Educators have long recognized that the structure of a military-style environment can provide young men an essential grounding for success in the classroom, and in life. In such an environment, young men develop self-discipline, responsibility, and pride in their work, in their appearance, and in themselves.
Many of the features that lead to our success cannot be emulated in the public school setting or even in most private day school settings.
As a private school, we structure our curriculum, such as our unique One Subject Plan for the Upper School, to meet the needs of our cadets. We preserve our single-sex environment to remove social distractions that come with a coeducational school. We acknowledge and honor the Christian values that provide the moral compass for our daily lives.
Fork Union Military Academy offers a comprehensive college preparatory program for boys in grades 7 through 12, as well as recent high school graduates seeking a one-year postgraduate program to better prepare for the college of their choice.
One of our keys to producing academic success is scheduled supervised study time each Sunday through Thursday evening. For approximately two hours each school night, we require all cadets to be at their desks in their rooms, focused on their studies. We call this study time CQ, which is shorthand for the command "Call to Quarters."
CQ instills good study habits that are essential to succeeding in the classroom, both here and at college. Cadets learn what they can accomplish in their lives when they focus.
Talking, eating, playing music, watching television, and visiting other cadets' rooms are not allowed during CQ. Faculty members share supervisory duties to make sure that all cadets observe these CQ restrictions and spend their time actively studying.
In June 2019 we restructured our grading scale to ensure that our cadets are competing on a level playing field with college applicants from both the public and private sector. Likewise, as a college-preparatory school, we felt it was necessary to align ourselves with the standards set by institutions of higher education. After much research, we implemented the following 10-point grading scale and quality scale, which is closely aligned with the standards set by many of Virginia’s finest colleges and universities.
|Regular (Honors) Quality Points|
Honor Roll, Dean’s List, and President’s List
Honor Roll: At the end of each term, each cadet with a B- or better in his One-Subject Plan class will be named to the Honor Roll for that term.
Dean’s List: An end of the year award, the Dean’s List recognizes cadets earning a B- or better in all One-Subject Plan courses and Seminar courses for the entire school year.
President’s List: An end of the year award, President’s list recognizes cadets earning an A- or better in all One-Subject Plan courses and Seminar courses for the entire school year.