Southern Preparatory academy

Why choose Southern Prep?

Southern Prep Provides the Structure Your Son Needs

Alabama's Leading Military School for Boys, Grades 6-12

For 125 years, Southern Preparatory Academy has existed to educate and train future generations of leaders. We provide a unique structure for boys to learn about self-discipline and independence in a safe and structured environment. 

If you are reading this, you are probably looking for something different for your son. Perhaps the local public or private schools in your area are not meeting your standards. If you are like most families we speak with, you are most likely looking for more structure, more opportunity, more leadership development, more diversity, or more academic support –  just to name a few of the most common “mores” we hear.

As the Official Military Academy of the State of Alabama, we have one goal: to prepare our cadets for the responsibilities of life. Each boy who walks through these doors will leave with a heightened sense of respect, for not only himself, but for friends and family too. He will hold his head higher, and walk prouder.


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Setting the Standard

“Before he came back to school in the fall, he actually thanked us for sending him to Southern Prep, and that was a huge, huge, thing for my husband and I to realize that we did do the right thing. It was a hard decision to send him here, but we’re really glad that we did!” 


Tade W.

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We are dedicated to supporting families through various financial aid resources to make this transformative journey accessible to all. 



Southern Prep is located 113 miles from Atlanta, GA, 19 miles from Auburn University, home of the Auburn Tigers, and 93 miles from Birmingham, AL. Being located in Camp Hill, AL, allows us to be rural, yet accessible. 


Our staff is full of passionate experts who are excited about teaching and contribute to learning environments where students are provided with individual attention when they need it most.


Southern Prep is a member of the AISA and competes against schools across Alabama. Our focus on sports is not necessarily about skill level, but rather the motivation and drive to improve themselves and the team.


Southern Prep is a small school on purpose, with an average of 120 cadets.
90% of cadets attend college or trade school.
10% of cadets enlist in the U.S. Military.
100% of cadets with a post-graduation plan.


One of the benefits of attending a small school is the opportunity to participate in various athletics and activities. We offer Sword Drill, Color Guard, Beta Club, Scholars’ Bowl, and more. 


Our military structure creates cadet hierarchies based upon motivation and inspiration. This system of earned privilege and respect is vital in teaching cadets to take accountability for their actions.


Southern Prep is fully accredited through AISA and is a member of the AISA. We boast a college-preparatory curriculum that offers STEM programs, AP courses, dual enrollment, and signature programs. 


At Southern Prep, opportunity for growth is far from limited. Our goal is to provide students with a link between learning and doing by tying knowledge to hands-on experience.


Cadets across campus have the opportunity to better themselves in a variety of ways, such as through the weekly worship service in the Dixon All-Faith Chapel on campus, a non-denominational service that strives to inspire.

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Thank you for your interest in Southern Preparatory Academy. Located in Camp Hill, AL, Southern Prep educates young men in grades 6-12.

Please complete the following form in order to receive our Admissions Packet via email. If you have a specific question or would like to arrange a campus tour, please call the Admissions Office at 256-790-9202 or 256-496-8864.