Who? Caleb(green shirt), 17 and Jacob(red shirt), 16, my oldest sons.
What? New Mexico Military Institute, a college prep High School and Junior College. They also have an academy prep program which helps ready applicants for admission to the military academies.
When? Our sons will start their High School journey with NMMI when we feel they are mature enough, probably in 10th grade. Caleb started spring semester of his junior year and Jacob started spring semester of his sophomore year. They will finish High School there and continue with Junior College if they don't go anywhere else.
Where? The school is located in Roswell, New Mexico. We have relatives who live there and we lived in Roswell for almost a year so we were familiar with the school.
Why? We were struggling with homeschooling. I wasn't sure I was providing them with the education they needed so we decided to visit the campus for a tour the next time we were in Roswell. We were impressed with the campus facilities, education, leadership and sports offered at the school. The boys liked it more than they thought they would and started placement tests and the admissions process that day.
They plan to serve our country in the military and we felt the schools program would be a good way to get them started on their careers. Caleb wants to be an Air Force pilot and would like to go to the Air Force Academy. Jacob wants to be a Marine but isn't sure about his career field yet or where he wants to go to college.
How? We are not wealthy and knew we could not afford the tuition for NMMI but we learned that many scholarships are available for students. State residents are charged less and our state legislature offers scholarships which cover half the remaining cost. Caleb scored very well on his math placement test and received a generous scholarship from the school that covered almost all of his tuition. Jacob received a school scholarship also, although we still had to pay a bit for him. Our parents helped us by paying the application fees, buying them laptops and printers. The boys are working this summer to raise the money they will need when they go back to school in August.
If there is enough interest I will interview the boys so you can learn about the school from their perspective. If you have any questions for them please ask them in the comments section.
Previous posts about NMMI:
They are going to NMMI
Off to school
We got to visit our boys!
And a few more pictures of my guys
NMMI Spring Family Weekend