13 Best Public Military Schools in America



13 Best Public Military Schools in America
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It can be difficult to choose the option of military school. In the end, however, parents and students often find that it is the best decision they could have made. Military education is so much more than drills and marching. Students who have experienced military education often go on to be successful, independent thinkers, leaders and excellent strategists.

Military schools place much emphasis on structure, discipline, morals and exemplary personal character. This combination of structure, when combined with excellent academics, produces adults who are capable of being great leaders. Their education has stressed things like honor, responsibility, discipline, teamwork, integrity and good moral character.

The following 13 institutions are the best public military schools in America:

13. Francis Marion Military Academy, Ocala, Florida

Francis Marion Military Academy is located in Ocala, Florida. It is a public charter school, tuition is free but students must apply and gain acceptance there. Founded in 2008, it is named after General Marion and follows the Marion county public school requirements. With an average of 170 students, this school educates grades 9th through 12th.

In order to enroll in Francis Marion Military Academy, the guardian must fill out the application packet. Proper documentation is required, including a recent physical by the state. The student must attend a fledging camp and pass a drug test. All uniforms need to be purchased or received prior to the start of the school year.

As Francis Marion Military Academy is a public school, there is no tuition costs or need to purchase textbooks. Students will also be issued military uniforms and are required to personally maintain them. Families must purchase the PT uniform and casual uniforms.

This military prep school has four different uniforms that students are required to wear and maintain properly. Mondays and Tuesdays the students wear the casual uniform which consists of the school’s black polo shirt and khaki pants.

Students can wear their personal tennis shoes with this uniform. On Wednesdays students wear their ACU uniform with boots, Thursdays their Class A or B uniforms with black dress shoes and on Fridays students wear their PT uniform with tennis shoes.

Students who attend this military prep school must take classes required by the state of Florida. Honor classes and AP classes are available for students who need a more challenging academic route.

Students who are in good academic standing can take dual enrollment with the College of Central Florida, allowing them to earn college credit while in high school. In addition to the normal curriculum, students take leadership classes.

All students are required to be a part of JROTC and wear uniforms daily. A “C” average is required of all students who attend this school. If a student falls below this average they will be assigned a mentor to help raise grades.

Boy’s hair can not be longer than the collar, ladies must tie up their hair if it is past their collar. Both cannot dye their hair with unnatural colors. All uniforms are inspected daily and if the student doesn’t meet the uniform standards, they will be sent home.

As Francis Marion Military Academy is a public school, there is no tuition costs or need to purchase textbooks. Students will also be issued military uniforms and are required to personally maintain them. Families must purchase the PT uniform and casual uniforms.

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