While the Camden Military Academy tradition dates back to 1892, operations on the current campus began with the 1958-59
The Academy combines the traditions of three institutions - Carlisle Military School, which operated in Bamberg, South Carolina,
from 1892 to 1977; Camden Academy, which was located on the campus from 1949 to 1957; and Camden Military Academy.
Camden Military Academy has operated as a non-profit, tax-exempt institution since 1974 and is governed by a self-perpetuating
board of trustees.
Carlisle Military School was established in 1892 as the Carlisle Fitting School of Wofford College. It was named in honor of Dr.
James H. Carlisle, who was for many years the president of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In 1932, Carlisle was
leased by Colonel and Mrs. James F. Risher and in 1938 was purchased by them. They, and later their son, Colonel William Risher,
operated it as a military preparatory school until it closed in May 1977.
Camden Military Academy in Camden, South Carolina was originally founded as Camden Academy in 1950 by a group of generous
and far-sighted Camden citizens who felt that their town was an ideal setting for a private school. Colonel James F. Risher, the
president of Carlisle Military School, purchased the facility in 1958, and the name was changed to Camden Military Academy. His
son, Colonel Lanning P. Risher, was the school's first headmaster, and he served in that position for 37 years. In 1974, Lanning
Risher led the Academy through a reorganization as a non-profit, tax-exempt institution.
Camden Military Academy's mission, first articulated by Colonel James F. Risher, headmaster of Carlisle Military School and founder
of Camden Military Academy, is to accept young men of unfulfilled promise and lead them to a future of success. This philosophy,
with its roots firmly established at Carlisle, has served young men at Camden now for half a century. Cadets learn to practice the
concepts of honor, integrity, and duty as they grow in their everyday lives on campus. They learn to accept responsibility for their
successes and failures in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and in their military roles. Cadets are encouraged to develop their own
individual strengths and talents while at the same time to respect the rights of others.
The school's philosophy is to develop the "whole man" to the end that he is prepared not only academically, but also emotionally,
physically, and morally, to face the trials and meet the opportunities that will be his after he leaves Camden Military Academy.
Visiting Camden Military Academy is the best way to discover all that we have to offer. We are confident that once you meet our
outstanding faculty and cadets, you will realize that no other school in America provides more opportunities for young men to excel
academically, physically, and emotionally. Camden conducts visits each weekday, and weekend visits can be arranged by
appointment. If you would like to arrange a campus visit, please call us at 1-800-948-6291. We look forward to seeing you soon!
The core of the Camden experience is the Academy's academic program. Camden
enrolls young men in grades 7 through 12 as well as for a post graduate year. The
academic program on the high school level is strictly college preparatory. All high
school students must earn 24 units for graduation. These include 4 units of English
(honors classes are available); 4 units of math (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II are
required, pre-calculus, calculus and AP calculus are offered); 4 sciences, 3 of which
must be lab sciences; 4.5 units of history; and 3 units of a modern foreign language -
French and Spanish are offered. Students must also take a course in computer literacy
and in JROTC. Additional units must be earned from approved academic electives.
The academic program is structured around a traditional class day, with all students
taking six academic classes a day as well as JROTC. All class sections are small with
typically fewer than 17 students in a class. Students are apprised of their academic
progress every two weeks. Those students who earn less than a "C" for the two-week
grading period in any class are required to attend a tutorial time with their teacher. In
addition, a mandatory teacher-supervised study period is conducted five nights a week.
All students are monitored, and assignments are checked. Students who maintain a "B"
or better average may elect to study in the Cline Library. The library is available to
other students during this time by faculty permission and is open daily to all students.
The Academy encourages library use and has a full-time professional librarian available
to assist in that usage.
The military program at Camden Military Academy
provides one of the most beneficial aspects of
campus life. The student body is organized into a
Corps of Cadets consisting of four companies.
Cadets live in their company area within the
dormitories. An assistant commandant is assigned to
each company and closely supervises the activities
and life of the cadets within his company. He
monitors each cadet's academic progress, conduct,
and overall development and is readily available to
cadets seeking advice or counsel.
Military training is valuable because it instills
neatness, precision, promptness and self-control. It
teaches a young man to take pride in his country.
He learns to take orders before he is given the
authority to give orders. Through this process, a
cadet learns that he is responsible to his fellow
students for his actions. As a cadet develops, he is
given more responsibility. As part of the military
program, the Academy requires that all high school
cadets participate in the JROTC program and attend
classes in leadership development. Camden Military
Academy is designated as a Military Institute (MI)
Junior Army Reserve Officers Training Corps
(JROTC) School and has consistently been rated as
an Honor Unit with Distinction by the Department of
the Army. The JROTC program requires students to
participate in drill and ceremonies, and to attend two
classes in leadership development per week. Seventh
and eighth grade students, although not part of the
JROTC program, are required to participate in all
drill and ceremonies. The Cadet Challenge Program,
the varsity rifle team, and the precision drill team are
also supervised by the Military Department. Military
training is unquestionably one of the great assets of
Camden Military Academy.
Camden Military Academy
520 Hwy 1 North, Camden, SC 29020
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Admissions & Recruiting
All applicants must be examined on
an individual basis. Only young men
who have demonstrated a desire to
enroll and are capable of undertaking
college-preparatory work will be
considered. An on-campus interview
is required of all applicants. A
catalog and video are available from
the Admissions Office. Camden
Military Academy admits students of
any race, color, and national or
ethnic origin. The Academy is a
private, non-profit educational
institution with admission limited to