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Camden, SC
Students enrolled: 301
 

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520 Highway 1 N
Camden, SC 29020

(803) 432-6001
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August 22, 2014
This will be my son's second year at the school and the level of maturity and discipline that he has gained by attending Camden Military has been astounding. I would recommend the school to any parent that wants their son to develop character and discipline. My son has learned respect for authority and most importantly respect for himself. You may ask yourself if sending your son to a private school is worth the cost, I can assure you it is. The investment you are making in his future now, will pay off in countless ways in the future.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2014
This year will be my sons third at Camden Military Academy and I'm thrilled. He has excelled in his academics compared to public schools in our area where he would be drowning in the system. The confidence he has gained being in smaller classes and getting the one on one attention that he needs is immeasurable.To add to the academics is his want to play Lacrosse that has given him more social confidence on and off the field. My son is becoming a better man with Camden Military Academy. I am thankful everyday for the faculty and staff that help this process.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2014
This school is amazing! The small class size, coupled with caring, and supportive staff have allowed my son to achieve his goals, and beyond. My son lost his father, quite unexpectedly last year. The overwhelming support from the staff and faculty at Camden, provided my son with the strength and support to, not only move forward, but to complete the 11th grade with honors!! Camden Military Academy has truly become part of our family. I highly recommend this school, on all levels!

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2014
My son agreed to attend this school on his own last year after taking a summer class. He found the method of teaching done in a way he could understand. The teachers are compassionate and happy to be there to help the students succeed. My son will be a senior this year and has had a great experience both academically and socially. I thank God and the leaders of this school for allowing us to find them.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2014
I am very pleased with the overall improvement that my son has made during the 2013-2014 school year at Camden Military Academy. He started in the 8th grade at CMA and now he is going to the 11th grade. This will be his 4th year at CMA. His communication, social and academic improvements have impacted positively on his self-image and discipline. I can honestly say the education and attention that my son has received at Camden Military Academy cannot be matched at any other school. The teachers take time to make sure that the students are following along with their studies. I believe that he likes it because its focused attention and smaller class sizes.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
Camden has made all the difference i the world in my son life. Before Camden my son was headed down the wrong road. Since attending Camden his confident and focus on school has improved from D student to and B student. I am so thankfully for Camden and it's staff as well as the core principles.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
My son had failing grades of 50-65 while in a public school environment and his attitude on his future was undecided. After enrolling him with CMA his grade average improved to a 85-90 average and his outlook on a future had changed to a positive note.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2014
My younger brother, Jennings, enrolled in Camden Military in the Spring of his Sophomore year. He is now headed into his Senior year, and was recently promoted to the S1 Batallion Adjutant, with a bright future ahead. I have had the privilege of seeing Camden Military shape Jennings into a respectable young man. Jennings has grown in his faith, service and integrity while at Camden. His mentors and colleagues have been a wonderful support system from him, and have encouraged him to strive for excellence inside and outside of school. The structure and discipline that the military setting is able to provide has tremendously improved Jennings grades, confidence and time management skills. Thanks to Camden Military, Jennings and I will be touring college options for him after he graduates. It is so reassuring to know that he will be set up for success well beyond his adolescent years.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2014
If you are looking for a school for your child or teen, Camden is a great place for them. My grandson has been able to learn the importance of education, team work, social skills and most importantly to care about his goals and life in general. Each cadet may have a variance of issues to deal with to achieve success. The staff is armed to handle a variety of situations with your cadet. You will see a difference each time they are on furlough and a gradual change will occur. As parent and grandparents, we ultimately want a better life for them. Camden is a very good choice if you want to see results. My grandson will be graduating next year. Without Camden, he may not have been so successful. When their potential is realized by these cadets, most issues will slowly fade away. Camden is the best place for your child or teen. RLB

