St. John's Northwestern Military Academy is a private, all-male college preparatory and leadership development school that combines personalized academic instruction, mandatory participation in athletics, ongoing instruction in ethics and values, and a structured, military-style environment that together allow each student an opportunity to achieve at his full potential. The goal of the Academy is to prepare each of our cadets for success in life by instilling in them a solid work ethic, an understanding of the value of integrity and teamwork, and the ability to think critically, communicate well, and function in a diverse and ever-changing world.
Since 1884, the school has been developing the minds and shaping the character of young men from around the country and around the world, many of whom have gone on to achieve great success. Our alumni include heads of state, key business leaders, professional athletes, accomplished artists, statesmen and politicians, and a variety of others who have made important contributions to a broad spectrum of society.
The Academy is principally a boarding school for students in grades 7 to 12, but has an active day program for young men in those grades as well. In addition, it has a one-year post-high school program that caters to three distinct sets of students:
Those who wish to seek entry into College ROTC or one of the nation's five service academies, but need additional academic development to be favorably considered.
Those who wish to participate in NCAA athletics, but need additional physical development or academic instruction to meet either NCAA or school-specific academic requirements.
Those who wish to begin their college experience in a structure environment that will help ensure their success in the often difficult first year.
Each of these post-high school programs is conducted in partnership with the University of Wisconsin System via their nearby extension campus in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and tailored instruction is delivered at a college level.