Mentoring through Faith & Honor

"Fides et Honor" is the guiding principle of our Corps of Cadets


Faith & Honor

Cadets of all faiths are welcomed at Howe.

While Howe enjoys a strong affiliation with its traditions, cadets are encouraged to maintain and strengthen spiritual connections to their individual faiths. It is through this commitment to discover the shared values of faith that cadets not only unearth essential truths about themselves, but of their fellow man as well.

We enjoy a rich heritage of Christian values and traditions including weekly worship services in the historic St. James Chapel. We guide Cadets to an attitude of worship to the Creator and Redeemer as well as establishing them in sound principles of brotherly love and virtuous behavior toward one another.

We teach cadets to honor their fellow man.

At the core of the Howe experience is our unique military model that includes cadet-to-cadet leadership responsibilities. As a designated military institute, every cadet in grades 9-12 participates in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC). This leadership training program is renowned for instilling the values of citizenship, personal responsibility, and service.

Cadets are not obligated to serve after graduation, but do earn rank should they chose to do so. Further, as an Honor School with Distinction, Howe is authorized to nominate worthy students to America’s prominent military academies such as the U.S. Naval and Air Force Academies and West Point.

Howe Military Academy

100+ Year ROTC program

The military program was instituted in 1895 and, since 1920, Howe has had a High School ROTC Unit sponsored by the Department of the Army. The school has been designated an “Honor Unit with Distinction” by the Department of the Army, which gives us “special” nomination privileges for the country’s Military Academies.

The mission of the JROTC is to motivate high school students to be better Americans. To achieve this goal, the Cadets are provided classroom instruction, physical training, and practice in conducting parades and ceremonies.

Leadership development is emphasized throughout the JROTC Program to prepare the Cadet for responsible citizenship. In the first year of instruction, the Cadet learns the definition and importance of positive self concept, the development of basic managerial and leadership skills, and the dynamics of group interaction. During this time, the Cadet learns the follower role in the Cadet Corps organization, starting as a private in ranks and working his or her way through the ranks.

In subsequent years of instruction, the Cadet pursues the study of famous military leaders of the past, and how to employ the decision making process. Case studies are used to reinforce the learning already accomplished. The Cadet is now eligible for positions of increasing responsibility in the Cadet Corps, and has the opportunity to put into practice those things learned in the classroom. In this regard, the Cadet Corps environment provides a “Leadership Laboratory” on a continuing basis.