Army and Navy Academy - Review #1

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Army and Navy Academy

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School:
Sports and Activities:
Surfed in epic wave conditions, Rifle Team member, running. Squad leader.
College Enrolled:
Portland Community College
Home Town, State:
Las Vegas, NV

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The Army Navy Academy campus is a college preparatory school for boys ages 11 to 18 years of age, both Summer regular School schedules available. A small yet honorable and highly respected boarding school of around 300 students, located on the Pacific Ocean in a great little town of Carlsbad, California. The all boys school is over a hundred years strong and has some of the best values and great learning environment unattainable elsewhere. Classes are as small as just three of us in Spanish Two to sometimes up to twenty in one room, such as literature class taught by an excellent instructor. Many great leaders, business masters, movie stars and honorable politicians have emanated from this golden campus.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Grew up in ways I never thought I needed to, or even realized was growing. From better and improved studying and learning skills, to a rich environment of knowledgeable persons with rich and diverse backgrounds gave learning a second language much more enriching and long lasting.The school continues to help me grow, many years later. I'm still haunted in a good way, many memories, most good, some not so, all having a positive affect on me years later.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Jump right in. Don't resist too long or at all. Get involved, ask questions, seek help and don't stay idle too long. Stay physically, mentally and spiritually positive and strong. Must grow in all of them and don't take too long on one aspect, yet stay active in them all. Embrace the military training as it is effective in many other ways of life even if a military future is not in your plans. You'll meet many dedicated and hard working individuals in the military department who are committed to making America and it's students a Great people.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The whole environment of the school. Being by the ocean with surfing and beach parties but most of all, with all the sacrificing and dedicated staff volunteering in many cases to give the gift of life long teaching and showiness that make it all the more enriching. The faculty and staff were the BEST PART. Colonel W.C. Atkinson has returned after retirement and I was fortunate enough to have been in his presence. really a positive and great influence on my life.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Love the school and be open minded to the new experiences. Still have to be on guard for forces, like anywhere; that may attempt to derail your goals and dreams. Stay the course and out of trouble...not worth getting axed, kicked out or always on report and marching, when life should be a positive set of steps to take at this point.Cottages, the new dormitories look nice, the old gym building all need to be looked at and the Chapel is really a neat little place to reflect on so much that has happened. From Col. Atty's Chapels of yesteryear to the Mask and Wig club originally put on by the late wife of the late Colonel W.C. Atkinson


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Old and New academics in a beautiful blend that excels students in a well prepared path to not only reaching, even surpassing their goals of becoming tomorrow's leader and legacy.Instructors were the best I ever had. Personal, likable yet strong and firm and able to make learning the great and even fun activity it's meant to be.Competition was well balanced so the best were recognized, yet students needing extra attention felt like part of the pack.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Athletics were run and organized by past students turned professional Alumni and wishing to return the favor of their past well run athletics. We had some of the best athletes in the state of California especially for such a small school. We had talented and well trained athletes and coaches from all over the world creating a diverse yet well Americanized campus, taking our country forward with tomorrow's leaders. being readied in a first class setting.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The Entertainment and Music departments were second to none. World class Mask and Wig theater production as good as the bigger schools if not better. The marching band doesn't get any better, especially being part of entire school marching along with them on parades and daily roll calls. The Video department consisted of the latest equipment student money could buy and all the involved cadets came from highly talented backgrounds. Many famous people attended before or after their fame and many came from well known and respected families.The campus consist of many old buildings giving a solid foundation of history to construct one's background and modern classroom's for the ever changing technologies of tomorrow carefully intertwined to give a whole sense of one's identity.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
So much to do. Wish I had been far more involved. Football was calling, Cross Country, Basketball, Track and Field even Wrestling was tempting yet ultimately the sport I involved with the most was Surfing the beautiful pacific Ocean as part of our campus. There were so many organizations like chess club, model building club, and officer's club, I just couldn't decide so I took up jogging when ever the Surfing was quiet.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorms ranged from cozy little cottages to long row housing units with many students to hang out with like family with. Was cool to hang out with all your friends and not having to go very far from home to school and or to friend's home to study or have fun, constructive activities with. We have a Recreation Hall with video and pinball machines, pool tables and other activities plus a great snack bar with pizza, burgers and munchies for the late day raves.Dorm room assignment location depended on what grade, company unit, officer ranking, etc., and a bit of randomness in some cases, even special requests could be handled. Late night snacks could be safely stored in special food containers to ensure freshness and prevent intruder access.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Worked in the Dining Hall, (called Mess Hall), and noticed after working in other institutions years later, our school's food is of the finest in the world. Can honestly say the food and dining at our school was second to none. Top notch and high class. Everyone get's the school lunch room blues, but here it takes a lot longer and most "snap out of it" a few months in and realize just how fortunate our school dormitory and lunch food is..!Seating was somewhat chosen by pre-seating arrangements similar to dormitory assignments, yet some times and at some meals, free seating was available and one could sit where ever. Liked both for various reasons. Good combination. Setting is nice with views over the Senior Garden and the famous Pacific HWY.Hours on weekend were open hours for morning Brunch with open menu open kitchen, typical morning, lunch and supper hours.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Ocean, Surfing, California, small hip and upscale surf town with some of most fantastic scenery on earth..! There are nearby public beaches and resort hotels and condominiums, many of which are rented out by some of the cadets of ANA as school housing.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Just being able to hang out with like minded students after school without having to go anywhere. Could just think of someone I could get homework help with or someone just to go surfing with and no excuses. Meeting new cadets and sometimes going home over the weekend to visit their hometown, meet their family and hangout as they like to; was awesome. The cadets having been screened, all had good will and positive life expectancy, that made socializing sometimes with complete strangers; a general plus type experience.

Daily Schedule:

6:15 AM
Wake up call
6:30 AM
Formation and inspection
7:00 AM
8:00 AM
Clean rooms, chores prepare for school
8:30 AM
School preiod one
9:15 AM
School period two, (classes often last only forty minutes)
10:00 AM
School preiod three
10:45 AM
School period four
11:30 AM
Pep talk, Chaple, Commandant's talk or Accedemic love
12:00 AM
9:00 AM
Breakfast or Brunch all you can eat, order from chef off grill
11:00 AM
finish breakfast brunch and eat more.
12:00 AM
Beach Open and out surfing I go.
6:00 PM
Formation for Dinner and role call.
6:30 PM
7:45 PM
Free time. Hang out with freinds, eat snacks, movies, music
9:00 PM
Sunday Study time, if Saturday, not a wory in the world...NOT.
12:00 AM
Taps...go to bed !0 on Sundays and Monday throguh Thrusday.
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Alumni Reviews Review School

Army and Navy Academy Alumni #1
Class of 1980
5.00 11/27/2017
Portland Community College
The Army Navy Academy campus is a college preparatory school for boys ages 11 to 18 years of age, both Summer regular School schedules available. A small yet honorable and highly respected boarding. . .
Army and Navy Academy Alumni #2
Class of 1980
5.00 8/4/2017
Claytion College of Natural Health
Vast majority of students attend because they want to be there, not as a "reform school" where parents "ditch" them.Outstanding male roll models who show deserved respect and award scholastic and disciplinary achievements. . .
Army and Navy Academy Alumni #3
Class of 1980
5.00 7/19/2017
Arizona State University
The Army Navy Academy provided a uniquely structured environment where the self limiting influences of public school are removed so that each individual can rise to their ability. I quickly shed my fear of. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 320 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $55,200
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $32,200
  • Acceptance rate: 73%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update