Honors Program Announced

Announcing the opening of the New York Military Academy Honors Program for 2018-19.

New York Military Academy has educated elite leaders in business, military, politics, and the arts for over a century. Today this requires a stronger secondary education than ever before. In order to teach at this elevated standard, NYMA offers small class sizes with increased personal attention. In addition, this year’s students will be taking AP exams in Computer Science, Calculus, Psychology, Government, Mandarin, and Chemistry.

For even more advanced courses next year, we are adding a full year of courses from the SUNY curriculum. These courses are normally part of our Post-Graduate Program, but advanced high school students, who can meet SUNY requirements, can also take advantage of them and earn college credit. Finally, for grades 6-10 we are building a unique honors program with classes and activities independent of the rest of the campus.

As we build and expand these programs, we expect to further strengthen our reputation for training exceptional students who often advance to well-recognized universities on scholarship or attend the National Service Academies.

Apply now for complete consideration. International applicants are welcome. Partial scholarships for all qualified applicants are available for ages 14-16.

Click to apply today.


In the late 19th century when the New York Military Academy was formed, military high schools were a popular career gateway to the service academies and a promising military career. After the Vietnam War, hundreds of military schools began to fall on hard times because some of the pride associated with the military was lost. Today the New York Military Academy is the only military secondary school left in the Northeast. Recently, military schools are receiving renewed attention in part because they have something important to offer beyond a career gateway.

When President Trump won the Republican nomination and the national election, many journalists visited his alma mater, the New York Military Academy. They wanted to find out what is special about a secondary military school. Many said their audiences don’t know about military schools because they don’t have these types of academies in their region of the country. Across the U.S. it seems few people know about the value of military schools. Most people incorrectly assume that military schools are similar to reform schools and are just one step away from prison. As a child they might have been threatened with a common parental admonishment: “Misbehave like that again and you will be going to military school!” In this way military schools have received an undeserved poor reputation as a place primarily of discipline. Parents might also think of them as institutions where behavioral problems are addressed so cadets can then be marched off to combat. This is certainly not true of military academies today.

The founder of the NYMA, Charles Jefferson Wright, assembled a great staff in the 1890’s. They consisted mainly of graduates from Yale who were committed to train future military officers before they entered West Point or another service academy. By the 1920’s however, the New York Military Academy was no longer just focusing on educating cadets for a future military career. Most of the students went on to study at a university so the academy refocused on promoting “The Six C’s”. The Six C’s are core values that empower students to achieve their goals and the goals of our community. These values are summarized below:

Confidence – empowering students to try hard to succeed

Character – holding cadets to high standards for behavior even in challenging conditions

Craft – forcing ourselves to pay attention to detail and earn the respect of a community

Cooperation – learning to complete tasks using all available resources as a team

Compassion – stepping up to help others in need

Control – aligning behavior with long term goals – first with regard to oneself and then as a team leader

Cadets are trained to lead by these principles in the classroom, the workshop, the parade grounds, the sports fields, and the barracks. These behavioral and emotional values are instilled through an effective teaching approach that is popular today. Our students become well-developed through a classical almost Platonic approach to holistic education. This approach includes demanding academics (especially in science, creative arts, engineering, and math), a wide range of athletics and community service, and frequent leadership experience.

Peer to peer teaching, vertical mentoring, and authentic contexts make up the lifeblood of a military campus. Cadets are shaped not just by teachers and staff, but by the feedback from their own peers. As a result, they quickly mature into successful adults.

Schools are designed to make dreams come true; an aspiration of all, but a quality of few. Ironically, at a time when many potential parents are not considering military academies for their children, the Six C’s described above are now incredibly popular values for educators. This popularity stems from the empowerment they provide all students and that empowerment is the first major step in making dreams a reality.

At the New York Military Academy, we hold dear our standing as the American military school with the highest academic standards and a history of training leaders in politics, business, and the arts. Yet, above all else, we believe that the cultivation of the Six C’s in our cadets is our strongest claim to providing an excellent educational value whether you come from down the road or across the globe.

Hope to see you soon,

Jonathan Gastel

Assistant Superintendent, New York Military Academy

Robotic Monster Competition!

In keeping with the spirit of Halloween, Ms. Harrel’s Robotics class was tasked with creating a robotic monster. She sent all of the faculty pictures and action links so that they could judge the best robot. She was very proud of all the students and their efforts. We are pleased to announce that 8th grader Daniel Geng came in 1st place. You can check out all of the robots on Ms. Harrell’s blog, www.locker203.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/monsters-completed/

Honor Rolls Announced

The first marking period has officially ended and NYMA is proud to announce the following academic honors:

Honor Roll

Joshua Antoine, Anna Bakay, Jake deBree, Brandon Fooks, Jeffrey Li, Simon Lin, Zamere McKenzie, Joseph Xu, Zhengkun Yang, Robin Zhao, Judy Zhou

High Honor Roll

Amanda Beller, Daniel Geng, Alex Huang, Nathan Kratman, Nigel Petti-Fernandez, David Pinto-Ricardo, Adam Sun, Mandy Wang

Great job cadets!

First Marking Period Closes

The first marking period closed this past Wednesday and teachers will be busy grading all of the last assessments over this weekend. Grades are due to Ms. Madaia by Monday and we will be posting grade reports to Rediker by Wednesday.

PSAT Exams to be Taken

In a break with past practice, everyone in grades 8-11 will take a college board exam tomorrow (Wed., Oct. 11th) to evaluate their progress in fundamental English and Math skills.

10th and 11th graders will take the actual PSAT exam which helps students qualify for college scholarships; others will take a similar grade appropriate exam.

7th and 12th graders will be visiting Marist College to take in the campus and ask general questions about the college experience.

Li is Scholarship Semifinalist

NYMA is proud to announce that Cadet Jeffrey Li (class of 2018) was selected as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist; an honor given to approximately 16,000 students across the country out of a staggering 1.6 million test-takers. Selection of these semifinalists is based on the student’s test score on their PSAT/NMSQT. To become a finalist, he will submit academic information, receive a recommendation from a school official, and write an essay. Good luck Jeffrey!