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In 2010, Camden Military Academy had 8 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The South Carolina average is 16 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Camden Military Academy Reviews
Starting the 4th year at CMA
I am very pleased with the overall improvement that my son has made during the 2013-2014 school year at Camden Military Academy. He started in the 8th grade at CMA and now he is going to the 11th grade. This will be his 4th year at CMA. His communication, social and academic improvements have impacted positively on his self-image and discipline. I can honestly say the education and attention that my son has received at Camden Military Academy cannot be matched at any other school. The teachers take time to make sure that the students are following along with their studies. I believe that he likes it because its focused attention and smaller class sizes.
First year a successful and rewarding start to a new chapter in my sons life
My grandson, [name retracted] has had a long interest in the army, weapons and particularly WWII. When the public school system was not meeting his needs, Camden Military College looked like a good option. His mother and I are very pleased with the results. [Name retracted] was given the challenge to try to make up the year he lost in the public school system. With the dedicated help of his teachers and mentors at Camden, he has been able to achieve this lofty goal. Thank you everyone who had a hand in helping [name retracted] reach this goal.
Some positive changes we have noticed are: a can-do attitude, desire to set goals for the future, treating the adults in his life with more respect, following directions and requests in a more positive way, the desire and ability to express himself and carry on a conversation with adults, seeing the need, and doing what he can, to assist others. I attribute these positive changes to the discipline, mentoring and good examples set by the adults at Camden and other cadets.
We look forward to another rewarding year for [name retracted] at Camden.
Valerie M. Kelley
i have two boys who attend CMA. my seventeen year old began getting into trouble at the age of thirteen, he is now going into his senior year, first in his class and number two top ranked cadet at CMA. he is respectful and working towards his goal of attending the citadel. my sixteen year old struggled academically his entire life, he has had an IEP, private tutoring and other private schools. CMA is the only place he has succeeded in school, and he now has hopes of attending the Air Force Academy. i cannot say enough about Camden it has taught my children integrity, respect and honor. it has given them both a future they would never have obtained anywhere else
A Positive Turnaround from Public to Private
My son had failing grades of 50-65 while in a public school environment and his attitude on his future was undecided. After enrolling him with CMA his grade average improved to a 85-90 average and his outlook on a future had changed to a positive note.
Best decision I ever made
My son Andrew has just completed his second year at Camden. I am very pleased to say that the faculty and staff has really brought out the potential I knew he had. He has really matured in the 2 years that he has been there. I really appreciate the support system available to parents. The nurses are amazing and I feel confident about their care because they keep me well informed. I would recommend this school to any parent who is serious about their son's future. These boys are taught the discipline needed for survival in the real world. First Sergeant Collins keep up the work keeping Company C in line.
Camden is a wonderful school
My younger brother, Jennings Stein, enrolled in Camden Military in the Spring of his Sophomore year. He is now headed into his Senior year, and was recently promoted to the S1 Batallion Adjutant, with a bright future ahead.
I have had the privilege of seeing Camden Military shape Jennings into a respectable young man. Jennings has grown in his faith, service and integrity while at Camden. His mentors and colleagues have been a wonderful support system from him, and have encouraged him to strive for excellence inside and outside of school.
The structure and discipline that the military setting is able to provide has tremendously improved Jennings grades, confidence and time management skills. Thanks to Camden Military, Jennings and I will be touring college options for him after he graduates. It is so reassuring to know that he will be set up for success well beyond his adolescent years.
Pleased with Camden Military Academy
My son previously attended a military boarding school in another state and I wish I had chosen Camden Military Academy the first time around. While at Camden my son son has made the horse roll every semester. My son and I are pleased with CMA because we like the independence that the boarding school provides while still ensuring structure and supervision. I believe CMA provides the structure, discipline, and maturity a young man needs in his road to becoming a promising young man.
Camden changes lives!
