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Jumpstart your boarding school prep journey

The move to boarding school can be a big decision that comes with many questions.

  • Is boarding school a good match for my kid? Would they like it? Thrive there? 
  • Is there a way to find out before sending them?
  • Is there a way to make the transition to boarding school easier?  

The answer to all of these boarding school prep questions is yes. One of the best ways to prepare for boarding school is to try a short-term residential academic enrichment program before attending boarding school. EXPLO is uniquely designed to provide students with structured choices to help foster social and emotional learning.

Get ready for boarding school life with EXPLO

There are tremendous benefits to learning where you live. An EXPLO residential program lets students show themselves that they’re ready for boarding school life. Our renowned three-week residential academic enrichment programs give students the chance to: 

  • Learn that they can do boarding—and love it
  • Make new friends from around the world
  • Confidently participate in small classes where they are known by peers and teachers
  • Practice living with a roommate
  • Learn to advocate for themselves and become more independent
Every time my daughter comes home from EXPLO, she is a little more mature, a little more independent, and a little more comfortable with herself.
Alyssa A.
EXPLO Intermediate Parent
It’s challenging to leave the comfort of home and family for an overnight experience away from the familiar. But it’s a powerful moment when you discover that you are happy in this new environment and have made a new home away from home.
Moira Kelly
EXPLO President

Our excellence is recognized

EXPLO is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges, a worldwide leader in accreditation. We also maintain close connections and communication with leaders in boarding school education, making us the perfect choice for boarding school prep.


EXPLO Boarding School Advisory Committee

Many EXPLO students discover how much they enjoy residential learning and go on to attend boarding school. Our senior staff is always happy to advise families about boarding school, and depends on our Boarding School Advisory Committee to stay abreast of the evolution of specific schools, as well as boarding schools in general. The committee comprises highly experienced admission leaders at distinguished schools where EXPLO students have matriculated.

Claude Anderson Dean of Enrollment, Northfield Mount Hermon School
Dana Anselmi  Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, St. Paul’s School
Ann Behnke Director of Admission/Enrollment Management, St. Mark’s School
Eric Long Director of Enrollment Management, Tabor Academy
Kyle Mason Director of Admissions, Cate School
William McMahon Director of Enrollment and Planning, The Thacher School
Erby Mitchell Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, The Hotchkiss School
Paul Rebuck Dean of Enrollment and Financial Aid, Milton Academy
Pamela Safford Assistant Head for Admission and Enrollment, The Ethel Walker School