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Army and Navy Academy
Army and Navy Academy
2605 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, California, 92008, United States
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Army and Navy Academy

Army and Navy Academy

2605 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, California, 92008, United States

Grades (Gender):
7 to 12 (Boys)
US $22,000 to 37,500/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
5 to 19
Day: Varies (Gr. 7 - 12), Boarding: Varies (Gr. 7 - 12)

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2605 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, California, 92008 , United States

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Internationally recognized as a premier military boarding school for boys, grades 7-12, the Academy incorporates a UC standard-based curriculum, combined with stellar leadership training, CIF sports, and a full roster of clubs and weekend activities. With a focus on single gender education, the Academy offers a learning environment ideally suited for boys, focused on engagement, motivation, and goal-setting.

The Our Kids review of Army and Navy Academy

our takeArmy and Navy Academy is a military academy cast in the mold of like schools throughout the US, including West Point. They have a long history, to be sure, and they represent a rich educational tradition, one that Army and Navy is rightly very proud to take part within. Founded in 1910, students are attracted to Army and Navy by those traditions, and throughout their time at the school they remain cognizant of their place within something much larger than themselves. The life of the school is structured and highly organized and that, too, is a primary draw. The ideal student is one who thrives within a very organized community, one with clear expectations and equally clear outcomes. Character and ethical leadership are the key foci of the program, whether or not students are looking forward to a career in the military.

Principal's Message


Major General Arthur Bartell, U.S. Army Retired, President

Army and Navy Academy is firmly committed to our values of Honor, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, and Gratitude, and we fervently pledge to fulfill our mission of educating, mentoring, and developing good character and leadership in young men. Our Cadets are remarkable and the reason for everything we do at the Academy.

The Cadet experience is shaped around:

Academics: We are determined to give our Cadets an outstanding educational experience to prepare them for life after graduation. Our Academic Supports like mandatory study time and after-school office hours give our Cadets the resources they need to excel in the classroom.

Athletics: An active lifestyle is an integral part of a healthy day, so each Cadet participates in some form of physical activity after classes each day. From our CIF-champion team sports to strength and conditioning training, we offer an athletic option to meet the needs of each Cadet.

Associated Student Body: The ASB has taken on a new life this year. We’ve added some new and exciting clubs like the Astronomy Club with the assistance of the Boyce family. Mr. Boyce and the Cadets are working in partnership with the Harvard College Observatory. What an amazing opportunity for our Cadets!

Leadership: Army-Navy Cadets are uniquely prepared for leadership roles through our JROTC program. Cadets learn that leadership responsibility is earned based on knowledge, skills and abilities; it is not something automatically granted because of age, size or physical strength.

Cadet Life: This year, we’ve worked to create synergy between JROTC and Cadet Life, so the leadership skills learned in the classroom continue to be emphasized after the school day is over.

Character Development: Character development is part of our mission here at the Academy, and we encourage Cadets to focus on our Core Values and beyond. Another important value we emphasize is gratitude. The Cadets and the entire Army and Navy Academy Community are so grateful for your continued support of our mission.

Thank you for your support of the Academy and our mission.


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Army and Navy Academy says: U.C. Standard-based Curriculum College Preparatory Full College Planning Services Gurian Model School Single Gender Approach - How Boys Learn WASC Accredited