If you are looking for a school for your child or teen, Camden is a great place for them. My grandson has been able to learn the importance of education, team work, social skills and most importantly to care about his goals and life in general. Each cadet may have a variance of issues to deal with to achieve success. The staff is “armed” to handle a variety of situations with your cadet. You will see a difference each time they are on furlough and a gradual change will occur. As parent and grandparents, we ultimately want a better life for them. Camden is a very good choice if you want to see results. My grandson will be graduating next year. Without Camden, he may not have been so successful. When their potential is realized by these cadets, most issues will slowly fade away. Camden is the best place for your child or teen. RLB
Camden provides an environment where teenage boys become productive young men!
The change in my son since enrolling at Camden Military Academy (CMA) in January of 2013 has been astonishing. Not only has he improved his grades and made the honor roll nearly every semester, he is much more responsible and his attitude is very positive. His self confidence has grown and I can honestly say it is because of the leadership opportunities he has been given at CMA. He will be company commander next year and he recognizes the hard work and determination required to achieve his goals. He is taking several college classes at CMA through the University of South Carolina and will graduate in May 2015 with a total of 24 college credits. Before he began attending CMA he had no goals but now he plans on attending the Citadel and joining the Marine Corps. I am so glad we selected CMA.
Our son Jack was not performing up to his potential in public school. As a family, we made the decision that military school might give him the structure and discipline he needed. He selected CMA as the school he wanted to attend. The small class size and personal attention has made an amazing difference!! He has a 3.7 gpa and wants to go back next year as a Senior! Everyone at the school is wonderful and always go above and beyond to help shape the lives of the young men that choose to attend CMA.
Camden is a good place for your child/teen to be successful.
My grandson has been there for the last 3 years and he has been doing excellent. The school 's academic curriculum is on point and the staff is great. Parents are continually kept informed of students progress. Grant has benefited from the academics but also has learned many social skills that with help him throughout his life. The Administration is available to answer questions. On another note, do not worry the infirmary staff is excellent.
Great School for boys who need structure in their teen age years!
My grandson first attended Camden four years ago - he came there a very angry, unmotivated 13 year old - next weekend we will pick up a 17 year old who has been on the honor roll constantly and who has a whole new lease on life. I recommend this school to every parent who has an unfocused teen age boy!
Great School with formula for
I recently attended a preview day for Camden Military Academy (CMA) with a family friend considering Camden for their son. My son is a senior now at Camden and two years ago I was one of those parents sitting in a seat listening and wondering if this military school will transform my son. I wondered are the academics on target. What about the structure of the school…is to too hard, not hard enough, Is it really a fit for my son. I sat through the presentation conducted by Casey Robinson and listened to the entire presentation to parents and perspective cadets. I listened to the presentation, this time as a parent of a student that will soon be graduating and point-by-point every aspect of what was described to the parents and students on that day was absolutely true and reflected my hopes for my son and my expectation of a quality boarding school.
I could not be more pleased with the impact this academic environment has had on my son. He is active in sports, a leader among the cadets, doing very well in his classes and gaining the living and learning skills he needs.
I dropped off an unfocused young man with great potential but, lacked the structure and self-discipline to draw it out. However, Camden Military most certainly did. In 3 weeks, I'm taking home and sending to college in the fall, a Camden Military graduate that is focused, confident, performing at his true and greatest potential.
I am excited about my son’s future and so glad I made the decision to invest in that future by choosing Camden Military Academy.
A great enviornment that provides boys the tools to achieve their full potienal.
My son is a Junior in his forth year at Camden Military Academy. He has gone from failing in the public school system to an honor roll student; every semester. The environment that CMA provides is one of structure, discipline with a caring staff. When I made the decision to drive five and a half hours to visit the campus, I was hesitant but it was worth the drive. A month later, we made the drive again to drop a floundering, middle school boy off; fast-forward to three weeks from now and I will be picking up my self confident, scholastically achieving young man.
My son is thriving at Camden Military Academy
My son was not performing up to his abilities in the classroom or at home. After much research and guidance from professionals, my son and I decided Camden Military Academy might be the solution to our issues. Since attending Camden this first year, his grades have drastically improved, his motivation level is peaked, and his attitude has become more respectful, responsible, honest, and mature.
It was a tough decision to send my son to Camden – only because of the guilt a parent can feel by sending their child to a boarding school – but it was absolutely the right choice. My son has loved his first year at Camden, and made the choice to return next year.
