Military Schools For Boys

Is the behavior of your child causing chaos in your family life?

Have you seen your child display any of the self-destructive behaviors listed below?

  • Drug Abuse
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Abrupt Change in Personality
  • Adoption Issues
  • Uncontrollable Anger
  • Manipulative
  • Skips School
  • Lying – Stealing
  • You can’t make me, attitude
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Legal Problems
  • Family Conflict
  • Cutting – Self-Harm
  • Substance Abuse
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Fighting – Violence
  • Can’t Keep Friends
  • Grades Have Fallen
  • School Suspensions
  • Gang Involvement
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Runs Away
  • Depression
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Sexually Active
  • Blatant Disregard of Rules
  • Hanging With the Wrong Crowd
  • Attempted or Threats of Suicide
  • Bullying
  • Smoking
  • I hate you, attitude
  • Poor Emotional Control
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Never at Fault
  • Eating Disorder (Anorexia, Bulimia)
  • Withdrawn From Family


It was a threat made by frustrated fathers at one time, “If you don’t shape up, we’re shipping you to military school!” The fact is though, military schools for boys have a proven track record of instilling discipline and work ethic – along with a sense of self-worth – in even the most unruly boys.

Far from cinematic depictions of deprivation and abuse, real military schools have a goal of teamwork and respect – for one’s self and for others.

Teens today struggle with problems unheard of in past generations: drugs, bullying in person and over the internet, split and blended families, and general societal neglect. In addition, they face bleak educational and job prospects and a burden of debt unlike any seen before. It’s easy for them to succumb to the pressures and break out. When this happens, a firm, caring hand is needed to put them back on the right path.

Choosing the right facility can be daunting, as America boasts many excellent military schools for boys. Valley Forge Military Academy and Junior College in Pennsylvania, West Point in New York, and Riverside Military Academy are just a few of the private options available. In addition, nearly every state has a public military school.

Asking the right questions from the outset can help you narrow your choices. If your child has serious behavioral problems, does the school offer therapists or work with a local clinic? Are kids on medication accepted, and what is the policy for safe handling of medications? Do they accept teens with criminal records?

Aggressive teens with criminal histories can be hard to place, but there are schools out there who specialize in their rehabilitation. A lot of the work is done via discipline and team-based activities; some involves working with professionals who provide talk- and drug-therapies to help stabilize behavior. These schools tend to be more institutional in nature, and have contracts that parents sign regarding length of stay, termination of stay, what the facility rules are and what penalties the child faces if these rules are broken.

Academic questions are important, too. Will the school accept boys with average or below-average grades, if that’s an issue? Do they offer an accredited pre-college program? What experience do the teachers and administrators have working with troubled boys?

If you are considering a military school for your son, call us. We can help you navigate your options and find the right program to put your teen back on the right track.