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AcademicS Geared For How Boys Learn

We get boys and how they learn best to achieve academic excellence! Interactive and hands-on, we focus on proven research methods to motivate and engage middle and high school boys. Excellence in academics stems from passionate teachers, a rigorous structured schedule, a challenging college preparatory curriculum, and career-oriented electives. Around the clock, at our West Point style military school, we get boys thinking, moving, experimenting, and exploring. Ignite your love of learning and pursue your passions and interests!  

Army and Navy Academy is a top private school geared specifically for boys in grades 7-12 to achieve academic excellence.  Founded in 1910, the school campus is similar to a college setting, with full academic, athletic, and recreational facilities. Learn more about our school rankings, check out our curriculum by department, and explore what sets us apart from other private schools, military schools, and boarding schools. 

Private School Rankings  

  • Top 20 Private Schools in San Diego County by Private School Review 
  • Top 5 Boarding Schools in California by World Scholarship Forum
  • Best Boarding School in various categories by Boarding School Review
  • Nationally recognized as a Model School for Boys by the Gurian Institute  

A Life Changer for Boys 

Begin your journey by exploring what sets us apart below and schedule a campus tour through the Office of Admission. You will quickly find out how our single gender education methods make a significant difference for boys in middle school and high school.  Boarding and Day Options Available. 


Army and Navy Academy is a model school for boys. We study and apply the latest science behind how boys learn both in and out of the classroom. Our faculty and staff work in a collaborative manner to ensure these evidence-based practices are implemented 24/7.

To help boys strive for academic excellence, Army and Navy Academy utilizes instructional techniques tailored to how boy’s brains work, learn, and become motivated to reach their full potential.

Stand-up desks, fidget toys, hands-on exercises, project-based learning, interactive technology, movement, music, team-building, and much much are incorporated into the classroom. We use the best of what the military offers in terms of structure and leadership training and weave this into a fun and dynamic hands-on learning experience.

Since 1910, the Academy has been a leader in boy-centered education. We stay current on single-gender education topics through training sessions and membership in various associations including: NAIS, CAIS, TABS, WBSA, EMA, and AMCSUS.


WHAT SETS US APART Academically 

    Since 1910, we have transformed the lives of boys in grades 7-12. Unlike other private schools, the Academy is exclusively geared to motivate boys to reach higher. Academic excellence is achievable through structure and a focus on individual potential. 

    What sets us apart academically, is our commitment to research, science, and best practices behind how boys learn. To keep our faculty and staff well-trained on the latest learning methodologies, we conduct regular training sessions and implement boy-focused strategies. 


    Our core curriculum is based on the University of California’s entrance requirements and our college-preparatory curriculum includes Advanced Placement (AP) and honors courses.

    A STEM focus in core classes, alongside electives like computer science and aviation set us apart. Robust visual and performing arts electives taught by professionals, include: ANA TV, band, drama, music technology, and photography. 

    We offer trips abroad and in the U.S. to broaden the educational experience. Additionally, we work with universities and community partners to offer internship and service programs like the Stanford University Cardiovascular Institute Internship Program.

    Our academic support such as mandatory study time, tutorials, and faculty evening office hours provide the resources teenage boys need to achieve in the classroom. 

    As our graduates head off to prestigious colleges, universities, and service academies, they move into the world with a greater sense of identity, purpose, and moral grounding.  


    • Small classes with support and attention from teachers
    • After school tutorial and faculty office hours
    • Robust success plan for college acceptance
    • Emphasis on character and leadership throughout all subjects
    • Career oriented electives in aviation, computer science, game development, cyber security, and media
    •  Diverse offerings in the visual and performing arts
    • Mental fitness, self-discipline, structure, motivation, and goal-setting woven into the fabric of daily campus life 
    • Advanced Placement and Honors Classes
    • Rigorous University of California curriculum
    • STEM focus complemented by related electives and clubs
    • Educational trips in the United States and abroad 
    • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL aka ESL) for international students 
    • Learning Strategies to support students with mild to moderate ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia and other learning differences

    “This is not a school — it’s an institution for life, success, cultural intelligence and relationships. The range of diversity among the cadets helped me to grow with others of all different backgrounds. I use what I learned at Army and Navy Academy more in my everyday life than my college education.”

    Alex H. (Alumnus)