Military Schools

Academics, Discipline and Leadership

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Many of our finest and most brilliant military leaders have gotten their start at one of these prestigious institutions. At a minimum, military school graduates come away from the experience with an understanding of personal and team discipline which serves them well throughout their adult lives. Something that many don't know is that military schools are among some of the most progressive and advanced educational institutions. Exciting new technology programs and the strengthening of traditional curricula place most military schools in the vanguard of education these days. 

Check out these military schools in the US

 

Updated by Stacy Jagodowski

Admiral David Glasgow Farragut
Admiral David Glasgow Farragut (1801-1870). Public Domain
  • Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
  • Grades: PK-12
  • School Type: Coeducational, day/boarding school

Admiral Farragut Academy is the only military school offering a Naval JROTC program. It also has an Aviation Academy, a Marine Science Academy and a Golf Academy in addition to its comprehensive academic and athletic offerings. The Academy is named after the first admiral of the United States Navy. More »

Cadets at American Military Academy
Cadets at American Military Academy. Photo © American Military Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
  • Grades: PK-12
  • School Type: Coeducational, day school

Situated in the prosperous Guaynabo area of San Juan, American Military Academy serves the community with a comprehensive academic program. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association. In addition the Academy offers Junior ROTC. More »

Army Army and Navy Academy
Cadets at Army Army and Navy Academy. Photo © Army Army and Navy Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
  • Grades: 7-12
  • School Type: Boys, day/boarding school

Founded in 1910 Army and Navy Academy is California's only military boarding school. It also has the unusual distinction of being able to nominate three candidates annually for the military academies such as West Point and Annapolis. The Academy offers a comprehensive academic program as well as strong sports offerings including hockey. More »

Benedictine High School
Benedictine High School, Richmond, Virginia. Photo © Benedictine Abbey
  • Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Grades: 9-12
  • School Type: Boys, day school

Founded in 1911, Benedictine High School combines the solid academics of a Benedictine education with JROTC cadet training. BHS partners with a girls' school, St. Gertrude's High School, for important social and other occasions. More »

Benedictine Military Academy, Savannah, GA
Benedictine Military Academy, Savannah, GA. Photo © Robert Kennedy
  • Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Grades: 9-12
  • School Type: Boys, day school

Benedictine Military School offers a broad selection of college preparatory courses. The school focuses on developing the leadership skills in young men, including participation in JROTC.  More »

Camden Military Academy
Camden Military Academy. Photo © Camden Military Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
  • Grades: 7-12, PG
  • School Type: Boys, Boarding school

Camden Military Academy offers young men a solid military preparation in addition to an intensive college preparatory program. The Academy has been in operation since 1892. More »

Carson Long Military Institute
Carson Long Military Institute. Photo © Carson Long Military Institute
  • Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
  • Grades: 7-12
  • School Type: Boys, Boarding school

Founded in 1842, Carson Long Military Institute is the oldest military boarding school in the United States. Tuition for boarding students is reasonably priced for a residential school. The school offers college preparatory programs as well as JROTC. More »

Chamberlain-Hunt Academy
Chamberlain-Hunt Academy. Photo © Chamberlain-Hunt Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Presbyterian
  • Grades: 9-12
  • School Type: Coed, Boarding/day school

The school was founded in 1879, and the day school is open to boys and girls. The boarding division is only for boys. Christian values are woven throughout the academic and leadership training programs. More »

Culver Academy
Parade. Photo © Culver Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
  • Grades: 9-12, PG
  • School Type: Coed, Boarding school

Culver Military Academy and Culver Girls Academy compromise the Culver Academies. This fine old military academy offers comprehensive college preparatory courses in addition to the leadership training you expect from one of the best JROTC programs of any high school, public or private. More »

Fishburne Military School
Fishburne Military School. Photo © Fishburne Military School
  • Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
  • Grades: 8-12
  • School Type: Boys, Boarding school

Fishburne Military School was founded in 1879. It has the distinction of being Virginia's oldest military school. It is also an Army JROTC Honor Unit, which means it can nominate candidates to the service academies. Your son will benefit from small classes and the focus on academics combined with discipline and structure in his school life. More »

