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Who We Are

Oak Ridge Military Academy is a co-ed military boarding school sitting a 100-acre campus, nestled into the heart of the Piedmont foothills of North Carolina.

Since 1852, thousands of lives have been changed on these grounds - the unique relationships that are formed in this environment last a lifetime.

We are a unique community of caring educators and mentors who come alongside youth to help meet their needs and build them into successful student leaders. ORMA creates an environment that fosters sound values, encourages learning, and provides opportunities to practice positive influence today so they will shape cultures tomorrow.This vision is rooted in the belief that Character, Knowledge, and Influence are the building blocks of Leadership.

The Oak Ridge experience begins with adult mentors in and out of the classroom who are experienced leaders, caring for each child. ORMA’s dedicated faculty is exceptionally effective in encouraging Cadets to want to learn, and equipping them with the tools to develop their communication and study skills. Cadets learn to think with their heads and their hearts as they prepare to lead others.

The opportunity to exercise leadership is another distinctive quality of Oak Ridge Military Academy. While first a college-preparatory school, the military structure affords Cadets with positions to positively influence their peers. These skills will set them apart in higher learning, as well as in their chosen professions after college.

Oak Ridge Military Academy offers an extremely diverse Corps of Cadets. The Corps is comprised of youth from across the nation and around the world. Our cadets come from North Carolina and California, China and Russia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and the Middle East. The world has come to Oak Ridge. This rich mixture of cultures and experiences broadens the mind of each Cadet. They form friendships that continue far beyond their time at ORMA.

The Oak Ridge Military Academy experience has proven effective for almost 170 years. Founded by three visionary families in 1852, the Academy has held on to the timeless values of Character, Knowledge, and Influence, while transforming its methods to help your child be successful in today’s ever-changing world.

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The quality and emphasis placed on academics, honor and integrity is second to none.
I can't recommend it enough.

Connie, Alumna

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