- submitted by a community member
May 20, 2014
The change in my son since enrolling at Camden Military Academy (CMA) in January of 2013 has been astonishing. Not only has he improved his grades and made the honor roll nearly every semester, he is much more responsible and his attitude is very positive. His self confidence has grown and I can honestly say it is because of the leadership opportunities he has been given at CMA. He will be company commander next year and he recognizes the hard work and determination required to achieve his goals. He is taking several college classes at CMA through the University of South Carolina and will graduate in May 2015 with a total of 24 college credits. Before he began attending CMA he had no goals but now he plans on attending the Citadel and joining the Marine Corps. I am so glad we selected CMA.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2014
My son, Lance, just completed the 11th grade at Camden. When he arrived 2 summers ago, he was a failing student with no sense of direction for his life. He now is a mostly A/B student with a sense of duty and purpose. I thank God we found Camden. He is well on the way to becoming the man he is supposed to be.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2014
Our son Jack was not performing up to his potential is sophomore year at our local public school. As a family, we decided that military school might give him the structure and discipline he needed. He researched schools and selected CMA as is first choice. He started in August of 2014 and the change in him has been incredible. He went from a failing gpa to a 3.7!!! He has matured so much this year, and is looking forward to going back for his senior year! The small class size, and personal attention is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
Camden Military Academy is a great school. Making the decision to send my son to CMA was definitely the right one for him. The structured military program, the academic curriculum, student support and single gender environment was the formula for success for my son. He is active in sports, doing well in his classes and gaining the living and learning skills he needs to be excel in college. I am pleased with the administration and the tac officers are task masters but, show genuine concern. I am excited about my son s future and so glad I made the decision to invest in that future by choosing Camden Military Academy.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
My son was failing in the public school system but was on honor roll the first semester at Camden Military Academy and has been every semester since. He is a junior and in his 4th year at Camden Military.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
My son was not performing up to his abilities in the classroom or at home. After much research and guidance from professionals, my son and I decided Camden Military Academy might be the solution to our issues. Since attending Camden this first year, his grades have drastically improved, his motivation level is peaked, and his attitude has become more respectful, responsible, honest, and mature. It was a tough decision to send my son to Camden only because of the guilt a parent can feel by sending their child to a boarding school but it was absolutely the right choice. My son has loved his first year at Camden, and made the choice to return next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
My son is in his first year at Camden and his junior year in high school. He went from honor roll student in middle school to not caring about anything in high school. He went from probably not graduating from high school to the deans list his FIRST semester at Camden. He has been promoted twice already and is now taking responsibility for his actions. He is also more involved in school activities and sports. Camden has been great for our son and for our family. The administration and support staff are responsive and supportive to our son and us. We LOVE his TAC officer who takes great care of our son and is totally responsive to our concerns and questions. We would recommend Camden to anyone. It has helped develop our son emotionally, physically and academically develop into a great young man. In fact, our son asked us midway through the semester if we could afford it could he please go back to Camden next year because he felt that is what he needed to make sure he didn't screw up his high school career. For a 16 year old boy to develop that much maturity in one semester I credit Camden. In his first 2 years of high school his dad and I couldn't help him.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Camden Military Academy is a wonderful school . My son has been there for the last 2 years and he has been doing excellent. The school 's academic curriculum is on point and the staff is great. Parents are kept informed of students progress continually with the 2 week evaluations . I really like that. Administration is available to answer questions. The infirmary staff is excellent .

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Camden Miliary Academy is everthing you want as a parent for a young man!!! My son went from failing grades and no leadership skills to now passing with A's & B's and is a Sergeant with his company and leading other cadets. Camden has built character in my son and has taught him how to become a leader. His Tactical Officer Sergeant Major Wilder is one of the worlds best teachers in developing boys into men as well as the rest of the Camden staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
Our family was searching for a school that would fully develop our son into a man. We desired a school that would teach responsibility, discipline, courtesy and respect, in addition to standard academic subjects and sports. Furthermore, our son was searching for a way to express his independence and self-reliance. We were fortunate to find Camden Military Academy and are greatly impressed with Camden's ability to transform our son, in such a short period of time. By the end of October of his first year, our son was displaying respect and courtesy which he was previously lacking. In addition, through Camden's approach to academics, and their tutoring program, we were greatly pleased to see a rapid improvement in our son's grades. Our son is happy at Camden, because he likes the independence that a boarding school provides, while still providing structure and supervision. We strongly recommend Camden Military Academy to prospective families searching for a truly unique and rewarding academic experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
My son has attended Camden for the last year and I cannot say enough about the security it has brought to me as well as pride in my son and joy for him in his academic successes during this time. In less than 1 year, he has went from a failing student to one that is well above average academically. It's been years since Alex has passed all his subjects and I'm happy to say he will finish out the year passing all of his courses and begin High School at Camden this Fall.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
I am a graduate of Camden Military Academy. There is no doubt that the decision to attend CMA as a junior in high school was one of the most important decisions of my life. I went from lost in the group with failing grades to A s and B s. The smaller classes allowed me to be heard, and the teachers helped me with my weaknesses. The school encourages the individual to rise to the top according to their desires instead of being buried in the traditional school setting. It gives you an opportunity to make your own choices. For me, it opened the door to success and allowed me to attend the University of my choice.