My son Paul is in his first year at CMA and it has been a blessing. He went from Cs, Ds and Fs in high school to deans list his first semester at CMA. He has been promoted twice and now participates in sports and school activities. The staff and teachers at CMA are wonderful and helpful to the students and parents. I cannot say enough about my son's TAC Officer 1SGT Collins he is a God send to our son and to us as a family. My son not only does well he respects his TAC Officer, the teachers, his coaches and the staff. Paul is a junior this year and has asked to go back next year because that is what he thinks he needs to make sure he doesn't screw up his future (his words). To instill that much maturity in a 16 year old boy midway through this first semester THANK YOU CMA!!!
Everything a parent wants a young man to be!!!
Camden Military Academy is everything you want as a parent for a young man!!! My son went from failing grades and no leadership skills to now passing with A's & B's and is a Sergeant with his company and leading other cadets. Camden has built character in my son and has taught him how to become a leader. His TACT officer Sergeant Major Wilder is one of the worlds best teachers in developing boys into men as well as the rest of the Camden Staff.
Great Military Boarding School
Our family was searching for a school that would fully develop our son into a man. We desired a school that would teach responsibility, discipline, courtesy and respect, in addition to standard academic subjects and sports. Furthermore, our son was searching for a way to express his independence and self-reliance. We were fortunate to find Camden Military Academy and are greatly impressed with Camden's ability to transform our son, in such a short period of time. By the end of October of his first year, our son was displaying respect and courtesy which he was previously lacking. In addition, through Camden's approach to academics, and their tutoring program, we were greatly pleased to see a rapid improvement in our son's grades. Our son is happy at Camden, because he likes the independence that a boarding school provides, while still providing structure and supervision. We strongly recommend Camden Military Academy to prospective families searching for a truly unique and rewarding academic experience.
Camden Experience from a Mom!!!
My son, Alex, began Camden Military Academy as a means to improve his academic performance and his behavioral issues in the summer of 2013. Prior to that, Alex was failing in all but P.E. at a local public middle school in Charlotte, NC where we live. In addition to his poor academic record, Alex had begun demonstrating behavioral issues over the course of the last 2-3 years that began to mandate some type of alternate lifestyle changes for himself as well as our family. I cannot tell you how difficult it was to come to the decision to have Alex attend a school where he would not be residing in our residence 24/7 but after looking at all possible scenarios, it was the only choice my husband and I felt we had, in order to be able to help Alex.
After making that decision, we knew we had to find a school that would teach Alex how to improve his learning abilities, form steadfast positive study habits and objectives, and grow in his behavioral choices by reinforcing structure scholastically as well for personal maturity of self.
Alex has attended Camden for the last year and I cannot say enough about the security it has brought to me as well as pride in my son and joy for him in his academic successes during this time. In less than 1 year, he has went from a failing student to one that is well above average academically. It's been years since Alex has passed all his subjects and I'm happy to say he will finish out the year passing all of his courses and begin High School at Camden this Fall.
I have had the pleasure of interacting with the staff at Camden over the last year many, many times- from my first phone call with Casey Robinson in Academics, to the nurses (Rachel and Denise), to the Commanding Officers (Ergenkoff)... they have all watched over and treated Alex with the respect and care that I could only hope for. It amazes me that there are more than 300 students on campus with the follow up I get concerning Alex. Behaviorally, Alex is continuing to improve as he witnesses the actions, continuity, and performance based acknowledgement that Camden students seem to thrive on.
My heartfelt appreciation goes out to all of the Camden folks I correspond with regularly and those I haven't yet had the pleasure to meet. In a year, you have made a difference in just the way Alex acts and reacts in our home, and have taught all of us that his capabilities exceed even what I thought was his potential. Alex has more room to grow in his next few years and I hope that Camden continues to help mold him throughout.
