Southern Preparatory Academy

174 Ward Circle
Camp Hill, AL 36850
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #1 - Southern Preparatory Academy Corps of Cadets 2023-2024
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #1 - Southern Preparatory Academy Corps of Cadets 2023-2024
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #2 - Alabama's Military School for Boys - Since 1898
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #3 - Ask any of our students, past or present, what he values most about our school and the answer will likely be the brotherhood!
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #4 - Parents, we want you to be with us every step of the way. As a boarding school, we make communication with our families one of our top priorities. Your son is not the only one joining the Ranger Family, you are too.
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #5 - We fly planes too! We are partnered with a small, local airport to offer one-on-one flight training for students who meet the requirements. And, yes... that is a high school student flying that plane!
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #6 - Military schools can have fun too! Photo from our Summers at Southern Camp. Other activities from this summer: fishing, kayaking, camping, zip-lining, and more!
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #7 - In addition to our adventure camps, we also offer a 4-week Academic Recovery Camp to get your son back on track. Offering English, Math, ACT Prep, and a variety of other subjects.
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #8 - Contact Admissions today to take a tour of our beautiful 320-acre campus.
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #9 - Capable young men with the potential to achieve are the young men of Southern Prep- even when they don't know it yet. Our staff make sure each young man has the tools he needs to succeed.
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #10 - We offer the following sports: football, cross country, basketball, track & field, soccer, golf, baseball, and wrestling.
Southern Prep provides the structure your son needs.
Every aspect of life as a cadet at Southern Prep is designed to encourage exceptional academic achievement and personal growth.
Open Enrollment - new students accepted throughout the school year.
We offer the same classes as any other public or private school; the only difference is our class sizes are smaller (8-12 boys per class).  Over 125 Years of Excellence.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 6-12
  • Enrollment: 130 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $35,000
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School News

  • Southern Prep Senior Appointed to West Point - 05/15/2024
    Southern Prep graduating cadet Sean Turner will be attending West Point this fall to pursue a future career in military intelligence in the army.
  • Shaping Leaders at Southern Preparatory Academy - 01/23/2024
    Tune into the Good Neighbor Podcast to hear Morgan Comolli, Director of Admissions, and Becca Nelson, Director of Marketing, as they share insights about Southern Prep and how we shape ...moreyoung men into leaders. hide

Top Rankings

Southern Preparatory Academy ranks among the top 5 military schools (out of 16 military schools) for:

Student Test Scores

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Southern Preparatory Academy
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
School Type
ADD/ADHD Support
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
320 acres
126 acres

Student Body

130 students
320 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average ACT score
(Out of 36)
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Please add $2,500 for out of state students. Contact our Admissions Team to receive information on our payment plans. )
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Director of Admissions
Morgan Comolli
Associate Director of Admissions
Mindy Pate



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club or Organization:
Aviation, Beta Club, Color Guard, Drill Team, Drone Demonstration Team, Ranger Team, Rifle Team, Robotics Team, Scholars' Bowl, SCUBA Training, Sword Drill

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Drum Corps, Yearbook Staff

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

School Notes

  • For more than 125 years, Southern Preparatory Academy has existed to educate and train future generations of leaders. As a boarding school, Southern Prep is dedicated to creating a positive environment where our students can live and learn without the distractions found in public schools. Our Corps of Cadets is small on purpose- about 130 young men- this forges a close-knit environment between our students, who are navigating the same new challenges. 
  • Southern Prep is renowned for our exemplary academics, commendable military traditions, competitive athletics, and innovative signature programs. We are not JUST a military high school; we are a boarding school, private school, college prep school, and an all boys school rolled into one. Since 1898, we`ve provided our students with the discipline and structure needed for focus, self-reliance, and success. 
  • Southern Preparatory Academy accreditations: AISA
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Bucky Heard - The Righteous Brothers
    • Jeremy Farber - CEO of Securis Technologies
    • Mario Camara - Head of Saxo Bank
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Southern Preparatory Academy cost?
Southern Preparatory Academy's tuition is approximately $35,000 for boarding students.
Who are famous alumni from Southern Preparatory Academy?
Southern Preparatory Academy famous alumni include: Bucky Heard, Jeremy Farber and Mario Camara.
What sports does Southern Preparatory Academy offer?
Southern Preparatory Academy offers 11 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Drill Team, Football, Golf, Riflery, Soccer, Track and Track and Field.
Does Southern Preparatory Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, Southern Preparatory Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Southern Preparatory Academy's ranking?
Southern Preparatory Academy ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for High percentage of boarding students, Least expensive tuition, High percent faculty with advanced degrees and High ACT scores.
When is the application deadline for Southern Preparatory Academy?
The application deadline for Southern Preparatory Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Class of 2018
The curriculum was definitively challenging, and the way courses were set up allowed for more teaching time than a normal school or prep. The class structure was 90 minutes per 4 classes and being all. . .

Class of 2020
In my opinion, I believe that our school is different from other schools in that everyone gets along at some point because we live together. We are brothers at Southern Prep Academy.Another reason we are. . .

Class of 2020
Middle tn state university
One or two aspects that I love personally is the hard work and dedication the teachers and staff of southern prep academy that they will never give up on you no matter what the second. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 6-12
  • Enrollment: 130 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $35,000
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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