Postgraduate Program


The New York Military Academy, like many college prep schools in the U.S., offers a Postgraduate (PG) Program for both domestic and international students. Traditionally, postgrad programs have been favored by athletes who are looking to gain size and skill before competing for an athletic scholarship. These college bound athletes gain the advantage of improving their GPA and SAT scores during their postgrad year. NCAA scholarship rules encourage a year of part-time college enrollment without using up a year of eligibility; sports scholarships in the U.S. are very valuable.

In addition to extra preparation both in the class and on the field, these students are also granted more time to be looked at by Division I & II coaches because they are playing more often and usually at a higher level during their PG year. For instance, NYMA recruits PG players to compete in the New England Prep School League which is the premier high school sports league in the country. We also offer more training resources for athletes than most conventional college prep schools.

Postgrad programs also help many international students for entirely different reasons. Students from foreign countries can rarely get into high quality four-year programs directly from their high school. PG programs provide a platform on which to improve English-based academic skills, develop knowledge of American style education and culture, and improve college admission scores and credentials. All of these factors result in higher rates of acceptances by higher ranked colleges. In contrast, students applying directly from their home high school frequently find college or even a junior college a challenging environment. A 70% dropout rate is not uncommon for ESL students and most never complete their degree. Based on these statistics, it is a good investment to take a year to gain further preparation especially one in a focused environment where the student will receive personalized care.

Different PG programs offer different academic options for students. Some are just making their high school curriculum accessible to older students while other programs are actually closer to junior colleges. At the New York Military Academy, we combine college classes from the State University of New York with our own college prep program to offer a full range of options for students at different levels of English proficiency. Students who participate in this program get exactly what they need and can move from our ESL program to college credit classes as soon as they pass the entrance tests. Meanwhile, these students continuously improve their college prospects through our college office and through our coaches and mentors.

Lastly, even though our PG students are not involved in the military aspects of the campus, they are supervised a little more than in conventional programs due to the sheltered environment of a military school campus.

We offer a Postgraduate program for high school graduates who wish to apply to an American University. During this year we provide rigorous training in core college classes,  ESL if needed, and Athletics for students who actively seek to be Set Apart for Excellence in a uniquely structured setting.

New York Military Academy has carefully designed a year of achievement and growth in a structured, positive, and student-centered learning environment. This program is focused on serving diligent, hard-working students who are looking for personal growth and more support than typical colleges can provide.  Boarding and day students are welcome. Academic classes can  provide college credit (provided prerequisites) and are integrated with activities/outdoor engagement.

Science and Math — We practice a fun, integrated experiential approach to Math and Science education with high expectations of accomplishment. Postgraduate students can earn college credit through the State University of New York provided they meet the requirements.

English and U.S. History — We integrate our teaching in English and U.S. History; postgrads can either take high school or college classes in the humanities and social sciences depending on their English proficiency

College Prep — We assist students in all aspects of preparing to enter college including:  test prep, college visits, and application advice.

Arts Studios — Art classes cater to students’ interests in which they engage in uniquely American art projects. These projects drive English achievement through productions which are performed for classmates on stage or publicly displayed.

English as Second Language (ESL) — To get the most out of an American University experience, it is first necessary to master not only standard ESL curriculum, but also the deep academic vocabulary necessary for classroom success. International students will have up to 3 hours per day of ESL-related instruction.

Sports — Tennis on our courts, swimming in our pools, baseball on our fields, and a variety of other American sports are part of the NYMA experience. Postgrads are integrated onto our athletic teams as allowed by our league rules.

The perfect combination of academic courses, exposure to American culture, good food, and sports activities ensures a memorable experience and the building of a strong body and a resourceful mind.

The Postgraduate Program lasts from August 20, 2018 to May 31, 2019 with a flexible timeline to enable students to enroll in courses for college credit according to their individual goals. The college office works with each applicant to help shape their educational experience and college application.

Exciting field trips within the Hudson Valley and the New York City area; experience and embrace excitement of the summer season.

Regular visits to regional colleges and universities and assistance with all aspects of the college application process.

7:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast and Individual Study
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCourses in American Studies - History, English, and Arts
12:30 pm - 1:20 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 3:30 pmCollege-level Science and Math Instruction
3:30 pm - 6:00 pmCompetitive Athletics and Clubs
6:00 pm - 7:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 11:00 pmNight Classes, Independent Study, Tutoring, and Cultural Events
Friday TripsWhole-day or Half-day depending on the destination

Day Students: $15,000*

Boarding Students: $25,000*

International Students: $30,000*

Merit scholarships are available in the areas of academics, athletics, leadership experience, music, and the arts.

*plus books, supplies, electronics, fees...approximately $3,000

To begin the application process, please click on the APPLY TO PROGRAM button below and choose Grade 13 when prompted.

Questions? Contact:

Jonathan Gastel, Assistant Superintendent

Call: (845) 534-3710, Ext. 4230 or Email: