Boarding School Options

There are a variety of boarding schools available to Foreign Service youth. If boarding school is in a child’s future, parents can contact the Family Liaison Office (FLO) Education Team. FLO’s Education and Youth Team can provide resources and information on boarding schools as well as the away-from-post education allowance.

First Steps for Sending Your Child to Boarding School
  • Start Early – The earlier the better. If you can, begin your research a year out. But if circumstances don’t allow you to start that early, please email us and we’ll help you with the process.
  • Check your Away from Post Allowance.
  • Research schools – you know your child’s needs best!
  • Gather the necessary documents your child needs to apply to boarding school (school transcripts, Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT), teacher recommendation letters, etc.).
  • Contact the school to speak with someone in the Admissions Office. Confirm that there is a slot open for your child.
  • Help your child apply to school.
  • Confirm your allowances situation with the Office of Allowances.
  • Register/enroll your child.
  • Fill in the SF-1190, and present it when you arrive at post.
  • Check out perspectives on applying to boarding school and single sex education in these Foreign Service Journal articles.
  • Visit our transition page and see what suggestions we have about talking with school personnel.

Important Note: The Department of State requests that children of U.S. Foreign Service employees who attend a boarding school outside of the United States register with the American Embassy/Consulate in that country.

Where Do I Begin My Research?
Admissions Testing May Be Necessary – Be Sure to Check with Your School

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) – Offered by the Educational Testing Service. It consists of two parts: a brief essay, and a multiple-choice aptitude test which measures a student’s ability to solve mathematics problems, to use language, and to comprehend what is read. The SSAT is frequently required for admission to boarding and other independent schools.

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