Southern Preparatory Academy

Institution Location

Southern Preparatory Academy, 174 Ward Circle Camp Hill, AL, 36850 United States. Located 113 miles from Atlanta, Georgia. Flight accommodations made with the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Accrediting Agency

Southern Preparatory Academy is fully accredited through AdvancED | Measured Progress, which was formed as a result of two leading education nonprofits merging in November 2018 and is now know as as Cognia™.  Additionally Southern Prep is also accredited through the Alabama Independent School Association’s (AISA) whose mission is to serve independent schools in the state of Alabama by providing its member schools with educational and corporate services and programs focusing on excellence in academics, accreditation, and athletics.

Institution Type

For Boys in the following grades:
Junior High 6th-8th Grade
High School 9th-12th Grade


Fall Deadline: Rolling admission, check with admissions officer
Spring Deadline: Rolling admission, check with admissions officer
Summer Deadline: Rolling admission, check with admissions officer
Winter Deadline: Rolling admission, check with admissions officer

Contact Info

Morgan Comolli, International Recruiter/Admissions Counselor
Phone: 1-256-790-9202
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Southern Preparatory Academy is a private military boarding academy, located in Central Alabama.  Upon graduation, 90% of  Southern Preparatory Academy students go on to attend a two- or four-year college or join the workforce. Only 10% go on to enlist in the military.

The Academy was founded by Dr. Lyman Ward in 1898 as a non-profit, non-denominational, co-educational institution for rural youth. The original purpose was to provide a secondary education for those with the ability to learn and the willingness to work. A long list of illustrious alumni attests to the need and the effect of the program. A charter was granted in 1901 by the State of Alabama, the school being incorporated in the name of “The Southern Industrial Institute, Inc.” Shortly after the death of Dr. Ward in 1948, the military component was added and the school became “Lyman Ward Military Academy.” While keeping pace with modern educational methods over the years, much of the original philosophy of the school’s founder has been retained. Precedence is given to the development of Christian ideals and self-reliance. The high standards set by the Academy have fitted Southern Preparatory Academy students for acceptance by outstanding universities throughout the country. In 2019, Lyman Ward Military Academy re-branded to Southern Preparatory Academy, a name that represents the same values as years past but brings the academy into the 21st century. Our goals of instilling discipline, preparedness, and values into the young men of our future are at the forefront of our academy, through academics, military training, and a holistic approach to life and learning.  Southern Preparatory Academy offers dual college credit program in partnership with Southern Union Community College, Central Alabama Community College and Sophia, a part of ACE CREDIT through Edgenuity

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Specialized Programs

  • College Preparedness
  • Leadership
  • Flight Training
  • Drone Training

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Campus Life

Southern Preparatory Academy is located in Central Alabama, allowing us to be rural, yet accessible. We have a beautiful, wooded, 320-acre campus and offer a safe environment for all students. Presently, we have students representing 4 different countries and are partnered with multiple international educational agencies. Are we a feeder program for the United States Military? No, we are not. Our military traditions provide opportunities for leadership through structure, discipline, and hierarchy.

  • Footbal
  • Basketball,
  • Cross country
  • Soccer,
  • Baseball
  • Track.
  • Extracurricular programs offered are Sword Drill, Drill Team, Color Guard and Rifle Team.
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On-Campus Highlight

  • campus includes over 320 acres
  • 3 dormitories
  • 2 academic halls
  • a chapel,
  • major athletic fields
  • indoor swimming pool
  • fishing ponds, and more.

US Immigration Compliance Information

Does your institution issue I20 for F1 visa status and/or DS2019 for J1 visa status?

Cost and Financial Aid

International Student Costs

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International Financial Aid

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Stories Within the State Lines

Mario Camara, a native of Cancun, Mexico, is a graduate of Southern Preparatory Academy in the Class of 1993. Following graduation he attended the Universidad Iboamericana, Georgetown Law, Universidad Panamericana and the London School of Business. He is a certified lawyer in Mexico and abroad. Professionally he served as CEO of an online banking system, Director of Consultancy for Dubai International Finance Center, Head of Saxo Bank, and currently the Global Head of Legal and Compliance for an international online trading company. He currently resides in the United Arab Emirates.

- Mario Camara

Ambassador Rafael Alfaro, from EL Salvador, graduated from Southern Preparatory Academy in 1980. He is a career diplomat, who has been Deputy Foreign Minister and Ambassador of EL Salvador to Canada, Israel, Venezuela, Ecuador, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guyana. He was a representative of his country to the United Nations in New York, to the Organization of American States and Minister and Counselor of the Embassy of his country to the United States, in Washington D.C. He has also been Deputy Minister of Transportation in EL Salvador

- Ambassador Rafael Alfaro

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