Broward County has a new public school.
Hollywood Hills Military Academy is a magnet school that educates its 150 students in a controlled, military environment. The academy boasts fewer students, fewer distractions and high academic expectations.
“Adults underestimate kids,” said Lt. Col. Kim Harrell. “They want structure, they want boundaries and some limitations, and they want to achieve standards.”
Cadet Mikhail Newberg, who is earning college credit at the school, said the academy teaches discipline.
“The neighborhoods some people come from, they are not used to anyone telling them what to do – except their parents – and they barely listen to their parents,” he told NBC 6 South Florida.
After the military academy, Newberg plans to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the Marines. But not everyone at the academy has a career in the armed services in mind.
Ninth-grader Jasmine Love dreams of becoming a culinary chef and said she attends the academy because she likes the environment.
“Academically, to know that this year I'm going to be so ahead of even high school students,” she said. “I mainly came for leadership skills and respect at home.”
Love said students in other public schools are missing out.
“The school is amazing,” she said.