Boarding school is a privilege, not just for the privileged.

By definition, I suppose I grew up privileged. Sitting in Manila, a little closer than most to the recent devastation of Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda as it is called here, I cannot help but reflect on the many blessings I have enjoyed in my lifetime. Manila was spared so today it is mostly life as usual, not so obviously for the hundreds of thousands left homeless and the thousands dead to the Southeast here in the Philippines. As we see the photos and read the newspaper accounts it is heartbreaking. We are very fortunate living in Canada. Next to my family, one of the blessings I am counting was the opportunity to attend a boarding school from Grade 9 to 13 (yes, prior to 2001 Ontario had a 13 year system instead of 12). I had attended camp every summer from the time I was eight so I jumped at…

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Why is Independent School so expensive in Canada? – Actually, it might be viewed as a bargain.

I am in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and LCS had a table at the TABS boarding school fair last night. A mother who had recently visited another school fair that did not specialize in boarding schools like TABS does, told me of meeting 'private' boarding schools that were only $30,000 compared to our approximate $55,000 tuition and boarding fee. Why were we so expensive? After beginning to extol the virtues of 'independent' schools in Canada and the difference between "for profit/private" and "not for profit/independent" schools the woman began to answer the question herself by telling me of her son's impressions. He wasn't impressed with the $30,000 'private' schools he met. She said he was a top student in his International School, from his maturity and astute deductions, I would agree with her. He found that the 'private' schools did not have any entry requirements, nor did they need…

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