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Military Academies

Providing a foundation of structured, disciplined learning




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—Judy Winberg, M.Ed., Canadian educational consultant


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.

Table of contents


  1. List of military boarding schools

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition

  4. Compare boarding schools

  5. Going to a military boarding school
  6. Further resources


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Boarding schools








 
  • Robert Land Academy
  • Randolph-Macon Academy
  • St. John's Military School


 
School NameTypePaceCost

Robert Land Academy (est. 1978)

  • Wellandport, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (125 students)
Robert Land Academy is a private military style boarding school (Gr 6-12) helping boys to achieve their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$51,500 to $59,500

Randolph-Macon Academy (est. 1892)

  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (56 students)
  • Boarding school (269 students)
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]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$14,350 to $40,525

St. John's Military School (est. 1887)

  • Salina, Kansas
  • 6 to 12 (Boys)
  • Boarding school (231 students)
The structured and basic environment that Cadets experience at St. John’s allows them to pursue academics without the distractions common to most high school and middle school environments. [View profile]
    Standard-enriched




    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

    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.

    Parent discussion forum

    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.

    Upcoming open house events

    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 aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)




     
     Founding dateEndowmnentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    Robert Land Academy197880%
    Randolph-Macon Academy1892$88594%30944
    St. John's Military School1887$167100%




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Robert Land AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 16Very HighLight integration
    Randolph-Macon AcademyTraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 17LimitedMedium integration
    St. John's Military SchoolStandard-enriched8 to 10Limited





     Legend:

     ADHD

    Learning disorders:
     Dyslexia
     Auditory processing disorder
     Dyscalculia
     Dysgraphia
     Language processing disorder
     Non-verbal learning disorders
     Visual motor deficit
    Development disorders:
     Autism
     Asperger's

    Behavioural and emotional:
     Troubled teens
     Depression
     Suicidal
     Substance abuse
     Oppositional defiant disorder
    Physical:
     Dyspraxia
     Blindness
     Deafness
     Cystic fibrosis
     Multiple physical
     
      Learning DisordersDevelopment disordersBehavioral and emotionalPhysical
     
    Robert Land Academy
    Randolph-Macon Academy
    St. John's Military School




     
     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    Robert Land AcademyBoarding: rolling5 - 1280%
    Randolph-Macon AcademyDay: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    6 - 1294%
    St. John's Military School100%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
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    Randolph-Macon Academy97%97%97%94%92%92%78%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
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    Robert Land Academy
    Randolph-Macon Academy94%94%94%94%91%84%82%
    St. John's Military School




     
     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    Robert Land AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Randolph-Macon AcademyTraditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    St. John's Military School




     
     
    Student council
    School newspaper
    Yearbook
    Radio club
    Photograph club
    Art club
    Choir
    Band
    Dance club
    Yoga club
    Drama club
    Debate club
    Chess club
    Math club
    Science club
    Robotics club
    Computer club
    Environmental club
    Outdoor club
    Community service
    Robert Land Academy
    Randolph-Macon Academy
    St. John's Military School




     
     
    Badminton
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Cricket
    Equestrian
    Football
    Golf
    Gymnastics
    Ice Hockey
    Lacrosse
    Rowing
    Rugby
    Soccer
    Softball
    Squash
    Swimming
    Tennis
    Track and Field
    Volleyball
    Wrestling
    Robert Land Academy
    Randolph-Macon Academy
    St. John's Military School




    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 schoolsRobert Land Academy near Welland, Ontario

    What military school provides

    Of course, a military education is focussed on edcuation above all else, and specifically in providing an enviroment 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.





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