- submitted by a community member
July 25, 2013
I am very impressed with Camden Military Academy and the people who run it. I live in Camden and work as a district director for the public school system. I have had the opportunity to visit CMA many times and provide professional development to the staff. As I step on the campus, it is evident that they build character in the young men as each one with whom I speak are most respectful and helpful and willing to assist me in getting to the right place. One even carried in my supplies without being asked! The staff are eager to make the school the best it can be. On a personal note, I have mentored cadets who come to my church and I appreciate the partnership in spirituality that is instilled in these youngsters. CMA recently built a chapel and it is good to see cadets in worship. I wish I had a son who could benefit from the love, support, and academic rigor at CMA.

- submitted by a community member
June 29, 2013
Our son graduated from CMA in 2008 and is now an officer in the United States Air Force. He entered Camden at age 15 as a rebellious (but intelligent) young man. After graduating from Camden, he was prepared to succeed at a prestigious university. I would not boast about CMA's academic programs....they are similar to most high schools...however the leadership training made the difference for our son.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2013
My son was on a 504 Plan in Florida Public Schools and was failing. We elected to send him to CMA because we knew he was intelligent, the school system just wanted to continue to promote him when his reading and math skills were D's & F's. He began CMA in the 7th grade. He will begin his Senior year this fall. He enjoys his education now and has the necessary skills to be a successful adult.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
Camden Military Academy is an excellent school. CMA serves young men in grades seven through twelve as well as post-graduate. I came to work here in 1976 and have seen hundreds of success stories. The school strives to challenge students in academics and athletics, as well as their character development. Camden Military proves to the students that determination, consistency, and hard work actually pay off. Respect for authority and good study skills are two of the most important things I think our school has to offer. The opportunity to set and accomplish your goals is, and has always been, here. I highly recommend Camden Military Academy to any young man who desires to lead a successful life.

- submitted by a teacher
April 23, 2013
Camden Military Academy may be the wisest decision you will ever make regarding your son's future. Does he need structure, guidance, motivation.....? That is exactly what we do best at CMA. As a faculty member for 20 some years now, it still amazes me to see the positive impact our school has on these young men. Parents notice and welcome that as well. My former students come back years after graduation to thank me and the rest of us for having steered them in the right direction. I enjoy being an effective part in helping our students be the best they can ever be. A great working environment also.

- submitted by a teacher
April 19, 2013
A month ago, I joined the CMA family and work in the Admissions Department. Here is what I have experienced in the short amount of time I have been here. The leadership, starting with the headmaster, Col. Boland, all the way down is committed to the development of the cadets academically, athletically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The teachers are competent and caring and the coaches are skilled and determined. The TAC officers are from military backgrounds with years of experience and are also great father figures which young men desperately need especially in these years of their lives. The cadets I have met and worked with in this short time are some of the finest young men I have ever met and I have worked with literally thousands of young people over my 16 years of working with students ages 13-19. I have been blown away by the respect, discipline, hard work, and character of these young men. Perfect no, they are teenagers, but many of them are some of the finest young men you would ever want to meet. If you are even remotely considering a military, boarding school for your son or grandson, I strongly encourage you to consider Camden Military Academy.

