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Fork Union Military Academy

Private | 6-12 | 463 students

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Posted August 6, 2014

Send your kids some place else or international. The international option worked better for us. My wife and I learned our lesson after spending thousands of dollars on this school!! Along with other kids my son was kicked out of Fork Union for smoking tobacco. My son never smoked tobacco but he happened to make friendship with a guy who provided the tobacco. Fork Union would never listen to our explanation. Instead they dismissed my son from their school with in a few days and charged us the rest of the unpaid balance. We had no option but to pay rest of the money. I still remember that day. My husband and I had tears running out of our eyes. My son was depressed for a month or so until we send him to a better school oversee. And it was cheaper. So parents beware! This school is not what their image portrays. The education quality is ok. It's not any better than public school. Behind the closed doors it's pure business and taking away parents hard earned money. I agree with other parents here, save your money and take your kids away from here! It's sad sometimes we learn the hard way and that's why I'm sharing my story with other parents.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 30, 2014

PARENTS BE WARNED! You must give up all your rights when sending your child to FUMA. You are then subject to an extreme sort of twisted judicial system where cadets are not allowed representation or to be judged by their peers. Our Honor Roll/Deans List/NHS Sr was booted 2 credits from graduation for tobacco use. Tens of thousands of dollars later, a highly motivated and as stated by faculty "loved by all" young man was kicked out for tobacco. Yes, that's right. Hard to believe I know. Having past military service, I can say this "Military" Acad is now run by administrative hacks who know nothing about military discipline. Those few staff with backgrounds in non-administrative fields are the cream of the crop. Unfortunately, they're kept tightly under control, helpless to change anything despite recognizing the decline of this "Military Academy". The Sr faculty members who should have retired years ago, govern with no clue what military discipline is and just go along with the PC admin types to keep their jobs. PARENTS!!! Think LONG and HARD about your decision to enroll your child here. They paint a rosy picture, but military & religion are far from flourishing at FUMA anymore.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 30, 2014

UNETHICAL DISCIPLINE at this "Christian" military school. Arbitrary dismissal of honor student touted by faculty as "having great potential" & "going places". Senior & officer, friend & counselor to other students after suicide last fall, TWO credits from graduation, expelled for tobacco violation. No CHAIN OF DISCIPLINE! No demerits given, demotion, no marching. No life lesson learned other than rejection. No counsel or forgiveness. Just expelled. Out. After thousands of $$$. Beware parents as IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU. This is NOT sour grapes. This is WRONG! - Concerned Aunt

Posted May 18, 2014

My sons experience in the Middle School has been great. He was an excellent student before he enrolled but needed the extra challenge that FUMA represents. Sending him is one of the best choices we have ever made. He has enrolled for the Upper School next year and looks forward to that as well. I thank God this oppurtunity presented itself for him. FUMA emabraces the "Mind, Body and Spirit" as they say they do. As for some of the negative reviews I've read I can only speak on my families experience, but serious diciplinary issues or repeated rule violations are not tolerated at FUMA and they tell you this from the start. I hope your children rebounded at another School and indeed found success. Also, no favoritism is granted to any Cadet for any reason even if there parents are administrators. The Cadets must earn everything by doing the right thing and working hard. Go FUMA!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 29, 2014

I am a friend of FUMA. I read all reviews posts on this site. I congratulate those cadets who succeeded in meeting FUMA's mission and goal. The comments posted on this site from parents and former cadets, positive or negative, given FUMA's structure and student enrollment size, have given me an affirmation that FUMA lives up to its mission and values of building "solid citizens" who embody the values of integrity, honor, duty, self-discipline, and service to others. My best wishes to FUMA, parents and cadets, administrators, faculty and staff for continued success in educating and building future effective leaders and solid citizens.

