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Private military schools are one option to consider in choosing a military school for boys. Get details on what to expect at a private military school vs. a public or charter military school. See a list of the top private military schools in the US.
Private military schools to which boys are admitted are generally secondary schools that can be of several types. They may be co-ed schools that accept both boys and girls or schools that are exclusively for boys, They may also be college preparatory schools with a military program or they may be an exclusively military institute. Some private military schools have a Christian focus. Private military schools are distinguished from public military schools, such as Cleveland Junior Naval Academy and Delaware Military Academy, which is a charter school.
Private military schools are also known as military prep schools. They are usually boarding schools that combine college preparatory coursework with military discipline, although some function as day schools. They usually accept only high school students, although some may accept students of middle school or junior high age, one accepts fifth graders, and one is for grades K-8 only.
There are two different views of private military schools. One view is that they are a setting in which a troubled youth who lacks focus and/or discipline may be trained to overcome those deficits. The truth is that the private military school, which generally has pretty rigorous academic criteria for admissions, is better suited for training soldiers and civic leaders than for therapeutic intervention.
This is a listing of private military boarding schools for boys in the United States. The asterisk indicates a post-graduate year is available. The listing is organized by the grades for which students are accepted so that you can easily locate the alternatives for your child.
If you are seeking a school by location, notice that of the 27 choices listed,
There is a private military school in Florida called Victory Forge Military Academy, but it was the subject of 35 allegations of child abuse between 1994 and 2008 and the Florida Department of Children and Families in an April, 2008 report expressed concerns for the “safety and welfare” of children there. It is, therefore, not recommended.
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