Application Process

The journey is different for every family. Most families hear about MMA from friends, alumni, current cadets,  parents and families, but others search online, find us through a school website or another source. However you found us, let’s connect early in the process by phone. The call allows us to get to know more about your family and why you are considering an educational change for your boy.

Upon receipt of your inquiry or application, a member of the Admissions team will be in contact the same day or immediately following the weekend. If you prefer to schedule a phone appointment, feel free to send us an email with the best day and time to reach you. 

We look forward to sharing more information about MMA's boarding and day school options for boys, grades 7-12. Our team can also discuss our summer camp options with you. 

Admissions Criteria

  1. The candidate must be enrolled in a school. He cannot have been dismissed, withdrawn or expelled from a previous school for any disciplinary reason.
  2. The candidate must have no current problems with the law or juvenile authorities. He cannot currently be on probation or have a probation pending, or be working-off any community service hours.
  3. The candidate cannot have regular involvement with non-prescription drugs or alcohol prior to coming to MMA. While experimental/occasional "I've tried it" usage will not automatically disqualify him, MMA can require a drug screen prior to a decision.
  4. The candidate must be of good moral character for an all-male, boarding school setting.
  5. The candidate must be capable of average grades or better even though he may be underachieving or not working up to his full potential now.
  6. The candidate must be willing to attend.

Family Testimonials 

“I am so thankful for all of the teachers, staff, mentors, etc. who have helped my son grow into the man he has become. It was the hardest and best decision to send him to MMA. I have missed him immensely but it was well worth it. My son has learned lifelong leadership skills, gained so much confidence in himself and is graduating with an overall 4.0! He will be attending Texas A&M in the fall and has been awarded a scholarship! My son has also had a great time and made many lifelong friendships. Thank you to everyone at MMA!” — Jill Miller Minsky

“Proud of my son who was transformed from underachieving to become valedictorian of the 2019 class. I highly recommend this facility. Such amazing faculty and staff that push the students to find their potential in life!” — Nancy Coulson Lucas

“MMA is a wonderful school that guides young men into becoming gentlemen. My son is growing exponentially in academics, maturity, self-worth and overall respect. The faculty and staff truly care about the whole boy, not just academics or athletics!” — Tonya Campbell

“My son has been at MMA going on his second year. The transformation is incredible! He entered a 14-year-old boy and is now a 16-year-old young man! His GPA and academics achievements are outstanding. I can’t say enough positive things about this institution. Leadership, goals, perseverance, determination, academics, scholarships, education — all outstanding!” — Nancy Fordham

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Alumni Testimonials 

“The life-lessons that I learned at the Academy — especially perseverance, loyalty, compassion and integrity — have served me well in the decades since I graduated … Allowing me to attend MMA was one of the kindest, and greatest, gifts that my parents bestowed on me. I’m forever grateful for my tenure there.” — Kyle Russell '78

“My two years at MMA were the best of times. After 26 years since graduation in 1990, I’m still in touch with the friends I made.” — Oscar Durazo Carreon '90

“This institution likely saved my life. I didn't always love it, but I do today. It gave me what I needed, rather than what I wanted. I learned discipline, respect and ethics. I was given role models and taught to work for what I wanted. Thank you, MMA, for making me into the man I am today!” — Sean Gold '99

“I spent five years of my adolescence at MMA. Friends for life and a great foundation for a man. My boys intend to go as well.” — Tyler Hollman '99

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Cadet Testimonials 

"[Since coming to MMA], I am a lot more responsible for myself. Academically I’ve gone from a 2.1 to a 4.0. There is so much you can get out of MMA, but it’s what you make of it – the self-discipline and the character development. When you get out of here, you stand up a little taller, your shoulders are a little squarer, your chin is up, your motivation is up, and so is your confidence in what you can do because it provides you with the structure you need until you can do it yourself." – Oscar Cortada, Bravo Company 1st Sergeant  

"[MMA] makes me proud. I used to live with my grandparents, so they wouldn't be able to help me [with academics]. Its better now because I have someone to guide me – to tell me "do this and do that" – and when I get it done and the grading period is over, and I get an A or a B, I feel way better about myself. MMA taught me hard work pays off if you just keep your mind focused on what you want to get accomplished." – Tamar Modise, 2015 Clifton Cates Scholar

"MMA has changed me a lot because its helped me grow up and realize that if you put hard work into everything and turn everything into time, people will recognize you and they'll use you for guidance and look up to you." – Nehemiah Simmons, Foundation Scholar

"I don't think anyone knew where I would be [before MMA]. That's why I came here in the first place – I had potential but it wasn't being achieved. So that's what MMA did for me – it helped me to achieve everything to my fullest potential." – John Curley, Battalion S-3

"I got 2nd place this year in the entire nation [in band], and I thought to myself: “I didn't do this to myself, I worked hard, but if I was by myself I wouldn't be 2nd chair.” [MMA] helped me overcome whatever problem there was, and to become a better leader." – Yunil Jeon, Band Commander

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This school has changed my son’s life and the trajectory of his future! It has been the best thing I have done for him.

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