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, broadly defined, is a pre-college education
Education in its broadest, general sense is the means through which the aims and habits of a group of people lives on from one generation to the next. Generally, it occurs through any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts...
provided in an environment where students both live and learn outside of their family homes. Varied forms of residential education have been in existence in the United States since before the nation's founding. Some typical forms of residential education include boarding schools, preparatory schools
A university-preparatory school or college-preparatory school is a secondary school, usually private, designed to prepare students for a college or university education...
, orphanages, children and youth villages, residential academies, military schools and, most recently, residential charter schools.