Hope for a brighter future begins at Thunderbird challenge Program.

The challenges that students face today do not need to limit their possibilities tomorrow. Throughout the National Guard Youth Challenge Program journey, cadets learn to take ownership of their lives and develop the leadership skills needed to attack adversity in their lives.

Thunderbird exists to intervene and reinvent leadership in the next generation’s youth.  Are you ready for a change? Start your new best right here at the finest leadership academy in Oklahoma.

Class 63 Begins July 20th, 2024

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Dream.
Believe.
Achieve.

Hope for a brighter future begins at Thunderbird challenge Program.

The challenges that students face today do not need to limit their possibilities tomorrow. Throughout the National Guard Youth Challenge Program journey, cadets learn to take ownership of their lives and develop the leadership skills needed to attack adversity in their lives.

Thunderbird exists to intervene and reinvent leadership in the next generation’s youth.  Are you ready for a change? Start your new best right here at the finest leadership academy in Oklahoma.

Vocational Classes - Thunderbird Military Academy - Female Cadets

Vocational Classes

Thunderbird cadets will have the opportunity to learn and explore different trades through our partnership with Northeast Tech. This invaluable relationship allows cadets to expand their potential and introduce them new career paths.

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Community Service

As a part of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program, every cadet will complete a minimum of 40 volunteer community service hours. However, they don’t stop there. Cadet’s continue long after 40 hours, learning to give back and help the communities that have given to them.

Mentor Program - Thunderbird Youth Challenge Program - Oklahoma Military Academy

Mentors

Mentorship is a key component of The Challenge program. Every Cadet must have a mentor to be in the program. These unsung heroes are a vital part of the Cadets’ success while in the Challenge Program and long after the Cadets’ leave our campus.

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Class 61 Important Dates

September 11, 2023

First and foremost, the admissions team would like to thank the parents and guardians of Class 61 for doing their due diligence by completing the online forms and documents. We received a record number of completed files at in-processing. Because of that,…

Join Us at Thunderbird Challenge

Fill out an online application and see if our School is a good fit for your family.

Application Process

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    Register as a parent guardian

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    Complete the online application

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    Our admissions counselor will contact you and visit about your individual situation

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    Schedule an Orientation and Interview

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    Receive conditional acceptance

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    Complete required paperwork and mentor application

You. Improved.

Thunderbird Challenge Program is a residential military academy for males and females age 16-18. The program is one of the original National Guard Youth Challenge Programs, and is the only military academy of its kind in the state. Our leadership-based highly disciplined educational program is designed to help today’s students prepare for being leaders tomorrow.

Challenge

Challenge ones’ self physically, educationally, and emotionally.  Our program is designed to introduce healthy adversity into our young adults’ lives in order to develop a habit of making good decisions and master healthy life skills.

Respect

Learn for yourself, for others, and your community.

Education

Education options include: GED, High Schools Credits, and Credit Recovery, College Classes, as well as Vo-Tech Classes.

At Thunderbird, Education is an opportunity to overcome barriers to learning. Many students today need a different model than sitting in a classroom with a book or computer. TCP offers many different approaches to traditional classroom learning in order to develop study skills that will benefit students throughout their educational career.