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7-12
Private
Camden, SC
Students enrolled: 301
 

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520 Highway 1 N
Camden, SC 29020

(803) 432-6001
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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 26, 2015
The Teachers at Camden are extremely effective, and as they are sincerely interested in the individual success of each of their students, and even if that means customizing a plan for their success in helping them to identify their individual strengths and weaknesses both academically and socially...

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Amount of homework: Don't know
August 26, 2015
I am not sure about the home work load at the school, although the academic strategies they adhere to seem quite successful, and as our son whom was once a barely passing student, is now on consistent honor roll, and is motivated to succeed academically whereas he wasn't before, and in my opinion being just a "number" in the over populated sea of mainstream public school education these days...

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
August 26, 2015
This school develops persistence, grit and determination in its students, and by encouraging them to identify their own strengths and weaknesses in order to be the best person they can be and for themselves.

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
August 26, 2015
I feel this school develops respect in its students by helping each student to learn how to respect themselves and others.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
August 26, 2015
I feel the school fosters the values of compassion and empathy amongst the students as they are responsible for working with their peers as a team, and to encourage each others success on multiple levels.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
August 26, 2015
I feel this school develops honesty, integrity, and fairness in its students by providing a school staff that sets this example as they themselves adhere to those values..

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August 26, 2015
For any parent considering sending their son to Camden Military Academy, I highly recommend it!...Our son while extremely bright in so many ways, suffered terribly since elementary school with ADHD, and we were losing him academically and socially in the mainstream public school system, and while trying everything under the sun from medications, tutors, never ending communications with teachers, lost assignments, battle royals in keeping him on task, it was just a frustrating nightmare which only got worse as he entered High school. So while we discovered Camden Military Academy as our son also seem to show an interest in some military related fields, we enrolled him in CMA for the second semester of Junior year to give it a try as a last ditch effort and WOWW what a difference. The structure was exactly what he needed in him thriving in that environment, the major improvements to his self esteem, self discipline, and as that created a motivation for him to succeed for himself and amongst his peers was just remarkable. I don't care if your son has an interest in the military, academic/learning impairments, social issues, or just a kid in search of himself while getting a good solid education with people who are committed to having your son meet those goals, CMA is the ticket, and in truly motivating these boys to dig inside themselves in discovering their true potential in being accountable to others but most importantly themselves...My son is now a 3.85 GPA student on consistent honor roll, a second lieutenant for his company as he has earned the respect of his peers, faculty, and most importantly now himself, and I would be more than happy to elaborate more on our experience to any parent considering, or presently has a son enrolled in CMA....and as for us as just an average family was worth every burger I had to flip in order to supplement our income in getting him there...

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2015
A year and a half ago, my husband and I had grown to the point of realizing our son, who was 15 at the time, needed a school environment that he could thrive in and become a leader versus the follower that had become at his public school. It was very difficult to realize that what we were offering him was not working out and poor decisions were getting to be too much so we looked into military schools and found Camden Military Academy to make the most sense to us. Not only is it only an hour and a half away from us but more so, the price was more reasonable than the other options. It didn’t take our son long to realize that this was the best solution for him and after going to an Open House event here in Charlotte, he actually started to warm up to the idea and wanted a sword eventually. After attending CMA for a couple of months during the second semester of his 10th grade year, I received a text asking if he could continue to go to school there the next year. That was all I needed to hear to confirm that our decision was the best one we could have possibly ever made for him and very well could have completely changed the direction that his life was going. The military structured environment is not for every child, but if you are concerned as we were as to where your son is heading, we highly recommend doing your research and giving CMA a chance. Our son is now a senior and striving to earn the rank it takes to get that sword and is looked at as a leader in his barracks. Who would have thought a change in structure and discipline would turn him into the man we both knew he was destined to become? Gary and DeeDee Bohannan

