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There are many words out there in the boarding school world but what do they mean?

Dorm Parents--> are hired to live in the dormitory with students. This role is a parent-like role, or “in loco parentis.” It is the responsibility of this role to make sure that the dorm community is a positive experience. Boarding Schools may have the same or different titles for these roles such as House Parents, Resident Assistant or Residential Advisorsbut most if not all share the same responsibility. 

Other position titles you might come across:

HouseMastera master in charge of a house in a boy's boarding school. Source: 

HouseMistressa woman in charge of a house in a girls' boarding school. Source:

Matron-  a woman who supervises women or children (as in a school or police station) Source:

Prefect- a student monitor in a usually private school. Source:

Other words you might hear while working in a Boarding School:

Residential Faculty-refers to an individual who is a teacher and resides on campus and helps in some capacity the boarding program.


Homestaya stay at a residence by a traveler and especially by a visiting foreign student who is hosted by a local family. Source:

Dormed - refers to when a student has been put on restriction and can't leave the dormitory for a length of time assigned.

Roomed - refers to when a student has been put on restriction and can't leave his/her dorm room for a length of time assigned.

Day Student -  a student at a college or secondary school who does not reside in a facility provided by the school. Source: 

SEVIS-Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. For more information click here

I-20 Form - Government document issued to students wishing to study in the United States. For more information click here



There are plenty of more vocabulary words out there. Please let me know and I will add it on the list ;-) Much to learn about the boarding school world. Specifically--> Dorm Life. -Thanks :-) 

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