A boarding school is a school where some or all pupils study and live during the school year with their fellow students and possibly teachers and/or administrators. The word 'boarding' is used in the sense of "bed and board," i.e., lodging and meals. Some boarding schools also have day students who attend the institution by day and return off-campus to their families in the evenings.
In fiction Edit
The 1964 movie Nightmare involved a woman named Janet, a student at a boarding school, who suffered from intense nightmares. These nightmares intensified to the point that Janet was not only driven mad, but also driven to murder.
Italian giallo director Dario Argento was always fond of using private education centers as the provincial setting for his films. His most famous work, Suspiria, took place at a prestigious ballet school/boarding school in Munich, Germany. His 1985 film Phenomena featured Jennifer Connelly as Jennifer Corvino, a student at the Swiss Richard Wagner Academy for Girls. Jennifer had a psychic connection to insects and summoned a swarm of flies that covered the entire building.
The schlocky 1987 horror/comedy Zombie High took place at an all-male boarding school with a single female student named Andrea. The student body of the school suffered from "Stepford Wives" syndrome in that they were all brainwashed, emotionless zombies.