From the first inception of boarding schools in Medieval Europe to the tech-savvy schools of today, boarding schools have seen their fair share of change. Over the past 1000 years, boarding schools have changed drastically (we’re pretty sure you couldn’t take a computer programming class in the 15th century, or practice at the on-site skate park), but the core values of private boarding schools have remained the same. As exemplified by Wasatch Academy, the values of persistence, high academic standards and a thriving community are all key aspects of boarding schools that have survived 1000-plus years of history.
First Boarding School Founded in 597 A.C.E.
Boarding schools originated in early Medieval Europe when boys were sent away at a young age to be taught by knowledgeable clergymen. These primitive boarding schools were usually located in a monastery or within private households. The King’s School, Canterbury, is the oldest known boarding school, and was founded in 597 A.C.E. The King’s School not only established 50 King’s Scholars, a Headmaster and a Lower Master, but also set an impressive precedence of education for the future of private boarding schools everywhere.
A Shift in Learning Approaches
Approaches to education and teaching have evolved dramatically since the inception of the first boarding school, however. At Wasatch Academy, we stay away from the rigid, one-size-fits-all learning approach — a popular teaching style in early private boarding schools — and focus more on individualized attention for students. By offering a diverse range of opportunities for students to grow academically, socially and emotionally, we equip our young adults with the skills that they need to succeed post-graduation.
The Self-Empowerment Movement of Today
Perhaps the most drastic change in boarding schools to occur within the last 1000 years has been the self-empowerment of students. Education in general has shifted away from a legalistic mindset of blind obedience and memorization and into the arena of student empowerment and creative, personalized learning. At Wasatch Academy, we place particular emphasis on tailored learning approaches that bring out the potential of every student — not just a select few. At Wasatch Academy, we equip our students with different facilities to encourage exploration and diversity, such as an on-site skate park, private ski and snowboard hill and creative classes. All of these things inspire learning — and personal growth at Wasatch Academy.