Hargrave Military Academy

200 Military Drive
Chatham, VA 24531
Hargrave Military Academy Photo #1 - Hargrave is first and foremost a college preparatory boarding school. Our objective is to develop our cadets into leaders of character prepared for lifelong success.
Hargrave Military Academy Photo #1 - Hargrave is first and foremost a college preparatory boarding school. Our objective is to develop our cadets into leaders of character prepared for lifelong success.
Hargrave Military Academy Photo #2 - Our High Adventure Camp is always a summer favorite. Contact our admissions department today if you have questions about this fun and unique program. 800-432-2480
Hargrave Military Academy Photo #3 - Hargrave uses the Military Structure for the foundation as it builds out the Academic achievement, Character development, Athletic accomplishment and Spiritual growth of each of our young men.
Hargrave Military Academy Photo #4 - For over 100 Years Hargrave has been in the business of building young men into leaders of character prepared for lifelong success!
Hargrave Military Academy Photo #5 - Hargrave has a culturally diverse and strong international enrollment. The Cadets photographed represent four different countries and seven different languages spoken.
Hargrave Military Academy Photo #6 - Hargrave strives to develop well-rounded young men. Hargrave offers various opportunities for Cadets to be involved with music and the arts. Pictured above are our Hargrave Highlanders Pipe and Drum Corps, under the direction of Tim Carpenter during a performance at Virginia International Raceway.
Hargrave Military Academy Photo #7 - Hargrave is known for its comprehensive basketball program. Postgraduate, Varsity, JV and Middle School teams available.
Hargrave Military Academy Photo #8 - Recognized as one of the Top Athletic Academy. Hargrave is competitive at the State and National level and enjoys success in many sports.
Hargrave Military Academy Photo #9 - Physics class conducting an experiment.Our small class and dedicated faculty make a difference in the lives of our students.
Hargrave makes a boy's development personal by investing in skills and relationships that will last a lifetime. Your son will be exposed to our "How to Study" program and build relationships with everyone who interacts with him, including classmates, staff, coaches, teachers, and TACs.
We turn potential into opportunity while challenging a student to give his best effort in all things. Upon graduation, our cadets feel a genuine sense of accomplishment and are well prepared to face the challenges of college and life.
"Character Matters Here" is more than a slogan. It's a calling. The Hargrave man is one who will lead his family, church, community, and profession with integrity, commitment and resolve.  A Hargrave man makes his family proud.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 7-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 171 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $39,437
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $15,924
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Hargrave Military Academy ranks among the top 10 schools with < 200 students (out of 92 schools) for:

Offering Breadth

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Hargrave Military Academy
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
7-12, PG
School Type
ADD/ADHD Support
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
214 acres
130 acres

Student Body

171 students
314 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score
* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
Average Class Size
10 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$8 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Hargrave is committed to honest and transparent pr)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Hargrave is committed to honest and transparent pricing. All prices are BEFORE tuition assistance; you will never pay more than the price you see. Our Tuition for Life program ensures that tuition rates will not increase for the duration of your son’s enrollment. Tuition rates are inclusive of academic instruction, room and board, initial uniform issue, book rental, laundry, dry cleaning, haircuts, lab fees, infirmary fees (including dispensing of medication), and club and sports activities.)
Tuition international students
Summer Program Cost
(4500 for International )
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
(Merit-based financial aid is prioritized.)
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
Director of Admissions
Christy Lipscomb

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
Algebra 1 (Honors), Algebra 2 Advanced (Honors), American Literature/Composition (Honors), AP Biology, AP Calculus A/B, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Literature, AP Physics 1, AP Statistics, Biology (Honors), Chemistry (Honors), English Literature/Composition (Honors), Pre-Calculus (Honors), Spanish 3 (Honors), Spanish 4 (Honors), Spanish AP, Virginia/US Government (Honors), World Studies (Honors)



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club or Organization:
Beta Club, Bible Study, Boy Scouts, Camden Rifles Drill Team, Chess Club, Color Guard, Computer Science Club, Eye of the Tiger, Live Action Role Play (LARP), Martial Arts, Scuba, Spanish Club, Triathlon, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Highlanders

College Matriculation

Year: 2013 - 2019
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
The Citadel
Virginia Tech
Norwich University
Virginia Military Institute
Ferrum College
North Carolina State University
Longwood University
United States Naval Academy
West Virginia University
United States Military Academy

