Some parents are looking for a military school to resolve their child's rebellious behavior at home or at their current school. Although military schools provide more structure, most military schools are using the additional structure as a college prep and leadership tool. Even today, there are still many misunderstandings about what type of structure and guidance military schools can provide.
The Admissions Team at Admiral Farragut Academy (Farragut) has compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding the discipline and the military component. Hopefully these can help you decide if military school is a good fit for your child.
- Are young students part of the military or boarding program?
No, at Farragut the Lower School (PreK-7th grade) environment is a small, caring, and local community of learners. Although Farragut becomes a day and boarding military school once students reach Upper School (8th-12th grade), the younger division functions similar to any other college-prep private school. Our leadership team believes it is best for the child and the family that the student be 13 years old before moving away from home. The student is then ready to be independent and able to take advantage of the college-prep benefits of boarding and the other many curricular and extracurricular offerings at Farragut.
- Is Farragut's military program a solution for my child's moderate to severe disciplinary or behaviorial issues?
No. While the Upper School's NJROTC program, also known as Naval Science, is mandatory and provides a moderate level of discipline and structure within the classroom and boarding life, it is not the right fit for a student who has prior issues and defenses. Students are expected and held accountable to conduct themselves in a courteous and respectful manner at all times.
- What is the military program like and what are the benefits?
The NJROTC program provides academic structure and the tools to become organized, accountable, self-disciplined, and respectful to self and others. Leadership positions are earned based on qualifications, performance, and seniority which helps develop teamwork skills and personal growth. Students attending military school have the opportunity to receive full-pay ROTC college scholarships and receive nominations and appointments to Naval (or other military) Academies.
- What is the boarding school like and what are the benefits?
Living in the dorms on a college-like boarding campus gives students the tools to become independent, responsible young adults. They learn to manage their time and live harmoniously with others. Students note that living with peers pushes them to work harder than they would in another setting. At a military school there is more structure for waking up and after school. Also rooms must be kept extremely tidy. A good example of how a traditional day is scheduled is located on the A Day in the Life page at Farragut.
- What type of student are private or military boarding schools looking for?
At Farragut and many other boarding schools, the Admissions Team looks for students with academic achievement and promise, as shown by a student’s transcripts, test scores, evaluations, teacher recommendations, and a personal interview. They pay close attention to personal qualities like motivation, character, and a variety of extracurricular interests. Most importantly, they look for students who recognize the school as an opportunity for academic and personal growth and who indicate an eagerness to fully engage in the community and culture.
We hope that these answers help you in your decision of whether a military boarding school is the right fit for your child.
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