If you are thinking of sending your son or daughter to a military school there are some things you should know and consider before you take this step. Know that military schools have different programs and rules, although they are similar, and choose which one is the most suitable for your child. Most of all, make sure that military school in general is the right choice for your child.
If you and/or your child think that a military career is right for him or her, know that participation in a military school education is beneficial, but not necessary. A potential military cadet can still go to a regular high school and chose a military career later. Still, military school is a good place to give your child some insight into a military life.
Some military schools take only single gender students, and some are mixed. While most of them are boarding, there are some daily or both daily and boarding. Beside the regular, obligatory program, military schools also provide extra activities and classes, which may be one of reasons when you choose a particular military school.
Military schools are not just prep schools for higher military education. Any student can benefit from them, both academically and physically. Parents also realize gains after their child’s graduation, as military schools successfully teach cadets discipline and other important values. Leadership, self-confidence, team work, and accomplishment are just a few of them.
Military schools are not free, and the best schools are not financially feasible for everyone. Before your child enrolls, consider your budget to make sure that you can afford it. You can try to get financial assistance – there are scholarships and financial aid for these types of schools. Don’t let expenses put you off and change your mind about military school, though. There is always a way to get your child a quality military education.
When you think of downsides of sending your child to a military boarding school, like the expense of it or the fact that you won’t be able to see your child whenever you want, you should think of all the benefits, too. Weigh pros and cons carefully before you make a decision.
One more important thing to know is that military schools are no longer considered to be schools for troubled teens. If your teen is troubled, probably some of the alternatives would be a better solution. Today, the best military schools only accept the best students, and those without a history of negative behavior.
It is also important to know that if your child has some learning or other mental problem or disability, he or she will not do well in a military school. They are very serious and demanding when it comes to academic knowledge, and academics do not take a back seat to military training and discipline.