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Valley Forge Military Academy is an independent, private, college preparatory school for boys in grades 6-12 offering day and boarding options.

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A College Preparatory School with a Military Tradition™

Valley Forge Military Academy (VFMA) is a private, independent, college preparatory school offering grades 6 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.

Upcoming VFMAC Events

Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm – Nov 26 @ 6:30 pm
8:00 pm
Thanksgiving leave begins after the Military Tattoo performance on Friday, November 17. All cadets/students are encouraged to depart campus.
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm – Nov 26 @ 2:30 pm
4:00 pm
Thanksgiving leave begins after last class/last duty on Tuesday, November 21. All cadets/students are encouraged to depart campus.
Dec 8 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
8:30 am
Visit Valley Forge Military Academy! We invite you to learn more and visit VFMA’s sprawling 100 acre campus by attending our upcoming Classroom Visitation Day on Friday, December 8! VFMA is an independent, private, college[...]
Valley Forge Military Academy (Mellon Hall)
Nov
17
Fri
Thanksgiving Leave (Academy)
Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm – Nov 26 @ 6:30 pm
Thanksgiving Leave (Academy)

Thanksgiving leave begins after the Military Tattoo performance on Friday, November 17. All cadets/students are encouraged to depart campus.

Nov
21
Tue
Thanksgiving Leave (College)
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm – Nov 26 @ 2:30 pm
Thanksgiving Leave (College)

Thanksgiving leave begins after last class/last duty on Tuesday, November 21. All cadets/students are encouraged to depart campus.

Dec
8
Fri
VFMA Classroom Visitation Day @ Valley Forge Military Academy (Mellon Hall)
Dec 8 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
VFMA Classroom Visitation Day @ Valley Forge Military Academy (Mellon Hall) | Wayne | Pennsylvania | United States

Visit Valley Forge Military Academy!

We invite you to learn more and visit VFMA’s sprawling 100 acre campus by attending our upcoming Classroom Visitation Day on Friday, December 8! VFMA is an independent, private, college preparatory school for boys in grades 6-12. We have a long tradition of instilling values and building self-confidence to prepare tomorrow’s leaders. The Academy offers college preparatory academics, credentialed faculty, competitive PIAA athletics, and individual attention, providing cadets with an environment focused on their academic success. Whether your ambitions are rooted in our rich military traditions or shaped by your scholarly endeavors, we invite you to explore all that we have to offer. We look forward to meeting you and discussing how Valley Forge Military Academy can help you achieve.

During the event the classroom doors will be opened for you and your family to explore the school house and see all that VFMA can academically offer to your son. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet with the Commandant’s department, Athletics, Music, D Troop and Student Activities!

For questions, please contact:

Michelle Gatta, MEd.
Associate Director of Admissions- Athletic Liaison
Head Women’s College Volleyball Coach
MGatta@vfmac.edu
610-989-1472

OR

Maryam Ahmadi
Financial Aid Coordinator
MAhmadi@vfmac.edu
610-989-1309

Winter Holiday Concert @ Mellon Hall
Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm
Dec
9
Sat
VFMC Admissions Saturday Visit @ Valley Forge Military Academy & College (Medenbach Hall)
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
VFMC Admissions Saturday Visit @ Valley Forge Military Academy & College (Medenbach Hall) | Wayne | Pennsylvania | United States

Saturday Visits are offered each month to prospective students. Students and their families will be given a short presentation about Valley Forge Military College by an admissions counselor. Following the presentation, students and their families will be given a tour of campus. Please arrive by 8:45 am to complete registration.

Academic Excellence

Our dedicated faculty develops cadets with the knowledge to thrive in a four-year college, in their careers and throughout their lives.

Character Development

Cadets learn to contribute to society while maintaining our high standards of character and love of country.

Personal Motivation

Through teamwork, organizational pride and establishing and achieving personal goals, each cadet learns to strive for excellence.

Physical Development

Through physical education and athletic competition, each cadet learns the habits and attitudes necessary for lifelong physical wellness.

Leadership

Through a structured environment cadets learn individual responsibility and gain the ability to become citizen leaders.

Why VFMA?

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 6-8) 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 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.

Benefits

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.

Location

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.

Cadet Training

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.

Corps Structure

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 6-12)
  • A Company
  • B Company
  • C Company
  • F Company
College Companies
  • G Company
  • H Company
  • I Company
Specialty Companies (Academy & College)

Boarding Options

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 6-12 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

The vast majority of Valley Forge Military Academy cadets are full-time boarders, who hail from 38 states and 25 foreign countries. Boarding cadets are normally housed two per dormitory room, and are supervised in non-classroom hours by Tactical Officers. Staff to cadet ratios at Valley Forge are excellent, and dedicated instructors take a personal interest in the success of Academy cadets.