Posted February 11, 2014

As I couldn't return to my old school and public schools in the area weren't viable, I decided to attend Fork Union my sophomore year of high school. I took it as a second chance - my parents sacrificed a lot for me to attend and I promised myself I would make the most of my opportunity. I had a chance at success -- and I took it. I see several parents complaining about the school and I couldn't disagree more. The stage was set for your son to succeed and he simply didn't play his part - nothing more needs to be said. In addition, parents remark that cadets receive rank via donations - yet my family has never donated a cent and I am a Company Commander - one of the top positions in the academy. Promotions result from hard work, not donations. Fork Union changed my life, and it can certainly change your son's in a positive way if he is willing to put forth effort. For example, I now have a 4.1 GPA and have a chance of attending a Service Academy - something I could never have dreamed of before. I am proud to attend Fork Union and I strongly recommend giving it a chance. God bless. --Cadet, Class of 2015

Posted July 31, 2013

We sent our son to school at FUMA and it was a waste of time and money. He was kicked out for smoking and we lost thousands of dollars. The administrators pressured us to "withdraw" so their record would look good but I would not go along. Their unusual single focus curriculum means that children who leave FUMA cannot easily integrate into other high schools. It was a waste.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 7, 2013

I graduated from Fork Union in 2004. I wouldn't have gone to college, graduate school or recieved a good well paying job if I hadn't gone. The parents that are talking about them being money hungry are probably mostly those parents whose kids get kicked out. If you get kicked out you don't get reimbursed fully. For me, I still had enough fear in my parents that the 20 some thousand dollar anger from my Dad if I would have been kicked out is one of the reasons for my success. A lot of people send kids to FUMA who need reform school not a military college prep school. Kids with sever disciplinary problems don't belong at that school. This is a school that helps really good students get to where they need to go (academies, good public/private univ) and help bad students learn time management, organization, confidence and self pride. I just looked at the reviews so I would see what my Uncle is seeing since he is thinking of sending my little cousin. I think it's funny that the place is always still the same. It doesn't change much over time and that's the point. Hard work, discipline, ethics and morality are pretty time tested priciples that don't need to change.

Posted October 1, 2012

My son is currently attending his first year at FUMA he is in the 8th grade. I found the admission, interview and overall interaction with the staff to be very positive. Its only been a month but my son is doing his homework, his test scores still need some work but I have to say the teachers have been very supportive to him and he understands that they have an expectation of him. The one thing that I like the most and my son seems to really thrive on is that at FUMA he is a cadet not a cadet with ADHD . He is not isolated or singled out and he is treated fairly and something that is very important to him he is treated like everyone else. So yes he has earned his share of demerits alot less than I thought he would. His self confidence has picked up, and he walks with his head up high. He wants to be independent and responsible and wants me to see that he is capable of being trusted and I don't need to go behind because he knows what he is suppose to do and will just do it. No admission is not free but its is the best investment that I could have ever made. Sending your son to Fork Union Military Academy will prepare your son to do great things and make him a better person.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 30, 2012

Fork Union administrators care about one thing...tuition. They are insincere and this is a business only. They hide behind a this military farse, structured discipline, polite charade, and "Christian" values....all of which are one big front to pay their salary. They will say anything to cover up the facts that they dont want you to know.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 28, 2012

I have to disagree w/ the parent talking about a perfect record and grades to get into FUMA. My son was barely passing 8th grade and getting into nonsense (trouble w/ the wrong crowd). I knew he was a good kid. After all I am his mom. He wasn't happy to go but with a loving heart I sent him to FUMA. Best decision ever! Teachers care about the boys. My son is learning much more than academics. He is learning how to survive in this world. I'm confident that he will do well in life. I look at it this way..I'm spending my money on the front four (high school) so he will be prepared for college. Many friends send their kids to college and cross their fingers that they will do ok. I made a choice to invest in FUMA. My son is finishing up his freshman year. I know he is being well prepared for greatness. There's a good possibility he will earn a scholorship to college. Then FUMA paid for itself. Seriously. This is easy thinking. A proud Mom!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 22, 2012

Everyone who applies to Fork Union Military Academy is not admitted, but everyone is afforded our full consideration for admission. We make every effort to ensure our cadets are mission appropriate, which means they have every chance to succeed in our challenging college-preparatory, Christian, military, boarding school environment.
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Posted March 20, 2012

The Admissions department of this school is terribly rude and condescending. They are money hungry and are elitist. Do not even bother visiting this school unless your son has a perfect record and good grades in his current school. But if that's the case, why would you want to spend a small fortune to send him here?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 11, 2012