Florida Air Academy
Florida Air Academy. Photo © Florida Air Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
  • Grades: PK-1, 6-12
  • School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school

Florida Air Academy has grown from its beginnings in 1961 as a boarding school for young men to become a coeducational, military school offering the AFJROTC program. Florida Air Academy is the state's largest boarding school. It is located not far from the Kennedy Space Center. More »

Fork Union Military Academy
Fork Union Military Academy. Photo © Fork Union Military Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Christian
  • Grades: 6-12, PG
  • School Type: Boys, Boarding school

Fork Union Military Academy was founded in 1902. It is affiliated with the Baptist church and offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. The Academy's musical program boasts an acclaimed choral ensemble as well as a band. More »

GMC Prep
GMC Prep. Photo © GMC Prep
  • Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
  • Grades: 6-12
  • School Type: Coeducational, day school

Georgia Military College was established by an act of the state legislature in 1879. The institution now offers middle and high school in addition to the two-year college division. More »

Hargrave Military Academy
Hargrave Military Academy. Photo © Hargrave Military Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Baptist
  • Grades: 7-12, PG
  • School Type: Boys, boarding/day school

Comments: Hargrave Military Academy offers young men a disciplined approach to academics, personal growth and much more. The academic program features Advanced Placement exam preparation, an ESL program, Honors section, Independent Study as well as study at a local college for college credit. The athletics component of the Academy is strong. The Academy is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. More »

Howe Military School
Howe Military School. Photo © Howe Military School
  • Religious affiliation: Episcopal
  • Grades: 5-12
  • School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school

The Howe Military School is a college preparatory school with a distinct military emphasis. It offers Junior ROTC and AP courses including Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English. The vast majority of students are boarding, 97 percent to be exact. If you are looking for a small, coeducational military school, put Howe on your list. International students are warmly welcomed and the school offers ESL courses as well. More »

Lyman Ward Military Academy
Lyman Ward Military Academy. Photo © Lyman Ward Military Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Christian
  • Grades: 6-12
  • School Type: Boys, Boarding, day school

Lyman Ward Military Academy is one of those hidden treasures in the military school world. It is a small school where your son will enjoy the structure and discipline you seek in a military education. But also important is the Academy's emphasis on developing the whole boy. LWMA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). More »

Marine Military Academy
Marine Military Academy. Photo © Marine Military Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Christian
  • Grades: 8-12, PG
  • School Type: Boys, Boarding/day school

In its literature the Marine Military Academy states that it maintains the tradition of the United States Marine Corps coupled with a superb educational environment to develop morally strong, ethical, educated young men. That's a tall order, but one that MMA fulfils with a strong college preparatory program, great sports and, most importantly, the discipline and structure which a military school provides. The Academy also offers professional flight training. More »

Massanutten Military Academy
Massanutten Military Academy. Photo © Massanutten Military Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Christian
  • Grades: 7-12, PG
  • School Type: Coeducational, Boarding/day school

Massanutten Military Academy gives young men and women a challenging and stimulating high school experience designed to provide a solid foundation for achievements in later life. In addition to all the expected military and academic programs, the Academy has an INTERACT Club and a Scuba program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is situated on 40 lovely Virginia acres about 90 minutes from the nation's capital. More »

Missouri Military Academy
Missouri Military Academy. Photo © Missouri Military Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Christian
  • Grades: 6-12, PG
  • School Type: Boys, boarding/day school

MMA offers the traditional military school programs including JROTC and rigorous college prep in the upper school. A powerful component in the Academy's academic program is The Center for Enhanced Learning and English Proficiency. It provides support and individual attention on several levels so that your son receives the extra help and guidance he needs and deserves. The Academy is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. More »

New Mexico Military Institute
New Mexico Military Institute. Photo © New Mexico Military Institute
  • Religious affiliation: Christian
  • Grades: 9-12
  • School Type: Coeducational, boarding school

New Mexico Military Institute offers both high school and a two-year college experience. It is located on a 300 acre campus not far from Albuquerque. The Institute offers a strong college preparatory program coupled with the other things you expect at a military school including JROTC. The Institute attracts students from all over the country. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. More »

