A military education is focused on education above all else and with the needs of the learner foremost in mind. To that end, military schools offer a structured, disciplined learning environment, one with clearly defined roles and expectations. It's an environment designed to develop accountability and self determination, and build a sense of responsibility and self confidence. The goal of military school is to help students realize their full potential, achieving the best that they can in all areas of their academic lives, be it on a math test, an English essay, or practicing for an upcoming intra-mural competition. As well, the military environment seeks to give students a sense of responsibility for their actions, and allowing them to advance into a fulfilling, productive and happy adulthood.
Military schools aren't for everyone, though of course no school is. For those that require a very structured environment, and who may be struggling in a less defined setting, military schools can make a significant and marked difference in their ability to succeed academically and socially.
On this page we cover military boarding schools in North America. For a complete guide to boarding, including information about admissions, please see our introductory guide.
Robert Land Academy (est. 1978)
Robert Land Academy is a private military-themed boarding school (Gr 5-12) helping boys to achieve their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$52,000 to $55,000|
New Mexico Military Institute (est. 1891)
The New Mexico Military Institute offers a rich history and tradition of educating tomorrow’s leaders through a program of strong, challenging academics, leadership preparation, and character development. [View profile]
|$13,629 to $20,065|
Fork Union Military Academy (est. 1898)
This military academy in Fork Union, Virginia is the premier college preparatory boarding military schools for boys in grades 7-12. Renowned for its emphasis on Christian values, academics and athletics. [View profile]
|$32,000 to $37,450|
Randolph-Macon Academy (est. 1892)
Randolph-Macon Academy is located in Front Royal, Virginia. This college-prep school is for grades 6-12. Students develop a strong knowledge base while also building leadership skills and strong positive morals. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$14,350 to $40,525|
Our boarding school guide has advice specific to finding boarding schools in Canada. For insights that are more general (on how to evaluate school options) we recommend you review our hub on choosing a school.
Private school expos are ideal launching pads for your school-finding journey. All expos are held in the fall at a number of centres across Canada. There are three expos hosted in Ontario, one in Toronto, one in Halton-Peel, and one in Ottawa. Expos are also held each fall in Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary. All are opportunities to speak with administrators from leading boarding schools within the regions in which the expos are held.
Word-of-mouth is another powerful tool in your school-finding arsenal. The Our Kids private school discussion forum allows you to discuss your options and debate topics around gifted education. You can use our community of parents, educational experts, alumni, and schools to help answer your questions and stimulate your thinking.
Attending open houses is obviously a great way to learn more about a school and get a feel for the environment. For some advice on open house visits, go here. For questions to ask that are specific to boarding programs, refer to our main boarding school hub.
Broadly speaking, the cost of boarding reflects the cost private school tuition in general, though with premiums added to cover housing and meals.
Many schools offer financial aid, including scholarships and bursaries. Financial aid is needs-based, and financial aid programs are created as a means of broadening the student base and attracting students, independent of means, who will contribute most to the culture of the school. Generally speaking, the larger and more expensive schools provide the most aid.
You can read more about financial aid and scholarships in our dedicated guide.
Below you'll find the range of costs at military boarding schools:
|Tuition (baording school)||Students receiving financial aid||Grade eligibility for financial aid||Avg. aid package size (annual)|
|Robert Land Academy||$52,000 to $55,000|
Average class size
Special needs support
|Robert Land Academy||Traditional||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||10 to 16||Very High||Light integration|
|New Mexico Military Institute||Traditional||16 to 1||Limited|
|Fork Union Military Academy||Traditional||10 to 15||Very High|
|Randolph-Macon Academy||Traditional||Standard-enriched||Rigorous||12 to 17||Limited||Medium integration|
|Admission deadline||SSAT required||Interview required||Acceptance rate||Next open house|
|Robert Land Academy||Boarding: rolling||5 - 12||80%|
|New Mexico Military Institute||Boarding: rolling||100%|
|Fork Union Military Academy||Day: rolling|
|7 - 12|
|Randolph-Macon Academy||Day: rolling|
|6 - 12||94%|
|Math||Science||Literature||Humanities Social Sciences||Foreign Languages||Fine Arts|
|Robert Land Academy||Traditional Math||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance|
|New Mexico Military Institute|
|Fork Union Military Academy||Traditional Math|
|Randolph-Macon Academy||Traditional Math||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Equal Balance||Communicative||Creative|
|Robert Land Academy|
|Fork Union Military Academy|
At one time Canada had more military schools and colleges than it does today, including the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in Kingston, Royal Roads Military College (RRMC) in Victoria, BC, and the Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean (CMR) in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec. These were all university-level academies. In the mid-1990s the latter two were closed briefly and have since reopened as civilian educational institutions. The Royal Military College of Canada continues to offer a preparatory year for military students. In 2008, CMR Saint-Jean was reopened as a full military academy; you can learn more here.
For school-aged children, there is one choice for private military school in Canada as listed in Our Kids' directory of military schools: Robert Land Academy near Welland, Ontario.
Of course, a military education is focussed on edcuation above all else, and specifically in providing an environment in which students will thrive. Military schools offer a stuctured, disciplined learning environment, one with clearly defined roles and expectations in order to develop accountability and self determination. For many students, it's an educational opportunity that can make a significant and marked difference in their overall educational experience and their ability to succeed in academics.
The goal of military school is to help students realise their full potential, achieving the best that they can in all areas of their academic lives, be it on a math test, an english essay, or practicing for an upcoming intra-mural competition. As well, the military environment seeks to give students a sense of responsibility for their actions, and allowing them to advance into a fulfilling, productive and happy adulthood.
Learn more about your options by consulting the military academies listed on this page.