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Our boarding families were once in your shoes. If you’d like to get their perspective, contact us and we’ll connect you!

Living at Principia

Boarding at Principia provides 24/7 opportunities to discover, challenge, and develop yourself. That’s why nearly 150 students from all over the United States—and the world—choose to learn and live on campus each year. More than 50 percent of Upper School students are boarders, as well as 25 percent of seventh and eighth graders.

All four of our dorms—one apiece for boys and girls in Middle and Upper School—are safe, secure, and welcoming homes where houseparents cherish, value, and support every student. In these dorm families, boarders live, learn, and grow together, forming lifetime friendships and learning lifelong lessons.

Student Perspectives

Meet a few Upper School boarders and hear what they love about dorm life.


Atlanta, GA


Richardson, TX


Oxnard, CA


Long Beach, CA

Meet the Dorm Heads

Our dorm heads bring a wealth of experience to Principia—from directing Christian Science camps to mentoring youth. 

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Parent Perspectives

Expanding Our Sense of Family

Tony Veidelis shares how he and his wife learned to let go and gain an expanded understanding of family.

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A Family of Brothers

Kelly and Tim McCutcheon share how the boarding experience has blessed their son with opportunities to grow and cherish brotherhood.

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A Day in the Life

Life in the dorms is filled with fun and activity—and quiet times, too. School, sports, social activities, spiritual time, and dorm outings make for busy, happy days. Get a glimpse of what life as a boarder looks like.

Next Steps

Get in Touch

We’d love to get to know you, share what makes Principia and our boarding program so special, and answer your questions.

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Learn How Affordable
We Are

Don’t let finances stop you from considering Principia. Generous financial aid makes us more affordable than you might think.

Affordability and Costs

Apply for Fall 2017

It's not too late to apply and be here for the start of school. Financial aid is still available, too.

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