At that age better to keep them at a local day school and play high level select hockey. If you are in the mid atlantic, there are plenty of good programs. Get them ready for Prep School.
If travel and time constraints are an issue than all of those schools are excellent. You can add Hillside as well. Not sure if the academics and culture are on par with the others, but hockey is good and plenty of ice in the fall.
Belmont Hill is probably the best of all worlds but I believe is 5 day boarding. Worth looking into though as it could be a great experience.
Again, if travel and time are not issues, I would opt for day school and strong travel program. Net-Net will be comparable to Prep School, even with 50% ( financial aid) which is not out of the question for a student athlete who is high character and shows potential.
Good luck with the search.
We would look to enroll him as 8th or 9th grader at a place like Cardigan. He's a late birth year 04 and this type of school and then prep, would allow us to get him back on track for 2023 graduation, where he should be, in our opinion.
He's a straight A public school student currently, but I'm not sure he's up to the challenge of a Deerfield type academic environment. Just want academics to be legitimate and give him best chance of getting into good prep school.
Emotional maturity isn't an issue, but we'll find out after Feb/Quebec tourney how he responds to being away from home. I think a repeat year and boarding school puts him in best position to succeed, knowing him as I do.
We toured all 3 and Hillside last year. My son also liked Eaglebrook the best (because it was the most glamorous especially the rink). But logistically, Eaglebrook was the worst. We chose the strongest academically..Fessenden. Very happy and all give great FA if they want you. Good luck to your son, it's very exciting.
Dont all of these teams play Prep JV teams? 8th graders vs Jr and Sr in high school doesent seem to make sense. I assume some of the 8th/9th graders are repeat but what about the ones who arent, do they have any impact? Do they get to play?
they play both JV and 8th grade prep teams. So far it has been great hockey
Why are we talking about sweaters on a hockey board?
My son chose Argyle over Cardigan...it was a better fit
Fessenden is looking for 7th graders....
Is Fes looking for 7th graders for 17-18 school year?
Would most of those kids play on their lower teams or do they have a legit shot at 'varsity'?
What does a hockey week look like at Fessenden- how much are they on the ice, and when in the fall do they start skating?
Fessenden practices 5 days a week for an hour each day. Practice starts at 2:30, 3:40 AND 4:40PM on a rotating basis. The varsity team is comprised of 7,8 and 9th graders. The team is well coached and is very competitive. Last week they beat St. Sebs 7-3. The rink is open year round and the boys can skate from the beginning of the year. The JVA team plays a 17 game schedule against the likes of Rivers, Sebs, St. John's Prep, Dexter, etc. It's a great school and a beautiful campus.