Academics at Howe Military Academy

"My grades were going down at my public school and I just didn’t really care. My principal told me that at the rate I was going, I wasn’t going to get far. Upon coming to Howe, my GPA went from a 1.5 to a 3.5. Because of Howe, I’m a totally different person."

– Benjamin Robbins, class of 2010

    Academic Excellence at Howe Military Academy

Howe’s curriculum is traditional and rigorous, preparing cadets for the challenges and opportunities of college. Coursework is designed around the Indiana Core 40 graduation requirements and include a strong foundation in English, mathematics, science, and foreign language. Advanced Placement (AP) and honors courses are implemented for qualified cadets on a case by case basis. Our unique Potential Achievement Rating (or PAR) system — a pre-agreed grade point average (GPA) — challenges each cadet to identify and achieve measurable academic goals. Cadets who achieve their PAR become eligible for rank promotions and authorized PAR privileges. This system gives our cadets the incentive to reach their individual potential.

    The best preparation for college

Howe Middle School serves grades 7 and 8. The curriculum consists of the core subjects of English, mathematics, reading, science, and social studies. Cadets also participate in four elective courses — beginning leadership, keyboarding, introduction to foreign language, and physical education — each lasting nine weeks. Eligible eighth-graders have the opportunity to try out for the school band or earn high school credit by enrolling in advanced courses.

The high school, gives Howe cadets the opportunity to prepare for college and professional life, with more than 90% of Howe graduates continuing their education to the undergraduate level. Small class sizes with a maximum of 16 cadets in most cases, allows each cadet to receive the individual attention needed to learn, build character, and gain self-esteem. Preparing for and taking standardized tests, including PSAT, SAT, ACT, and others, are integral to the academic program at Howe.

    Expanded graduate opportunities

Cadets are encouraged to research colleges in the fall of their senior year with the one-on-one help of our academic advisor. Cadets who are interested in academies will need to begin that application process during their junior year and will be given all the assistance necessary to improve their chances of admittance. In recent years, Howe graduates have attended West Point, Annapolis, the University of Illinois, Michigan State University, and many other colleges and universities across the nation. The goal of our faculty is to help all of our cadets choose the college or career path that’s best suited to their interests, skills, and aspirations.