Military Schools in Missouri

This article offers an overview of military schools in Missouri as well as military school reviews for three military schools in Missouri including a Cleveland NJROTC Academy review, a Wentworth Military Academy & College review, and a Missouri Military Academy review.

Overview of Military Schools in Missouri

Missouri is home to three college preparatory military schools. One is the Cleveland Junior Naval Academy, also called Cleveland NJROTC Academy, a public high school in St. Louis. The other two are college preparatory boarding schools: Wentworth Military Academy & College, a coeducational college preparatory military high school  in Lexington, Missouri, and Missouri Military Academy, an all-boys college preparatory middle and high school in Mexico Missouri. Here is an introduction to the three college preparatory military schools in Missouri.

The Three Military Schools in Missouri

• Cleveland NJROTC Academy— Cleveland NJROTC Academy is a public magnet high school with an enrollment of 347 students and is part of the St. Louis City School District. The school aims to prepare students for success in college, careers, and military service in the context of a military school environment. Students engage in a rigorous curriculum, are held to high academic standards, and are expected to wear a uniform and comport themselves with dignity and respect for others. The curriculum includes special education and AP courses, and all students participate in the NJROTC program. The school offers athletic teams and other activities, including military-focused ones like Honor Guard, Color Guard, Drill Teams, and Orienteering Teams.

The Cleveland NJROTC Academy website is here:

• Wentworth Military Academy & College —Wentworth Military Academy & College, founded in 1880, has a 137-acre campus. It is a non-denominational coeducational boarding school offering grades 9 through 12 and a post-graduate year. The student body of 206 students is 99% boarding and 15% international. The school offers ESL courses and support for students with ADD/ADHD. Ninety-four percent of the faculty have an advanced degree.

The Wentworth Military Academy & College military approach is based on their finding, early in their history, that “students learn more with military training than without it.” Their goal is to prepare young people for admission to top-notch colleges and universities, along with preparing them for professional life. About 3 percent of graduates enter into military service. JROTC classes are mandatory.

Wentworth offers a dual enrollment program for college credit (apparently instead of offering AP courses), and 13 interscholastic sports and 24 other extracurricular activities are offered. Included are Cannon Crew, Color Guard, Drill Team, Honor Guard, and Marksmanship Team.  Noted alumni of Wentworth include Marlin Perkins, the zoologist who hosted Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.

The Wentworth Military Academy & College website is here:

• Missouri Military Academy—Missouri Military Academy, founded in 1889, has a 288-acre campus. It is a non-denominational/Christian all-boys boarding and day school offering grades 6 through 12 and a post-graduate year. The student body of 230 students is 97% boarding and 41% international. The school offers ESL courses. The teacher-student ratio is 1:6 and 66% of faculty have advanced degrees.

Ten AP courses are offered, as well as dual-credit courses and 14 interscholastic sports and 27 other extracurricular activities—including Color Guard, Drum and Bugle Corp, Drill Team, Rifle Marksmanship, and Military skills (Raiders), in connection with the JROTC program. According to the school website, 100% of MMA cadets are accepted to the college of their choice.

The Missouri Military Academy website is here: