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How to Send Your Child to Military School in 3 Easy Steps

how to send your child to military school

Instead of the traditional route, you can send your little one to a kids military school.

The youngest age for military school is 7. But how to send your child to military school, exactly?

If you know you want your child to enroll in a military school but do not know where to start, do not panic! We have your back!

This article will guide you through what you need to do. The 3 basic steps are:

  • Step #1: Research school options
  • Step #2: Ensure your child meets admission requirements
  • Step #3: Apply to the school of your choice

Details are in the rest of the article; keep reading!

Way To Send Your Child to Military School?

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Step #1: Research school options

There are 52 military schools in the U.S. Each has its own military school age limit. As a result, some can be considered a military elementary school, while some cannot be considered so.

For this research step, start by narrowing the list of 52 schools based on whether your child’s age aligns with the school’s offerings.

Research by age

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Military schools offer different programs and curriculums across different grades.

If your child is in his or her elementary age, research these elementary military schools:

  • Catherine’s Academy (Transitional kindergarten to 8th grade)
  • Admiral Farragut Academy (Kindergarten to 12th grade)
  • San Marcos Academy (Pre-kindergarten to 12th grade)

And if your child is in middle school, high school, or higher, take a look at these schools:

6th grade to 12th grade:

  • La Salle Institute
  • Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy
  • Oakland Military Institute
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Riverside Military Academy
  • Southern Preparatory Academy
  • John’s Northwestern Military Academy
  • Texas Military Institute

5th grade to 12th grade + Post-grad

  • California Military Institute
  • Massanutten Military Academy

7th grade to 12th grade + Post-grad

  • Fork Union Military Academy
  • Hargrave Military Academy
  • Marine Military Academy
  • New York Military Academy

7th grade to 12th grade

  • Camden Military Academy
  • Christian Brothers Academy
  • Missouri Military Academy
  • Thomas Academy

8th Grade to 12th Grade

  • Admiral Farragut Academy

9th Grade to Junior College

  • New Mexico Military Institute

9th Grade to 12th Grade

  • Air Force Academy High School
  • Benedictine Military School
  • Carver Military Academy
  • Culver Military Academy
  • Chicago Military Academy
  • Delaware Military Academy
  • Francis Marion Military Academy
  • Marine Academy (MAST)
  • Marmion Academy
  • Phoenix Military Academy
  • Rickover Military School

College (Undergrad + Grad)

  • California Maritime Academy
  • Georgia Military College
  • Great Lakes Maritime Academy
  • Maine Maritime Academy
  • Military Academy at West Point
  • Naval War College
  • Norwich University
  • SUNY Maritime College
  • Texas Maritime Academy
  • The Citadel
  • The Military College of Georgia
  • United States Naval Academy
  • US Air Force Academy
  • US Coast Guard Academy
  • US Merchant Marine Academy
  • Valley Forge Military Academy and College
  • Virginia Military Institute

Research by gender

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Next, continue to cut the list down based on whether you want your child to attend an all-boys or co-ed school.

Here is the list of military schools for boys only:

  • Camden Military Academy
  • Carver Military Academy
  • Christian Brothers Academy
  • Fork Union Military Academy
  • Hargrave Military Academy
  • Marmion Academy
  • Missouri Military Academy
  • Riverside Military Academy

Note: Unfortunately, there has yet to be a military school for girls only. 

Since military schools are strict, structured, and staffed with disciplined people, you might think it is the ideal place to send your troubled child to. However, in reality, military schools are not meant to correct troubled behavior.

Most military schools have selective admission. Boys and girls that will cause trouble will not be tolerated. They either get denied upon admission application or expelled quickly after enrolling. So, do not try to look for a military school for bad kids.

Note: If your child has behavioral concerns, you should look for a therapeutic school or a residential treatment center instead. You can also consider summer camps.

Research by tuition fee

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Tuition fee is another factor that you can consider researching. The total fees range from $0 to $90,950.50. The large price range is the result of many factors, but mainly the type of school: charter, public, private, etc.

Note: Schools that are free of charge are usually open to specific state residents or very selective.

Research by location

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There are military schools in almost all states. Here is the list of schools categorized by the state that they are in. You can use it to narrow your research even further based on location.

Alabama

  • Southern Preparatory Academy

California

  • California Maritime Academy
  • California Military Institute
  • Oakland Military Institute
  • Catherine’s Academy

Colorado

  • US Air Force Academy

Connecticut

  • US Coast Guard Academy
  • Delaware Military Academy

Florida

  • Admiral Farragut Academy
  • Francis Marion Military Academy

Georgia

  • Benedictine Military School
  • Georgia Military College
  • Riverside Military Academy
  • The Military College of Georgia

Illinois

  • Air Force Academy High School
  • Carver Military Academy
  • Chicago Military Academy
  • Marmion Academy
  • Phoenix Military Academy
  • Rickover Military School

Indiana

  • Culver Military Academy

Maine

  • Maine Maritime Academy

Maryland

  • Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy
  • United States Naval Academy

Michigan

  • Great Lakes Maritime Academy

Minnesota

  • Thomas Academy

Missouri

  • Missouri Military Academy

New Jersey

  • Marine Academy (MAST)

New Mexico

  • New Mexico Military Institute

New York

  • Christian Brothers Academy
  • La Salle Institute
  • Military Academy at West Point
  • New York Military Academy
  • SUNY Maritime College
  • US Merchant Marine Academy

Pennsylvania

  • Valley Forge Military Academy and College

Rhode Island

  • Naval War College

South Carolina

  • Camden Military Academy
  • The Citadel

Texas

  • Marine Military Academy
  • San Marcos Academy
  • Texas Maritime Academy
  • Texas Military Institute

Vermont

  • Norwich University

Virginia

  • Fork Union Military Academy
  • Franklin Military Academy
  • Hargrave Military Academy
  • Massanutten Military Academy
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • Virginia Military Institute

Wisconsin

  • John’s Northwestern Military Academy

Step #2: Ensure your child meets admission requirements

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Once you have narrowed down your list of potential schools for your child, go through the list of admission requirements at each school.

Each school will have its own criterion, which your child will need to meet. You can get this info from the school’s website.

Some schools publish this publicly so you just need to navigate to their website to access it, but some will require you to reach out to them through an email or phone call. If this is the case, they will always specify and give you the contact info on their website.

For example:

 Usually, there are academic requirements and physical fitness requirements.

Step #3: Apply to the school of your choice

Finally, you can apply to the school that you have chosen. Most schools will give you the option to apply online. Otherwise, contact admissions. Since each school has a different procedure, we cannot give you a specific guide, but do not worry. Regardless of the school, the admissions will gladly walk you through the application steps.

Note: Usually, this step does not take as much time and effort as steps 1 and 2.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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1. What age can you send your child to military school?

As mentioned briefly in the introduction, you can send your little one to military school starting from 7 years old.

2. How many military schools for elementary students are there?

There are three military schools for students in their elementary years. These are:

  • Catherine’s Academy (Transitional kindergarten to 8th grade)
  • Admiral Farragut Academy (Kindergarten to 12th grade)
  • San Marcos Academy (Pre-kindergarten to 12th grade)

3. What does a day at military school look like?

Here is an example of a school day at Hargrave Military Academy:

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