Eight and Ten Schools

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The Eight Schools Associations

The Eight Schools Association (ESA) and Ten Schools Association (TASO) are groups of private college-preparatory schools in the northeast United States. ESA began informally in 1973–74 and was formalized in 2006 with the appointment of a president and an executive director. After the first meeting, an invitation was extended to Northfield Mount Hermon to join the group, which over time included participation by representatives of the eight boards of trustees.
TASO was established in 1966 and comprises of Choate Rosemary Hall, Deerfield Academy, The Hill School, Hotchkiss School, Lawrenceville School, Loomis Chaffee School, Phillips Academy Andover, Phillips Exeter Academy, St. Paul's School, and Taft School.

Since the formation of the associations, no new school has been added. ESA and TASO were established for "the purpose of mutual support and collegiality" and that its main aims is to "address critical educational issues in order to ensure the best educational experiences and outcomes for students, explore new research and trends in education, and develop collaborative programs".
In May 2009, Choate Head of School, Edward Shanahan stated that "the close relationship among the member schools have been together for a long period of time and there's a great deal of trust and sharing." Also, the Head of Deerfield, Margarita Curtis, added that this kind of collaboration helps recast the highly competitive and isolating nature of the prep school enterprise in terms of a common celebration of excellence in our collective student population.”
Like Ivy League universities, these boarding schools work together to create their own culture as well as deep history. Not only as a member of ESA and TSAO, but the member schools aim to prepare students for college as prestigious boarding schools. The member schools offer a number of programs to help students get the most out of their schools before enrollment.

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Detailed information about the schools and interviews with the currents students and teachers can be found on the TBN website.



The ESA and TSAO
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What is a boarding school?

“Boarding” means living on campus, which is the meaning of a boarding school. History of boarding school is long.
In Europe, the history of the boarding school began in the 12th century during the Middle Ages when Pope Benedict ordered all monasteries to teach children how to write.
Therefore, the first boarding school was a monastery. Only the monks were literate during the dark Middle Ages. This was prior to the invention of a printing press so the monks spent most of their days copying and duplicating the Bible. These monasteries were located in remote areas that were far from towns, so the children had to board at the monasteries to learn to read and write. Boarding was possible since the monks lived at the monasteries.
Boarding school expanded during the British Empire when the colonial British families wanted to educate their children with the British teachings. Great Britain had many colonies in the New World, India, South Africa, China and more. Rather than sending their children to the local schools, the British families built and educated their children at the boarding schools. Therefore, the British boarding schools have the longest history. British built boarding schools in the New World for the same purpose. Junior boarding schools like Fay School, established in 1866, began boarding children at age 13 while senior boarding schools like Phillips Academy Andover, established in 1778, focuses on high school boarding. Their boarding practice continues till today.

With time and through change, their education was centralized.
In our 21st global age, it is wise to look at the boarding schools' teachings and what the education they pride on.