Christian Boarding Schools

Christian boarding schools provide a Christian-based education. Christian military academies can provide your daughter with the benefits of a boarding school environment and military school discipline, using a Christian boarding school approach.

The Christian Military Academies

There are three military academies, that are explicitly Christian, two Episcopalian and one United Methodist, and another that aims to foster the spiritual life broadly and provides support for Christian students who may be Episcopalian, Roman Catholic, or Eastern Orthodox. All four of these military academies are coeducational institutions.

Culver Academies, founded in 1894, has a boys and a girls academy for grades 9 through 12. It is located in Culver, Indiana and has about 790 students. Though not affiliated with a particular faith, Culver has a non-denominational Spiritual Life Program and offers a variety of worship opportunities including Jewish and Muslim prayer, Protestant worship, Catholic Mass, Eastern Orthodox services, and chapel staff guidance. Christian confirmation classes are offered for Episcopal and Roman Catholic students, Bible study is available to all, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is available to all students. The school has about 90% boarding students, a great option for a Christian boarding school, and 22% international students. It offers ESL courses, but does not provide support for students with ADD/ADHD. Looking at the announcements, one finds opportunities for after hours chapel, and a special Mass on December 8, for example, for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

The Howe School, founded in 1884, is a coeducational military style college preparatory school for about 150 students in grades 5 through 12 divided into an upper school and a lower school and is located in Howe, Indiana. It offers ESL courses, but does not provide support for students with ADD/ADHD, and ninety-seven percent of Howe students board. Howe welcomes students of all faiths but has a “close relationship” with the Episcopal Church. One can see special Christian traditions honored in the Upcoming Events listing, which features a Christmas Lessons and Carols celebration and a Boar’s Head dinner. Not limited as a Christian boarding school only, this is another great option when looking for Christian boarding schools.

Randolph-Macon Academy, founded in 1892, combines a coeducational military education, both day and boarding school, for students in grades 6 through 12 (divided into an upper and middle school), along with a post-graduate year, with a long-established relationship with the United Methodist Church. With about 75% boarding students out of 365, Randolph-Macon does not supply support for students with ADD/ADHD, but does offer ESL classes. Randolph-Macon is the oldest coeducational boarding school in the United States to have Air Force Junior ROTC. When looking for Christian boarding schools, this may be a top consideration.

TMI, The Episcopal School of Texas, founded in 1893, is a coeducational school that offers day classes to students in grades 6 through 12 and boarding for grades 8 through 12. In contrast to the other Christian military academies that accept girls, only 12% of its 400 or so students board. It does not offer support for students with ADD/ADHD or ESL classes. It combines a military college preparatory curriculum with a faith-based Episcopalian worldview.


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