About


Our Vision

To be widely recognized as the premier military boarding school for young men in the United States.

Mission Statement

A private military boarding academy providing the best in academics, leadership and athletics structured on a foundation of moral and ethical values that develops young men of integrity, competence and excellence who are prepared for the work of life.


Lyman Ward Military Academy is a non denominational military school grades 6th-12th, unique among the more than 31,000 secondary schools in the United States in that there are only 13 boys boarding military schools. The academy was established in 1898 by a New York Minister in order to bring an education to rural Alabamans who did not have the benefit of public education. Over the years the academy has evolved into a Military Academy still adhering to the founder's educational philosophy of Judeo-Christian ideas and self reliance. This year we have cadets from thirteen different states and international cadets from China, and Mexico.

The structure of our military academy enhances cadets to do their best work. Our teaching faculty which average 12 years here at Lyman Ward are supported by the athletic coaches, military department and enforced study hours to encourage academic achievement. Classes are small and our professional teaching staff establishes a close relationship to encourage achievement. Our Dean is focused on preparing young men for college. In the past four years graduates have received academic, athletic and ROTC scholarships to a variety of colleges and universities including University of Alabama, University of Louisville, Birmingham Southern College, The Citadel, Berea College, Graceland College (Iowa), Huntington College, Marion Military Institute, Georgia Military College and University of North Georgia.

Lyman Ward also offers a unique opportunity for cadets to develop leadership skills in a whole-person learning environment. Under the supervision of retired military personnel, cadets learn respect for authority, while being held accountable for their actions and the actions of cadets under their command. Our graduates leave Lyman Ward with good leadership skills and experiences that are readily applicable in any field of employment. We aim to graduate caring, driven, motivated Servant Leaders who contribute to the well-being of individuals and their community.

The academy is character centered with athletic coaching staff, academic department mentors, the military department providing guidance and role models. The "Walk the Talk" presentations during noon meal hours address Commitment, Honesty, Accountability, Respect, Attitude, Courage, Trust, Ethics & Integrity and Responsibility. The Honor Code is a part of everyday academic and cadet life. We are a school that changes lives.

The Academy's mission adheres to the principle that an education includes an emphasis on spirituality. Academy chapel services are conducted mid week and Sunday. The academy employees a 28 year military veteran, seminary-trained Chaplain who provides counsel and advice to young man addressing the challenges of life, as well as conducts chapel services mid week and on Sunday. Adolescence is a time for the establishment of good habits. This is true in the religious sphere no less than in the moral, the intellectual, the aesthetic, and the athletic.