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“名”日计划寄宿高中系列 | 香港站问答精选

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启德“名”日计划,美国TOP50寄宿高中中国行本周五在香港继续进行。七位美国TOP50的寄宿高中学校代表和同学们和家长进行了深入交流,耐心解答了与寄宿高中相关的各类问题,包括申请、学术、课外活动、国际学生支持等方方面面。

下面是这次香港站的问题精选:

很多中国的家长都没法真正了解寄宿高中之间的区别,所以他们往往参照学校排名。除了学校排名,他们还应该考虑哪些因素?

泰博学院:首先家长都十分了解自己的孩子,你们清楚他们在什么样的环境下会学得更好。如果你的孩子比较安静,那么选择一个1000人的大学校显然不是明智之举,300-400人的学校是比较合适的。所以,学校的大小也是家长们需要考虑的因素之一。

巴克夏中学:我想从科技的角度来回答这个问题。现在,我们生活的世界正因为互联网而变得越来越小。我们学校的网站一直都会更新,争取把最真实的一面展示给大家。所以,学校的网站也是你了解学校非常重要的一种途径。

波特女子高中:好的寄宿高中通常会有亚洲校友联络网。你可以通过他们了解在这所学校学习是一种怎样的感受,这样往往更加有说服性。你甚至可以请求学校帮你跟这些校友建立联系。

卢米斯查菲学校:我同意跟校友建议联系这个方式,因为这是最直观的。你可以问他们哪些课程比较难,对国际学生提供哪些支持,都上了什么大学等等。我们学校现在70%是住宿生,但是一年前是60%,这些信息你通过学校排名是无法了解的。

各位能跟我们说说寄宿高中的生活是什么样子的吗,包括课外活动,每天做家庭作业要花多少时间,每天睡多久等等?

布莱尔学院:我跟大家说说9年级学生的一天吧。我们经过多年的研究,最后决定将每天的上课时间调整为0830,这样学生的注意力会更加集中,表现也会更好。9年级的学生8点钟签到吃早饭,然后开始上课。下午三点一刻课程结束。每周去教堂三次。75%的学生都会在课后选择一项体育运动,但是也有选择戏剧或其他社团活动的。这些活动一直持续到下午五点三刻。晚上6点吃晚饭。8点-10点是自习时间,所有的学生理论上都会在十点半的时候睡觉。

北野山中学:我们学校也差不多。早上8点上课,下午3点10分放学。我们每天有3堂课,每堂课80分钟。家庭作业的时间一般是3个小时。我们有两个小时的自习时间,也就是说同学们还需要再找时间来完成每天的作业。这就是在教大家进行时间管理。我们会在固定的时间熄灯断网。大家平均拥有8-8.5小时的睡眠时间。


卢米斯查菲学校:我们的目标是培养学生逐渐向大学过渡。所以,9年级的同学每天需要签到用早餐,12年级的学生是不需要的。9年级的同学不准锁门、关灯、自习的时候不能玩手机和听音乐,但是高年级就取决于他们自己了。同学们需要学会自律,这样老师也就不会来管你了。但如果有些高年级的学生学习成绩不好,我们还是会回头帮帮他。

你们学校最独特,也是让大家最骄傲的一项传统是什么?

波特女子高中:新同学跟老同学的关系很重要。我们学校有一个新生和老生结伴计划。也就是新生在刚入校的时候,会有一位大姐姐带她们适应环境,了解学校,认识新朋友。

巴克夏中学:我们学校的颜色是绿色和灰色。你进校的时候,我们会帮你指定队伍,是绿队还是灰队。大家会比赛。学期末的时候,我们会宣布胜利的队伍。老师也会参与其中,这是为了培养同学们的团队协作力和挑战自己的精神。

卢米斯查菲学校:我们学校有一个新的传统,12年级的毕业典礼会在学校正式放假前的10天举行,然后我们会让即将升入12年级的同学们走上这条之前12年级同学走过无数遍的道路。我们所有的老师都会在早上8点30分,分列两队,夹道欢迎他们。这么做,可以让他们感受到肩上的责任感。

现场观众提问时间
我们在选校的时候,要注意哪些方面?

