The entire design of the Greystone program is intended to support enhanced performance academically, athletically and as a leader at the academy. By elevating the level of expectation while at prep school, students are challenged to perform “up” so that they are prepared for the challenges and rigor they can expect at the academies.
Academically, Greystone students are better prepared to engage the challenges presented to first year academy students by having the experience of their freshman year of college under their belt. What makes this more significant is that the college-level experience is provided by University of the Ozarks. University of the Ozarks is a 4-year, fully accredited liberal arts institution that provides an extremely similar academic environment to that which awaits them at the academies. Due to the small class size (18-22 students in a class) and a full PhD teaching the course, the level of performance and expectation mimics that of the service academies. Academic experience at this level is the key to enhanced academic performance at the academy. The Univerity of Ozarks academic experience forces Greystone students to learn how to:
These are all experiences that are key to enhanced academic performance at the academies. Academic excellence at Univeristy of the Ozarks translates into academy academic excellence which can be a significant “leg up” for academy first-year cadets or midshipmen. Sustained academic excellence at the academy translates into expanded career opportunities and options following graduation – but the key is that the cadet or midshipman will graduate! Greystone is committed to empowering our students to earn their academy appointments by demonstrating their university-level academic abilities, but more importantly, these same university-level academic abilities support sustained superior performance through four years of academy academic opportunity – and that is the major difference between Greystone and other academy preparatory schools.
Athletically, Greystone students are challenged to push their performance to a higher level to maximize their CFA scores, however, the true purpose behind the Greystone athletic program is physical conditioning. Greystone students learn about the importance and benefits of being physically fit and how daily workouts can lead to not only better performance on graded or timed activities, it also leads to a healthy lifestyle. The physical conditioning routine developed while at Greystone is something they can sustain while at the academy and beyond. Fitness for life!
As leaders, all Greystone students experience the true meaning of responsibility and accountability which translates directly to their evolution as leaders at the academy level. The intent of the Greystone experience is to provide each student with the experience and expertise needed to develop a sense of self-confidence and self-assurance whenever put into a leadership position. Greystone also affords each member of the team with the opportunity to try different leadership techniques to determine what works and what does not work. Experience in a controlled leadership laboratory ensures that young leaders are capable of significant growth and maturity once they arrive at the academy – Always Ready…For Them!
Due to the nature of university life on campus, Greystone students tend to grow up and mature quickly. Their interaction with a group of similarly motivated academy candidates helps to ensure upward maturity rather than stymied growth that's typical of students who are thrust into environments with younger and unmotivated students. Having this year of maturity when they arrive at the academies, Greystone students do not fall victim to the emotional or immature pranks/activities that prove to be the downfall of many cadets or midshipmen who are not ready for the academy-level challenge. Maturity, like a strong sense of professionalism, stands out as a positive beacon just as much as immaturity and unprofessionalism stands out as a negative beacon.
The constant push to maintain focus on the mission develops a strong sense of dedication and determination that helps our candidates stand out more positively as a cadet or midshipman once they arrive at the academy. Determination and focus helps academy students to push through challenging times and it sustains them when things go wrong – and at the academies, things do sometimes go wrong! Dedication to the mission helps to overcome and endure the difficult times and conversely, enables significant celebration during times of success and accomplishment.
The Greystone Professional Development program is instrumental in keeping cadets and midshipmen within the guidelines established by the academy honor code/concept, the academy rule book and the Uniformed Code of Military Justice. Knowledge, understanding, and a solid appreciation for the right and wrong indications from a well-adjusted moral compass ensures that each Greystone student enters the academy with a strong sense of honor, character and integrity. This, more than anything else, will ensure that they complete their academy experience with little or no difficulty.
Finally, it is the time-management and study skills as well as their hands-on experience as leaders that allow them to excel at the academies. These skills and experiences are provided to each Greystone student for the purpose of empowering them to excel while engaged in Greystone at the University of the Ozarks, but more importantly, they will continue to refine and enhance their skills and experiences throughout their academy opportunity. Time management, the ability to focus and the experience of leadership combine to provide a strong foundation upon which they will assume the responsibility of leadership and succeed. The sooner they can receive these skills and begin having such experiences the sooner they will evolve into the leader they want to become. Like the journey of 1000 miles, it must start with the first step!