If you live on the West Coast or are looking to move there and are interested in military schools, then California is the place to be. Oregon and Washington State offer a few military boot camps for teens but offer no real military schools. However, California has several reputable military schools or kindergarten through college age students which you will find details about below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition 2017-2018*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|St. Catherine's Academy||Private||Anaheim, CA||Day program: $10,975 (K-1st), $14,260 (2nd-8th)||Partial financial aid available, discount given for siblings|
|Army and Navy Academy||Private||Carlsbad, CA||Day program: $22,650||Sibling, parent alumni, or parent active-military 10% discount|
|North Valley Military Institute||Public||Sun Valley, CA||N/A||Free public school with a military framework|
|Oakland Military Institute||Public||Oakland, CA||N/A||Free public school with a military framework|
|California State University Maritime Academy||Public||Vallejo, CA||$7,056**||Cal Grant and additional scholarships|
Sources: *School Websites, **National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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When choosing a military school there are lots of things to consider such as tuition, location, academics, extracurricular offerings, and school philosophy. Each of the schools we will be covering in the space below have different offerings and ideals. We will dive into each school in more detail and highlight each school's unique attributes.
St. Catherine's Academy
Located in Anaheim California, this school offers a military education with a Roman Catholic influence geared toward younger students. According to the school website, St. Catherine's Academy had 158 students during the 2017-2018 school year. St. Catherine's serves grades K-8 and is a boys-only school. This school boasts small classes for individualized attention. All students learn Spanish as part of their enrichment classes, and students in grades 3-8 are assigned their own Chromebook. St. Catherine's also offers boarding and summer programs.
Army and Navy Academy
The Army and Navy Academy is located in Carlsbad, CA and is a private all-boys military school. According to the NCES, the Army and Navy Academy served 264 students in grades 7-12 during the 2015-2016 year. The Army and Navy Academy prides itself not only on academics, but athletics as well, offering fall, winter, and spring sports. This school offers a Junior Reserves Officers Training Corps program and academics based on college preparation. Boarding options are available as well.
North Valley Military Institute
North Valley Military Institute is a free, public charter school, accepting both males and females. The NCES reports that for the 2015-2016 academic year, North Valley Military Institute instructed 495 students in grades 6-12. Academics are geared toward college preparation and each student is a member of the Corps of Cadets. North Valley has an entrance camp which all students must participate in that helps prepare them for military life and culture. This school puts a large emphasis on athletics and the students participate in Cadet Olympics at the end of each school year.
Oakland Military Institute
Located in Oakland, CA, this public charter military school is open to both males and females. Oakland Military Institute served 616 students in grades 6-12 according to the 2015-2016 statistics from the National Center For Education Statistics. Oakland Military Institute provides a summer camp for all incoming students in which they can experience the culture and expectations of a military school. The high school's soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball home games take place on a 67-acre military base known as the Coast Guard Island. This school is part of the California Cadets Corps.
California State University Maritime Academy
The California State University Maritime Academy is a branch of California State University with 1,107 students (2016-2017 school year) and offers both bachelor's and master's degree programs with a military emphasis. According to the school website, all students at California State University Maritime Academy are members of the Corps of Cadets and go through the Edwards Leadership Development Program. International travel and study is a requirement for all students to advance their global perspective and is determined by the student's area of study. Degree offerings include bachelor's programs in business administration, international business, marine transportation, mechanical engineering and more as well as master's programs in transportation and engineering.