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
August 18, 2015
A year and a half ago, my husband and I had grown to the point of realizing our son, who was 15 at the time, needed a school environment that he could thrive in and become a leader versus the follower that had become at his public school. It was very difficult to realize that what we were offering him was not working out and poor decisions were getting to be too much so we looked into military schools and found Camden Military Academy to make the most sense to us. Not only is it only an hour and a half away from us but more so, the price was more reasonable than the other options. It didn’t take our son long to realize that this was the best solution for him and after going to an Open House event here in Charlotte, he actually started to warm up to the idea and wanted a sword eventually. After attending CMA for a couple of months during the second semester of his 10th grade year, I received a text asking if he could continue to go to school there the next year. That was all I needed to hear to confirm that our decision was the best one we could have possibly ever made for him and very well could have completely changed the direction that his life was going. The military structured environment is not for every child, but if you are concerned as we were as to where your son is heading, we highly recommend doing your research and giving CMA a chance. Our son is now a senior and striving to earn the rank it takes to get that sword and is looked at as a leader in his barracks. Who would have thought a change in structure and discipline would turn him into the man we both knew he was destined to become? Gary and DeeDee Bohannan

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2015
Camden Military Academy has been a blessing for our son Thomas. The structure, leadership and guidance they have given him has transformed him from a lost teenage boy to a confident man. We are so proud of Thomas but more importantly grateful for Camden Military Academy for giving Thomas an opportunity to grow into the person he is today. We look forward to the future and all the accolades Thomas has achieved.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 21, 2015
Teachers have take time to help when difficult understanding, show student they can. Reward attempted efforts. Correct with guidance when needed.

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Amount of homework: Don't know
July 21, 2015
Have not experienced a full load of classes yet. Have no complaints with summer program

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
July 21, 2015
Teaching students to overcome is helping my son learn to figure a problem out. Giving up solves nothing.

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
July 21, 2015
 If you are on campus for any time you will experience the respect words...yes sir, no sir. Music to your ears in this world.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
July 21, 2015
Staff lead by example. Impressive that they are willing to help your child by learning how he learns best and teaching him to overcome obstacles.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
July 21, 2015
Camden Academy has been life-changing blessing for my son. He has stuggled in public and private school. The summer program has let him experience how well he can do in the right school. He has only been in the program 4 weeks and the change is already taking shape. His confidence has increased, his academic has went to A's, learning accountability, seeing leadership, and development of friends all have taken place in this short time. He made the choice that it is where he wants to be. Excited to see the boy to man transformation. Camden was a great place for a family member previous. He could only attend the summer program but that lit the fire to allow him be where he is today. Sargeant Wittman in the US Army.

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July 21, 2015
My son has been in summer program. Has shown nothing but improvement. So happy he has chosen to attend full time.

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July 13, 2015
Camden Military Academy is a great school that really, really cares about the education your child receives. This school provides study session in the evenings after class with teachers to assist with homework. I am very impressed with that and my son is so happy.

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July 09, 2015
Camden is a caring school with a loving staff. This school is going to make sure that your child receives the best education.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 09, 2015
These teachers care and when my son was attending public schools most of them didn't.

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June 16, 2015
My son started Camden during the 2014/2015 school year and has done a total turnaround with his studies as well as his self esteem. He attended Camden as an eighth grader and the difference from 7th grade public school to 8th grade at Camden is great. My son was diagnosed with ADHD and the public school system couldn't deal with him because of their class sizes and just didn't want to deal with a kid who required more attention than the normal kid. At Camden, not only are the class sizes smaller, the teachers and staff emphasize the students and their studies over everything. HIs studies went from almost failing 7th grade and failing 7th grade math to being on the honor roll and a higher self esteem. I am eager to see him strive more so than he already has at Camden in the years to come.

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May 11, 2015
My son is completing his second year at Camden Military Academy, and I am very pleased with the progress he has made. His grades improved immediately, and he has maintained a high degree of academic achievement during his time there. His levels of self-disciple, self-motivation, and responsibility have soared as a result of the mentorship he has received and the accountability he is required to adhere to. He will be returning for his third year in the fall (at his own request), and I expect nothing less than continued success.

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2015
Camden Military Academy has given my son the opportunity to achieve his goals. The supportive education and leadership has changed his outlook on life. Now my son has goals and is looking forward to extending his education onto college. I'm so happy I made the sacrifices in order to enrich my son's future. Thank you Camden for a wonderful program for these young men to get a second chance.

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2015
We have been very impressed with our son's progress at Camden Military Academy. The small class sizes and shorter classes have been very beneficial to him. He has grown into a responsible young man while attending Camden. This is definitely the best decision we have made regarding our son's future.