We sent our son to Fork Union Military Academy for his eighth grade year and I cannot say enough great things about the caring staff and the positive changes in our son. He wanted to go back to FUMA for his entire high school years, but with the economic downturn we had to send him back to public school. We are still hopeful that he can attend the upper school for his junior and senior years and would recommend FUMA to any boy who is struggling to find his way academically and spiritually.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 25, 2012

My son attended FUMA then was dismissed over a simple issue on the second week of his senior year. He was wrongly accused & they had not a shread of evidence. They have very little supervision in place. This school is motivated by money alone and they hide behind their so called "Christian Values". I strongly recommend you look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 21, 2011

I have no doubt that some of the 'good' reviews on here are written by Fork Union Secretaries. Who ever you're do your research before deciding to put your child in this school and my ONLY advice to you would be to find another school. Why? As you will see when you visit the school the front desk and everyone will treat you like a million dollars but what they don't fully express to you is that they're only after your hard earned money. My little brother got kicked out of there because he was a witness to a dozen kids who took cough syrup to get high. Fork Union dismissed my little brother and all the other kids. They gave no 2nd chance to any of these kids for their mistakes. They did this really quick so no other parents and kids in the school knew about it. They told all the families that they have to pay for the whole school year tuition even though the kids only went to school for 2-4 months. When it comes to business and money, they show no marcy. In the beginning they're really nice to you to get you sign the contract but after that it's all business and money. So I advise spend your hard earned money somewhere else. You know your child the best!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 8, 2011

The worse decision I made for my child. Bar None In theory Fork Union Could be a great school. Structure Millitary Discipline etc. these are the things I wanted for my child. I sent my child there for 1 year and it was financial and emotional hell. The school is over priced. The school cares more about it rigid system of military justice instead of improving your child academically and socially. Their front office is very small and unproffesional and their presidents office is a joke. The school will not return your phone calls. for the entire year the only department that readily returned emails and requests was the finance department. Second dont expect good treatment and rank for your child unless you are prepared to donate money to the school above your childs tuition. FUMA also has a guilty by association policy as it reguards to disciplinary issues with kids meaning if something happens and you kid was spotted in the vacinity weither or not h commited the act he could be suspended or expelled. FUMA could care less about fairness because they get paid weither your child succeeds in the school or not. FUMA SIMPLY is not worth the Money. YOU WILL Regret sending you child
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 7, 2011

As a parent that entrusted my two oldest sons to FUMA, I was greatly disappointed. It was not worth the tens of thousands of dollars we spent. The education and discipline was lacking. I expected more from a military school. I have since removed my children from Fork Union Military Academy. My recommendation is find another school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 11, 2009

My son was not thriving academically or socially in public school and convinced my husband and I to send him to Fork Union Military Academy. This is his first year at FUMA, as an eighth grader, and we have noticed such positive changes in him already, it is truly amazing. He is more confident, and displays more respect to others. He is playing sports and talking about his long term goals. While he has struggled a bit in math, he told us that his math teacher is awesome and he would not want to be any place else. Additionally, FUMA works to instill in each cadet a strong moral compass based on Christian principles. Overall, I am so pleased with the focus and compassion the staff shows each student and I can only say that the tuition is worth every penny!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 25, 2005

Before I went to FUMA, I was troubled both academically and with my behavior. After two years there, I went from no future, to getting ready to graduate from Hampden-Sydney College, and plan on attending law school. Between the amazing athletic opportunites available and the one-course subject plan, chances for success endless. Without FUMA, I would not be anywhere near the amount of success that I have acheived thus far.
—Submitted by a former student

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  • RADM J. Scott Burhoe, USCG (Ret.)
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  • The Upper School (grades 9-12) follows a One Subject Plan curriculum that has been found to greatly improve its students' academic achievement. Instead of a student taking 4 to 6 different classes each day, the academic year is divided into five grading periods of approximately 7 weeks each. Each grading period the student takes one class, all day, each day, for that grading period. This allows students to learn in depth, develop a strong bond with their teacher, and learn valuable study skills that will help in college. Teachers are responsible for only one class of students at a time. Instead of managing 60 to 150 students in multiple classes, a teacher has only 10-20 students total in any one grading period. This provides for intensive individual attention.
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4744 James Madison Highway
Fork Union, VA 23055
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