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Department of College Counseling and Cadet Services

First and foremost, the Counseling Department provides a “listening ear”, a counseling staff ready and willing to help our cadets maneuver through life’s inevitable challenges. Cadets experiencing issues related to school adjustment, family and peer relationships, and sorting out emotions can find a support through our staff.

A crucial role of the Department of College Counseling and Cadet Services is to work with cadets in the course scheduling process, ensuring that the courses assigned meet their academic needs, challenge them, and build an academic record that will ultimately help them to gain acceptance to the college or university of their choice.

Another responsibility of the Department is to provide our cadets opportunities to learn about college and career options.  Beginning in the 7th and 8th grades, our counselors emphasize effective study skills and work with our cadets to develop habits that will encourage their academic success.  Plans of study are developed to help our younger cadets begin to see how their course selections can open up opportunities for them. The counselors encourage our cadets to consider their interests as possible career paths are explored.  College options are presented and discussed. 

During their 9th and 10th grade years, cadets are encouraged to continue to explore their interests and strengths, with a focus on developing short-term and long-term goals on a path toward academic success. A challenging course load, including “Honors” classes, is encouraged to provide our cadets the foundation necessary on which to build a successful college experience. All of our 9th and 10th graders take the PSAT in preparation for the crucial standardized testing that takes place during their junior year.

The 11th and 12th grade years and the post-graduate year are crucial as our counselors work closely with cadets through the college application process. During these years of high school, cadets are encouraged to register and take both the SAT and ACT. Many enroll in “Honors”, Advanced Placement, and/or dual-enrollment College courses. The counselors help these upper classmen investigate college options and assist in the college application process. The counselors and other support staff work closely with seniors and postgraduates in assisting with the actual application process in the goal of college acceptance for every cadet who desires to pursue post-secondary education.

It is the intent of the Counseling staff to provide a range of helpful support to our cadets, all for the purposes of maximizing their experiences while here and for preparing them for life beyond the Academy.

Department of College Counseling and Cadet Services Downloads and Links

Intro Letter to Parents

College Application Handbook

ACT/SAT Testing Dates

ACT/SAT Workshop Info - Fall 2019

College Financial Aid and Scholarship Info

Preparation for Playing College Sports

Service Academy Info

NCAA Eligibility Information

NAIA Eligibility Information

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The One Subject Plan

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There is one feature unique to Fork Union Military Academy that sets us apart from other schools. We have established an intensive-style approach to our curriculum. This approach—whereby cadets take just one core course at a time—has revolutionized our ability to empower students to achieve their highest levels of personal academic achievement.  

This academic innovation is called the One Subject Plan.

 

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Cadet Life

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The Academy's student body is organized as a Corps of Cadet, and is divided into five companies: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, and Echo.

  • Cadet officers provide leadership within the Cadet Corps.
  • Each company has a Company Commander and a few other cadet officers who assist him.
  • The companies are divided into platoons of perhaps ten or twenty cadets with their own platoon leaders.
  • These platoons are then further divided into squads of a few cadets that are led by a squad leader.

The five companies of the Corps of Cadets together form a battalion. A Battalion Staff comprised of the Corps' top cadets lead the battalion, headed by the Battalion Commander, who is the highest ranking cadets in the Corps of Cadets.

Cadets typically share a rather Spartan room where they study, relax, and sleep. For many this is the first time they have been away from home for an extended period or had to share a bedroom. The routine of class, physical activity, military training, and study establishes a routine that varies little from day to day. Cadets are responsible for cleaning their room, shining their shoes, and taking care of their clothes and personal belongings.

The Academy has an enforced study time each day in which all other activity on campus stops. This serves to impart upon the cadets the extreme importance of scholarship, and helps them develop effective study behavior. This study time is called "CQ" which stands for "Call to Quarters."

Every cadet participates in military drill training that helps them learn teamwork and cooperation. Great emphasis is placed on visibly rewarding personal accomplishments. However, clear punishments, usually in the form of demerits and loss of privileges, follow if cadets fail to do what is expected of them. Cadets who receive demerits are required to perform Extra Duty (ED), which usually means marching during what would otherwise be their free time. 

Our Core Values

Respect

We respect ourselves, others, and the resources around us. We treat each other with fairness, dignity, and compassion. This creates trust, confidence, learning, and high performance. We value diversity and encourage individual opportunity, growth, and creativity. We are a team.

Integrity

Integrity is synonymous with truth and honesty. We mean what we say, and say what we mean. When we make a promise, we do so in the presence of God. We always tell the truth, and are people of our word.

Faith

Faith means to have complete trust. We acknowledge that God provides opportunities for us to have a positive impact on the world. We know we are on this Earth to serve Him. The world revolves around God; it does not revolve around any one of us. We focus on serving others.

Character

Reputation is defined by our character. We live lives guided by our conscience, and directed by respect, integrity, and Christian values. We demonstrate our character every day, and always strive to do what is right. We support others as they do the same. We reflect our God.

Discipline

We create positive habits of thought, speech, and action through deliberate practice. We maintain high standards. Learning discipline allows us to improve, achieve our goals, cooperate with others, and thrive in adversity. Freedom comes through discipline.

Section:  Academics

7th Grade

7th Grade Academic Program

7th graders attend two integrated class sessions each day- one in STEM (Science and Mathematics) and one in Humanities (English and Social Studies).  In addition, our 7th grade cadets take part in other elective courses which can be viewed down below.

