A College Preparatory School with a Military Tradition™
Valley Forge Military Academy (VFMA) is a private, independent, college preparatory school offering grades 7 through 12 with day and boarding options. Established in 1928, VFMA has a long tradition of fostering personal growth through a unique, comprehensive system built on Five Cornerstones: Academic Excellence, Character Development, Personal Motivation, Physical Development, and Leadership.
VFMA provides a strong academic atmosphere and challenging curriculum, along with ample leadership and character development opportunities. Our dedicated faculty and small class sizes provide cadets with intense individualized learning experiences that prepare them well for college.
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Our dedicated faculty develops cadets with the knowledge to thrive in a four-year college, in their careers and throughout their lives.
Cadets learn to contribute to society while maintaining our high standards of character and love of country.
Through teamwork, organizational pride and establishing and achieving personal goals, each cadet learns to strive for excellence.
Through physical education and athletic competition, each cadet learns the habits and attitudes necessary for lifelong physical wellness.
Through a structured environment cadets learn individual responsibility and gain the ability to become citizen leaders.
A One of a Kind Experience
Founded in 1928, Valley Forge Military Academy (VFMA) located in Wayne, Pennsylvania, is an independent, private, college preparatory school comprised of a lower school (grades 7-9) and high school (grades 10-12). VFMA is an international leadership institute where students have cultural interactions that prepare them to compete in today’s global society.
Strong Traditions blend with college preparatory curriculum
Students at VFMA are immersed in a unique educational experience centered on academic excellence, character development, personal motivation, and team building that helps them reach their academic and personal goals. Life-long friendships are forged through the shared experiences, challenges, and bonds of cadet life. The rigorous college preparatory curriculum is delivered by credentialed faculty who serve as both teachers and mentors, providing cadets with individualized attention and ensuring an environment focused on academic success. As a result of the leadership education training and STEAM curriculum they receive, Academy cadets grow to become confident leaders who can navigate practical challenges, apply critical thinking processes, and embody classic values such as ethics, character, and honor.
Parents of Valley Forge Military Academy students note the transformation effect that the structure and rigor of the school has on their son and the relevancy of a Valley Forge Military education to their sons’ future. Parents note that Valley Forge teaches their son basic values which, many feel, are omitted from the basic curricula of other schools, such as “teaching students to be ethically and morally minded to lead in business and life.” Many cite that “Valley Forge has a desire and passion for students to succeed” but note that the school’s value is that it pushes their son to succeed not just on standardized tests but – more importantly – in character and personal responsibility.
Students choose to attend VFMA because they want to do better. Parents who choose to enroll their son at VFMA understand and value that teaching honor, discipline, structure, and integrity are the cornerstones upon which their son can develop into a knowledgeable, strong-minded, successful leader prepared for whatever path he may take in life. Valley Forge Military encourages cadet success through the power of achievement and the bond of the corps. Cadets learn valuable skills such as time management, communication and presentation techniques, and group dynamics. Each leads to increased self-confidence, which propels VFMA students to the next level by allowing them to realize what they can achieve.
Located in the suburb of Wayne, PA, just 16 miles from Philadelphia, the Valley Forge Military Academy (VFMA) campus offers an idyllic educational environment centrally located near the vast cultural offerings of the city of Philadelphia. From the Philadelphia Art Museum to the Rodin Museum, to the Franklin Institute to the Constitution Center, Independence Hall, or Valley Forge National Park, Valley Forge Military Academy offers students the opportunity to supplement their solid educational experience within a cradle of historic, cultural, and artistic enrichment opportunities.
A Lot to Offer
Small class sizes, specialized instruction, and dedicated teachers and mentors provide an enriching educational experience that imbues students with character traits and the skills to reach their potential. Visit Valley Forge Military Academy campus with your son and see the Valley Forge difference for yourself. We also offer a “Cadet for a Day” option where your son can experience Valley Forge first hand and we can connect you directly with other families to discuss their experiences.
Our Success Stories – Read what Parents and Students say about their Valley Forge Experience.
I attended the Academy for four years to aid in my pursuit of a military career. I graduated as Company Commander of Charlie Company. During my time at VFMA I had the fortunate opportunity to work with the Naval Academy Prep Program to prepare myself for a military career. My time at Valley Forge was instrumental in my development as a leader and I would not be where I am at today had it not been for the opportunities afforded to me while at the Academy.
After graduation, I attended Drexel University on full scholarship from the NROTC and graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. I was a midshipmen in the NROTC program at UPenn and commissioned in the Marine Corps as a 2ndLt. I have been extremely pleased with my decision to earn a Commission in the Marine Corps. I love working with Marines every day and could not ask for a better start to a career.Robert M. McCollum III
Our son Joseph Ingrao attend[ed] the Academy for four years and graduated as the Class President. Joseph, then continued his education at The University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Construction Engineering. We are extremely proud of our son and attribute many of his successes to the outstanding education and lessons learned through the military environment VFMA offered. This is an experience very few will ever have, and it was the best decision we ever made! Integrity, courage, valor, teamwork, and honor…..Thank you VF!!!Laurie & Sal Ingrao