Established in 1898, the Lyman Ward Military Academy is located on a 300-acre plot in Camp Hill, Alabama. This all-boy private military academy is a non-denominational, non-profit institution that was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1972.

The 300-acre facility has numerous amenities including two small lakes, double tennis courts, dormitories, indoor and outdoor rifle ranges, gymnasium, dining hall, and a library with a technology center.

They offer cadets a variety of sports and other activities such as baseball, football, soccer, basketball, band, color guard, and a rifle team.

Although admissions are in August and January, applications for admission are accepted year round for male students in middle school and high school who are preparing themselves for college.

Founded in 1898

Dr. Lyman Ward, a clergyman and educator, founded LWMA in 1989 as a non-profit, non-denominational, co-educational institution for rural youth. In 1901, the school was granted a charter by the State of Alabama and incorporated as The Southern Industrial Institute, Inc. In 1948, a military department was added and the name was changed to Lyman Ward Military Academy. That’s the brief history of the Academy’s founding.

Mission Statement

“A private military boarding academy providing the best in academics, leadership and athletics structured on a foundation of moral and ethical values that develops young men of integrity, competence and excellence who are prepared for the work of life.”

Corps of Cadets

The military-aspect of LWMA is most visibly seen through the Corps of Cadets. Students at Lyman Ward live a structure daily life with military-like discipline while they train to become leaders who make morally sound and ethical decisions by adopting a Positive Leadership Model. It is not a requirement to join the U.S. Military after graduation.

Answers to Questions

Lyman Ward Military Academy has a great parent referral program, if you have any questions. They’ll put you in touch with a parent volunteer who can answer your questions, parent to parent. Of course, the staff themselves are always available for questions too!

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