Our son was heading down the wrong path and we cut him off. We debated sending him to military school for over two years. We interviewed a few schools and settled on Camden Military Academy. The program is very structured and that was what our son needed. Prior to attending Camden, our son was doing poorly in school, had boundary issues, made excuses for his poor behavior, quit everything he started, and treated adults poorly. He also had some major anger issues and suffered greatly from entitlement.
The school is very structured and does not allow excuses. Our son hates it, which is to be expected. This is not a luxury stay. It kicked his entitlement issues right out and he is now very respectful towards other adults and handles his anger much better. We have one major problem with the school. We are a Jewish family. This school, like many others, has mandatory "church". We knew that going in and did not have a problem with him attending Christian Services. In fact, the odds of our son marrying in the faith is not high. He might end up being in relationships with Christians and this would allow him to have a better understanding.
That being said: we are very disappointed with the school in allowing Anti-Semitism. In front of teachers, children are making hate speech comments to my son. For example, they tell him to not walk behind the bus, it might be a gas chamber. The kids do the Hail Hitler Salute in the barracks. Anti-Semitism is live and well and our kids need to learn to deal with it. However, it is unacceptable that the school allows this behavior to continue. I am sure they would not allow a student to use the N word around African American students and teachers, why are Jews to be treated any differently.
We asked the school for a meeting to discuss this issue and it fell on dead ears. I do not understand how a military school could allow such behavior. After all, last time I checked, the US lost thousands of troop in WWII in an effort to defeat n**i Germany. How can the school, a military school, sit quiet and allow this to happen? I just don't understand. We know the hate is out there, but to allow it to occur in right in front of the staff? Sad. Very sad.