Houston ISD will soon open a new military academy aimed at supporting students aspiring to serve in the U.S. military after graduation.

The overview

According to a Jan. 11 news release, Cullen Military Academy will open at Cullen Middle School in HISD beginning in the 2024-25 school year.

Officials noted the academy will accept between 100-120 sixth and seventh grade students per grade from throughout the district for the 2024-25 school year, and it will expand to include eighth graders the following year.

“HISD is known for having a range of educational options, including specialty schools designed to set students on a path to college and careers in fields that interest them,” HISD Superintendent Mike Miles said in a statement. “Our new Cullen Military Academy will add to that list, expanding options for young people who want to pursue a career of service and the many opportunities that are available as part of that path.”

A closer look

Miles said Cullen Military Academy will aim to develop leadership qualities through character mentoring, rigorous academics and community service.

Additionally, Miles said the academy will offer specialized courses in leadership and character development, Chinese, and career and college exploration. All electives will incorporate physical activity, leadership training and collaboration.

Applicants will be required to commit to a two-year term and adhere to the school's mission, vision and the HISD Code of Student Conduct. Miles said physical fitness standards are flexible and inclusive to accommodate varying abilities, ensuring a fair opportunity for success.

Officials noted students can apply through the districtwide school choice application process, which opens Jan. 18.