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Army and Navy Academy says: The Mathematics Department provides cadets with learning experiences that help them transfer mathematical knowledge from concrete to abstract expressions. Multiple modes of learning are used to ensure that each cadet receives the instruction necessary to excel in their courses. Academic Approach: Each math course builds upon knowledge gained from the previous course. Emphasis is placed on a non-calculator approach and development of abstract thinking skills. Both advanced and AP classes are available for students who are looking for content delivered at an accelerated pace and in increased depth.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: The Science Department works to provide hands-on learning experiences to all cadets through investigation and experimentation. The department’s goal is to develop the cadets’ intellectual curiosity and independent thought through lessons on physical, biological, earth, and laboratory sciences. Academic Approach: From seventh grade Life Science to Advanced Placement level courses, cadets use scientific methodology and assessment to master core concepts. Emphasis is placed on experimentation, error and analysis, teamwork, written and verbal communication, and problem solving. Additionally, upper-level physical science courses strengthen the cadets’ math skills by adding real world applications for the calculations they learn in their math classes.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Army and Navy Academy says: The English Department is striving to increase and improve our students’ writing, not only in their English classes, but across the entire curriculum. We are working with every department on campus to read an “Article a Week” of informational text that ties into various subject areas and prompt discussions in multiple classes. We work together with all departments to make sure we have vertical alignment and that we are preparing our students to be successful in the future. Our goal is to ensure that cadets are building their knowledge base so they are prepared for the next level class. Academic Approach: Much of our teaching is theme-based, and we pride ourselves on guiding students to discovery and enhancing higher level critical thinking skills with “Essential Questions” that tie in personal experiences, current events, and societal issues within literature.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Army and Navy Academy says: The Social Science Department works closely with the English Department on their Writing across the Curriculum initiative. The goal is to use project based learning, current events, maps, and guest speakers to engage the cadets and provide them with a well-rounded perspective. Academic Approach: Our approach centers on smooth transitions from one activity to the next. If an assignment or activity takes up too much time, students lose interest or are not as engaged. Therefore, a variety of teaching styles and lesson plans are implemented. These include video current events, map warm-up activities, working in partners, working in groups, researching in the library, stock market games, etc. This is also crucial for auditory and visual learners, and for the large ELL population.

    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Army and Navy Academy says: Army and Navy Academy offers its students basic instruction in the languages of Spanish, German, and Chinese (Mandarin). The goal is to make them conversant in the language of their choice. The department strives to have its students obtain the ability to speak, listen, read, and write the foreign language. The instruction combines the pedagogy of a structural, functional, and interactive approach. Language is taught within the backdrop of the cultural, linguistic, and real life experiences of the language studied. Within the interactive approach, the language is used as a vehicle for the creation and maintenance of social relations, focusing on the patterns of moves, acts, and interaction found in conversational exchanges. Academic Approach: Multiple curricular approaches are presented which include first-hand accounts by native guest speakers, film, the study of historical figures, the history of the countries studied, song and dance, and all aspects of the particular culture.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   11
    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • German • Spanish

    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Army and Navy Academy says: The Fine Arts Department at the Army and Navy Academy is committed to inspiring students to greater levels of artistic expression and achievement and applying rigorous academic and performance standards in all disciplines.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Army and Navy Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Army and Navy Academy says: Participation in physical activity is an integral part of a healthy day. At 3:15 each day, our campus is transformed into an Olympic Village. Every one of our Cadets is involved in some form of physical activity every day. Cadets at Army and Navy Academy have many activities to choose from. Interscholastic Athletics, Club Sports, Strength and Conditioning, specialized Physical Education Classes and PT (physical training) are offered throughout the year. Our goal is to provide the most fun, rewarding, and inclusive experience possible for all of our Cadets.

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Spanish Language
    • AP United States History
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Calculus BC
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP English Language and Composition
    • AP European History

    Sex and Health Education
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Army and Navy Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What Army and Navy Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Army and Navy Academy says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Army and Navy Academy says: With a focus on single gender education, the Academy offers a learning environment ideally suited for boys, focused on engagement, motivation, and goal-setting. Upon application, the average GPA for domestic students is 2.6 and 3.4 for internationals. Upon graduating, however, the majority are accepted into prestigious colleges and universities, with 88% of the Class of 2016 heading off to four year colleges and universities.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Emotional

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

    What Army and Navy Academy says: Our mission is to educator, mentor, and develop good leadership and character in young men.

    Special Needs Support Moderate


    Army and Navy Academy provides special accomodations for certain learning disabilities (moderate to severe). They do not provide specialized support for developmental disabilities, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • What Army and Navy Academy says: The Academy is very adept at addressing ADD, ADHD, and mild dyslexia. We offer a special Learning Strategies Class for students who previously had an IEP or 504 plan. This class is taken daily as part of the curriculum and provides additional support, and in some cases, accommodations (e.g. testing, classroom seating).

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • Summary: - After School Tutorial - Eve Office Hours with Faculty - Mandatory Study Time - Supervised Study Hall (if required) - Learning Strategies Class (if required)

    • What Army and Navy Academy says: The Academy is very adept at addressing ADD, ADHD, and mild dyslexia. We offer a special Learning Strategies Class for students who previously had an IEP or 504 plan. This class is taken daily as part of the curriculum and provides additional support, and in some cases, accommodations (e.g. testing, classroom seating).

