We are often asked the following questions:

What is the mission of the Small Boarding Schools Association?

The Small Boarding Schools Association establishes a forum for personal and professional dialogue, which supports and promotes small boarding schools.

What are the qualifications for membership?

○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.

Why should I attend the SBSA Conference?

○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

What are the benefits of being a member of SBSA?

○Connections and networking—promoting yourself and your school

○Professional and personal development


What types of topics are presented at the conference?

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

○Consultants’ Chat

○International Students: They’re Here, Now What?

How does a school or educational consultant apply to be a member?

Schools and consultants who want to receive the benefits of SBSA membership can submit an online form, which is also the same application to attend the annual conference.

How much does it cost to become a member?

*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.

What are the additional costs to attending the annual conference?

Travel, lodging, and some meals.

How big is the SBSA Conference?

The SBSA conference is limited to 200 attendees. Often with a waiting list, typically two-thirds of the registrants are school member, with one-third consultants.

What is included in the conference fee?

  • Membership in SBSA for the year
  • Admittance to presentations and social events
  • Some meals:
  • Breakfast and lunch on Thursday & Friday
  • Appetizers at socials Wednesday & Thursday—some schools put on heavy appetizers for socials, which actually can serve as dinner.
  • Snacks in between presentations.

Why might a school or educational consultant want to be a member of SBSA if they cannot attend the conference?

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.

If I cannot attend the conference, can a school or an educational consultant still be a member of SBSA?

Yes, we offer membership for $100.

How and when do I register for the conference?

You can register here.

Early bird pricing in effect through September. Conference is limited to 200 attendees. Registration will close when capacity is reached.

Where is SBSA 2018?

Stuart Hall School in Staunton, Virginia will be hosting our conference from March 21-23, 2018. For additional information, see www.stuart-hall.org

What is the process I need to do in order to present at the conference?

To submit a proposal, please for more information here, complete and submit the proposal form.

What are the guidelines for presentations?

○Relevant topics

○Timely issues

○Engaging, dialogue-based topics

○Personal—share your school’s experience and what can be learned from the journey

When are membership fees due?

Membership fees paid between September 1st and the conclusion of the conference.

Who are the current members of SBSA?

The list of current members of SBSA can be found here.

How can I share my interest in becoming an SBSA board member?

Thank you for your interest in joining our board of directors. Please contact us and we will be back in touch with you.