Thank you again.
used to be a fine institurion
I attended for 7 years at CMA'S and am sorry to say that the school is not what it used to be. Before I say anything else, the TAC officers are some of the finest men I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know and with the dwindling amount of authority they are getting, they do try their hardest to mentor the cadets to the best of their ability. Main complain would be with the cadets and parents. The quality of cadets has severely gone down since my junior and senior year. The cadets now a days have absolutely small to no respect for any authority and the cadet and faculty leaders in charge are becoming powerless to do anything about it, which brings me to my second point: the parents. If you are a parent sending your son to CMA, please for the love of god, stay the he'll out of the school. To many times have I seen my TAC officer unable to do anything due to a parent calling and complaining about somthing their child did not do, when In fact he probably did do it. The TACs exist for a reason, they are all senior NCO's in the United states armed forces and I promise you that they know what they are doing. In reference to any drugs, I have seen it happen and I can a sure you that drug charges come with the punishment of Immediate dismissal. Other then this I can only hope that one day this once fine institution will find its profile agian and become the school I once respected.
After 15 years as a public school band director, I am proud to be a faculty member here at Camden Military Academy. Over the course of my 7 years here I've seen many young men find purpose and direction. I've seen first-hand how important it is to provide guidance and structure, where previously there had been none. I've seen many young men rise to the challenge, take responsibility for their actions, and become leaders helping to guide others. I'm proud to be at Camden Military Academy!
I am a former public school teacher now teaching here at the Academy. I decided to leave the public school system when I was assigned 40 seventh graders in one of my classes. I felt like a babysitter putting out fires instead of my science teaching duties. Class ratios here are about ten to one. I feel that this is one of many advantages that our cadets have here. We have excellent instruction from teachers with quite diverse backgrounds. I myself served twenty years in the Army. I enrolled my son here and he excelled in the classroom and on the athletic field. Upon graduation he was offered a football scholarship from a small but wonderful college. We have impacted so many young men in the history of our school. I also coach soccer here and am proud to say that we are near the top in state wins in the last ten years. I believe that through hard work and dedication that my players and students can achieve their goals. The faculty here often tutors cadets before and after class to ensure that their academic goals are attained. The best way to find out what our school offers is to come for a visit. Try to visit when we have a home soccer match so I can show off one of the best teams in the state. As we say before every match: GO SPARTANS!
I am a faculty member at CMA; I teach English 1. My collateral duty is Civil Air Patrol Deputy Cammander.
Camden Military Academy has a unique process that works. Rated highly by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, our grading system provides feedback every two weeks. Each six week cycle averages the three two week grades; those grades are sent to parents. All of the students privileges hinge on the "two week grade." A two week grade below 77 requires attendance at Tutorial. A grade below 70 requires attendance at Learning Center which is held after school; students have the opportunity to improve their two week grade by completing the assigned work.
Every school night a teacher is in the barracks for study hall which is held following dinner. The Academic Officer in Charge has all the homework assignments for 7th through 12th grades.
Student Planners are checked and teachers follow-up on assignment completion.
A high percentage (over 90) attend college; several attend military academies. This year two of our graduates have been accepted at the US Military Academy at West Point Prep School and the US Naval Academy at Annapolis Prep School.
As I am completing my seventh year here, I am proud of all that is accomplished at CMA: solid college prepatory academics, an outstanding athletic program, an opportunity to join Civil Air Patrol where I personally fly our cadets in CAP aircraft (Cessna 182) and teach them Aerospace Education during our weekly meetings.
This is a wholesome environment (in spite of the occasional on-line parental rant) in which a young man can learn leadership and life skills along with an excellent education. I am proud to be on the faculty at CMA.
Major Anthony DeCandia, Major USMC (Ret.)
