SALINA, Kan., June 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent high school graduation and college preparatory exam data indicate that high school students who attend private military schools are more likely to enroll in, and graduate from, a four-year college or university compared to their public school counterparts. While St. John's Military School, a private military boarding school for male students in grades 6 to 12, boasts a more than 90 percent average college admission rate, the school's administrators are the first to warn that simply enrolling a child in military school is no guarantee for future success.
In 2014, 82 percent of public school students graduated from high school. By comparison, the graduation rates of many military schools averaged anywhere from 90 percent to 100 percent. Military schools routinely produce higher graduation rates due to their focus on academics, lower student to teacher ratios, and structured environment. While a high school diploma is an important first step in setting young adults on a path toward career success, parents should seek out schools that aim to position their children to earn post-graduate degrees.
"Military schools like St. John's place a high emphasis on college preparation," said Ginger Wooten, St. John's Military School's academic dean. "For many cadets, this focus impacts their decision to enroll in college, and their ability to achieve greater levels of success in an institution of higher learning."
According to the Alliance for Excellent Education, it is expected that by 2020, 65 percent of jobs will require postsecondary education, and only 36 percent of jobs will be available to high school graduates with no advanced degree. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately three million students are expected to graduate from high school from 2015- 2016, but the percentage of students who will enroll in college immediately following high school is expected to average less than 75 percent.