Wentworth Military Academy and College, established in 1880, provides a high quality education to young men and women in concert with a professional leadership development training program, all within a disciplined environment, to prepare them to achieve their fullest potential. We produce mature young men and women who are self-motivated, well-educated, highly principled, self-confident, respectful of others and loyal to family and country. Wentworth is a unique experience that often becomes the turning point in a young person's journey to maturity.
Wentworth Military Academy & Junior College was founded in 1880 initially as Hobsons Select School for Boys. A year later, the school became Wentworth Male Academy when the schools benefactor, Stephen G. Wentworth, purchased the school and re-named it in memory of his recently deceased son, William. Its purpose was to prepare its graduates for college and professional life. That mission remains unchanged after 125 years and now applies to young women as well as men.
The evolution to a military school was gradual and prompted by the students themselves, who began to conduct drill and maneuvers with broomsticks as an extracurricular activity. The schools leaders saw in their efforts good outcomes, such as improved discipline and fitness, and formalized military regimen into the overall boarding program. In the catalog for the 1884-1885 school year, they articulated the reasons for making the Academy a military school; foremost among them was this:
Students learn more with military training than without it.
This core belief and the Academys mission of preparing young people for admission to the nations best colleges and universities remain central to Wentworths academic and boarding program today.
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