Private high schools that focus on military-style discipline typically offer traditional college-prep courses with lower teacher/student ratios than are usually found in public schools. Military high schools also offer financial-aid and scholarship opportunities for students. According to Military, more than 40 percent of military school students are attending on full scholarships.


There are a wide variety of military school scholarships offered throughout the United States. While the programs vary from school to school, military-school scholarships and grants usually cover tuition and room and board for the full four years of the student's high school education. Other fees that are typically covered with a full scholarship include uniforms, books, computer fees, laundry, haircuts and instructional materials.


Although military schools might be perceived as alternative programs for troubled youth, "struggling teens are not viable candidates for military boarding school," says Military School Options. These schools have a selective interview process to identify students who have excellent grades, display strong leadership qualities and have the ability to follow directions.


Military school students benefit from organized and structured time for study. Since teachers are also living on campus, they are often more readily available to students than in a public high school setting. Military schools also provide fitness instruction along with military training. Classes, meal times, exercise periods, and study times are usually at the same time daily. The structure leaves very little idle time for students.

Types of Military Schools

While most military schools are same-sex, there are also some coed military school programs. In a coed school, however, boys are girls are usually segregated, although they may attend some of the same classes. Contact between the sexes is usually very limited. Some military schools also specialize in medical training and offer accredited medical training for those interested in serving as medics in the armed services.

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