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Hargrave Military Academy HMA Boarding school

Address: 200 Military Dr, Chatham, VA 24531, United States
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Description Hargrave Military Academy HMA Boarding school

The private American boarding school Hargrave Military Academy (HMA) is located in Virginia, in the small town of Chatham. The institution has close ties with the local Baptist community and preaches traditional Christian values ​​that are combined surprisingly and harmoniously with the high quality of academic programs and military studying.

It offers educational programs for boys from all over the world: middle and high school plus postgraduate education (PG), which improves academic and athletic opportunities before entering a college or university.

Hargrave Military Academy has a rich history. It was founded back in 1909 and was called the Chatham Educational School (CTS) - like its partner and predecessor, Warren, was a general school for the boy. In 1925, the institution was renamed in honour of J. Hunt Hargrave, a local rich farmer who acted as one of the founders, and the process of reforming into a military secondary school was initiated. The process of changing the academic orientation helped filter the entrants and select the most suitable candidates, and also created a kind of memorial for J. Hunt Hargrave.

Many of the current campus buildings were built during the time of Colonel Cosby's work: for example, the Walter P. Davis gymnasium (in 1961) and the Main Hall (in 1963). 

Hargrave Military Academy is managed by the Board of Trustees (it includes many school graduates); Works its own charity, actively working with philanthropists. The school has many accreditations from prestigious educational and administrative organizations (Association of Independent Schools of Virginia and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), is a valid and active member of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States and the National Association of Independent Schools.

The military nature of exercises implies wearing a general form divided into 5 classes:

1) Class A:

  • Blouse, gray trousers, white shirt and tuxedo, hat, black shoes and black socks
  • In addition, he wears a belt of his rank, a bureaucratic belt, white gloves; officials also wear sabers.

2) Class B:

  • Long gray shirt with long sleeves, tuxedo, hat + belt according to category
  • Gray shirt with short sleeves, without a tie, garrison hat + belt of its rank.

3) Uniform of the chapel: white shirt with gray pants, tuxedo, white hat, black shoes and black socks, belt according to rank.

4) Uniform D: khaki trousers and black polo.

5) ACU uniform: the full army complex of the ACU standard (blouse, pants, shoes, shirt).

During the formal and ceremonial measures cadets wear a black bow tie, a separate form for studying teams and a group of bagpipers is intended. Depending on the weather, uniforms can be supplemented with black jackets.

Among the graduates of Hargrave Military Academy there are a lot of famous people and professionals in their field:

  • Joe Alexander (basketball player)
  • Larry Brown (NBA coach)
  • Walter B. Jones (congressman)
  • James White (basketball player)
  • Branden Albert (NFL player)
  • Marreese Speights (NBA basketball player)
  • Glen Chorny (poker champion)
  • Charles Grant (National Football League player, defender)
  • John Nunnalli (player of the Major League Baseball)
  • Jareda Geithar (NFL player)
  • Jonathan Mandeldow (basketball player)
  • Torrey Holt (baseball player)
  • David West (basketball player)
  • NFL players Mohammed Wilkerson, Curtis Brinkley, Zach Brown, Ahmad Brooks, Quinton Coples, Jayles Tucker
  • Walter Davis (former CEO of Occidental Petroleum)
  • Jordan Crawford (basketball player)
  • Taylor Sanford (sports coach)
  • William B. Caldwell -leutenant, commander of the US Army)
  • Corleon Young (basketball player)
  • Andrew Ballen (TV presenter and entrepreneur)
  • Brandon Lang (footballer)
  • Josh Howard (basketball player).

As in any military school and academy, there is a system of punishments and penalties, which range from the degree of misconduct and responsibility of the student:

  • Minor offenses (being late, not ready for the lesson) will lead to educational conversation;
  • Fight, smoking or possession of cigarettes - to recovery from a military department employee;
  • In case of recurrence or a serious violation of the cadet gets a temporary suspension from school, while all missed classes are scored zero points and lead to a lag in the curriculum;
  • Higher punishment - exclusion from the Academy;
  • In case of theft or deceit, the cadet appears before the Council for honour (the Academy has its own Code of Honor). The Council includes elected cadets and can impose punishment according to the severity of the offense.

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After graduation, students receive prestigious certificates (standard and with honours), which are highly appreciated when entering colleges and universities. To increase their chances of successful entry, students have the right to complete a post-graduate year after graduating from high school.

The military program contributes to not only academic education, but also moral and spiritual, as well as physical education of the Cadets. The children are brought up such valuable qualities as:

  • A sense of humor;
  • Self-discipline;
  • The ability to take responsibility;
  • Skills of etiquette and ethics;
  • Loyalty;
  • Ability to take obligations;
  • A solid character, leadership qualities and the ability to work in a team.

Accommodation and food

The entire cadet corps of the Hargrave Military Academy consists of several companies:

  • Most cadets from high school are enrolled in Alpha, Bravo or Charley;
  • Headquarters Company (the so-called Band Company, 2 platoons);
  • Delta Company (grades 7-9).

For students prepared barracks for living:

  • Band Company - barracks 300
  • Charlie - barracks 100 and 200
  • Bravo - barracks 800
  • Alfa barracks 700
  • Delta - barracks 500-600
  • The total staff of the battalion is barrack 400.

The rooms are designed for 2 people. A privilege for especially successful students, showing leadership qualities, is a separate room. On Saturdays there is a later ascent.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: English, humanitarian sciences, maths, Natural Sciences, reading, social sciencies
Events list: baseball, basketball, cross, diving, fight, football, golf, lacrosse, swimming, tennis

Events Hargrave Military Academy HMA Boarding school

Hargrave Military Academy students are given the opportunity to practice in various clubs and sections:

  • Forensic examination
  • Rifle shooting
  • Beta Club
  • Boy Scouts
  • Paintball
  • Honor Board
  • Scuba Diving
  • The Spanish Club
  • Latin club
  • Chorus
  • "Sword Club" and others.

Scholarships Hargrave Military Academy HMA Boarding school

  • Excellent work and academic achievement (issued at the end of each school year, and also to the Cadet of the Year);
  • General Douglas MacArthur Award (recognition of the outstanding merits of a particular cadet from among high school students: ability to work in a team and lead people);
  • Cadet of the month (given every month, mainly for excellent behavior);
  • Cadet 6 weeks (given, respectively, every 6 weeks to the best student);
  • The semester cadet (1 semester = 18 weeks, so the Cadet 6 weeks can participate in this award).

There are also lists of honorary students:

  • Presidential list (students with an average score of B + and above who show excellent diligence and a desire to raise their military rank);
  • The list of the dean (available for students whose academic score is above 3.3 and there are no C grades);
  • Presidential list of the awards presented (students who have 6 or more courses with an academic score of at least 3.3 and who did not allow rankings below C as a result of studying).


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