- submitted by a teacher
January 17, 2013
Wonderful opportunity for these young men.... they thrive academically, build leadership and character. It helps prepare them for their future.

- submitted by a community member
January 17, 2013
I am the Annual Fund Coordinator at CMA and I have been employed here for the past 8 years. I have been most impresssed with the faculty, staff, and administrators in their roles to provide each student with the lessons and experience and discipline needed to develop their confidence and leadership roles and learn better study habits. I've witnessed the metamorphasis of boys to men and heard the parents express their surprise and delight with those positive changes. Mothers have called us, in tears, because they have lost hope that their sons will ever graduate from high school and possibly end up in juvenile detention if something isn't done. Those boys have come here and followed our "whole man" development concept, and have graduated and gone on to college. We give students a chance to test their potential and see that their future can hold more possibilities than they can imagine. This is a great school!

- submitted by a teacher
January 17, 2013
Camden Military Academy helps boys achieve success! Our small classes, mandatory study hall, and caring faculty enable many students who struggle academically to experience success for the first time, while challenging other students with college level courses. The military program emphasizes self-discipline, respect for others, and responsibility for one s own actions. Our young men have a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills and self-confidence. I am proud to be a long-time faculty member at this school.

- submitted by a teacher
September 21, 2012
Our son had a great experience at CMA. The staff and faculty are caring and concerned about the boys that attend the academy. The college classes our son took at Camden helped him tremendously in college by giving him a leg up in his coursework. I would recommend the school to anyone who hs a son that wants to learn self discipline and how to properly interact with his peers. The school has been a blessing to our family and we could not have been happier with the people who work there.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2012
I would advise anyone who is considering this school for their child to hear me. The things that you are told are far from the truth. The students are hazed so badly, with the knowledge and approval of many staff members, I am surprised there are not more suicides. My son went there at the age of 14, is now 32 and has sever anxiety from the unjust treatment. God is healing him but this should have NEVER happened. We trusted this school with his life. I teach school and understand the problems that come with disabilities such as disorganization, lack of focus and ability to retain information but treating young boys like they do only makes it worse. My heart brakes for these children who are there. If you are still considering this as an option please precede with caution. You don't get that time back or to replace bad memories with good ones. There is not a rating that I can give them that is just. I hope things have changed, especially with the authority given to the upper classmates. Outside the school, people are serving time for this type of behavior.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
I live near the school and can honestly say that the Cadets are the most respectful teenagers that I have ever seen. They are all very polite and helpful young men. Camden Military Academy is a blessing to the Camden community.

- submitted by a community member
March 29, 2012
Camden has been a life-changing experience for not only my son but the entire family. Grant, my son, is currently in his 2nd year, is in the 9th grade and currently on Honor Roll. He has learned a measure of patience and the importance of discipline, but most importantly he has experienced progressive success, both large and small steps, while in a strict and nurturing environment. When AMTRAK changed their policy, I was stunned and frantic. However, with the help of Camden Administration, I am now in a car pool that is working smoothly. Richmond, VA to Camden, SC is 338 miles....it can be done. Lastly, a personal "shout-out" to Sergeant Major Wilder, Grant's TACT Officer, for his endless patience, kindness and willingness to tackle any issue that concerns one of his cadets. " on Camden Military Academy's timeline.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2012
Camden military has been the best thing that has happened to our son and we are very thankful for the support Camden has given our son. He has been there for a year now and he has lots of self confidence now and better grades.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
We enrolled our son in Camden 3 months ago. The difference in him in that time period is amazing. He's consistently on the Deans list, is participating in sports and doing special projects without constant whining. He had some rough spots getting along with other boys at first, but I attribute that to him having to realize the Universe doesnt revolve around him. He is making friends and seems to have adjusted very well. He says he finds the academics easy, but I think that is due to the very small class sizes, mandatory study halls and mentoring from instructors and staff.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2010
C.M.A turned my son around he attended three years.He learned many life lessons there.I was very pleased with all teachers,coaches and tac officers.He is now in college doing well.This would not have been possible if he had not gone to C.M.A

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2010
I spent the worst 4 years of my life here. Staff is indifferent, except for a few caring teachers. Life in the barracks is harsh, and the older students ruthlessly haze the younger ones, or "new boys". Academics is ridiculously easy, and the military aspect is over-emphasized. The merit/demerit system is rife with abuse. Do not send your children here if you love them.