There are many people who work long and difficult hours at Camden Military Academy to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our cadets; this is a responsibility we do not take lightly. Teachers/coaches, tactical officers (barracks mentors), day guards, night guards and the administration provide layers of experienced adult supervision that is not found in all institutions of our type. Our students come here for many different reasons: academic, behavioral, to get a traditional southern military school education, etc. Whatever their reason, they have opportunities to interact with fellow students from all over the United States and from several countries around the world. This exposure to different cultures, ethnicities and races through living, working and playing together cultivates more tolerance and understanding than is found in other areas of our society. We are not perfect and are not a good fit for everyone. It is natural that many of our students resent being sent away from home and taken away from the very things that may have gotten them sent here for in the first place. When they do not adjust/respond to our structure and system of discipline, after being given as many opportunities as is prudently possible, it is sometimes necessary to dismiss them due to the negative impact they are having on the other cadets. The food issue is humorous because we are dealing with young people who believe that eating every meal at McDonalds would meet all their nutritional needs. The majority of teachers eat their lunch meal in the dining facility and many eat breakfast and/or dinner there as well. On several occasions, the dining facility manager has taken selected cadets to food shows to get their input on menu choices. Is the food exactly what they would get at home?...No, but it is prepared by a caring staff of people managed by a retired U.S. Army noncommissioned officer who specialized in that field. I can assure you that I set strict academic and discipline standards for my classes; cadets must maintain a certain level of behavior in class and are required to earn their grades. By all means, fully research Camden Military Academy before making a decision. However, ensure that you use a variety of sources that present all sides of the picture. A school that produces students who are admitted to the United States Military Academy has something great going for it. The best thing about our school is that we have made a positive impact on the lives of scores of young men who have come here through the years.
A clear mission to prepare young men mentally, physically, and morally, which has remained constant and effective. This school is an important part of the educational system of the state, the nation, and indeed for students from around the world.
Camden Military Academy helps boys achieve success! Our small classes, mandatory study hall, and caring faculty enable many students who struggle academically to experience success for the first time, while challenging other students with college level courses. The military program emphasizes self-discipline, respect for others, and responsibility for one’s own actions. Our young men have a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills and self-confidence. I am proud to be a long-time faculty member at this school.
I am the Annual Fund Coordinator at CMA and I have been employed here for the past 8 years. I have been most impressed with the faculty, staff, and administrators who have provided each student with the lessons and experiences and discipline needed to develop their confidence and leadership skills, and to learn better study habits. I have witnessed the metamorphosis of boys to men and heard the parents express their surprise and delight with those positive changes. Mothers have called us, in tears, frustrated because they have lost hope that their sons will ever graduate from high school and possibly end up in juvenile detention if something does not change. Those boys have come here and followed our “Whole Man” development concept, and have graduated and gone on to college. We give students a chance to test their potential and discover that their future can hold more possibilities than they can imagine. This is a great school!
CMA OFFERS AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG MEN TO EXCEL. THE SMALL CLASSROOM SIZE ALLOWS TEACHERS TO GIVE MORE INDIVIDUAL HELP TO STUDENTS AND DIRECT THEM IN A MORE FOCUSED MANNER.
You can't believe everything you read on here. Some seem very disgrunteled and want to always blame their problems on somebody else. The school isn't perfect BUT The people there are top-notch and so is the education that the cadets receive. Each year graduates attend fantastic institutions of higher learning. I am extremely pleased with CMA. My best advice is to talk to families who currently have a child there. They obviously will not be disgruntled with the school and will provide the truth about Camden Military Academy.
The school was terrible i slept in most of my classes and made straight A's at Camden. The food and living situation was terrible as well. Highly recommend not sending your child to Camden Military Academy
As a graduate of CMA, I would, and have, strongly suggested it to others. I see nothing false in its advertising. And, an accusation is just that, not the undeniable truth. There is a long grey line of alumni who will always stand by this school. I hate to see a smear on its reputation.
I would hope that any parent, who has a child going to CMA or
is thinking about sending their son there, would delve deeply into the
situations presented and read the FULL Federal complaint. As a parent, please question your cadet and check and double check what you have and are being told by the school.
It is easy to turn a blind eye because your child is doing better, however, I ask you is the possible loss of your son worth better grades. It is great if he gets into a better college, however, again, I ask is it worth losing the relationship you would have had with your son. If your child is attending CMA now ask them what is going on... (Edited for content by Education.com staff.)
If you love you son, and you do, please don't send them to this school. This is not the place any child should be. You will be shown one face of the school and your child will be shown a very different one. Don't take my word for this, please research this school, go out to the internet and see what is going on there.
parents please don't send your son to this school, the abuse and the drug rumors are true. Our son wanted nothing more than to serve his country, be an officer someday, the very first night at Camden, he was covered with a blanket and beaten badly. The abuse continued while the TAC officer turned a blind eye. Drugs can be bought at Camden and are used openly. Our family has suffered terribly at what happened to our son. I hate to think of another family ever having to go through what we went through.
