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.
REPORTING ORDERS: Please review and complete (if applicable) the following forms and return via mail to the attention of the Commandant’s Department or bring the completed forms with you on the date of your return to campus.
Upcoming VFMAC Events
Move in day for Academy and College cadets for Leadership Detail training. Be sure you have completed all steps for your school’s Returning Student Checklist including, scheduling for classes, paying your bill, completing your medical forms, etc.
Cadets will report to their assigned barracks. As candidates for leadership, you should have all paperwork, payments, and forms completed and submitted prior to your arrival. Set an example for your peers.
Leadership Candidate Cadets move in on Sunday and will proceed to check-in at Eisenhower Hall on Monday.
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, boarding-day, college preparatory school comprised of a middle school (grades 7-8) and high school (grades 9-12). Attracting students from 24 different countries and 31 different states, 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 STEM 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 18 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.
The Ideal Vehicle For Developing Leadership And Management Skills
When students enter Valley Forge Military Academy, they must accept the values and standards of “The Forge” as their own if they are to succeed. For the Corps of Cadets these values and standards are reflected in three basic declarations: the Mission Statement, the Cadet Resolution and the Honor Code. The companies live together, eat meals together in the Regimental Mess, and wear the unique uniform that identifies them as Valley Forge Military Academy cadets.
Cadet training teaches students to think clearly, to keep their minds alert and active, and to form habits of neatness and correctness. It prepares them for greater responsibilities by teaching respect and obedience to authority and by developing habits of self-discipline.
How The Corps is Structured
All members of the Corps of Cadets are organized into separate companies — solely Academy Companies; solely College Companies; and Specialty Companies comprised of both Academy and College cadets. Each company is commanded by a Cadet Company Commander and assisted by a Cadet First Sergeant.
Academy Companies (Grades 7-12)
- A Company
- B Company
- C Company
- F Company
- G Company
- H Company
- I Company
VFMA Offers Cadets 3 Boarding Options
1. The vast majority of Valley Forge Military Academy cadets participate in the full-time boarding option. Boarding cadets are normally housed two per dormitory room, and are supervised in non-classroom hours by Tactical Officers.
2. In addition to full-time boarders, local families enjoy a five day boarder option – with cadets free to return home after Saturday morning school activities.
3. Lastly, young men in grades 7-12 can choose the Valley Forge Military Academy Day School option, which offers day cadets everything that our boarding cadets receive– exceptional academics, dedicated faculty interaction, interscholastic sports, extracurricular activities, and camaraderie as members of the Corps of Cadets.
Full Time Boarding
Five Day Boarding
Our Day School is a chance for parents to witness it every night.
Designed for young men in grades 7-12, the Valley Forge Military Academy Day Program offers day school cadets the same opportunities that our boarding cadets have – exceptional academics, dedicated faculty interaction, interscholastic sports, extracurricular activities, and camaraderie. The Day Program is a great way to experience the academic structure and discipline in the classroom, and develop the leadership skills needed to be successful in life – all the things that make Valley Forge Military Academy so special, but without residing on campus.
To the fullest extent possible, the experiences of Day School cadets mirrors those of Valley Forge Military Academy’s boarding cadets – with a curriculum that focuses on developing the whole person and stresses Valley Forge’s Five Cornerstones: Academic Excellence, Character Development, Personal Motivation, Leadership and Physical Development.
As after-school experiences are essential to the cadet experience, our day cadets are encouraged to participate in the same activities as their peers, including interscholastic and intramural sports, clubs, physical training, band, and choir.
Learn more by contacting our Office of Admission at 610-989-1303 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Success Stories – Read what Parents and Students say about their Valley Forge Experience.
I graduated VFMA class of ’09. I attended the academy for four years of high school in order to aid in my pursuit of a military career. I graduated as Company Commander of Charlie Company. During my time there I had the fortunate opportunity to work with yourself and your Naval Academy Prep Program in order to prepare myself for a military career. Your mentorship and leadership made me only want to serve with the very best service men and women this country has to offer. You aided me in the process of applying and interviewing for the Marine NROTC program. 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 from 2009-2014 under Col Wilcox, where you came and spoke at our Spring Graduation Ceremony. I commissioned in the Marine Corps as a 2ndLt in May of 2014. I cannot thank you enough for your mentorship as a cadet at VFMA. I have been extremely pleased with my decision, thanks to you, 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.
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.Robert M. McCollum III
Our son Joseph Ingrao attend[ed] his high school years (9-12) at VFMA, and graduated Class President on June 4, 2011. Joseph, then continued his education at The University of Massachusetts Amherst, and graduated this past May, 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