Every parent wants their children to have everything they never had, or better than what they had. As well as love, culture, travel and a stable family background, education comes right at the top of the list. In many cultures the right school is about status. As well as having an exceptionally rigorous selection process, these schools aim to build the character of a child as an all round over achieve, from music to sport and theatre.
The exorbitant fees afford luxury and exclusivity while the child’s natural talent will be nourished and encouraged. One thing though is truly priceless, and that is the connections the children will make at these schools, with buoyant alumni circles and celebrity school mates, sending your child to the right school is a ticket into the most exclusive circles all over the world.
Planning on having a very intelligent child and spending a lot of cash on their education? Start revising for the entrance exams while you browse through this selection.
Princes William and Harry attended this boarding school generally preferred by Middle Eastern royal stock. In a change from the traditional boarding school for the royal family, Gordonstoun in Scotland, (another prestigious institution), princes William and Harry studied Latin and two modern languages as well as sitting at the same desks once presided over by some Britain’s most extraordinary men from sport, politics, literature and acting.
This school is all about numbers: An endowment and long-term investments worth $160 million; over 40 international students with 18 countries represented; 29 sports offered; 27 faculty dogs on campus. The school counts amongst its alumni, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, actor William Hurt and the current head of Obama’s Obama’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
Possibly the most exclusive and expensive college in the world, this school is truly iconic. Students can study up to four languages; extensive facilities include 10 tennis courts, an equestrian center and a more contemporary skateboard park. The campus sits on almost 70 acres of land and the alumni read like a who’s who of royal families world wide, from Brunei to Monaco.
Consistently the best in terms of academics in the rankings for independent schools in the UK, Westminster, named after the Abbey next to which it rests is open for both boys and girls (a distinctive factor in the UK private school system). Every subject is taught to the highest level and the many perks include a British Library special collection in the Latin room, use of the Abbey for assemblies twice weekly and the chance to walk the same corridors asChristopher Wren, John Locke, Mika and yours truly.
When in New York act as New Yorkers do, and strive to get your child accepted at this exclusive campus just a stone’s throw from Manhattan. The 27.5-acres campus makes it the largest school in New York City and distinguished alumni include John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy (US Royalty it is). In true NYC style the faculty is involved in cutting-edge conferences such as a design thinking workshop and the Aspen Ideas Festival.
As well as legendary academic results, the school boasts extensive sporting facilities such as 20 badminton courts, six volleyball courts and two Olympic-sized swimming pools. In keeping with the global trend, the student body comprises of over 39 nationalities and it looks after the environment too with an environmentally friendly campus with the world’s largest solar powered air conditioning system. That’s something worth boasting when talking about your kids’ schools.
Swiss boarding schools have a reputation, and along with Le Rosey, this small school, is amongst the most exclusive in the world. A view of the French Alps and expeditions to warmer climates like Madagascar serve to encourage personal as well as academic growth in the a diverse student body. Alumni include Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jaques Villeuve and members of the Danish and Luxemburg royal families.
In true Canadia style, as well as having a superb academic curriculum, this school boast one of the best outdoor education programs available with activities such as high-ropes, canoe trips and wilderness living. With 22 athletic teams and a successful model United Nation team that competes on the university circuit, this school is a true all rounder. The alumni include Canadian senators, ice hockey players and writers.