Since its founding in 1873, boarding has been part of the McDonogh tradition. Today, Upper School students are given the opportunity to participate in a five-day boarding program that allows them to live on campus during the school week and at home on the weekend. Spending time in both places gives our students the unique opportunity to remain a part of their home lives while creating a new home in the dorms. As boarders, students are able to delve deeply into the many opportunities McDonogh has to offer and further develop the independence, self-discipline, and responsibility that will be needed in college and beyond. Additionally, the program nourishes relationships between faculty and students and fosters respect for differences by bringing students of diverse backgrounds closer together. Students may board for the entire year or one term at a time.