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Our Vision At Missouri Military Academy, we believe every boy can learn to take command of his life through personal accountability, perseverance and self-discipline. Since 1889, thousands of parents have looked to MMA to give their sons what they’ve needed physically, emotionally and academically so they can grow, compete and thrive. At MMA, we give our boys structure, teach them responsibility and show them love. These are the fundamental ingredients in shaping a young man, and they’re how we’ll help your son take command of his life so he can find it within himself to grow stronger, achieve more academically and become a leader.

Missouri Military Academy provides 360˚ Education, a program of study that fosters academic excellence, healthy physical development, leadership skills, good character and personal motivation through development of mind, body and spirit. Our school day incorporates physics, arts, private music lessons and business courses. Students study alongside other boys from around the world, with learning experiences that extend beyond the boundaries of their classroom. 360˚ Education is an ever-innovative program that develops young men with well-rounded qualities into leaders among their peers in college and beyond. l

“This school has changed my son’s life and the trajectory of his future! It has been the best thing I have done for him.” ­ —MMA mom Donita Short Learn. Lead. Triumph.


Build Character Self-discipline becomes habit at MMA, and habit becomes virtue. Through a respected commitment to daily tasks and routines, cadets gain a greater sense of responsibility and self-motivation. They make their beds each morning, shine their shoes and lay out their uniforms at the end of each day and report on time to all mandatory activities. This structure not only fosters exceptional time management skills and a lifelong attention to detail, but it also encourages cadets to take pride in their appearance, actions and intentions. As our boys transform into citizens of character, their opportunities flourish. Along with responsibility, the MMA lifestyle cultivates a call to community service and global exploration. Cadets fulfill their service-learning requirement by assisting local organizations or working with our weekly “Lunch Buddy” program, which pairs top cadets with local elementary school children who benefit from positive mentoring.

Global Perspective Educational tours take our students to exciting destinations, such as Peru, France, Britain, China and New Zealand. Annually, select students have the opportunity to study abroad through a special fellowship program with the Duke of York’s Royal Military School in England. A global community, 38 percent of MMA’s cadets hail from abroad, bringing diversity and global perspective to cadet life and academics at MMA. From more than 20 different states and from countries such as Portugal, Brazil, Mongolia, China, Mexico and more, boys and young men from around the world form tight bonds as they become MMA brothers. l

“I recommend MMA to anyone that wants to provide their son with an opportunity to build the confidence he needs to become a strong and powerful man in this world.” — MMA mom Julie Garner Learn. Lead. Triumph.


CHARACTER

Typical School Day at MMA 0600: Reveille (wake up and dress) 0705: Morning Formation 0730: Morning Mess 0805: Morning Classes 1130: Noon Mess 1215: Afternoon Classes 1600: Athletics 1830: Evening Mess 1915: Study Hall 2045: Quiet/Free Time 2200: Lights Out Extracurriculars, drill, and special events may also be on the schedule.

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Experience More Opportunities Cadets challenge their strength and resolve on the rappelling tower, rock climbing wall, obstacle courses and trails. They broaden their horizons by learning to roll their own sushi, fishing in Teardrop Lake, scuba diving or practicing their equestrian skills. Many of our boys become Eagle Scouts during their time at MMA. Extracurricular activities such as these are just the beginning of the MMA student experience.

Our scenic campus includes … • Olympic-sized swimming pool • field house with indoor track • marksmanship range • tennis courts • 4 athletic fields • stables • rappelling tower • rock climbing wall • obstacle courses and trails • 100+ acres of outdoor facilities • lake l

“My favorite things are we’re never bored and the school builds brothers, not just students — but also the paintball.” ­— MMA 7th grade cadet Learn. Lead. Triumph.


Find Your Courage Every day at Missouri Military Academy, cadets find the courage to face their fears — and gain the strength to overcome them. Each fall and spring, new recruits must pass a rigorous physical test called The Crucible. They also compete against the entire corps of cadets in the Cadet Challenge, a series of flexibility, strength and endurance tests designed to push each boy to what he thought was his physical limit — then prove him wrong as he surpasses it. From completing a water survival challenge using their jackets as flotation devices to racing two miles with 45-pound rucksacks to scaling walls on the nine-part obstacle course and more, our cadets rise to the challenges they face with courage and confidence. These physical challenges teach them that the impossible is possible and show them how capable, strong and brave they truly are. l

“We have known what potential he has and now he is seeing for himself. MMA has been the best decision for our son we have ever made.” ­ — MMA parents Bob and Jennifer Wever Learn. Lead. Triumph.


COUR AGE

This photo of the annual Crucible physical challenge was shot by student-journalist Justin Touchette, Class of 2016. The image won multiple awards, including third place out of nearly 1,200 images submitted to the 2015 Balfour Great Shot Photo Contest.

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Find Your Heart At Missouri Military Academy, music and fine arts are integral parts of our well-rounded student experience. Through group and individual band and choral lessons and performances, visual arts courses and once-in-a-lifetime extracurricular experiences, cadets develop skills that allow their creative confidence to soar while helping them experience and understand the world around them. Music and fine arts students share their talents both inside and outside of the MMA community, whether that’s through the annual Evensong and Festival of the Arts events, featuring students’

vocal, musical and artistic talents on the MMA campus, or nationalscale events, such as the MMA Fighting Colonels Band performance in Oahu, Hawaii, as part of the 75th anniversary of the attached on Pearl Harbor. Per MMA tradition, our fine arts and music programs are grounded in discipline while allowing ample space for talents to mature and community to develop. Through self-expression, our students find a place to grow, engage and belong. l

“I know I don’t tell you enough, but I am very grateful for the opportunity you have given me to be able to go to MMA.” — an 11th grade cadet to his mom Learn. Lead. Triumph.