Not all schools match the child. We had tried public and christian. When we enrolled our son at Camden we found that the "immature boy teen" started to mature by leaps and bounds. He found his academic niche and with structure in his life he achieves goals that we never thought possible. We love Camden - our son is in the 10th grade soon to go to 11th. A perfect match for our son at this stage in his developmental life.
I was very apprehensive to send my child to a boarding/military school. However Camden Military Academy has far exceeded our expectations for our son. They took a child who was failing every subject to a very self confident young man who is making pretty much straight A's.
Our son came to CMA with a few 'adolescent wrinkles' due to his need for more structure. We felt the support /leadership CMA offered, combined with athletics and classroom opportunities for advanced courses would give him the structure he needed. However, like any school, CMA was not perfect. He had to choose to succeed; it was not a given. He saw choices others made and their positive/negative consequences. The key ingredient that made CMA so successful for our son was the opportunity for him to live with and learn from CMA s teachers, coaches and staff. Their mentoring, their leadership and their willingness to take time with our son helped set the high standards he rose to. He entered CMA as a -ager who used most of his energy pushing against the grain. He graduated from CMA as a more focused young man whose energy is now directed into bettering himself.
I'm a sophmore in high school who went to CMA last year ('09-'10) as a freshman, and the comment submitted by "One Love" is 100% accurate.
Alcohol, marijuana and tabacco are heavily prevalent. Racism and anti-semitism are a huge part of life on campus. The Tactical officers allow the cadet staff to do basically anything they want, including physical abuse to suboordinate cadets, profane language, and violation of school rules. And that's just what they catch. Behind the scene, gang-style violence and criminal activities of all sorts happen.
There are little to none JROTC activities. Though structure exists in the school, it is not enforced. The food is low-quality, unhealthy, and doesn't even taste good.
I am struggling in 2 out of my 4 core classes at my new high school. It is safe to say that my classes at Camden (which I was an A student in all 6, by the way) were not sufficient. At all.
Save your kid. Send him to a real military school. Or alternative school. Or anywhere but Camden Military Academy.
-of the wind
My son is in his second year at Camden Military a ten grader. My son never had a behavior problem his reason for attending Camden Military Academy academics. We taught our son right from wrong and to be his own person. To deal with racism it is a fact of life. Since attending Camden Military I can actually say that our son grades have improved.He understands the class work better.. Attending public school he was not retaining what he was learning. It was all about the tests/CRCT scores. I would not say that Camden Military is a cheap school my opinion. The teachers at the school are professional and they do communicate with the parent. I don't think Camden Military school is a school for kids that are on durgs or have a really bad behavior problems. My son like the school and other family members have attend Camden Military Acsdemy.
I attended CMA for the second half of my junior year and my senior year.... I can truly say i wouldn't wish the pain and bs that school disguised as military structure on ANY of my most hated enemies... the school is a joke....as a former recreational drug user and addict i can truly say i was able to observe (and to my fullest potential prevent) the destruction of many of my peers attitudes and character through the steady and available source of drugs....mostly marijuana. The tactical officers were aware of the use of certain drugs in chain of commands and turned their cheek the other way because of the favoritism that ensues in a "military structure". end of story... I am fortunate to have graduated and made it into a four year college, after all that was the goal intended...but it would be a disgrace upon the standards set by ANY high school to say the education provided was sufficient in the advancement and preparation for any college bound student..lucky for me im not an idiot (i will not be a part of the 49% of CMA graduates who DROPOUT within 4 semesters of college level instruction) and will never forget the memories good and bad (mostly bad) from cma .... and even if it puts my future career at risk i will not rest until people are truly aware of the environment kids are forced into at camden... where they are institutionalized, brainwashed and drawn into drugs and violence.
I sent my son to CMA thinking that there would not be drugs and that drug addicts and kids with arrest records were not allowed. I was mislead and just lied to. You can get any drug that you want. The kids sneak out of the bathroom windows at night. The food is so bad none of the teachers eat there. The kids say they always know when a visitor is coming because they have decent food that day. The academics standards are low so the grades are high so we parents think that the kids are actually learning. There is a good reason it is the cheapest military school in the nation.