Who We Are Hero

Who We Are

Founded in 1910, Army and Navy Academy is a private school in San Diego County (Carlsbad) geared exclusively for boys in grades 7-12. Students come from local areas, from all over the United States and around the world for our top notch day and boarding school education. Our boy-centric approach combines a curriculum based on tried and true University of California standards, West Point-style leadership training, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) athletics, dynamic clubs, activities, and trips. Proud members of CAIS, NAIS, WBSA, TABS, AMCSUS, Chambers of Commerce, and other associations. Accredited by WASC.


 Our mission is to educate, mentor, and develop good character and leadership in young men.


At the Academy, a private school built for boys, we believe every boy needs to move toward manhood with a sense of purpose and a belief in himself. Every day, we listen, challenge, and encourage boys to imagine and accomplish their goals. We know that by believing in you, you will develop a strong sense of self, core values, and reach higher in college and your career. You will aim high, face adversity with new levels of resilience, and become a self-disciplined and motivated individual.

Sure, we could tell you all about us, but the story of Army and Navy Academy is really about you. It is a story about countless young men who have walked through our doors, each one with a personal story.

So, when you think about the road ahead, what kind of man do you want to become? What do you want to do after your graduate from high school? Are you looking for the best prep school for middle or high school? In order to move ahead, let’s figure out where you are now and how you can forge a bright future.

Are you an overachiever heading towards The Ivy League? Attending a prep school for boys can set your application apart. We have had students who never even considered the Ivies but gained admission. We have also had students who came to Army & Navy Academy to get an edge to get into The Ivy League: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania or Yale.  Ranked as one of the best private schools and best boarding schools in California, the Academy can help you achieve your goals. 

Are you interested in applying to universities in California or going out-of-state? With our University of California standards in place, we set students up to meet the requirements to gain admission to prestigious universities along the west coast and across the U.S. Graduates matriculate to top universities, including Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Davis, UCLA, UCSB, UCSD as well as out-of-state colleges and universities including: University of Chicago, Cornell, Columbia, NYU, Texas A & M, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Boston College and more. 

Are you thinking about the service academies but you’re unsure how to get in? As a college prep school, as well as a service academy prep school, we can give you a competitive edge to get into USNA, USMA, USCGA, USAFA, or USMMA. In fact, West Point, Annapolis, and the other service academies seek out our cadets because they have been through rigorous JROTC leadership training, and have adhered to strong values and standards. They have what it takes to succeed: grit, determination, leadership, and strong character.

Are you debating whether you can get into college or even want to go? Maybe you are struggling academically or you have lost your love of learning in your current public school or private school. You are not alone. Lots of boys are not enjoying or feeling engaged in public schools and private schools. This is why the Academy is geared for how boys actually learn best. Interactive lessons, hands-on projects, and dynamic career-oriented electives will get you excited again and motivated to do your best. Faculty and male mentorship will help you gain confidence in your areas of strength and improve your outlook in school.

Are you having a tough time in a public school or private school? If you have a mild to moderate learning issue (e.g. ADD, ADHD, dyslexia), you could be struggling without the right academic support at school. Alternatively, maybe you feel like you are getting lost in the system or you need to change your circle of friends. Regardless of your circumstances, we are here to mentor and guide you as you find your way. We believe in you and all that you can become.

Are you an international student wishing to study in the USA? If so, you have found the ideal college prep school for boys in the U.S.  In fact, we are one of very few western boarding schools offering English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). We welcome students from around the world and approximately 20% of our student body is comprised of international students. Many international students are attracted to our our junior boarding or private boarding school to acquire structure, motivation, and self-discipline to achieve in college and life beyond. 


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What are the rankings for this academy?

Army and Navy Academy is a private day and boarding school geared for boys in grades 7-12. Located on a beachfront campus in San Diego County (Carlsbad), CA.

Ranked in the Top 5 Boarding Schools in California by World Scholarship Forum

Ranked in the Top 20 Private Schools in San Diego county by Private School Review

Ranked as one of the Best Boarding Schools for a number of sports by Boarding School Review

Nationally recognized as a Model School for Boys

Recognized as an Honor Unit with Distinction by the  national JROTC.

Contact the Admission Office to find out why we are different from other boarding schools, private schools, and military academies. 


When was the Academy founded?

