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Camden Military Academy

Private | 7-12 | 57 students


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Posted June 2, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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.
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Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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.
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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.
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Posted April 9, 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 .
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Posted April 9, 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.
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Posted April 2, 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

Posted April 1, 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.
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Posted 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.

Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted June 2, 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.
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Posted 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.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 53%
Black 31% 36%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Hispanic 5% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
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Camden, SC 29020
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