Military School Values

Military school values are often reflected in their mission statements. This article reviews both public military prep schools and private military school values. Keep reading for more information on military school values, visions, and mission statements.

While military schools are generally dedicated to training leaders in a demanding academic setting where military-style organization is used, the military school values are shaped by distinctive factors in each school’s makeup, including its founder’s vision, its relationship to the US Armed Forces, and its particular philosophy. Military school values - at least as ideals - are best captured in their self-definition, often recorded in their vision and mission statement. Here are the mission and/or vision statements of a number of military schools, in order to help gain a sense of both particular and general concepts of military school values. The statements will be separated into those from public military prep schools and those from private military academies, in order to reveal any distinctions.

Public Military School Values

  • Bataan Military Academy - Albuquerque, NM

“The mission of the Bataan Military Academy™ is to provide a world-class public high school education for students of various abilities and backgrounds and to create a partnership among parents, teachers, students, military-related organizations, military services, and community members that maximizes student potential.”

  • Marine Math & Science Academy - Chicago, IL

“Every cadet will graduate from Marine Military Academy prepared for post-secondary education or a career in the diverse work force. MMA will provide a military structure based on discipline that fosters positive behavior attitudes, builds self-esteem, instills a sense of responsibility, creates accountability, and hones the understanding of citizenship.” These are all part of the military school values.

  • Philadelphia Military Academy - Philadelphia, PA

“Our Vision is to become a renowned educational institution where young women and men are challenged and nurtured through rigorous college preparatory and JROTC Leadership, Education and Training designed to assure that each cadet's learning, progression, and achievement results in exceptional post-secondary qualifications. The Philadelphia Military Academy is committed to promoting academic excellence through sound educational principles and practices conjoined with leadership education training and character building.”

Private Military School Values

  • Benedictine Military School - Savannah, GA

“Benedictine Military School is a Catholic, Benedictine college preparatory school which forms and educates young men from diverse backgrounds, supports a deeper commitment to their faith, prepares them for life through a quality academic program, and instills leadership skills through a JROTC program, athletics, extra-curricular activities, and community service.  Through instruction and discipline we seek to form men of virtue and integrity who are prepared for life-long learning and service to their faith and civic communities.”

  • New York Military Academy - Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

“The mission of New York Military Academy is to develop our cadets in mind, body and character to prepare them for further education and to be effective leaders and responsible citizens. Inherent in this mission are the four pillars of success:

ACADEMICS: Developing A Desire For Knowledge

ATHLETICS:  Instilling A Lifelong Appreciation For Wellness

CHARACTER:  Doing The Right Thing

LEADERSHIP:  Real Life Leadership Lab”

  • Randolph-Macon Academy - Front Royal, VA

“Randolph-Macon Academy is a nationally recognized school of excellence.  R-MA exceeds the expectations of its students and communities through a superior college preparatory program, a culture of academic excellence and strong values.  The Academy empowers every individual in its diverse community with the qualities of leadership, individual responsibility and respect for others. Randolph-Macon Academy is dedicated to educating young people to succeed in top colleges and universities and in life.  The Academy provides an advanced curriculum, a superior faculty and staff, and a disciplined structure in a religious and secure environment.  Students learn to live together harmoniously in a supportive and diverse community by developing moral character, citizenship and a passion for excellence and life-long learning.”

  • Riverside Military Academy - Gainesville, GA

“For more than 100 years, Riverside Military Academy (RMA) has produced young men of purpose, character, and a commitment to those ideals necessary for citizenship and leadership in a free republic.  At RMA, we offer a traditional, American-style education where personal values, honor, and love of country still matter. RMA is not owned or operated by any particular religious denomination, but supports the spiritual and educational goals of all families. In that regard, the Pledge of Allegiance, the blessing at mealtime, and cultural respect and appreciation for those of different race, gender, and religion are not only expected, but mandatory.

The military process at RMA is not an end in itself; it is simply the means to an end. The end being an educated young man who has experienced the challenges of the military model of education and who is completely prepared for the rigors of college, a cadet who is poised, polite, and confident in any social environment.  Hence, RMA cadets stand tall, offer a firm handshake, respect authority, and display a level of confidence that parents may not have observed previously.”

  • Texas Military Institute, TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas - San Antonio, TX

“The mission of TMI is to provide an excellent educational community, with values based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, challenging motivated students to develop their full potential in service and leadership. The entire TMI program, academic and otherwise, is designed to create an environment based on the following core values in which motivated youth can grow into ladies and gentlemen who are truly servant leaders.”

Overall, one can see an emphasis on building character, of an emphasis not just on mastering a set of assigned subject-area material, but on preparing for one’s future life, including, but not limited to career. Often mentioned are partnerships, connections, and bonds that are undertaken by self-possessed and accomplished young people.


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