Cadet Avaras On-Air on Fox Radio

Cadet Aristotle Avaras spent Friday morning being interviewed by Bob O. on the Fox Oldies radio station (98.9 FM) in New Windsor. We are always so proud when our students are out in the community representing our school in such a positive way. He did a great job and the interviewer commented how blown away he is by our students. You can catch the taped interview in its entirety at:

Old and New NYMA

The New York Military Academy has operated on the same site under the same New York State Charter since the 19th century. Like all schools, NYMA is controlled by a board. In the past this board was mostly composed of alumni. In 2015 the NYMA board was forced to sell the school to the Research Foundation which created a new board of educational professionals, business people, and generous benefactors. The school continues to operate as a non-profit organization, receives generous tax-free donations from board members and alumni, and continues to have similar educational goals of creating excellent leaders of strong mind, body, and character. The school has always combined students from the region, the nation, and the world; this has not changed.

What has changed at NYMA is that we are growing again and investing in our future. In 2017 the Research Foundation helped us make over $500,000 in capital improvements and we expect to do the same this year. Another $500,000 was invested in financial aid to make it possible for a diverse Corp of Cadets. Last year we grew from 28 cadets on September 6, 2016 to 56 cadets on September 6, 2017. We expect to expand dramatically again for this coming September. In addition, last summer we hosted over 400 students for summer programs and are expecting to host 700 students for Summer 2018. The community has always come to the campus through sports, arts, and dance programs which rented facilities; this practice is continuing.

More than anything we continue being NYMA because of the devotion of our faculty and staff who take care of our cadets and our culture. We continue to strive to meet the same high standard of the past and to restore the sense of pride and excellence that governed NYMA for over a decade.

That being said, we have also made some changes from the old. We no longer tolerate bullying or physical discipline, our dorms are much improved with better infrastructure, and our academic standards have and will continue to rise.

Come visit us, see our progress, and tell us how we can continue to improve.

NYMA’s Co-Ed Experience

The New York Military Academy has been a co-educational campus since 1975. We actively outreach to exceptional, young women to join our Corps of Cadets because of our commitment to modeling an environment for female leaders to thrive.

NYMA has an excellent track record of training and educating such leaders. The majority of our current faculty is female including our Superintendent and Dean of Academics. As a result, we mirror this inclusive environment across our Corps of Cadets and ensure our students are learning from effective powers of example.

We believe NYMA is an ideal place for young females to grow and develop and we take this responsibility very seriously. As a military school with strong athletic resources, we provide the perfect setting for young women to nurture their athletic talents. We promote and maintain a culture that focuses on developing such ideals as character, cooperation, and compassion. NYMA feels this development philosophy enables our cadets to flourish and grow across their own lines of interest free from traditional pressures.

Merit-based scholarships are available for female cadets; please visit our growing campus and find out more!

Is Your Child Awake in Class?

We have been restoring our cadets sleep/wake cycle which is essential for learning. To do this, we ensure adequate exercise each day, we turn off internet access after lights out, and require students to live without their electronics until they are promoted. We have a strict schedule and require cadets to wake-up by 6:30 am.

One area where we have not always been successful is in limiting cell phone usage at night. Our Cadet Manual specifically prohibits the use of cell phones during nighttime hours and we do restrict access when possible. Parents can help! Major cell phone carriers now allow you to control your child’s access to data at night from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.  Please help your child get a good night’s sleep. Thanks!

Cadet Beller On-Air

Cadet Captain Amanda Beller was interviewed on the radio twice this past Thursday morning along with our Admissions Director, John Dolan.

Cadet Beller spoke about her experiences as a female student at the academy (where she is the third highest-ranked cadet) and her future goals of Navy ROTC and Aerospace Engineering. She said that you have to set the bar high if you want to achieve big goals (she is in the process of being accepted to Princeton).

Both of Captain Beller’s interviews with Fox Radio can be seen on our Facebook page:

AMCSUS Drill Meet

Last weekend our Drill Team traveled to Pennsylvania to participate in the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States Annual Drill Meet. AMCSUS schools from all over the country compete in this elite meet.