泰博学院:你得找一个学校,既能给孩子提供支持和帮助,也能让孩子感到挑战,让他走出舒适区,真正的成长起来。


申请的时候,对于课外活动怎么看?是否有特别偏爱的课外活动类型,比如运动、艺术、写作、社区服务等?
卢米斯查菲学校:我想知道他们在课外都干些什么。我们没有特殊的偏好,但是活动的质量很关键。你得在活动中表现得很好。我是个体育老师,所以我在招生的时候,总是会碰到一些很好的体育健将,但是我最喜欢,印象最深刻的却是一位会拉小提琴的学生。我们没法统计我们到底招了多少个这个类型活动的学生,那个类型活动的学生,我们更看中质量而非数量。所以,让孩子自由的追求自己感兴趣的活动,并让我们看到他们的热情。不要试图限制他们的发挥,替他们规划课外活动。我和我夫人都是大学的运动员,但是我们的孩子却喜欢艺术,喜欢艺术类的活动。
在孩子几年级的时候申请寄宿高中最佳?

泰博学院:申请九年级入读,因为寄宿高中的招生名额大多分配给了九年级,越往上越难。但是美国还有初级寄宿高中,可以申请五年级入读。

康科德学院:当你准备好的时候。如果你计划9年级入读,那么你8年级的时候就需要着手申请了。所以,要准备好!

我大学想学历史,那么美国寄宿高中和大学里的历史课是什么样子的呢?

泰博学院:形式很多样,有讲座、小组讨论、小组作业等等。有时候,我会直接扔一个问题出来,让他们自己讨论解决,因为他们需要学会自主学习。我就在那边听他们讨论,并适时指点。

卢米斯查菲学校:在这里,我们会比较喜欢探索和深度挖掘比较小的历史时刻。我们会选择四个更加细小的时刻,来探索美国的军事、经济、文化、风俗,而不是上完整本美国历史。 我们有一堂课程汽车模型课,叫Model T,它的历史跟福特车一样,我们在课上不仅研究当时的经济,也会让同学们自己组装这个汽车模型。

我孩子很喜欢科技类的东西,我们总是把这些东西锁起来。但是这孩子总能找到并且在早上5点就把这些东西带出去玩,那么他适合什么样的学校?

巴克夏中学:让孩子追求自己的兴趣爱好吧,这对他们未来是百利而无一害的。他可以参加我们学校的STEAM项目,我们还在启动一个工程类项目。这都很适合他。我们会鼓励他继续追求自己的爱好,当然我们也鼓励他多睡一会。我们会因材施教,而不是限制他的兴趣。

卢米斯查菲学校:如果是我,我会问他,你之后2年、5年、10年、15年会想干嘛?如果他的回答是创业,那么我会建议他先学习微观和宏观经济学,来对经济模式有基本的认识和了解。我还会建议他加强写作能力,这样他才能公关。还有就是要与时俱进,科技对商业的影响是不容小觑的,所以还得学好计算机。我们能够帮你分析劣势,然后帮你改进。我们学校经常碰到这样的学生,之前他们的兴趣很单一,但是我们能够让他们全面发展,为之后创业做好铺垫。

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As our distinguished guest speakers shared their perspectives with an elite audience from the TDH club at the Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong, we explored all aspects of the boarding school process.

A lot of the families have trouble learning about the various boarding schools and differences between them. Aside from the rankings, how can they identify best fit?

Tabor: You know your children and you now the environment they need to study well in; if you have a quieter student, then you may not want to send them to a large school of 1000 students. You may want to look at smaller schools in the 300-400 student range. Size can be very important.

Berkshire: I’d like to speak to this question from a computer science perspective; our world is getting smaller and we are putting a lot of emphasis on our website and what we show online. We try to put our best foot forward online and this is very important for us. You can really see our school and our community on our website and what we actually stand for – pictures of activities and things currently going on.

Miss Porters: There is always a network of alumni from these schools in Asia. This gives a good perspective of what it was really like to study there. You can even ask the school to connect you to the alumni.

Loomis: it’s important for you to know that there is no elixir in finding out about a school. At Loomis, we are now 70% boarding and 30% day, but before when we were 60% boarding and 40% day we didn’t show up on the boarding school rankings. It’s important that you connect to alums and ask them about what classes were challenging, how were their support systems, where did they go to college afterwards etc. 

Could you walk students and parents here through a typical day at boarding school including the after school activities? How many hours of homework do they have per day and how many hours do they sleep?

Blair: I’ll walk you through a typical 9th grader’s life at Blair. We did some research at Blair a few years ago and decided to start classes at 0830, which is much better for student focus and performance than our former start time of 0800.  9th graders need to sign in at 0800 at breakfast to ensure they eat breakfast and then they start classes. Classes end at 1515. We have chapel or assemblies 3 days a week. About 75% of students pursue a sport while the others pursue drama, publications or other clubs. These run until 1745. At 1800, we have dinner. Study hall runs from 2000-2200 and then in theory students are to be asleep by 2230.

