Testimonials and Referrals
“It amazes me that this whole thing started with a casual conversation Eric had with Carol Ann. You see, he had started ninth grade at our local public high school and suddenly found himself in classes with 40 other students. The teachers seemed unresponsive to his needs and he felt like he was being herded through a system that didn’t have resources, time, or frankly the desire to pay attention to him….Eric found Army and Navy Academy online a couple of weeks later…I can’t tell you how proud of him we are. He loves the school and I believe he truly understands he is learning far more valuable lessons at ANA than just the school work.”
-John Tucker, Parent
Dear Army and Navy Academy Families:
From time to time, I get questions from current and prospective Cadets’ parents about why our son, Hunter, is a Cadet at the Army and Navy Academy. There are many reasons and so I’m taking this opportunity to share some of them with those of you I might not be able to respond to in person.
I grew up in Carlsbad and knew about the Academy through the friends I had who attended here. Later, as a pre-school teacher I saw how boys need different approaches to learning than girls. And so, when my husband, Richard, and I learned that the Academy “teaches to a boy’s brain” by creating hands-on learning environments to respond to their physical, social and intellectual needs, we were sold.
Richard is a Marine Military Police veteran who likes the Academy’s military structure that instills discipline and hierarchy as well as leadership and character development. I especially like the Academy’s small classes and the teachers’ close attention to their students. Hunter liked those and many other things about the Academy as well and so we enrolled him three years ago at the beginning of his eighth-grade year. He was always an excellent student and athlete, but he’s excelled even more in those areas since becoming an Academy Cadet.
However, there’s more to Hunter’s Academy education than academics and athletics. Even though we live a short drive from the Academy, Hunter lives on campus in order to take advantage of the Academy’s 24/7 boarding school experience. I’m told that many college freshmen in the U.S. fail in their first year because they are not prepared to live away from home. Hunter and his fellow Academy Cadets are gaining experience living away from home well before they graduate from high school. Another important factor in Hunter’s education and personal development is the number of fellow Cadets from around the world with whom he is forming life-long relationships, including his best friend who is from Nigeria.
The other question I hear occasionally is about the safety of cadets on the Academy campus, given the increasing violence, sexual misconduct, and bullying taking place at schools and other public venues around the world. Richard is a Board-Certified Security Professional with a major international corporation and knows very well the safety and security measures and training in place at the Academy. I can assure you that Hunter would not be here if we had even the slightest doubt about his physical and emotional safety.
Hopefully, I’ve answered some of your questions by explaining some of the reasons our son is an Academy Cadet (entering his 4th year). If you have more, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760.802.1911.
Kelley Edmond, President, Army and Navy Academy Parents Association
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