Boarding Program : Features
Middle School is an ideal time for some students to experience a 5-day or 7-day boarding school. At Fox River Country Day School our
boarding students (Grades 5-8) receive love and attention from a team of talented, dedicated adults who help students thrive in a
happy, structured atmosphere conducive to personal growth. Our program offers an opportunity for learning in a setting uniquely
designed to support independence and academic progress.
Academic Focus [top]
Each week night includes a formal study hall, when students work independently on a variety of assignments and projects. The residential
staff is always available to offer individualized support when needed. The staff maintains regular and ongoing contact with teachers as
well as parents, in order to assure each studentís academic needs are being met. In addition to study hall in the dorm, we take research
trips to the excellent local public library. Students experience a combination of challenging academics and one-on-one support.
The Weekend Program and Host Families [top]
Local 5-day boarding students return home on most weekends to enjoy time with family and friends. 7-day boarding students are carefully
placed with local host families for home-stay experiences about one weekend a month and occasionally for extended holidays. The host-family
placements are particularly helpful in offering a local sense of family and community for middle school students who may be a long way
from home. International students find the weekend home stays particularly beneficial as part of their conversational English language development.
When students are on campus for the weekend they have a relaxed schedule of free time and organized activities, which vary greatly. Just
a few examples: movies, apple picking, a ski trip, horseback riding, or a concert.
Building Character [top]
Middle School boarding students are making a gradual transition from childhood to young adulthood. In the context of a nurturing,
supportive atmosphere, they are given appropriate responsibilities and are encouraged to move towards independence. Students develop a
commitment to community living and the qualities that make communities work, such as respect, cooperation, and kindness. Conversations
about ethics and values are common, as students ponder how to express their best selves.
Each student is treated as a capable individual and a vital member of the dorm community. The residential staff nurtures these values
through positive role modeling, respectful counseling, and genuine embracing of individuality. Our students feel safe to learn and grow.
A Day in the Life of an FRCDS boarding student [top]
- 7:00 Wake up! Time to get moving. I usually make my bed and clean up before breakfast, but my roommate likes to do it afterwards.
- 7:30 Breakfast in the dorm. Yum! Chores and get ready for the day.
- 8:15 Off to school. Donít forget your snack.
- 8:25-3:15 Classes. Some of us really like that we get to walk outside from building to building. It makes us feel independent and freshens us up for the next class!
- 3:15 Team sports. Go Hawks!
- 4:15 Back to the dorm. Free time, start homework, relax.
- 5:30 Dinner in the Dining Hall. We especially like the blackberry cobbler The food is delicious. Iíve even tried some new things.
- 6:15 Rec time. We often get to play some soccer or basketball just for fun, go to the computer lab for sending e-mails home, or just hang out.
- 7:00 Study hall.
- 8:30 Snacks, conversation, ďfamilyĒ time.
- 9:00 Individual time; get ready for bed, get ready for tomorrow.
- 9:30 Lights out. Sleep well!