Frequently Asked Questions

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Prospective Cadets

Q. Can students be kept if they don’t want to stay?

A. Yes. With parental or guardian permission, a child may be kept until they are 18 years old.

Q. Are there age limits?

A. Military schools for teens specifically work with teenagers, ages 13 to 18.

Q. Can the teen be expelled?

A. Yes. A cadet may be expelled due to continual endangerment to themselves or others, and sometimes in other extreme cases.

Q. What if my teen is extremely aggressive / depressed / suicidal?

A. All prospective cadets are individually screened before acceptance. Your child may still qualify.

Q. What if my teen has a criminal record?

A. Cadets with misdemeanors and some felonies are usually still eligible for acceptance.

Q. What if my child is pregnant?

A. Because of the strenuous physical demands of military training, pregnant girls are not usually accepted.

Q. Can my teen stay after 18 if they are willing?

A. Yes, military programs can be extended and adapted for cadets who wish to continue.


Q. What responsibilities do parents have?

A. Parents remain the ultimate authority on their cadet. Wherever parents should be active participants in each cadet’s education and progress. Regular communication and support from parents is important to the success of all cadets. Each military school or program will handle communication between parents and cadet differently.

Q. What kind of custody stipulations are there?

A. Custody policies vary between schools. Most programs are willing to be flexible and accommodate your unique situation.

Q. Is financial aid available?

A. Yes, most military schools are willing to accept financial aid. Many work specifically with educational loan providers or agencies.

Program Details

Q. What is the average length of stay?

A. Military programs vary in length, from short summer boot camps to longer academic programs. Most programs for teens last approximately one year.

Q. Are military schools usually co-educational?

A. This varies with the type of military school, but most military schools today do accept male and female cadets.

Q. In coed programs, what kind of contact exists between boys and girls – if any?

A. All contact between genders is strictly supervised.

Q. Are teens allowed to go home for a visit?

A. Again, each school will have their own visitation policies. Often visits are used as rewards for good behavior.

Q. What are the sleeping facilities like?

A. Cadets stay in large military-barrack rooms with several other cadets.

Q. Will I get to talk to my teen?

A. Each school maintains a different policy on communication between parents and cadets. Phone calls are often used as a reward.

Q. Will I be informed of what is going on with my child?

A. Yes. Military schools are not secretive about the methods they use and the progress each cadet makes.

Q. What kind of discipline is used?

A. Depending on the program, discipline may take the form of lost privileges, time outs, and physical fitness activities.

Q. What if a student tries to runaway?

A. In case of a runaway cadet, parents and local police will be contacted, and a thorough search for the runaway will be conducted. Parents are expected to assist search parties as fully as possible.

Q. What is security like?

A. Cadets are supervised 24-hours a day by staff and video surveillance equipment.

Q. Is therapy available?

A. Yes, upon request and usually at additional cost.


Q. Are the high school courses accredited?

A. Yes.

Q. Can student take SAT, ACT test etc?

A. Yes, arrangements for academic testing are made as necessary.

Q. Are college courses offered to high school graduates?

A. Usually college courses are available upon request to those cadets who are ready for them.