The AMCSUS Drill Meet is different from others in that instead of all the schools traveling to one central location to compete, recordings are made at each school and the event is judged weeks later by representatives of the AMCSUS Senior Military Colleges.

For the first time in the event’s history, two schools came together to practice and sharpen their skills before competing against each other. Carson Long Military Academy integrated our cadets into their corps for the weekend and drill teams from both schools worked together to prepare and help each other.

After each team was recorded, both teams joined together for a knock-out drill. Knock-out is when a drill leader issues commands and anyone with even a slight infraction (too slow, fingers not placed properly, etc.) is “knocked out” until the most drilled cadet remains. NYMA cadets made up three of the last four left standing, but sadly first place went to CLMA.

After such a long day of travel and work, all the cadets spent time relaxing together and swapping stories about their respective schools over pizza.

For more pictures of the event please visit:

Facebook Album: AMCSUS Drill Meet

Winter Programs at NYMA

Come to NYMA for winter break! Students can arrange to visit NYMA for special programs during winter recess. The programs incorporate classes in the morning and special activities in afternoon and evening.


-International Two-Week Program: January 28th – February 9th

-Mid-winter Recess: February 17th – 24th

To inquire or apply, please contact:

Making NYMA Proud at Pace

Our New York Military Academy Color Guard consisting of Kobe Parker, Timothy DelUniversita, and Jake Debree presented the Colors yesterday at a Pace University basketball game. They were accompanied by Veronica Walker and Gianna Whritenour who did an outstanding job singing our National Anthem. Great job cadets…you made NYMA very proud!

To view the video, please visit:

Facebook Video: NYMA Color Guard @ Pace University


New Makerspace: Donations Needed

A Makerspace is a collaborative workspace inside a school, library, or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring, and sharing that uses anything from high-tech to no-tech tools. A Makerspace doesn’t need to include machines; if you have cardboard, Legos, and art supplies you’re in business. It’s more of the maker mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests that’s at the core of a Makerspace. These spaces are also helping to prepare those who need critical 21st century skills in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). They provide hands-on learning, help with critical thinking skills, and even boost self-confidence. (

Every Wednesday afternoon a group of our students will be gathering to create in our new Makerspace and we need your help to get it started! Please check out our Makerspace wish list of basic supplies below and consider donating tools or items you are no longer using (usable condition only please). Monetary donations for more specialized items would also be appreciated. To make a donation, please contact Liz Harrell at or 845-534-3710 x4864. Thank you!

Item       Quantity Requested

Hammers            1

Nails (not used)  many

Screwdriver – small flat head          1

Screwdriver – large flat head          1

Screwdriver- small phillips head    1

Screwdriver – large phillips head    1

Miter box             1

Power drill with bits           1

Hot glue gun       1

Hot glue sticks    1 pack

Elmers glue         2

Elmers glue sticks            5

Insulated wire for circuit building

Screws – all sizes              many

Plastic shoe box with lid (storage) 20

Popsicle sticks    1 box

Small wood blocks/pieces              many

Wood glue           1

Stapler and staples           1

Tape measure – retractable            1

Worx zip snip cutting tool               1

Heavy duty scissors         2

Masking tape      2 rolls

Duct tape            5 rolls

Work gloves (Small, medium, large)            5 pairs

Wire stripping tool             2

AA Battery holders for circuit building          5

9V Battery holders for circuit building

RBG LED’s (loose)           2 packs

Alligator clips for circuit building     20

Cardboard tubes 30

Cardstock            1 pack

Safety glasses/goggles     5

Soldering iron     1

Lead free solder  2

Mechanical pencils           12

Copper tape (for circuits)  1 roll

Metal shears       1

Dust masks         5

First aid kit          1

Fire extinguisher 1

Large plastic tote/box for storage   5

Paper towels       several rolls

Sharpies              5

Lighter   1

Dremel with router attachment       1

Pool noodles       5