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Marine Military Academy

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Posted October 27, 2013

Horrible. Academics are a joke. Do your homework to get a free ride 4.0 and far above depending on whether they have honor courses available.


Posted October 8, 2013

MMA looks absolutely amazing. I am currently attending a private Catholic college preparatory school that is nationally ranked, yet I still long to have the chance to go here, but unfortunately my family lacks the financial needs for me to attend


Posted September 14, 2013

Outstanding school for young men. Todays world and changing culture sets forth many challenges for students, MMA brings these boys the opportunity to grow in the rich and traditional values of self discipline, honor and respect. Would highly recommend this school for ANY young man. What an amazing opportunity!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2013

Just to update a previous post. My son attended MMA and did very well from a military standpoint. His academics, however, were never a standout. He is finishing his sophmore year at a four year university. He obtained a 4.0 his first semester and has had nothing less than a 3.5 GPA each semester since. Maybe he got more from the academic discipline at MMA than I realized. He seems to have great study habits and a good work ethic. He always seems to be working a Plan B in case Plan A doesn't work out. I believe most of that attention to task came from MMA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2012

Many people have mixed opinions on this school but if you are not a graduate or a parent of a graduate, you don't truly understand. The Marine Military Academy is only as great as you or your son make it to be. As one of the most recent gradautes (Class of 2012) and a four year cadet. I can say this...if you don't embrace the responsibility everyone is offered in this school and realize that you have an opportunity many teenagers around the world often never experience you can't be the best you can be. Every single day at this school is a learning experience and you make decisions whether you realize it or not that have an affect on you and the people around you every day and the farther you move up the harder the decisions become but your judgement gets better as you go too. Not to mention a huge perk when you graduate, you have a new set of skills and your ability to problem solve is quicker and more efficient than others. Ask anyone with some sort of military training. This school is great if you want to build a great foundation and character for your future, but I emphasize WANT because it really is as great as you make it just takes getting involved... Cadet Captain '12


Posted October 15, 2011

My son attended the Marine Military Academy and I must say that it was a very positive influence for him. He just earned his Doctorate in Education and is a Superintendent of Schools at a large school district in Texas. Thank you MMA for what you did for him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2011

I really cannot believe what some people say about the MMA ,Its the most wonderful school enviorment ever,Our young men become well rounded and strong in all aspects of there world around them. My Hats off to the MMA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

My son attended the summer camp program and he had an excellent experience. He worked hard, made good friends, had a lot of fun, got to feel an enormous sense of accomplishment running the obstacle courses and he even learned to make his bed and sweep the floor (lol). He was also in the aerospace elective so he now has knowledge and some experience flying small planes which is SUPER COOL! I am very satisfied with my decision to send him for a month this summer. It was an experience of a lifetime for him and he will take the memories and many of the lessons he learned with him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2011

My son is thriving in this environment. The classes are challenging and the work load appropriate. This fall he will be enrolled in 2 AP classes and one honors class. He scored quite high on his previous AP test so the quality of instruction is way more than just satisfactory. Previous posters questioned the quality of the teachers, yet my son had two teachers last year who held doctorate degrees in their topic of instruction. As for the environment being a little "rough", it may well be. Unfortunately the language and sense of humor among teen boys does not vary that much from my son attending a military school to the son that I have currently enrolled in a well respected prep day school. They are maturing and with that comes some rough patches. We are quite pleased with our families decision to entrust our son to MMA and are excited for him to begin his third year in Harlingen this month. With MMA's help he has been given the opportunity to build an amazing resume and he will be an asset to whichever college he chooses to attend..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

We made a terrible mistake placing our son in mma's care. We pulled him out of mma after almost 3 years and wish that we could go back and never place him there. If we could just turn back the clock....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2011

Horrible! Too many details to post here. But a few points to consider based on what one of my sons was exposed to for a few years: 1) filth- the crude things that my son was exposed to were awful. 2) teaching staff - questionable. I wonder where most were recruited from. 3) curriculum - beware, if you decide to pull your boy out before he graduates, you may likely find he is lacking in what the public school system requires. 4) administration - very political, some of the so-called major sergent lieutenant general whatevers, are a joke and live in their own world. 5) exposure - we could not believe what our boy had been exposed to and the habits he picked up. In summary, it took us some time to undo what our son picked up his few years there. I will never recommend mma to anyone and will encourage any one considering it to look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2008

Our son was failing almost every subject in public school, had no ambition and his character was being molded by negative peer influence. We registered him his 2nd semester as a Junior. In 25 days after the initial Plebe training we returned to see him officially become a cadet. We were astonished, stunned and so proud of the young man we now observed. Our son was disciplined, stood proudly, exhibited good character, making passing grades and had GOALS for not Junior College but to attend a major university. The Ex-Marines are dedicated to helping the kids achieve and it is more than a job to them. The Faculty is phenomenal too. My son is in the best shape I have ever seen him in and has made the boxing team. I am very impressed with the Marine Military Academy and it has been worth every precious cent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2008

I attended MMA ( and three other military schools) and I can tell you that it affords you the opportunity to improve yourself and to get a solid education. The staff and instructors there will meet a student more than half way and do their level best to ensure success. If your son wants to be successful, send him to MMA and he will thrive. If your son needs positive peer pressure and the opportunity for one-on-one tutoring, give MMA a try. If you have broken your son by always making excuses for him by blaming teachers, schools, or the tooth fairy, don't expect any school to be able to undo the damage you have done. MMA taught me that life wasn't fair but by hard work and applying yourself you can overcome a 'stacked deck'. It is not for the weak-minded.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2007

Our son requested to attend M.M.A. after attending M.M.A.'s summer camp so that, 'He could be in an environment to help him develop a academic focus and discipline, develop his physical strength and be in a place removed of the many distractions in public school' (his words). His grades improved from a 1.5 to a 3.3 grade level. He received 4 Cadet rank promotions graduating on Company staff. He participated in rock climbing, soccer and wished he had participated in marine science. He had a good positive experience and we felt like the military, academic and administrative staff were extremely focused on student success in every aspect. We strongly recommend M.M.A. as a very unique place to develop a young man's success. It's a great successful program; not your mothers nursery school but developing boys to men for life success. It's worth a look.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2006

MMA has not given my son the proper education to succeed not only in college but in life. It seems like MMA is more concerned in making the perfect Marine instead of making the perfect student. MMA has low quality of teachers (30% of the teachers have degrees), as well as a below average SAT scores compared to the National average. Instead of proper study time that my child needs MMA is more concerned on how well the floor is swept and if there is trash in the trash can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

I love this school. They took my son who was heading down the wrong path..brought focus, respect, self-esteem and improved grades. I have a child I now enjoy being around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2004

My brother attended MMA in the 70s and thrived. My son attended a few years ago and he enjoyed two or three marvelous teachers. Although we appreciated the philosophy and structure, we felt that the spirit of the 'adult' military experience dominated the environment to the detriment of the growing adolescent. Our own son did not have a chance to thrive in a place where children rule children without sufficient adult compassion and understanding. I think this school has great potential and has been wonderful for boys who are maleable and compliant. Often this is not the sort of boy who goes to military school. MMA boys are a blend of the good and not-so-good. With a bit more empathy and communication among teachers, parents, children and administration, the boys could learn to be role models and supporters for one another. The foundation of our future leadership depends on it.
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 31%
Hispanic 17% 51%
Asian or Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Black 2% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
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Harlingen, TX 78550
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