“The Academy was founded by Colonel Thomas A. Davis on November 23, 1910. It was originally located in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego, California.

In 1936, the Academy moved to Carlsbad, California, where it opened as the Davis Military Academy. The Academy was renamed as the San Diego Army and Navy Academy upon the move.

In 1944, ‘San Diego’ was dropped from the name, resulting in the school’s current name: Army and Navy Academy. The Academy was notably led by William Currier Atkinson, who served as the Academy’s president for fifty years.” – Wikipedia 

Who owns and operates the Academy?

The Army and Navy Academy is a private military boarding school. The Academy is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of philanthropists, Academy alumni, and current and past parents.

The president is Mark Desjardins, PhD, who previously served as the Headmaster of St. John’s School in Houston, Texas. The Dean of Academics is Ethan Segovia, and the Assistant Dean of Academics is Amy Coe.” – Wikipedia 

Is this an all boys private school for middle and high school student?

Yes, it is all boys school during the academic year and coeducation during our leadership summer camps. 

Is this school geared for college prep?

The majority of our graduates attend four-year public and private universities and a small percentage attend the top service academies. We follow the rigorous University of California entrance requirements to ensure our students have strong opportunities to matriculate to The Ivy League and top colleges and universities.

We are very proud of our long history of graduates who have matriculated to UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSB, UCI, UCSD, The University of Chicago, Stanford, Cornell, Columbia, Georgetown, Rutgers, Boston College and many other top colleges and universities. 

While most view the Academy as a college prep school, some cadets see it as a service academy prep school because of their interest in attending an ROTC university or one of the service academies: USMA, USNA, USCGA, USMMA, USAFA. We have had a long line of graduates attend West Point, Annapolis, The Coast Guard Academy, and other military service academies. Also, due to our Warrior Aviation Course, we are seeing a growing number of graduates accepted to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 

Check our college matriculation lists under Academics to view lists by region.  


Where is Army and Navy Academy located?

Looking for a “Private School Near Me?” or the best school for a specific sport? 

The Academy is a private school in San Diego County. Nestled along the coast in Carlsbad, California, we offer a 16 acre full facility campus. There is easy access to airports and other modes of transportation and the village is within walking distance from campus. 


Is this school for military families only?

Sometimes there is a misunderstanding about the various types of private schools, and military academies in particular. Army and Navy Academy warmly welcomes families from all backgrounds and we absolutely do not limit our student enrollment to military families only.

In fact, among our families, we have had various professions represented since our early beginnings in 1910. Over the past few decades, we have had a diverse mix of parents from various professional backgrounds, including: Business Owners, CEOs, CFOS, CPAs, Doctors, Lawyers, Judges, Computer Scientists, Research Scientists, Engineers, Aviators, School Principals, Diplomats, Politicians, Generals, Admirals, Colonels, Artists, Writers, Musicians, Film Producers, and many others. 

Of course, we welcome military families from San Diego County and beyond. Over the years, many top officers have been employed at the Academy in various roles. We have also had children of Admirals, Generals, Colonels and other top officers attend our private school. Worth noting, San Diego is home to NASNI in Coronado, MCAS, Camp Pendleton, Naval Bases and many others. 

To honor those who have served, we do a special event on Veteran’s Day, various community service projects, and we offer a Leadership Education Training (LET) program as part of our curriculum. Our stellar West Point-style leadership program follows the mission of JROTC to develop strong citizens and does not promote military enlistment. 

At the university level, ROTC by comparison, does require a military service commitment. Many universities offer ROTC or optional programs including: USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Norwich, VMI, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and many others.  

While most attend traditional four-year universities, a small percentage of our graduates enlist, attend ROTC universities, or matriculate to the top service academies: USNA, USMA, USCGA, USMMA, USAFA.

Why is it called Army and Navy Academy?

Modeled after the top service academies, West Point and Annapolis, the Academy represents the best practices followed by top leaders in the U.S. By this statement, we do not mean this is limited to military leadership alone; it encompasses all aspects of leadership at every level.

Every young man must take the lead in his life and every young man will make his mark on his community, within his family, and in his chosen profession.

More than ever before, we need boys to move toward manhood, poised with good character and strong leadership qualities. 

Make your mark on the world! Be Bold. Be Brilliant. Be You.