22 Parent Reviews for Valley Forge Military Academy
I am currently a cadet at VFMAC. I came to VF with a prior drug problem and knew I needed discipline. When I came to VF it met my expectations. Within a year I can honestly say that I am the disciplined young man that I have always wanted to be. The Faculty and staff will support you no matter what.
... Read more My sophemore year at public school I scored a 1430 on the SAT's. After a year at VF I surpassed my goals by scoring a 1950. VF has geared me for success and now in my senior year I can honestly say I have a bright future in front of me. My whole life I have grown up in a neighborhood where the majority of people barely graduate highschool. My parents had to take out a morgage on their house in order to put me through VF and it was worth it. Every day I thank the faculty and staff for all they have done for me and I am proud to say I am a cadet at the Most prestigious military school in the country! Read less
Posted by a other on 09/23/13
VFMAC is what you make out of it. Like what was stated in several other reviews, you must be motivated and self-disciplined to succeed in this school. However, the reason for many people who come to VFMAC is to attain those qualities. For those who aren't motivated and self-disciplined, you will NOT
... Read more gain those qualities by coming here because they won't help you if you begin failing. They simply punish you more and let you fall deeper into the pit of desolation until your future is ruined by drugs, social pressure, and bad grades. I've seen it happen here. If you are motivated to do well, then by all means, join VFMAC; but there are other schools that can develop your traits better. Also, many of the military responsibilities are given to people who can't be responsible for themselves (often their grades are worse than the people they lead) so they just lead you to be worse. Read less
Posted by a other on 03/21/13
We enrolled our son for his junior year at Valley Forge Military Academy and were completely disappointed. When we spoke with the admissions office we were assured that if our son had any academic problems the school would provide the needed support. That never happened. We had to arrange on our own
... Read more for one of the other students to help tutor our son and paid this student ourselves. There is also a complete lack of leadership from the school. They have had several changes at the top and I see again that they have an "acting" president of the school. The physical plant is very run down and the school has a very small endowment. I believe this is due to the lack of alumni support. Yes, some students do well and go onto to the 4 service academies. However, I spoke with many students when I visited my son and very few provided positive feedback. If I had to make the decision again I would not send my son to Valley Forge. There are other options which you should look at. This is not one to recommend. Read less
Posted by a parent on 02/16/13
In the past, Valley Forge was a great school with and had many cadets with character. Currently, however, the school lacks attention to facilities, faculty, and quality of education as well as many crucial aspects that make up a great school. The chain of command at the school often interrupt academic
... Read more studies with trivial room inspections. Sleep deprivation is a huge problem here as the chain of command and tactical officers are very lenient on loud music and roommate inconsideration. Many times when my parents email the school, they are left with no reply. The heaters in some barracks (dorms) don't work and the bathrooms are all terrible. On the academic side; however, Valley Forge has several understanding teachers who do their job really well. The curriculum isn't challenging and is often obstructed by teachers coming and going but their are several reliable teachers. From my experience here, I do not recommend attending the school unless you really need to raise your grade by having an easier curriculum and you don't mind many of the annoying military traditions. Read less
Posted by a other on 02/07/13
I loved this school after the admissions interview. It didn't deliver on 3 counts: Communication with parents is non existent. Calls weren't returned. the blackboard portal and newsletter were it. Second, your son needs to be a self motivator / athlete. They offer a lot - however, for a kid who
... Read more doesn't want to be involved, they lack the "mentor or coaching" follow through. Finally, we were told that grades were watched closely and if a student began to decline academically, they would be required to meet with teachers. This didn't happen either. We got one call after my son was close to failing. There was no supervision to verify he met with teachers after school. There seems to be a real lack of communication within the professional staff at the school/barracks/study hall/coaches If your son wants to go and is motivated - great. If not, this isn't your best choice to develop and monitor his growth. Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/17/12
i would appreciate any feed back from parents or students presently attending VFMA i have 3 military academy's to chose from and VFMA is one of them i want to make a sound decision on what would be more appropriate and convenience for my son.
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Posted by a other on 02/29/12
As aparent of a 2008 graduate of VFMA, and reading the report of bullying and theft, it is apparent to me that your child ose one of those who couldn't hack it in the militaristic style of life at this wonderful school. My only regret was that my son did not choose to atriculate in the college program
... Read more which is a one of a kind oppurtunity. I would recommend this school to anyone to help their son to grow in leaps and bounds over all other schools, and you do not have to be able to afford it if your son is good enough to graduate from the program. Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/14/11
I want to address the parent from Nov. 9 post. My son is extemely academic, a talented athlete, very well mannered and in no way is a "throw away child." I sent him there to learn life skills and discipline that would put him ahead in life. His wants become a professional athlete he will be living
... Read more that dream. I have seen him soar to such high levels and achieve many successes. He did very well at his old school and was a leader there too. I attend Chapel services with him and often attend the parades. I always leave feeling prouder than ever that I am an American. As far as bullying if you follow the rules you are rewarded if you don't you are held accountable. If the public schools would follow the VFMA policies and procedures there would be much less violence in their schools. My son has not told me anything to make me believe what you say is true, but has stated quite the opposite. He is a leader at VFMA and is always very conscientious on how he discipines cadets that aren't following the rules. Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/06/11
Perhaps a once proud institution that has deteriorating classrooms and barracks, theft, and physical violence with abuse of power and out of control discipline. Higher ranking cadets given responsibility and authority to dole out punishments with very little review by the adult tactical officers in residence
... Read more in the barracks. The inmates it seems are running the asylum. It would appear that the only students left standing at the end of the year are the hard core discipline problems or "throw-away" students who have no other options but to stay. This school is not the place for a young man who really wants to be there because the bullying and harassment are free in the public schools. Really thought this would not be such an issue in a school that costs this much. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/09/10
There is a saying sometimes seen on T-shirts: "Before you can be old and wise you must be young and foolish". Valley Forge knows this and has the formula to not only book learn their students but show them life values. They become productive smart members of society whatever the circumstances were
... Read more that brought them to the school. Just look at the Alumni, from JD Salinger to Schwartzkopf to Rhodes Scholar Wes Moore. Valley Forge is the relevant paradigm for today's dissafected youth -- not the off the cloud academic institutions out of touch with reality. They lead the way,. Read less
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Wayne schools — Valley Forge Military Academy is located at 1001 Eagle Rd, Wayne PA 19087. 1001 Eagle Rd is in the 19087 ZIP code in Wayne, PA Valley Forge Military Academy is a Private school that serves grade levels 7 - 12.
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