Boarding Life

Boarding at Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City School fully immerses students in American Style Education and Culture while still being a short trip away from home.

Living at school means life at SSM-FC is a 24/7 experience for adults and students.

Learning to live independently and managing one’s own time under the supervision and guidance of dorm parents is a great preparation for university.

Bridging the distance between parents and students is accomplished in a number of ways at SSM-FC. There is full wi-fi access throughout campus, so students can stay connected with home. Parents are also able to log on to our intranet to view their child’s schedule, assignment and test grades, attendance, and comments from teachers. And, we have webcasts available for a variety of on-campus events from senior speeches, to athletic competitions to performing arts events.

At the same time students are looked after by their dorm parents, (who are also teachers at the school), who have apartments on the same floor as students.  The dorm parents will be sure the student is thriving academically and socially; encouraging students to get their homework done, eat healthy foods and get proper rest.

Life Long Friendships are Formed Here

Most students have roommates, often from different countries.  Sharing the experience of being away from home with people from all over the world is a strong start to life-long friendships.

Hanging out with friends in the common spaces, going downstairs for a game of badminton in the afternoon, group board game competitions with teacher supervisors and fun outings on weekends creates opportunities for bonding and the development of a network of friends from around the world.  After graduation our students will join a world-wide network of alumni.

Dorm Parents Rock!

Most of our teachers and some of our coaches will live in our residence halls, some with their families and pets, and serve as on-site parents for our students. They have baking and cooking sessions in their kitchens, spontaneous tutoring sessions, and hang-out time when students need a dose of home.


There are plenty of activities organized for the weekends. Students have access to the full range of school resources at designated times including the pool, the weight room, the soccer pitch and the net sports. Excursions to the local malls, movie theatres, IKEA, or even to Singapore are regularly scheduled and chaperoned by teachers

Student Apartments

Students live in two room apartments which include a sleeping area, a bathroom, and a lounge and study area where each student has their own desk. Each apartment is shared by 3 to 6 students. Just down the hall is their dorm parent where a cup of tea is always available when homesick. Our dorm parents are all teachers at the school, and most of our teachers also live in the dormitories.

Sample Daily Schedule 
(Schedules differ)

Time Activity
7:00 - 8:30 Wake, dress, breakfast in canteen, gather books for class.
8:30 - 9:55 Math Class
10:05 - 11:30 Science Class
11:40 – 12:20 Lunch
12:30 – 1:55 PE
2:05 – 3:40 English/Social Studies
4:00 – 5:00 Football Practice
6:00 – 7:00 Dinner
7:00 – 8:45 Study Time
10:00 Bed Time

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