NMH: Our days are similar. We start our classes at 0800 and end at 1510. We have three classes every day at 1 hour and 20 minutes each. Students have about 3 hours worth of homework each night. We have a 2-hour study hall, which means that students need to find time throughout the day to get the work done. It’s about teaching time management. We turn the lights out and turn off Internet at certain times. Students on average get between 8 and 8.5 hours of sleep per night.

Loomis: As students get older, our goal is to ultimately transition them to a college where there isn’t anyone there to hold their hand. Freshman must check in for breakfast; seniors do not. Freshman must keep door open; lights on; at desks; no headphones or music during study hall. For seniors, it is up to them how they get their homework done. it is disciplining yourself so that no one else has to discipline you.  If they are academically struggling, we will go back and hold their hand a bit. 

What is one school tradition that you are particularly proud of and makes your school unique?

Miss Porter’s: The relationship piece between new incoming students and current students is very important. The first person that a student meets on campus is their senior ‘old-girl’ and this girl walks the freshman through every tradition and every big milestone throughout the year. Building community is a big piece and it is the very first thing they experience when they come to Miss Porters through this senior-freshman partnership.

Berkshire: Our school colors are green and gray and as soon as you move into the dorm, returning students know their colors, but new students are assigned to the green team or gray team and from the very first move in day, the teams compete against each other. Those competitions go on throughout the school year. At the end of the year, the winner is announced. Activities can include spirit week etc and the faculty are also assigned to the green or gray team.

Loomis: We have a new tradition of juniors walking down the senior path. We have our seniors graduate about 10 days before the end of the school year and the day after the seniors graduate the juniors are now able to walk down the senior path which is reserved for adults and seniors. The entire faculty lines both sides of the path at 0830 in the morning and we clap for them and we welcome them to the adult community at Loomis. It’s a pretty powerful moment for those juniors who start to realize that they have arrived and are expected to and can take on the responsibilities of being the oldest class on campus.

Questions from the audience: 
What should you consider when you are picking a school for your own children?
Tabor: You want to look for a place where your child will feel supported while being challenged and having the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and discover who they are as a person. 
How do you value certain activities when evaluating an applicant? Do you value sports over arts or writing or community service for example?

Loomis: We want to know what your student will do outside of the classroom. There is not necessarily a ranking for activities that we look for. Being very good at something is important. I am a coach and I often deal with very good athletes as I recruit them, but one of my favorite students is an impressive violinist. I can’t quantify that, but what is most important is that your student can demonstrate the quality of their pursuits and not the quantity.  Let your son or daughter be himself or herself and let them pursue what they love and we will see that love and passion. Don’t try to constrain them into something you think they should do. Both my wife and I were college athletes, but none of my children are. My children love art and are very involved in the arts. 


When is the best year to apply for the boarding school? 

Tabor: Going into 9th grade, but there is the opportunity for junior boarding schools that start as early as 5th grade.

Concord: For the year that you intend to enter, you need to apply a full year before. If you plan to enter in 9th grade, you apply during your 8th grade year.  

I want to study history in university and I am curious how you teach history in American boarding schools or universities?

Tabor: We focus on combining lecture, small group discussion, discussion, small group work. Sometimes I will throw a question out and step away and let them grapple with it so that they take ownership of their learning and engage with the topic. I am there listening, nudging and guiding to push them in the right direction.

Loomis: There is a pretty big push in the US to explore smaller moments in history more deeply. Instead of trying to cover all of American history, pick 4 smaller moments and explore the military, economics, emotional, social components of that. We have a model T class at Loomis and Model T was the first car in the assembly line with Henry Ford. That class explores the economics of the Model T, but we also have a model T on campus and our students take it a part and put it back together physically.

The child is interested in science and the parents would lock up the kid’s things but somehow the kid would find his science materials and bring them out at 0500 to play with them. What kind of school would be good for this student?

Berkshire: We would encourage the student to continue these interests and hobbies because they are skills he will need in the future. He could get involved in our STEAM program; we are starting an engineering program. We want to continue the different interests he has tapped into and while we would encourage him to sleep more, we would find ways to utilize his talents rather than putting him in a standard box.

Loomis: An academic advisor would meet with your son – me -  and I would ask him where he wants to be in 2, 5, 10 or 15 years and if he says ‘entrepreneur then I’m going to suggest he take mico- and macroeconomics so that he can craft a business model. I also want him to learn how to write well so that he can interact well with PR. I also want him to understand the technological challenges of starting a business and so I would have him take computer science.  We would identify what are the weaknesses in your talents right now to get you to where you want to be and how can we fill those. Our schools do a good job of helping a student like yours who has a singular passion become a more well-rounded person so that he can pursue all aspects of the entrepreneurship he wants to pursue. 


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