Classes commence every January and July. This is a tuition-free program. There is no cost to the family other than a few essential items that cadets must bring with them.

Prospective Cadet Requirements

To be accepted into Montana Youth Challenge Academy, the prospective cadet must be:

  • Committed to making a change in their life.

  • 16 to 18 years of age on the first day of admission (16 years of age with in the first 10 days of acclimation).

  • A citizen or legal resident of the United States and resident of Montana.

  • A high school drop-out, at-risk of dropping out, or seriously deficient in credits toward high school graduation.

  • Voluntary (student’s decision to attend).

  • Physically, mentally, and emotionally capable of completing this high-stress and high-tempo program.

  • Drug-free.

  • No felony adjudications or felony convictions, awaiting trial, or currently in trial proceedings. We can accept those with misdemeanors.