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April 20, 2015
Camden Military Academy has given my son a second chance at happiness and a promising future. Camden is for every family who has a son who doesn t fit the stereotypical, compliant mold. CMA teaches the whole boy to become a whole man. And most importantly, Camden Military Academy can give a family who feels as if it has hit rock bottom hope, and hope was what my family needed after two years of ever increasing defiance, lost potential, and much heartache. Camden Military Academy raises expectations of what boys can achieve and encourages each boy to maximize his potential and discover his own unique interests and talents. As my son slowly moved up from a private to a private first class, etc., his self-worth increased. He began to try harder to move up and earn higher ranking and privileges even though he realized that those in turn earned him more jobs and responsibilities, along with more eyes watching him. These eyes have translated into strong bonds of friendship, camaraderie, and teamwork. Our son is proud to have a band of brothers, and I am proud of him and thankful for his second chance to discover who he is and what he loves.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2015
Positive transformation is what Camden Military Academy is all about. My son entered Camden two years ago and this was the best decision that he made. I supported his decision, because I knew my son could perform at a higher level. The problem at his previous school was that it did not challenge him. My son knew, in his heart, that he needed better work discipline, goals and stronger ethics. In his two years at Camden, the faculty has molded my son, taught him leadership and discipline. Camden gave him opportunities, tools and skills necessary for success in life. I am forever grateful to the faculty and staff at Camden. I am re-enrolling him for his senior year because I know that he will continue to grow and improve both academically and as a person. Quite simply, Camden transformed my son and set him on the path for success. Sincerely, Robert Gaddis Colonel (Ret), United States Army Miami, Florida

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2015
When my son was struggling in CA public high school system with a 0.3 GPA, lack of motivation, no self confidence or discipline whatsoever. He was going to be placed in a continuation school, which only meant less discipline, guidance, and supervision on the part of the school. I knew would be detrimental to my sons future, so we discussed the option enrolling at CMA. We had our apprehension about him going away to school on the other side of the country. The first day was tough, many tears were shed, and the first two weeks of school without contact was tough (for me) but since then I now KNOW this BEST decision I have ever made for my son. He made honor roll for almost every grading period at CMA. He new found respect for others, and confidence in himself. Every person who interacts with him makes a point to tell me how they are amazed by the way he now handles & carries himself. He now has male role models to look up to (in his TAC officers) who have taught him, and shown him, what it means to be a man of character. I am very proud of my son, and take every opportunity to brag about him and his experience at CMA.

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2015
Camden Military Academy (CMA) is a school rich in tradition. Its structured environment is just what we were looking for our son. Our son has never given us any discipline issues. He has always taken rigorous course work. However, our son had difficulties finding his niche in school. As he approached high school, he lost confidence in his abilities to succeed. He had difficulties sticking up for himself and standing out among his peers. Our son also lacked the discipline to consistently remain in high academic standing. As a family, we thought that CMA would help our son develop new abilities and strengthen his weaknesses. Since attending CMA, we have seen positive change in our son. Our son carries himself with confidence. He is now a proud young man that seeks out academic endeavors and leads by example. Our son has assumed many different leadership roles within his platoon, extracurricular academic competitions, and a national civic organization while attending CMA. He seeks opportunities as an invitation to new challenges. We are confident that with continued use of these practices our son will finish his senior year strong and carry these practices into his life goals.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2015
Our son spent his first year in the 2014/2015 school year and totally shocked us with how much he fell into the daily routines and how much that has helped him get better grades and focus on what's truly important for helping make him a man. He has learned to tie a tie, shine his shoes, show respect and listen to orders. His grades are much higher than when he was at our public school and he is asking to return to the CMA again for the 2015/2016 school year. I wish the school had more money to update their aging facilities, but they are building a new housing unit on campus and they excel at what's important - academics.

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March 19, 2015
This is really a great school! My son had difficult time after my divorced since 2013, and his Grade went straight down to E and F... It really broke my heart when I saw my kid turned that way... Finally I found this school and I made the dicision to send him to here. Only after a few months, he gets everything A or A+! He likes this school so much now and I'm really very happy for him !

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 93 reviews. Top