Five Reasons Military School May Be Perfect for Your Teen
Does your teen thrive in a structured environment? Is it important that they be involved and belong to something bigger than themselves? Are they interested in serving their country? There are many reasons a teen may choose a private military school instead of a traditional private school. A common misconception is that all military schools are like boot camp, but that is far from the truth. Here are five reasons why you may want to consider a private school that offers military structure in high school.
- Strong Core Values. Students are accountable to live out the school’s core values such as integrity (being of strong moral character), self-discipline (making good choices), perseverance (accomplishing one’s goals) and wellness and fitness (to achieve their full potential).
- Structure and Purpose. A military private school provides the structure necessary for students to learn discipline, respect, and time management skills. Students are also challenged and expected to create goals, reach those goals and ultimately discover their purpose.
- Pride and Respect. Teens are expected to wear their military uniform with pride and respect. On a daily basis, they must be clean cut with their uniform pressed and shoes shined. It teaches them to take pride in how they appear and as the saying goes, “When you look sharp, you feel sharp.”
- Leaders and Role Models. At military schools, students, known as cadets, are required to actively lead their peers and be role models to younger students. Some PreK-12 private schools are military only in 8th-12th grade, and, starting in PreK, the younger students look up to the older students and are excited to reach the time when they too can wear the uniform and lead.
- Nominations, Appointments and Scholarships. Admiral Farragut Academy, an honor naval school in St. Pete, is allowed to give out six nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy, five to the U.S. Air Force Academy and three to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. This is an outstanding advantage for those students interested in pursuing a military career or wanting to receive full-tuition ROTC scholarships in college.
A military school is a place where teens find success because the approach to leadership transforms, inspires and empowers young people to create a positive change in their school and communities. Is your teen up for the challenge? Do you want your child growing up in an environment that asks them to live on purpose, with purpose? If the answer is yes, a private school with a high school military structure may be the perfect fit.
Upper School students mentor and educate Lower School students.
Students who attend the honor naval military school in St. Petersburg called Admiral Farragut Academy are required to learn how to sail at the school’s waterfront prior to high school graduation.
Many families choose the boarding option at military schools.