Picking the right boarding school can be a bewildering experience for parents.
Some schools are highly academic, others are good for children with learning disabilities and some are great for sports.
Educational consultant Tory Dodge has helped parents on the Island through the process for years through her company, Schools to Know.
Ms Dodge, who lived in Bermuda for ten years but has recently moved to New Hampshire, organises two boarding school fairs here each year.
“As an educational consultant we are not allowed to take any money from schools,” said explained. “That way we are not biased in the choices of schools that we suggest. In the United States there are hundreds of schools to choose from. I look at the academic background of the child and his or her emotional needs.
“I try to match the personality and culture of the child to the school. If the parents aren’t necessarily on board with that I try to explain to them why. I am the child’s advocate. That is why people hire me. If you don’t know the schools as well as I do, it is hard to make a good decision.”
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