School Notes

  • How To Study Program - A deliberate curriculum that teaches students from day-one the methods to make study time effective and efficient. Cadets learn how to take notes in class, read text correctly, organize materials for homework, prepare for tests, and establish surroundings conducive to study. These methods are reinforced in study halls, homework sessions, group study, and peer tutoring.
  • We offer challenging core classes and dual enrollment (high school and college credit), Advanced Placement and Honors courses
  • More than 50% of our faculty have advanced degrees
  • We are endorsed by both the US Military Academy (West Point) and US Naval Academy (Annapolis) as a preparatory school for their respective academies
  • The Academic Learning Center provides assessment and proper placement in Math, Reading and English classes, faculty to facilitate online learning, help when a student struggles or requires accelerated learning, and offers tutoring via faculty, peer, group and collaborative study.
  • Advanced and enhanced learning through available online courses 
  • The low teacher-to-student ratio (1:10 or better) means smaller classes and more individual attention.
  • Study hall time is built into the schedule; additional Individual Instruction Time (IIT) is built into the schedule allowing more 1-on-1 time between students and teachers.
  • We consistently achieve 100% college acceptances, averaging over $4 million in scholarships annually.
  • We have over 75 current and former students accepted into US Service Academies.
  • 12 Varsity sports, daily physical fitness and conditioning for all students
  • Coaches are trained through Positive Coaching Alliance.
  • Coaches are a positive role model, mentor, guide and teacher
  • We have an Olympic-sized pool with three diving boards
  • Three basketball courts and a premier tennis facility with six lighted tennis courts offer great access to all students
  • We have a new strength and conditioning facility complete with free weights, CrossFit, and cardio equipment. 
  • A Marine Corps certified obstacle course and leader reaction course promotes teamwork and develops decision-making skills.
  • A trap and skeet range, paintball course, climbing wall and rappel tower complete provide more opportunities for physical development.
  • The campus has 200+ acres to roam and be outdoors.
  • Since 2016, Hargrave is the only Virginia military high school certified as a National School of Character through Character.org
  • In an integrated approach to character development, character trait learning is reinforced in every aspect of student life: across academics, in sports, in residential life, and through Biblical application. 
  • Students learn and live out our core values along with other character traits such as commitment, trustworthiness, and loyalty.
  • Our Center for Leadership and Ethics spearheads our Character Across the Campus program and provides the leadership curriculum.
  • All students are required to take Leadership 1 as an elective and are offered Leadership 2 as a continuation. 
  • Each leadership course is specifically designed for lower school (7th 9th grades) and upper school (10th 12th grades).
  • Character matters here.
  • Hargrave uses a variety of tools to develop a cadet spiritually regardless of his individual faith background.
  • Hargrave makes spiritual development a real and deliberate opportunity for cadets to grow in their faith, develop an ethical decision-making foundation and develop a lifelong passion for spiritual growth.
  • Chapel services are held twice a week led by our youth minister/chaplain
  • Time for individual, small-group or large-group devotion; personal reflection; and quiet time is scheduled every evening.
  • Cadets can participate in our Fellowship of Christian Athletes program
  • Cadets are able to attend Sunday services at local churches.
  • A weekly group Bible study is offered. Cadet leaders are taught how to lead a devotion.
  • Spiritual Emphasis Week entails guest speakers, preachers, special music and group-bonding experiences
  • Cadets have opportunities in class to share thoughts and perspectives stemming from devotions or personal reflection time.
  • Hargrave Military Academy accreditations: Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS); Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS): National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS); The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Ward Burton '82 - 2002 Daytona 500 Champion; NASCAR Winston Cup Driver
    • Walter B. Jones '61 - Congressman (R), 3rd District North Carolina
    • Dr. Art Chandler, Jr. '49 - Ophthalmologist; Voice of Duke Basketball
    • MG William Caldwell, IV '72 - Major General, USA - As seen commanding in Iraq
    • Larry Brown '59 - Former NBA Detroit Pistons Head Coach
    • Torry Holt '95 - NFL Player - St. Louis Rams
    • R. Kirk Landon '46 - Former CEO American Bankers Insurance Corp.
    • David West '98 - NBA Player - New Orleans Jazz
    • Scott Street '61 - Attorney - Former president of the Virginia Bar Assosciation
    • Joshua Howard '99 - NBA Player - Dallas Mavericks
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Hargrave Military Academy cost?
Hargrave Military Academy's tuition is approximately $39,437 for boarding students and $15,924 for day students.
What is the acceptance rate of Hargrave Military Academy?
The acceptance rate of Hargrave Military Academy is 70%, which is higher than the boarding school average of 60%.
Who are famous alumni from Hargrave Military Academy?
Hargrave Military Academy famous alumni include: Ward Burton '82, Walter B. Jones '61, Dr. Art Chandler, Jr. '49, MG William Caldwell, IV '72, Larry Brown '59, Torry Holt '95, R. Kirk Landon '46, David West '98, Scott Street '61 and Joshua Howard '99.
What sports does Hargrave Military Academy offer?
Hargrave Military Academy offers 17 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Diving, Drill Team, Football, Golf, Marksmanship, Riflery, Soccer, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field and Wrestling. Hargrave Military Academy is ranked as one of the top boarding schools for most sports offered.
Does Hargrave Military Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, Hargrave Military Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Hargrave Military Academy's ranking?
Hargrave Military Academy ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Most sports offered.
When is the application deadline for Hargrave Military Academy?
The application deadline for Hargrave Military Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Class of 2001
Virginia Military Institute
Hargrave is first and foremost, a military school. Cadets are taught military routines, discipline, and accountability. It is the cornerstone of the educational environment. Uniforms, room inspections, formations, and parades teach accountability. . .

Class of 2022
Texas A&M University
The school is unwavering when it comes to meeting their mission statement of Building Young Men into Leaders of Character Prepared for Lifelong Success. The faculty and staff are deeply invested and it is clear. . .

Class of 2020
The Citadel
This school is huge in developing personal growth. The faculty and staff are all involved and together, make a positive impact on each you man. Through perseverance, focus, encouragement, guidance, leadership, humility and patience. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 7-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 171 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $39,437
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $15,924
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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