7th Curriculum and Courses Descriptions

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7th and 8th Middle School

Middle School

In order to assist our 7th and 8th graders with their full-time transition to the One-Subject Plan, they are placed on a modified version of the program in order to help them adjust to the rigors of intensive-style study. Though the 7th and 8th grade programs are different in some respects, each has been designed to prepare Middle School cadets for the One-Subject Plan.

 

7th Grade Academic Program: STEM, Humanities, and Cultural Studies

Like the Upper School program, the 7th Grade is divided into five terms. During Terms 1 and 2, cadets  take Science in the morning and  Math in the afternoon, staying with the same instructor throughout the day. Though cadets receive a separate grade for both courses, the goal of teaching these two courses together is two-fold: A.) To give cadets a sense of the One-Subject Plan, and B.) To expose them to STEM concepts. In the afternoon, in order to ensure that English skills are maintained, cadets will take a daily, 45-minute seminar course titled English Skills, which will cover grammar, vocabulary, and reading-comprehension.

During Terms 3 & 4, cadets take American History in the morning and English in the afternoon, both with the same teacher. Like the Science and Math courses, students receive separate grades for English and History. However, the goal of this course is to link the two subjects in such a way that students feel as though they are in one, overarching Humanities course. In order to achieve this, the English portion of the curriculum is used to supplement the American History portion by incorporating age-appropriate, historical fiction novels in order to supplement discussions in American History. Likewise, much of the vocabulary and writing in the English portion of the course is driven by the history content. Like Terms 1 and 2, students will take a daily afternoon seminar course—this time covering Math skills—in order to ensure that the basic fundamentals of Math are not neglected during the two terms of Humanities.

In Term 5, 7th grade cadets switch to a shortened version of the One-Subject Plan where they will take a course titled Cultural Studies. The goal of this course is to expose the cadets to various world cultures and the geography surrounding these cultures. Likewise, the course is meant to build upon all areas studied during Terms 1-4. In reading and writing about various cultures and their histories, students will reinforce their Humanities skills. In examining and comparing the demographic and economic data of various regions and cultures, students can build upon their STEM skills. During this term, cadets will take two 45-minute seminar courses on a daily basis to supplement the Cultural Studies course. The first seminar course will be an introduction to Spanish course that covers the very basics of the language. The second course—music and Culture—will examine music from cultures around the world.

 

8th Grade

The 8th grade is structured much like the 7th grade, only with a few tweaks. During Terms 1 and 2, cadets take English, along with American History/Civics. Unlike the 7th grade, these courses are taught by two separate teachers. For Terms 3 and 4, cadets transition to Math and Science, again taught by two separate teachers.

Through Terms 1-4, cadets will begin their day taking a Health and Exercise Science course. The Health portion of the course is taught by our Upper School Health instructor and the Exercise Science portion is taught in the Academy's weight room by our Director of Sports Performance (Strength and Conditioning Coach). In the Exercise Science portion of the course, cadets will learn the basics of various physical activities including weightlifting, cardiovascular exercise, and calisthenics, along with proper dietary measures for each. In the Health portion of the course, cadets will learn about the changes that occur in the adolescent male body and will focus on proper hygiene management.

During Term 5, 8th graders will transition to the One-Subject Plan and will fully integrate with the Upper School. Typically this term is used to fulfill a Math or World Language requirement.  

 

7th and 8th Grade Curriculum and Courses Descriptions

A listing of all of our courses including Electives along with the introductions from the curriculum for each course.

  7th Grade 8th Grade
English  
 
Social Studies  
 
Mathematics  
 
Science  
 
World Language    
Electives  
 

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9th-12th & Postgraduate

9th-12th & Postgraduate Academics

Our Upper School serves boys in grades 9 through 12, and our postgraduates. We offer a thorough program of academic classes, athletics, and extracurricular activities. The Upper School follows a unique curriculum plan known as the One Subject Plan.

One-Subject Plan

Fork Union Military Academy follows a unique curriculum schedule in our Upper School (grades 9-12 and postgraduate). It is called the One Subject Plan.

Instead of juggling 4 to 6 classes every day, our cadets take one subject at a time.

The year is divided into five grading periods of about 7 weeks each. Each grading period, the cadet takes one class. He is with that one teacher all day, every day, for about 7 weeks.

Please click here for more information on the One-Subject Plan.

Courses

  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade Postgraduate
English  
 
 
 
 
Social Studies  
   
 
 
Mathematics  
 
 
 
 
Science  
 
 
 
 
World Language  
 
 
 
 
Electives  
   
 
 

 Course Description Key

-- Standard Class
-- Honors Class
-- AP Class
-- Dual Enrollment Class

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Academics

Academics

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.

Supervised Study

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.

Grading Scale

In June 2019 we restructured our grading scale in order 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 Weighted Scale*
A+ 100-97 4.3 (5.0) 0.7
A 96-94 4.0 (4.7) 0.7
A- 93-90 3.7 (4.3) 0.6
B+ 87-89 3.3 (4.0) 0.7
B 84-86 3.0 (3.7) 0.7
B- 80-83 2.7 (3.3) 0.6
C+ 77-79 2.3 0
C 74-76 2.0 0
C- 70-73 1.7 0
D+ 67-69 1.3 0
D 64-66 1.0 0
D- 60-63 0.7 0
F 59-Below 0 0
*Weighted Scale refers to Honors, AP, and college-level courses

Dean's List & Honor Roll

The highest academic standing a student can achieve is to be named to the Dean's List for having achieved an "A" grade level in all major subjects. To make the Honor Roll, the next highest academic recognition, a student must have a "B" grade level in all subjects.

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