To begin, we’d like to give you a little information about military schools, and why they offer such a unique experience. Military schools first began in the United States back in the 18thcentury. At that time, they were designed to prepare students for military service.
Since then, they’ve expanded to become much more.
A military school education is focused on:
- Development of leadership skills
- Promotion of good citizenship
- Development of values and good character
- Personal growth in a structured environment
- Academic enrichment
Graduates of military schools are extremely prepared for wherever the future may take them. While some graduates go directly into military service, the vast majority go to college. In fact, in order to be an official member of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools in the United States (AMCSUS), a military high school must be considered a “college preparatory” school.
So, how are these brought to life at ANA?
First, leadership is emphasized in everything we do. Starting in grade 9, Cadets are required to take Leadership Education & Training as one of their classes. In this class, they learn leadership theory, foundations for success, citizenship, and environmental awareness subject matter.
Next, good citizenship is emphasized through service learning projects and interactions with the community. From our annual Veterans Day Observance sponsored along with the Rotary Club of Carlsbad to our “Cadets for Vets” project to benefit Southern California’s homeless veterans, our Cadets are active and engaged with their community – a key to good citizenship.
Character and values are apparent in all aspects of life at ANA. They’re highlighted in our regular character development seminars that cover our Core Values:
It would be almost impossible to find an Alumnus of Army and Navy Academy who doesn’t credit us with his personal growth. The structured environment that a military school provides is essential in helping boys learn skills like responsibility, self-discipline, and motivation.
Of course, we wouldn’t be a school if academics weren’t a major focus. Our 10:1 classroom ratio and teaching methods designed to fit the ways that boys learn best give our students the personalized attention that really helps them succeed.
There aren’t too many military schools left in the United States, so it’s important that we maintain our rich history and traditions. Our school’s military tradition is one of the most significant aspects of the Warrior Experience.
Keep reading our blog to stay up-to-date on everything else that makes our school such a special place.