    Gifted Learner Support High


    Army and Navy Academy offers a high degree of support for gifted learners.

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What Army and Navy Academy says: Advanced Placement and Honors Courses are offered.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

    Non-lunch recessFrequency
    Lunch recessAmount

    What Army and Navy Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    What Army and Navy Academy says:
    • We are very pleased to announce that Army and Navy Academy Cadets' Astronomy research has been published in the Journal of Double Star Observations. See them on the cover and on pages 45 and 51! http://www.jdso.org/
    • Army and Navy Academy Cadets in the Elements of Flight Club have finished phase one of training and are ready to begin FAA-certified Ground School - the next step toward acquiring their private pilots licenses.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Astronomy Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    DayUS $22,000
    Boarding US $37,500
    What Army and Navy Academy says: Deciding to attend a private boarding or day school is one that requires much thought, as it is truly an investment in your son’s future. Whether you are thinking about improving his academics, exploring ways to improve college options, or even discussing your son’s future career plans, it is important to know what makes a private school education such a sound investment.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Early paymentBoarding $1,000
    Early paymentDay$500
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 7 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid20%
    Average aid package size$7,500
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid20%
    Total aid available$750,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with NAIS/SSS. for processing financial applications
    Completion of the NAIS/SSS online application Tax documentation with all schedules Applicant must be accepted to Army and Navy Academy prior to applying for financial aid

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Average class size5 to 19
    Grades (gender)7 to 12 (Boys)
    Boarding offered Gr. 7 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)N/A

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview7 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)7 - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Boarding students:

    What Army and Navy Academy says:

    The Academy accepts applications on a space-available basis, in the order in which they are received and based upon the following Admission criteria:

    • Student Interest and Commitment to Attend the Academy
    • Attendance and Discipline Records
    • Grade Point Average
    • Test Scores
    • Student Survey and Writing Sample


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Army and Navy Academy is looking for: Confident, independent, and resilient are just some of the words that describe the Army and Navy Academy Cadet. Does this sound like you? The Academy is searching for students who are motivated to learn, lead, and grow through our unique curriculum which features a JROTC leadership course.

    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    8 - 15 (95%)15 - 20 (80%)20 - 30 (75%)20 - 30 (70%)20 - 25 (60%)3 - 6 (50%)
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    8 - 15 (95%)15 - 20 (80%)20 - 30 (75%)20 - 30 (70%)20 - 25 (60%)3 - 6 (50%)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size75
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    General William  Crouch 1959 Commanding General, Eighth United States Army/Chief of Staff; United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command and United States Forces, Korea; Commander, Allied Land Forces Central Europe (LANDCENT); Vice Chief of Staff, Army.

    Stories & Testimonials


    Mentorship and Ambassador Programs

    The Academy is launching three new programs to create Alumni connections and strengthen the Army-Navy Community.

    Thanks in advance for “paying it forward” by telling others your story, supporting a current Cadet as he applies to college, or showing him the ropes at your workplace.

    College Mentor

    Cadets at the Academy are working to determine their future paths, figuring out who they are and where they’re headed. Often, the college experience is an important part of this development.

    As a college mentor, you’ll speak with and meet Cadets who are interested in your alma mater, giving them advice and helping them forge their path ahead.

    Career Mentor

    The Career Mentor will help current Cadets and Academy Alumni learn about your industry or place of work. Our goal is to create a professional network, connecting Alumni to career opportunities and helping Cadets determine their areas of interest.

    If your company allows it, Cadets could shadow you on the job for a day or even have summer internships there.

    Academy Ambassador

    Academy Ambassadors will spread the word about the Academy experience to prospective families and contacts. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to connect with prospects and use their own personal networks to motivate others to explore Army Navy.




    In the News


    September 7, 2016 - Students can thrive in single-gender education

    The sciences that study how children learn are focusing on the single-gender component of a childs educational experience. ...

    February 19, 2016 - Improving student achievement with leadership training, By Art Bartell

    JROTC students typically have higher grade point averages and graduation rates than their non-JROTC counterparts. ...


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