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Military Model
Marine Leadership Academy is one of six public military academies in the city of Chicago operating under a military model. The military model as it is practiced here in Chicago provides the personnel, resources, and structure to teach, model, mentor, and coach our cadets in citizenship, character development, and leadership. This includes six military instructors and two military administrator. Every student is a cadet, assigned and accountable to a military instructor and assigned cadet leaders. Every cadet has a JROTC class (or Military Leadership and Character class for 7th and 8th grades) and a cadet leadership practical application period every day.

Cadets from 9th - 12th grade have rank and are expected to progress through the ranks to the best of their ability. Many events in the school are essentially cadet planned and led. To instill personal discipline, all cadets operate within uniform and grooming standards, must learn and follow military type protocols, must show dignity, respect, and obedience to all adults and cadets with higher rank, and must have 95% or higher attendance. Patterns of inadequate progress in these areas can result in probation, and if not improved, transfer from the military academy to the student's neighborhood school.

​MLA is not a reform school; we are a selective enrollment, college-preparatory school operating under a military model. ​


HONOR This is the bedrock of our character. It is the quality that empowers Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior: to never lie, cheat, or steal; to abide by an uncompromising code of integrity; to respect human dignity; and to have respect and concern for each other. It represents the maturity, dedication, trust, and dependability that commit Marines to act responsibly, be accountable for their actions, fulfill their obligations, and hold others accountable for their actions.
COURAGE The heart of our Core Values, courage is the mental, moral, and physical strength ingrained in Marines that sees them through the challenges of combat and the mastery of fear, and to do what is right, to adhere to a higher standard of personal conduct, to lead by example, and to make tough decisions under stress and pressure. It is the inner strength that enables a Marine to take that extra step.
COMMITMENT This is the spirit of determination and dedication within members of a force of arms that leads to professionalism and mastery of the art of war. It promotes the highest order of discipline for unit and self and is the ingredient that instills dedication to Corps and country 24 hours a day, pride, concern for others, and an unrelenting determination to achieve a standard of excellence in every endeavor. Commitment is the value that establishes the Marine as the warrior and citizen others strive to emulate.