarding school at 8yrs. then can send it to build her own career as she desire. If you think she may not adjust at new place leaving parents then wait more 2-3 yrs.
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
21 Jan 07
Well I would never send my Child to Boarding School but if she wishes to go then you need to leave the Choice to her when she wants to go and as long as you are comfortable with it as well
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@bowtieguy (5924)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I would never send my kids to a borading school, there are certain things a child need growing up like the love of his or her parents, which is something that caanot be found at any school. I would continue public schooling or find a religious or private school where she can still recieve a good education but would not have to be away from her family.