During lunch each day, students sit down together for a family-style meal. It's a favorite time-honored tradition of Academy Boys, families, and staff.
Students are seated at mixed tables with boys from each age group, encouraging a brotherly affection between all ages. With large plates of food served family-style, the older boys assist younger students with their meal, allowing the older boys to shine in a leadership role outside of the classroom and drill field. The lunchroom responsibilities grant even the youngest boy an opportunity to lend a hand in the overall cleanup of the dining hall, while the presence of a teacher at the table affords the boys conversational time with a faculty member who is not part of their daily academics.
Student lunches are included in tuition and all students eat the meals provided by the school. Meals are prepared on-site, are cooked by SAA's chefs – many of whom have been culinary trained – and accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions.
The following lunch options are available daily:
- Hot meal (rotates daily)
- Soup (rotates daily)
- Sandwiches (in-house roasted turkey & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, and peanut butter)
- Salad bar (includes an assortment of raw veggies, chicken or tuna salad, boiled eggs, and cooked noodles)
- Fresh fruit cups
- Special item of the chef's choosing (rotates daily between items such as a prepared salad, bruschetta, grilled vegetables, etc.)
- Milk, tea, and fruit-infused water