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J U N E 2 0 1 2 / F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L
n recent years, the Family Liaison Office has fielded an
increasing number of inquiries about boarding school
options, especially for high school students. This education
choice often provides much-needed continuity for students,
both academically and socially.
Boarding school is also an attractive alternative when stu-
dents are looking for special programs (e.g., sports, arts, or
music) that may not be available at international schools over-
seas. And quite often, the boarding school option works well
for children with special needs when there are not adequate
educational programs overseas.
The FLO Education and Youth team has a wealth of infor-
mation and resources available to help guide Foreign Service
families in researching boarding schools that may be good
matches for their children.
This is excerpted from an article by Leah Wallace, of the
Family Liaison Office, published in the December 2011 issue of
the Foreign Service Journal. The complete article can be viewed
online at
2011 FSJ S
The Boarding School Option
Stages of
Emotional Transition
ne well-known transition
model defines five phases:
involvement, leaving, chaos/
crisis, entering and reinvolvement.
Involvement is the stage when life
is humming along, before a move.
Reinvolvement happens when, after a
move, the family is once again back on
track — feeling happy and in control
of life. It’s what happens in the middle
of this cycle — the leaving, chaos/
crisis and entering part — that is
the great challenge!
Awareness of these stages helps
parents and schools respond appropri-
ately. The goal is to guide our families
through the transition in a way that
enhances each member’s resiliency.
— Rebecca Grappo,
from “Building Resiliency in Global
Nomads,” FSJ Schools Supplement,
December 2008