Classes are held five days a week with athletics and other after-school activities held until 5:45 pm. Evening study hours extend from 7:30 to 9:30. Taps sounds at 10:00 pm.

On the weekends, cadets enjoy ample opportunities to take advantage of the Philadelphia area’s varied cultural and entertainment possibilities. In addition, those who stay at school may attend movies on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday mornings, the Sunday Chapel Service is central to cadet life at VFMA.

In addition to full-time boarders, local families enjoy a 5-day boarder option – with cadets free to return home after Saturday morning school activities.

Five Day Boarding

Five-day boarding cadets (VF5D)
VF5D cadets are bound by the Guidon and other VFMAC Regulations. Their schedule is different in part from tradition seven-day boarding cadets, but their obligations are virtually the same. The VF5D program will be supervised by the Commandant of Cadets and TAC Team Leaders.

Note: VF5D is an option available to families who live relatively close to the VFMAC campus.

Plebe Training
VF5D Plebes will be boarding cadets from their reporting date until the Recognition Day Ceremony, when they end their full-time boarding status and may go home on weekends.

Uniforms
VF5D will check the Daily Routine Orders (DROs) sent to their VFMAC cadet e-mail account during the weekend in order to confirm the Uniform of the Day for the following Monday morning, and will meet uniform expectations when arriving on campus.

Assignment and Billeting
VF5D cadets are eligible for assignment to any of the Academy units. They will be provided a room in barracks required to have the basic issue and personal items to set up the room according to standard for the Plebe Training period. VF5D cadets will be inspected and held to the same standard as other rooms in the unit in terms of orderliness and cleanliness.

Weekday Schedule
Per normal routine. VF5D cadets will be at Valley Forge by 7:30 AM Monday morning to attend a unit formation and Morning Colors. VF5D cadets will follow the regular tactical and class schedule, Monday through Friday.

Weekend Schedule
Saturday – After Recognition Day, VF5D Cadets are exempt from Saturday requirements (see “Disciplinary Obligations” below).
Sunday – VF5D cadets are not required to be present Sunday, unless they desire to attend Chapel or Parade. If they so desire, they may report to their unit for 1st Mess at 8:20 AM, or report at 10:00 AM to their unit to attend Chapel, or 12:00 PM to attend Parade. VF5D cadets may be required to be present for selected Regimental or Chapel Parades.
Rank
Cadet Leaders have significant leadership responsibilities on evenings and weekends; therefore, VF5D Cadets will remain as Privates. In truly exceptional cases, VF5D Cadets may be promoted.

Transportation
VF5D cadets are responsible for arranging transportation, so as to be at their appointed place of duty. There may be instances where lack of transportation may prevent a VF5D cadet from being present for school, training, or meeting disciplinary obligations. These instances will be handled on a case by case basis, between the VF5D cadet’s parent and the Commandant or Tactical Team Leader.

Duty
VF5D cadets will be rostered for the same duties as their boarding counterparts, to include Charge of Quarters in barracks and Guard Duty at Lee Hall, Monday through Friday.

Disciplinary Obligations
VF5D cadets may incur restricted privileges like any other cadet. However, VF5D cadets must serve these punishments on Saturday. The VF5D cadet with restrictions must make arrangements with his family to be present fifteen minutes prior to formation on Saturday (1:30 to 4:30 PM) and/or regimental restrictions Saturday (7:00 to 9:00 PM). In the event the number of restriction privileges cannot be satisfied on Saturdays, the Commandant may direct a VF5D cadet to report on Sunday(s).

Band and Athletes
Band cadets and athletes are eligible for the VF5D program; however, they will meet all musical and athletic obligations, e.g., weekend practices, concerts, or games. Failure to meet musical and athletic obligations will result in dismissal from the appropriate program.

Automobile Privileges
VF5D cadets possessing a driver’s license are prohibited from using their vehicles during the week. They may drive a vehicle solely to depart for weekend leave and return to campus. The vehicle must have a VF5D school parking permit. Only after providing parental permission to a TAC Officer and solely for the purpose of departing and returning for leave, will a VF5D cadet provide transportation to a boarding cadet.

Tuition and Fees
VF5D cadets will be charged at the same rate as boarding cadets. There will be no tuition refund for transfer to Day Cadet status.

Special Events
VF5D cadets will attend special events as determined by the President. These will include the Military Tattoo, Christmas Holiday Vespers, Winter Concert, Spring Concert, Silver Taps on Friday evening and the Alumni Parade on the Saturday of Alumni Weekend, Sunday Chapel and Regimental Parade of the Parents Spring Festival Weekend, the Memorial Day Parade in Wayne.

Day School

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 academy_admission@vfmac.edu.

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

1st Lt, USMC

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

Parents of Joseph Ingrao

Valley Forge Military Academy and College

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