Southern Preparatory Academy

5.00 (3 reviews)
174 Ward Circle
Camp Hill, AL 36850
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #1 - 2019 NHSA Division 2 National Champions in 8-Man Football
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #1 - 2019 NHSA Division 2 National Champions in 8-Man Football
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #2 - Strength of Brotherhood: Southern Prep provides young men with a unique opportunity to benefit from an environment that fosters the development of these bonds: where cadets share a common goal of not only becoming leaders but also becoming part of a team.
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #3 - Strength of Achievement: First we are a school, then we are a military academy. For our students, the advantage is that we are both. This is because when students apply the structure, organization, and self-discipline of military principles to their academics, they become efficient with their study time, excelling in the quantity and quality of the work they can accomplish.
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #4 - Strength of Opportunity: When students have the vision to dream, we take it upon ourselves to provide them with the opportunity. This is what drives the implementation of signature experiences such as our Aviation Program-which provides our boys with the opportunity to (literally) soar to new heights.
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #5 - Strength of Preparation: To be ready for college and life beyond means much more today than academic preparation; it means preparation for life. Our graduates move on with the skills to lead; with strong abilities in self-discipline, organization, and teamwork; and with the drive to achieve.
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #6 - Strength of Leadership: Because military standards surrounding organization, self-care, and respect are clear and consistent, it creates an environment where the possibility for achievement is equal among all cadets. For many boys, this provides a new opportunity to prove themselves...and they do.
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #7 - Strength of Southern Prep: We believe that every young man wants to be a part of something great. He wants to become as wise, as strong, as brave, and as respected as he can be. We also believe that each young man can become his very best self when he discovers that responsibility and hard work can make anything possible.
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #8 - Cadets across campus have an opportunity to better themselves in a variety of ways, such as through the weekly worship service in the Dixon All Faith Chapel on campus. This non-denominational service inspires young men to become more than they ever thought is possible.
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #9 - Academics are at the highest level of importance at Southern Prep. The curriculum is designed to provide seven years of academic study to students in grades 6-12 who are preparing for vocational training or admission into a college or university. It is challenging, yet rewarding.
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #10 - Our academy possesses a 10:1 cadet to teacher ratio. Our small class sizes and incredibly dedicated faculty contribute to learning environments where teachers are uniquely capable of providing students with individualized attention when they need it most.
We believe that every young man wants to be a part of something great.
He wants to become as wise, as strong, as brave, and as respected as he can be. We also believe that each young man can become his very best self when he discovers that responsibility and hard work can make anything possible.

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    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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    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. . .
  • PHSC
    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. . .

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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Southern PreparatoryBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege-Prep MilitaryCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered6-129-12
School TypeAll-boysCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denom. / ChristianNon-denominational
Year Founded18981907
Campus Size300 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment110 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score24*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniform )
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio10:17:1
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$3,500
(From $1,000 to $3,500)
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$37,000$54,500
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Director of AdmissionsJenifer Isbell
Associate Director of AdmissionsMorgan Comolli

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered916
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Drill Team, Football, Riflery, Soccer, Track and Field


Total Extracurricular Organizations1023
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Aviation, Beta Club, Color Guard, Drill Team, Drone Demonstration Team, Ranger Team, Robotics Team, Scholars' Bowl, SCUBA Training, Sword Drill

School Notes

  • For more than 120 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 112 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
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