Southern Preparatory Academy

174 Ward Circle
Camp Hill, AL 36850
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #1 - 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 #2 - 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 #3 - 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 #4 - 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 #5 - 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 #6 - 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 #7 - 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 #8 - 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 #9 - 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.
Southern Preparatory Academy Photo #10 - Sports and Activities currently offered: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Cross Country, Color Guard, Drill Team, Ranger Team, Scholars' Bowl, Beta Club, and Sword Drill.
  • Our purpose is to prepare each cadet for the responsibilities of life and offer the best in academic instruction coupled with the discipline of a military program.
  • Southern Preparatory Academy will be recognized as one of the best military boarding schools for young men in the world.

Upcoming Events and News

  • Straight-A Student Accepted to West Point - 03/26/2018 - Senior Cadet Norrell excited to attend West Point in the fall. On average, 90% of Southern Prep seniors will attend a 2- or 4-year college or university upon ...moregraduation, while the remaining 10% join a branch of the United States Armed Forces. hide
  • Cadets Discover Their Potential - 04/13/2018 - 3 Cadets enjoyed time at SUN n' FUN. Opportunity for growth isn't limited to just classrooms, dorms, and athletic fields-- our signature programs provide plenty of additional opportunities for ...moreyoung men to discover their potential. hide
  • Soaring Senior Flies Solo - 04/29/2019 - Senior Cadet Stone takes his first solo flight after learning from experienced professionals, including a Senior Captain for Delta Airlines, Auburn University Aviation Professor, and a Retired United States Army ...moreColonel. hide
  • Rangers Ready for Best Season Yet - 08/21/2019 - We are gearing up for our first season as the Southern Prep Rangers!
  • Seniors Excited for Last Football Season - 08/23/2019 - "It is great to come down here with your brothers and just play some solid football," senior wide receiver Tampa said.
  • What exactly IS scrub graduation? - 09/03/2019 - On Friday, August 30th, we had 30 scrubs graduate and become cadets of Southern Prep. 
  • Off to a Great Start - 09/04/2019 - Though our first game was cancelled due to poor weather, we had a great kick off to our football season, defeating Covington Academy 40-0.
  • Back-to-Back Shutouts - 09/11/2019 - For the first time since 1993, Ranger Football has defeated both opposing teams with a combined score of 101-0.

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Definition of Terms 
2019 School Data
Southern PreparatoryBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered6-125-12
School TypeAll-boysCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denom. / ChristianNon-denominational
Year Founded18981909
Campus Size300 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment110 students318 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
Teacher : Student Ratio1:101:7
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$3,000


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


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

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered616
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Drill Team, Football, Soccer


Total Extracurricular Organizations823
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Aviation, Beta Club, Color Guard, Drill Team, Drone Demonstration Team, Ranger Team, Scholars' Bowl, Sword Drill

School Notes

  • 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. Capable young men with this potential to achieve are the young men of Southern Prep.Since its founding in 1898, the focus of our school has been to provide students with opportunity. The opportunity to experience something more; to do something bigger; to be someone better. This same transformational experience remains at the core of the school`s mission today and is rooted in Southern Prep`s close-knit community of adults and students living and learning together in an environment that balances challenge and support.We are an independent boarding school committed to preparing young men of integrity and strength for leadership in college and beyond. Our graduates are proud to be Southern Prep men. Proud of their achievements. Proud of their success. Proud to be a part of something great.
    • 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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