Boarding School Design
Shea Family Cottage
First Floor Second Floor
Orange: student rooms
Purple: faculty quarters
Beige: community/lounge areas
Gray: basement level
Boarding School Design
Questions: Learning Theory
-Will learning and appropriate class
behavior be affected by classroom layout?
-Will learning Resources be used more if
they are nearby?
-How many students should there be per
class in order to make learning better for
-Co-ed or all girls?
Questions: Boarding Schools
-What are the different types of boarding
-How do I incorporate all of the important
types into one?
-What type of boarding school can be
supported in design?
-Goals of context: environmental or
-What are the different design issues that
can be solved?
-How does the living area affect students
-How do I incorporate aspects of matrix
into the design?
Dorm #2 - faculty
Second floor foyer
and student rooms
Through a focus on the types of boarding schools
available to teens, design approaches needed to
Dorm #2 - faculty achieve a comfortable home away from home, and
living room research on learning theory; A comfortable,
traditional, and open therapeutic housing facility
lends to the strength, development, self respect,
Dorm #1 – Upper floor routine, and academic discipline of students during
Interior of dorm #1 –
first floor common area dorm life in boarding school.
Boarding School Design Therapeutic Boarding Schools
Boarding School Matrix Therapeutic boarding schools are aimed
towards students who are having difficulty in a
traditional school setting.
While preparing students for college can also be
a goal for these schools, these schools are also
able to handle students who are facing
challenges such as behavioral / emotional
problems, substance abuse, or significant
Such students are sometimes referred to as
"troubled-teens" or "struggling teens;" hence,
therapeutic boarding schools are sometimes
called "boarding schools for troubled-teens" or
"boarding schools for struggling teens.“
Therapeutic schools vary in their operations and
focus. An educational consultant can also help
you better understand this area and find
appropriate schools. Boarding School Review
does not currently list therapeutic boarding
Types of Boarding School Annotated Plan / Bubble Diagram Keywords:
College-Preparatory Boarding Schools
College preparatory boarding schools' primary goal is to prepare students for the Adjacency
academic rigors of college life. If you're a generally well-motivated student seeking Circulation
to excel and explore new opportunities, this is the type of boarding school you're Open / Closed
looking for. All the schools listed in our boarding school directory are exclusively Daylighting / Views
college-preparatory or junior boarding schools. Note that a number of college-prep
boarding schools also accomodate students with learning differences (LD) or Color Theory
ADD/ADHD. Within college-preparatory boarding schools, there are additional Balance
distinctions between schools: Privacy
All-boys or all-girls boarding schools - while fewer in number, there are a
number of single-sex boarding schools in the USA. View a list of Color Theory
all-girls boarding schools or all-boys boarding schools. -Warmth
Military schools - these boarding schools also prepare students for college-life, -Balance
with the addition of military-type discipline and structure. View a list of
military boarding schools.
Pre-professional arts schools - these schools specialize in helping students train Open / Closed
and become artists in a variety of fields such as music, visual arts, theatre, ballet, -Organization
and creative writing. Students are prepared for entrance into either traditional -Materials
colleges or specialty schools like music conservatories (e.g., Juilliard). View a list -Wayfinding
of arts boarding schools.
Religious boarding schools - these schools have an emphasis on a particular -Privacy
religion and spiritual growth. View a list of Christian boarding schools.