Hargrave Military Academy

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200 Military Drive
Chatham, VA 24531
Tel: 800-432-2480
  • Located in Southwest Virginia, Hargrave Military Academy is a premier all-male college preparatory boarding school located in Chatham, Virginia.
  • The Academy is known for excellence in academics, athletics and character development.
  • In 2016, Hargrave was named a 'National School of Character' and is currently the only Virginia Military school to hold that distinction.
  • The Academy serves grades 7-12 and one postgraduate year. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) via AdvancED and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).

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  • Rensselaer Polytechic Institute
    The military aspect of Hargrave and the institution of the military model for the organization and function of the student body does well to develop in the students qualities such as leadership, integrity, self-discipline, and. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Hargrave Military Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College-Prep Military College Preparatory
Grades Offered 7-12, PG 9-12
School Type All-boys Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Baptist Non-denominational
Year Founded 1909 1910
Campus Size 214 acres 106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 250 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1515 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1370 - 1680 -
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Less than once a month Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Formal
Average Class Size 11 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:11 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 23 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $3 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$33,800 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$12,900 $28,400
Tuition international students $37,650 $47,000
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $7,000 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required No Yes
Director of AdmissionsAlice M. Hendrickson

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 23 16
CoursesAlgebra 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 Spanish Language, AP Statistics, Biology (Honors), Chemistry (Honors), Critical Reading and Writing (CRW), English Literature/Composition (Honors), Geometry (Honors), Mandarin Chinese 3 (Honors), Pre-Calculus (Honors), Spanish 3 (Honors), Spanish 4 (Honors), Spanish AP, Virginia/US Government (Honors), World Studies (Honors)


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 14 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Drill Team, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Marksmanship, Riflery, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 28 23
ExtracurricularsBattalion, Boy, Camden, Choir, Colin, Color, Computer Club, Fellowship, French Club, High, Highlanders, Historical Society Club, HMA, Honor, International Club, Junior, Literary, Marching, National, Paintball, Photography, Presidential, Sabre, Spanish, Speech,

College Matriculation

Year: 2000 - 2010 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) 37
Liberty University 16
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 16
Hampden-Sydney College 15
North Carolina State University (NC State) 15
Radford University 15
The Citadel 15
East Tennessee State University 14
Virginia Military Institute (VMI) 14
Virginia Commonwealth University 10
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Hargrave is a gateway school to institutions of higher learning. Partners include: U.S. Naval Academy Foundation; West Point Civil Prep Program; Norwich University; Georgia Military College and Marion Military Institute.
  • Hargrave was named a 'National School of Character' by Character.org in 2016. Hargrave is proud to be the only Virginia military school to hold this distinction.
  • Hargrave Military Academy (HMA) is one of the few secondary schools that maintains an independent military program, which means the Academy does not support itself through Federal funding via the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC). This offers HMA the most flexibility in providing a competitive curriculum.
  • Hargrave consistently holds VAIS/SACS dual-accreditation. HMA strives to provide 21st-century learning focused on college prep. HMA offer competitive STEM programming, in addition to a competitive robotics team. Nine courses offered at the college level, either through AP or dual enrollment
  • Hargrave's 'How to Study' program is taught and used by students daily. Hargrave's reading program helps build student comprehension for better academic success in both high school and college.
  • Hargrave builds character and leadership through programs and community service. HMA is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America and fully supports Troop 68, its own troop, on campus. HMA Scouts are dually enrolled in their home troop and at HMA while they attend. There is no loss of eligibility. HMA Scouts engage in activities on and off campus regularly. 74 Eagle Awards have been presented to Cadets since 1995.
  • Hargrave strives to build healthy bodies and healthy minds. HMA is home to 22 competitive teams and a nationally recognized post graduate Basketball program. HMA supports and maintains a USA Swimming club team. USA Swimmers boarding at Hargrave as a Cadet do not have a waiting period between switching clubs, and can switch back when they return home.
  • Hargrave is proud to offer a variety of visual and performing arts options, such as an active marching band and The Hargrave Highlanders, a bagpipe corps.
  • Hargrave's Gen. Colin Powell Center for Leadership and Ethics adds a non-ROTC classroom element to the Academy's overall leadership training, teaching that good leadership is a learned.
  • Hargrave's Postgraduate Basketball program won the 2016 National Prep Championship.
  • School 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
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