Find Your Strength Athletics have been a vital part of the Missouri Military Academy experience since the first varsity teams took the field in 1892. Today, every cadet completes two hours of daily physical exercise, developing a lifelong appreciation for personal health and wellness. MMA’s Fighting Colonels athletics also foster good sportsmanship and humility among our young men. MMA student-athletes also learn the value of camaraderie and teamwork. Cadets develop valuable leadership skills by serving as team leaders or captains.

Together with their teammates, they train hard, overcome obstacles and strive for greatness. Both individually and as a team, student-athletes compete at the district and state level, with the opportunity to gain attention from recruiters and earn collegiate sports scholarships. l

High School Sports Football Soccer Basketball Wrestling Lacrosse Tennis Cross-country Golf JROTC Raiders Middle School Sports Soccer Basketball Wrestling

“I love that they start their day with physical training. Especially for boys, it’s so important to get that energy out before they have to sit still and concentrate on academics.”— ­ MMA mom Erin Schreyer Learn. Lead. Triumph.


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Find Your Edge With small class sizes and a low student-to-teacher ratio, we ensure students’ access to qualified educators who invest in your child’s education and character. Our faculty are a diverse group, and more than half possess advanced degrees. A few have previously served their country, and all bring a high-level of commitment to our cadets’ success and well-being — necessary to work in a boarding school environment. MMA teachers are coaches, club advisors and surrogate parents, accessible for guidance beyond the class day. They eat lunch with students, attend athletic games and take groups of cadets out to dinner. A weekly advisory session pairs students with a teacher who serves as a touchstone throughout middle and high school. Cadets also attend mandatory teacher-guided study halls each evening and can choose daily extra help sessions with instructors.

Relational Teaching MMA employs a Relational Teaching philosophy, highly regarded among educators as one of the most effective means of student outreach, especially with boys. Relational Teaching establishes a connection between student and teacher, usually based on something that inspires or interests the student, which then facilitates academic engagement. This is especially effective for students who are struggling in one or more areas because it allows the student to understand that the teacher sees beyond their struggle. The door is then opened to work through potential solutions and to guide the student to overcome his challenges. l

“My fear that I am a ‘bad parent’ by sending my son to boarding school has been replaced by relief that he is being all he can be.” —MMA mom Dr. Victoria Thompson Learn. Lead. Triumph.


Middle School: Be Confident Middle school cadets in grades 7 and 8 learn independence, organization, social skills and focus in order to prepare them for the rigors of high school. They are both cared for and challenged, learn boundaries and independence, and through it all they gain confidence to be themselves and the courage to be leaders among their peers. By learning, living and interacting with their classmates 24/7, cadets develop lifelong bonds with their MMA brothers. Their maturity and independence grow exponentially during these years, and they thrive with the support of a solid peer group sharing in their experience.

In the classroom, innovative, hands-on lessons engage young students, who are guided closely by faculty and their MMA “big brothers” in the high school. Movie screenings in the library, outdoor survival seminars and more round out the fun activities geared toward these younger students, while the Learning Resource Center and guided study halls keep students on track academically. l

“MMA is definitely building my son into the man I want him to be.” — MMA mom Desserria Dixon Learn. Lead. Triumph.


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High School: Be Prepared Missouri Military Academy is your son’s entry point to great colleges and universities. Our graduates have found wide-ranging success in academia, business, government and more, and many attribute that achievement to the confidence and self-discipline they gained at MMA. MMA consistently boasts 100 percent college acceptance each year, with graduating seniors collectively earning millions of dollars in scholarship. A full-time college placement office begins working with students early in their high school careers and guides them to their academic and personal strengths. ACT and SAT prep helps students maximize their performance. The Gap Year at MMA offers a postgraduate gap year for recent high school grads who want to obtain more maturity, refine their student skills and maximize their college acceptance opportunities following graduation. Curriculum is tailored to individual needs, whether that is retaking an upper-level high school course, competing required remedial college course credit or earning college credit. Since 2011, our graduating seniors have been accepted to more than 200 colleges and universities in more than seven countries and 40 states and have earned nominations to the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy and the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Through our unique College Triumph (early college) program, qualifying cadets can graduate high school from MMA with one year of college completed ­­— and be on track to earn a master’s degree within five years of high school graduation. Dual credits are earned through William Woods University (WWU), ranked as one of the top universities in the region. College classes are taught by WWU faculty on MMA’s campus. l

Qualifying cadets can graduate high school with one year of college completed. Learn. Lead. Triumph.


Missouri Military Academy

About MMA

A selective program and one of the top college prep military

Grades: 7-12 PG, all male

boarding schools in the United States, Missouri Military Academy

Year established: 1889

empowers young men in grades 7-12 to reach their potential as

Average class size: 14 cadets, with many classes having less than 10 students

future college graduates, citizens of character and leaders.

204 North Grand Street, Mexico, Missouri 65265 info@missourimilitaryacademy.org (573) 581-1776

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Program of studies: 4x4 block schedule requires cadets to take 4 courses each semester, enabling cadets to take 8 courses every school year Academic focus: A supervised mandatory study hall is held every evening, Sunday through Thursday, from 7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Extracurricular activities: Varsity, junior varsity and middle school athletics, plus Scouts, a nationally recognized rifle team, drill team, chess club, Raiders team, fishing club, bicycle club, horseback riding, photography, student government, and Future Business Leaders of America Campus size: 288 acres Location: Mexico, Missouri, a community of approximately 11,000 residents Travel: MMA is approximately 2 hours from the city of St. Louis, MO; 2.5 hours from Kansas City, MO; and 45 minutes from Columbia, MO, home of the University of Missouri. All three of these communities offer airports for easy access to the Missouri Military Academy campus. l

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