- submitted by a community member
November 08, 2010
My son has attended Camden for his Jr and Sr years. The school turned a D-F student who hated school to a student who is on the Dean's list and will go to college. vIt turned his life around

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2010
Our son came to CMA with a few 'adolescent wrinkles' due to his need for more structure. We felt the support /leadership CMA offered, combined with athletics and classroom opportunities for advanced courses would give him the structure he needed. However, like any school, CMA was not perfect. He had to choose to succeed; it was not a given. He saw choices others made and their positive/negative consequences. The key ingredient that made CMA so successful for our son was the opportunity for him to live with and learn from CMA s teachers, coaches and staff. Their mentoring, their leadership and their willingness to take time with our son helped set the high standards he rose to. He entered CMA as a -ager who used most of his energy pushing against the grain. He graduated from CMA as a more focused young man whose energy is now directed into bettering himself.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2010
Our son attended CMA and it was just what he needed to guide him onto a track that would lead him to success for the remainder of high school. The academics are focused and offer support. His tac officer was great and the support from the administration was excellent. He was able to participate in several sports and was involved and successful. The lessons and values that he learned while at CMA helped him stay on track and graduate with success. This was definately what we needed to get our son through a troubling stage in his high school years. He will be attending a large University this fall, and I am sure that this success can be attributed to the growth he achieved and the lessons he learned at CMA.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2010
Our son attended CMA for 3 years...the BEST decision he ever made was to go away to CMA. We visited several other boarding military school our son after one visit knew CMA was the school for him. Our son learned many valuable lessons at CMA...respect of all types of people, discipline on the soccer field, football and in the classroom, strong leadership principals, challanging academic programs he took dual classes and will start his freshman year at college ahead of the game, he was awarded the ROTC scholarship. As a parent I can say our son is very PROUD of himself and all he accomplish while attending CMA. The best choice we ever made was to allow him to attend CMA. He'd tell you the very same thing if you'd ask him.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
My son attended CMA for 2 years. I trusted the staff, but they are not how they present. There is very little supervision. There is alot of stealing and fighting that does not get investigated. My son had 3 Ipods stolen and the response from adminiustration was that there was nothing they could do. When I attempted to discuss other concerns, the admisnistration was defensive and unwilling to admit any responsibility. My son left there more confused and damaged than when he entered.

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January 20, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
no rating August 06, 2009
camden military academy, best thing I ever did for my son excellent teachers ,coaches and most of all tac officers .I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 21, 2008
We had so much trouble from our son,disrespect,lieing, cheating and most of all a weak student. At first he demonstrated all the above mentioned behavior and more,but after the Thanksgiving break he begin to change. More responsible,and his grades were much better. By the end of the year he had improved in all aspects. Heis currently working for the summer. His room is 100% improved, he wants to become a professonal,not that being a Rock Star is not professional but getting a commision after graduation from college is more realistic. He will be returning next year and if all remains well he will graduate from Camden Military Academy.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2004
Camden Military Academy provided many opportunities for learning leadership and responsiblity for your own actions. His teachers gave much time one -on-one. The nightly study hall that has a teacher and another adult in the barracks available to give help and monitor that homework was being done was a great benefit for our son. The method of praise earning merits for good work and hard effort taught him to work harder for things he wanted. The student body being from all over the country and the world taught our son to respect others and to get along with all types. The military leadership program encourages honor,self discpline and the boys to always try their best. All classes are college prep. Many are advanced placement. The concern and caring staff and faculty is always available for the boy or his parents. Our experince makes us proud to have a child that graduated from Camden Military Academy.

- submitted by a parent
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Camden Military Academy
520 Highway 1 N, Camden, SC  29020
(803) 432-6001
Last modified Camden Military Academy is a Private school that serves grades 7-12
Camden Military Academy Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top