This post is about and idea for sims attending prep school in prepartion for Univeristy, but the tween age stage plays a major role.
I keep seeing postings about there would no point for a tween stage despite all the simmers posting reasons why they want tweens.
My own view is:
Call it the "Jan" Stage, and forget the other labels.
The stage between a Cindy (red) and a Marsha (blue)- too old for child activities, not old enough for TS4's more mature teen activities.
This stage will get full-blown middle child syndrome if there is a child and a teen in the family and is the stage for entry into a prep-school.'Tween Age Stage.
Your sims become eligible for prep-school once they age up into this new age stage between child and teen.
I would love to see the headmaster scenario come back from TS2 to TS4 and it would be awesome to take it even further by allowing our sims to attend the private prep-schools from TS3 Generations, only this time we get to with our sims to a choice of several schools if we want to, or just send them on if we don't.
Prep schools prepare your sims for university. They gain skills and traits that will be useful for them in University. The traits the school is know for can only be earned if the sim does well at school. If they have poor achievement or misconduct they will have to choose other traits upon aging up.
Here's a list of Boarding Schools, their cost, and the skills and traits my Sims developed while enrolled.Smuggsworth Prep School
Traits: Charismatic, Snob. Gained skill levels in Logic, and later Charisma, Painting, and Writing. Got better at Chess and Homework. This Sim would be great for Journalism, Business, Medicine, and anything that uses one of these skills.Fort Starch Military School
My Sim gained the Neat and Ambitious traits from military boarding school. She gained skill in Logic, and in the Teen years, Athletic, Gardening, Martial Arts, and Handiness. Military school will teach your Sim to salute other Sims. This Sim would be great for the Military, Law Enforcement, and anything that can use these skills in some way.
Dribbledine Sports Academy
LeFromage Art School $1200
A school for making musicians, stars, and artsy types. My Sim learned Piano, Painting, Charisma, Sculpting, and Photography. Traits earned were Virtuoso and Star Quality, although other traits like Dramatic may appear. The Sim also gained hidden skill in dancing and club dancing from Late Night.
School of Peace and Love $800
Sims that go to this school can do the peace sign to other Sims. My Sim gained the Artistic and Vegetarian traits here. Skill gains were as you'd expect from a green/hippie school: Gardening, Guitar, Nectar Making, Fishing, Cooking, and Inventing.
Sim learned Handiness, Martial Arts, Fishing, Cooking, and Athletic skills. The child became Athletic, and later gained the Loves the Outdoors trait. Great for Athletics but could also work well for the science career depending how consistent fishing and handiness are.
This could be a new world renowned for its competing prep-schools. However, I would combine the LeFromage Art School and the School of Peace and Love to form a single new school. This would better suit TS4 world structure giving us 4 Prep-school campuses and 1 common community neighborhood where you can come across students from the various schools.
The prep-school experience will feel smaller than the University experience since your sim will mainly be at their school of choice and the common community area. University on the other hand will be one college taking up all the separate neighborhoods. What happens when your tween ages up to a teen? I don't know. Perhaps prep-school has facilities for tweens and teens, or maybe your tween graduates and continues teen life as a normal teen until they pack up for University. That's up to EA.Now...
This all could be too much education for some simmers with Prep and Uni, so we should have the option of having them attended schools off screen and only visit with them when we feel we need or want to, like how interactive careers work. This way you can balance your game play as you like and things will feel fresh with so many choices available.