Everyday Life In Military Schools
Lazy students are few and far between in a military school. There is no time for the idle. If you want your teen to do well academically, to be free from the temptations of gangs, drugs and promiscuous behavior, sending them to a military school could be the perfect move.
Weekends are not so well organized but weekdays are timetabled to the max. In fact students can find themselves in class from as early as 7.30am and not finish classes until 4.30pm. The goal of a military school is make sure the students do very well in their academic studies. With such a structured lesson plan and supervised private study, it is no wonder why military schools are seen as ideal preparation for college entry.
Some military schools take troubled teens and some do not. The freedom enjoyed on weekends in military schools for untroubled teens is not seen in military schools which take troubled teens. In a military school for troubled teens there are parades and inspections on a daily basis and sometimes several times a day. Weekend activities are restricted and supervised.
For untroubled teens weekends can mean going into town to see a movie or go bowling or to church. It can mean taking part in organized outdoor activities like kayaking, sailing, hiking or climbing. But these freedoms have to be earned and are removed as punishment for certain offences. If school assignments are rated poorly, privileges are removed. Physical punishments such as push-ups, doing manual labor and running laps are imposed if students fall behind in their school work.
Military schools operate like regular high schools in a number of ways. There are bans on drugs, weapons and alcohol and restrictions on make-up and hair size and shape. Therapy is not a part of a military school and there are other schools which provide this type of treatment.
With the strict timetable, early rising, uniforms and responsibility for cleaning and caring for your quarters, military schools impose a form of discipline not found in regular high schools. Parents wanting their teen, male or female, to undergo a rigorous but fair education with an emphasis on the academic and sporting sides of life, will find the routines and goals of military schools much to their liking.
But the teen must have the desire to attend such a school. In fact many military schools will not take an unwilling student. The schools have a reputation for high academic standards and the development of young people as leaders and want all their students to do well once they graduate. High quality living conditions are matched by the high quality of education and facilities.
Parents need to understand that military schools focus on the outer person and are not concerned with the inner health. If your teen is healthy and happy and prepared to work hard, they are likely to receive an excellent all-round education in a military school and be well placed to find a place in the college of their choice.