Along with letters of recommendation from the potential cadet's previous schooling many military schools will ask for more. Most of the schools will require the potential cadet to be drug free and may even require a drug test upon admission. A physical will usually accompany a student looking for a military school placement. The student must also be in relatively good shape and able to keep up with other cadets during physical training exercises. During the admission many military schools will also be evaluating the potential cadet's attitude. It is important that the student have a good attitude and a strong desire to be there. One military school we spoke to said they would work with a boy that is somewhat resistant and even allow him to make a mistake but if he repeated the same mistake twice he would be asked to leave. This is an open door for a boy that is looking for a way out and will do what ever it takes to get kicked out of a military school.
Academics are the main focus in a traditional military school. More is expected of a student in a military school. They are given a heavy work load and the courses are more college prep than a basic education they would receive in a public school district. Many of the military schools we spoke to require the student to bring letters of recommendation from their schools at home when they came for their admission interview. The interview is another factor that limits this type of placement and makes it difficult to get a defiant student admitted. If you have a troubled teen that refuses to go to any type of school you will have a difficult time getting passed the preliminary interview that is part of a military school admission.
Military schools range in price depending on what they have to offer. Military schools begin around $1,200 per month and increase from there. This price is less than the price for defiant teen help. The students are given more freedom to do what they want and are not watched as closely as they are in a boot camp or boarding school for a defiant child. This allows them to hold the price down. The cadets have free time, are able to go into local towns, and go home on weekends and holidays.
We work with several boot camps and schools that are very similar to a military school. The drill instructors are former military and understand the type of structure and discipline you are looking for. These schools are not affiliated with the United States Military in any way but the parents who have sent their children there will tell you that it has accomplished what they were looking for.
Tipton Academy is an all boy's boarding school located in Tipton Kansas.
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