St. John's Northwestern Military Academy

St. John's Northwestern Military Academy Photo #1 - Leadership training is one of the cornerstones of cadet life at SJNMA. The goal of the Academy is to prepare each of our cadets for success in life by instilling in them a solid work ethic, an understanding of the value of integrity and teamwork, and the ability to think critically, communicate well, and function in a diverse and ever-changing world.
St. John's Northwestern Military Academy Photo #2 - The mission of the athletics program at SJNMA is to instill lifelong lessons for personal wellness, an appreciation for athletic competition, and leadership lessons such as teamwork, sportsmanship and purposefulness.
St. John's Northwestern Military Academy Photo #3 - The spiritual and character development program fosters personal growth and a sense of community at SJNMA. Cadets have the opportunity to explore their spiritual growth, practice their faith traditions and serve their community on a regular basis.
St. John's Northwestern Military Academy Photo #4 - The community of SJNMA is comprised of global cultures, backgrounds and languages. Approximately one-third of our cadet population is international and the rest of the Corps is from all over the United States.
St. John's Northwestern Military Academy Photo #5 - The Aviation Science program at SJNMA offers high school junior and seniors interested in aviation the opportunity to earn their private pilot’s license as part of the accredited academic curriculum. This unique opportunity is a natural stepping stone for those interested in degrees in aviation-related majors and aerospace.
St. John's Northwestern Military Academy Photo #6 - SJNMA features four, one week themed sessions of high-energy summer camps for young men ages 11-16 that are designed to promote leadership, self-confidence, teamwork and physical endurance while having fun. All camps feature the Academy’s popular activities such as paintball, rappelling/rock climbing, "THE MUD PIT," marksmanship, obstacle course, water survival and archery to name a few. In addition, SJNMA offers a five-week summer academic program for young men entering grades 7 to 12 that provides them an opportunity to advance in their academics while developing character and leadership skills in a military, boarding school environment, and to provide the best learning environment possible while supporting the student for success.
  • St. John's Northwestern Military Academy has been shaping the minds and developing the character of students since 1884.
  • Academy alumni have attended notable colleges and universities.  As a college preparatory and leadership development boarding and day school for boys and girls in grades 6 through 12, St. John's Northwestern provides a distinctive educational experience for its cadets that focuses on academic success, athletics, leadership development and values.
  • Surrounded by English gothic-style architecture, broad lawns and towering trees, cadets living within the 110-acre campus are immersed in a safe and secure environment in which they build self-esteem, self-discipline, academic focus and intellectual curiosity that allows them to "work hard, play hard, pray hard.".

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Military Colleges and Schools
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Religious AffiliationEpiscopal
Grades OfferedGrades 7-12
Year Founded1884
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students240 students
Student Body TypeAll-boys
% Students of Color
State avg.: 28%
Students by GradeSt. John's Northwestern Military Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Average SAT score1110
Average ACT score24
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Military Attire)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$38,000
Tuition NotesYearly Tuition for Boarding Students: $38,000 Yearly Tuition for Day Students: $14,000 Tuition for International Students: $36,500 Tuition for 5-Day Boarding Students: $33,500
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$8,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMrs. Judy Rutherford


Total Sports Offered14 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Drill Team, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Riflery, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDrill Team,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
Track and FieldWrestling,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Boy Scouts, Chess Club, Drama Club, Ski Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Bagpipes, Band, Choi

School Notes

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    Grades: PK-12 | 439 students
    50.1 miles
    5606 River Road
    Waunakee, WI 53597
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