I also had the same concerns about 5 years ago. My son now is a senior at Culver Military Academy and I couldn't be prouder! He has experienced things that his mom and I could of never provided. He has been challenged academically and learned to do it on his own. His leadership training (this is what the military aspect is for) will provide him necessary skills the rest of his life. And, by the way, he plays hockey. This past weekend, we lost to SSM Prep 4-2 in the first game when the score was tied 2-2 at the end of two. We lost the second game 5-3 (with an empty net goal against) after leading 3-1 after two. Damn that hurts but look at all the other AAA teams that have gone up against the SSM machine. Not one of them has done better! So, looking back at all the experiences my son has come away with over the last 4 years, I would do all over again and encourage everyone to keep an open mind and to look in the direction of CMA.