Residential Life - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Whom should I call to see how my cadet is adapting to the boarding school experience?

A: The first person to call is normally the Residential Life Officer (RLO).  While you will receive occasion classroom reports from the teachers, the RLOs are responsible for the late afternoon and evenings outside the classroom.  He’ll be the one who is walking around the dorms checking on your cadet and should be the one your cadet goes to with challenges or concerns.

Q: How do you monitor attendance?

A: The Operations Office monitors daily classroom attendance submitted by teachers as well as reviews cadet formation rosters to ensure accountability of all cadets on campus.

Q: How are dorms assigned?
A: Cadet files are reviewed by Academy staff prior to dorm assignment. Should a challenge with a roommate occur, a cadet should communicate with his RLO.

Q: How can I contact a cadet after school?
A: The Operations Office is the main hub when attempting to contact your cadet. Your cadet will be informed of your arrival via the public address system or tracked down by his RLO.

Q: How do I reach my son's Residential Life Officer (RLO)?
A: Your cadet’s RLO can be contacted via email or by phone as listed in the directory. It is important to remember your cadet’s RLO is normally on campus Monday-Thursday from 2:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. and Friday’s from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. RLOs will make every effort to respond within 24 hours. For urgent issues please call the Operations Office and they will contact the appropriate RLO or Assistant Commandant as needed. (Online Directory)

Q: Am I allowed to come on campus and take my cadet to dinner?
A: Absolutely! We ask you to give us some advanced notice that you will be on campus to ensure your son is expecting you. When you arrive on campus, check in at the Operations Office and have your cadet paged. He will need to sign-out with his Residential Life Officer (RLO) so that he knows your son is off campus with you.

Q: Can my cadet go home with another cadet for the weekend?
A: Yes.  All we ask is that we receive an e-mail from a parent stating he/she approves of the cadet's spending the weekend with the particular family.  Some parents feel a bit nervous about allowing their cadets to leave with another family whom they may not have met.  If that’s the case, give the RLO a call.  He knows the cadets and can put you more at ease.

Q: How do I check-out a cadet off campus when I pick him up after school for weekends or holidays?
A: Cadets are required to check-out from the Operations Office when departing campus. Pass cards (white for local liberty, blue for overnight leave) are filled out by the cadet and signed by the RLO prior to departure. This allows the RLO time to confirm travel plans. On occasion a cadet may invite other cadets to their home for weekend home leave. In this instance prior planning is essential. Both patrons must provide signed authorization via email or fax to the RLO 48 hours in advance of the home visit.

Q: How does my son get mail?
A: Mail from patrons or families should be addressed to the cadet using the PO Box for the school, PO Box 3000, Carlsbad, CA  92018-3000. Cadet mail is distributed to the Residential Life Officers (RLO) daily and then delivered to the cadets each evening. Larger packages should be shipped to the Academy’s physical address, 2605 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008. The Operations Office will ensure that cadets receive any packages that have been addressed to them at the physical address.

Q: How is campus security handled?
A: The campus is equipped with automated gates, camera surveillance system, and a fire/smoke detection system. The Academy is staffed around the clock with personnel who provide security for the campus. Regular fire and lock down drills are preformed by the entire school to help educate the cadets on proper procedures in case of emergency.

Q: My son has a medical appointment with a physician away from the Carlsbad area.  How do I get him off campus for his appointment?
A: We ask that you fax a copy of the Cadet Absence Form to the Operations Office at least 48 hours in advance of the appointment. This will allow us time to excuse the absence and make any necessary arrangements. You can pick him up from campus or you can have him use the public transportation systems.  We offer shuttles to the train station and the airport, which will need to be coordinated with our Transportation Director, Mrs. Bobbi Patterson. She may be reached at or 760.547.5212.

Contact Procedures for Parents:

Prospective Families - Please Contact the Office of Admission if you have questions about Residential Life.

Current Families - Please Contact Operations or the assigned RLO for assistance.

Buildings and Dorm Life

Upper School

The Upper School consists of cadets in grades 10–12.  Cadets are further divided into one of five companies. 

Alpha Company is housed in McClendon Hall and a portion of Anderson Hall, while Bravo and Charlie Companies occupy the bulk of Anderson Hall.  Band Company cadets occupy Hoover Hall, while Honor Guard cadets are housed in the Honor Guard Cottages.  (Honor Guard is a small but prestigious detachment of Band Company). 

The majority of seniors reside in the Headquarters Company Cottages, while West Fagen Hall (commonly known as “The Palace”) houses the Battalion Staff.  The Battalion Staff consists of senior cadets who have earned the highest ranking leadership positions within the Corps of Cadets. 

Each company has its own unique network of Cadet Leaders who have completed extensive training in leadership and character development.  These leaders, along with the Residential Life Officers, help guide the lower ranking cadets in their journey to becoming young men of good character. 

Lower School

The Lower School consists of cadets in grades 7–9.  Cadets are further divided into two companies by grade.  The 7th and 8th grade cadets make up Echo Company and the 9th grade cadets form Delta Company. 

Within each company are hand-selected cadets from the Upper School who serve as Cadet Leaders.  These leaders receive training in how to support cadets from the Residential Life Officers of the Lower SchoolThis leadership training directly relates to our residential life program.  They learn age-specific behavior, peer counseling and mentoring techniques and ways to deal with everyday residential life incidents.  Cadet Leaders receive specific job descriptions, but most treat the experience more like being a big brother to the younger cadets.

The Lower School resides on the western tip of the Academy’s campus, with clear views of the beachfront and surf.  Crean Hall houses Echo Company and consists of eight quads.  Atkinson Hall is made up of four quads with four rooms to each quad.  Lewis and McIntosh halls encompass two strip dorms with eight rooms each.  Two cadets are assigned to each room, with two Cadet Leaders assigned to each quad or strip dorm.  It is the Cadet Leaders' responsibility and goal to convey ownership of their area to the other cadets.  Each cadet is assigned a specific responsibility in maintaining the dorm's appearance.  From day one, cadets learn to work as a team.


Upper School Cadet Companies

Commandant of Cadets
LTC Charles Glimka
Phone: 760.547.5222

Asst. Commandant,
Upper School

MAJ Eusebio Gonzales
Phone: 760.547.5235

HQ Company
CPT Roye Oliver
Phone: 760.547.5225

Alpha Company
CPT Kevan Clark
Phone: 760.547.5204

Band Company
CPT Jason MacDonnell
Phone: 760.547.5224

Bravo Company
CPT Kevin Newton
Phone: 760.547.5219

Charlie Company
CPT Antonio Maldonado
Phone: 760.547.5220

On Duty Staff Member
Phone: 760.547.5227


Lower School Cadet Companies

Commandant of Cadets
LTC Charles Glimka
Phone: 760.547.5222

Asst. Commandant,
Lower School

MAJ Jim Williams
Phone: 760.547.5232

Delta Company
CPT Michael Dennis
Phone: 760.547.5226

Echo Company
CPT Mike Traynor
Phone: 760.547.5223

Lower School Asst.
CPT Craig Matthews
Phone: 760.547.5221

On Duty Staff Member
Phone: 760.547.5227

Current Parents: Please note that Residential Life Officers make every effort to return calls promptly. However, our first priority is the afterschool supervision of the Corps of Cadets.

Please allow up to 48 hours for return calls unless the matter is of an urgent nature.  Thank you for your understanding.