We are often asked the following questions:
- What is the mission of the Small Boarding Schools Association?
- What are the qualifications for membership?
- Why should I attend the SBSA Conference?
- What are the benefits of being a member of SBSA?
- What types of topics are presented at the conference?
- How does a school or educational consultant apply to be a member?
- How much does it cost to become a member?
- What are the additional costs to attending the annual conference?
- How big is the SBSA Conference?
- What is included in the conference fee?
- Why might a school or educational consultant want to be a member of SBSA if they cannot attend the conference?
- If I cannot attend the conference, can a school or an educational consultant still be a member of SBSA?
- How and when do I register for the conference?
- Where is SBSA 2018?
- What is the process I need to do in order to present at the conference?
- What are the guidelines for presentations?
- When are membership fees due?
- Who are the current members of SBSA?
- How can I share my interest in becoming an SBSA board member?
○Eligible schools, whether totally boarding or day/boarding, must have a boarding program enrollment limited to, near, or below 200 students.
○The school must be accredited or in the process of formal accreditation by a state, regional, or national accrediting agency.
○The school must hold not-for-profit status.
○It must be designed for students to complete a full academic year at the school.
○Schools with programs where enrollment is designed for partial, transitional, or temporary instruction are ineligible.
○Educational consultants who share an interest in the unique issues of small boarding schools are also encouraged to attend the conference and become members.
○You will have access to the people you want to see and the opportunity to ask the questions you want to ask. We limit the number of attendees to 200.
○The SBSA conference has the reputation of being one of the most worthwhile and enjoyable conferences you will attend all year.
○From engaging keynote speakers to breakout and chat sessions on myriad topics, there is ample opportunity to dig deeply into themes of personal and professional interest.
○It is most likely the least expensive conference too. We work hard to keep the overhead costs low, so that we can keep your conference costs low as well.
○Levity and fun
Sample breakout sessions from past conferences:
○Critical Partnership between Counseling and Enrollment
○Transitioning from Wilderness Programs to Small Boarding Schools
○Supporting Students’ Gender Identity Journeys
○Best Practices for Working with an Educational Consultant
○Anxiety and Adolescence: Planning for Success
○Using Neuropsych Assessments as an Admission Tool
○Social Media Savoir Faire
○International Students: They’re Here, Now What?
*Membership comes along with registering for the conference.
Early Bird Registration (through September 30, 2017)
First Attendee: $275
Second Attendee: $225
Supporting membership: $100 to become an SBSA supporting member, conference not included.
Regular Registration (October 1 to November 15, 2017)
First Attendee: $300
Second Attendee: $250
$100 to become an SBSA supporting member if you cannot attend the conference.
No refunds will be given after January 31, 2017.
As a supporting member:
○Your school or an educational consultant will be listed as a current member on the SBSA website.
○You will be able to add the SBSA logo to your website.
○You will be supporting SBSA.
○You will be supporting small boarding schools.
○You may attend any other functions and/or online resources available to all members.