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Teen Military Schools
Teen military schools are secondary school military academies or military prep schools, as opposed to higher education military academies or Federal Service Academies. To learn more about both private and public teen military schools, read on.
Teen Military School Basics
Teen military schools are college preparatory schools with high academic standards and leadership training in a military-style environment, and sometimes having a Junior ROTC program as well. Nearly all continue their education, with many going on to higher education and some graduates entering a branch of the military. Although the idea of the military school as a place to knock out of control teens into line still has a grip on many people’s imaginations, it has no counterpart in reality. Fixing teens’ attitudes and behavior is not what the military academies are about, and many explicitly state that only students that are ready to meet high academic and behavioral standards can be well-served.
Teen military schools may be private military schools or public schools. They may accept boys only - as they did when only men were in the military, which was the status quo when many of the teen military schools came into being - or be coeducational. All secondary military academies accept teens, but while some are high schools, others include a middle school, and one accepts students as young as fifth grade. Summer experiences - either academic, sports related, both, or some alternative - may also be offered. Most of the schools are boarding schools, some are day schools, and some have both boarding and day students. The private schools may have a religious affiliation that may play a more or less prominent role in their mission and vision, or they may be non-sectarian.
The Teen Military Schools
Notice that while four private teen military schools are in the state of Virginia, there are schools in the West, the Midwest, on the East Coast, and in the South. Also notice that while six public military schools are in the city of Chicago, Illinois, there are also schools in the East and the South.
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