New York Military Academy
New York Military Academy. Photo © New York Military Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
  • Grades: 7-12
  • School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school

New York Military Academy is a fully accredited, small military boarding school located about an hour from New York City on the beautiful Hudson River. NYMA was founded in 1889. The program includes JROTC, a college prep academic curriculum and a wide variety of sports. NYMA graduates matriculate to colleges and universities at home and abroad. More »

Oak Ridge Military Academy
Oak Ridge Military Academy. Photo © Oak Ridge Military Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
  • Grades: 7-12
  • School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school

Oak Ridge Military Academy was founded in 1852. It was first accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1899. Oak Ridge prepares its students for college and life. Its JROTC program provides the kind of military discipline and leadership training you expect from a fine, old military school. More »

Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, GA

Riverside Military Academy
Riverside Military Academy. Photo © Riverside Military Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
  • Grades: 7-12
  • School Type: Boys, boarding/day school

Riverside Military Academy was founded in 1906. It offers a rigorous academic college preparatory program for some 300 young men. Supporting that program is the Center for Student Excellence where students learn time-management and organizational skills of great value in their later lives. The Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is situated an hour north of Atlanta.

Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy. Photo © Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Methodist
  • Grades: 6-PG
  • School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school

Randolph-Macon Academy offers a structured and challenging environment that encourages spiritual, moral, academic and social growth. It offers Air Force Junior ROTC in addition to the usual military training in the high school division. The middle school division challenges students with a solid foundational program of instruction without the demands of a military program. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. More »

Robert Land Academy
Robert Land Academy. Photo © Robert Land Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
  • Grades: 6-12
  • School Type: Boys, boarding school

Robert Land Academy was founded in 1978. It gives young men a challenging and stimulating high school experience in the military school tradition. In addition it claims to have had success with boys who are not working to their potential or who have been diagnosed as having Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Learning Delayed. More »

Saint Catherine's Military Academy
Saint Catherine's Military Academy. Photo © Saint Catherine's Military Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Grades: K-8
  • School Type: Boys, boarding school

Saint Catherine's Military Academy was founded in 1889. It accepts boarders as young as 4th grade and is the only elementary school with a military tradition. The Academy is owned and operated by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. More »

Saint Thomas Academy
Saint Thomas Academy. Photo © Saint Thomas Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic
  • Grades: 7-12
  • School Type: Boys, day school

Saint Thomas Academy gives young men a challenging and stimulating high school experience designed to provide a solid foundation for achievements in later life. The Academy was founded in 1885 by Archbishop John Ireland. The curriculum is college preparatory. The school is located on a 72 acre campus near St. Paul. More »

TMI
Texas Military Institute. Photo © Allan Ruppe
  • Religious affiliation: Episcopal
  • Grades: Day, 6-12, PG; boarding 9-12, PG
  • School Type: coeducational, boarding/day school

TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas is a college preparatory school for co-ed students in grades 6-12. The school was founded in 1893 by the Diocese of West Texas. Graduates include General Douglass MacArthur, numerous other generals, college presidents, leaders in business, sitting Congressional representative Lamar Smith and other remarkable men and women. The school offers rigorous academic programs in addition to its military program, the Corps of Cadets. More »

Valley Forge Military Academy
Valley Forge Military Academy. Photo © Valley Forge Military Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
  • Grades: 7-12, PG
  • School Type: Boys, boarding/day school

Valley Forge Military Academy provides a variety of college preparatory courses designed to expand students' thinking and develop the skills necessary to succeed at college level studies. The Academy is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Contrary to what you might think, most of VFMA's graduates matriculate to colleges and universities as opposed to military schools. The Academy, of course, is well-positioned to help aspiring service academy candidates gain admission. The school is located outside Philadelphia. More »

Wentworth Military Academy
Wentworth Military Academy. Photo © Wentworth Military Academy
  • Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
  • Grades: 7-12, PG
  • School Type: Boys, boarding/day school

Wentworth Military Academy is the oldest military school west of the Mississippi. It offers a solid college preparatory curriculum. Because it also has a college division on campus, students can avail themselves of all the enrichment that provides. More »

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