Southern Preparatory academy

Why choose Southern Prep?

Southern Prep is Alabama's Premier Military School for Boys

Grades 6-12

For more than 120 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. 

We know our students want to succeed in the classroom and beyond, so we have molded our instructional time in a way that helps our students dive deep into the learning experiences. Studies show that boys perform better when they don’t have to transition as much throughout the school day. Having four 90-minute classes rather than seven 60-minute lectures allows our cadets to truly delve into their coursework, ask questions, and complete assignments on time. 

Of course, we also want our students to be satisfied outside of the classroom. We offer activities through our athletics department, like basketball, baseball, football, and more. Students also have a wide variety of clubs to choose from, and in the event where they don’t find one that piques their interest, we strive to give them the resources to form one of their own. 

Changing Lives

“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.
Current Parent

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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 110 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.


Contact members of our Admissions Team for detailed information.