Fishburne Military School

Waynesboro, Virginia, USA view map
All Boys, No Religious Affiliation

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Fishburne Military School is an all-male college preparatory school for grades 7-12. Founded in 1879, Fishburne is the oldest and smallest of Virginia's military secondary schools. Cadets learn and grow in a small, structured and caring environment. Class size averages eight students per instructor and FMS boasts a 100% college acceptance rate for seniors over the past four consecutive years. As an Army JROTC Honor Unit with Distinction (held continuously since 1929), Fishburne may nominate qualified candidates to the United States Military Academies.

225 S. Wayne Avenue, P. O. Box 988, Waynesboro, Virginia, USA 22980

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Director of Admission: Cedrick Broadhurst
Admissions Phone:540-946-7706Toll-Free Admissions:800-946-7773Fax:540-946-7738
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $50
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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Fishburne Announces Military Family Discounts from $2500 up to Full Tuition.

Posted on June 17, 2013
Fishburne Military School has partnered with NewDay USA Foundation to provide partial or full scholarships to sons of active, disabled or retired military personnel. Details and Scholarship applications available at

Fishburne Military School Voted Best Independent School in Shenandoah Valley

Posted on May 1, 2013
Virginia Living Magazine has honored Fishburne Military School by voting it "Best Independent School in the Shenandoah Valley".

  • Founded: 1879
  • Campus Size: 9 acres
  • Grades Offered: 7th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: SACS, VAIS
Student Body
Grades 7th-post-grad
Grades 7th-12th
Girls     0 0 0
Boys     160 25 185
Total     160 25 185

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $28,000
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $12,250
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 49.00%
  • Average Awarded: $7,015

Department Director: John Fairbanks

Average Class Size: 11

Full Time Teachers: 18

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 50.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 10/1

Saturday Classes: Yes

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Number of AP Courses Offered: 2

Notable Achievements: 100% college-acceptance rate, Oldest accredited secondary school in VA

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Dual enrollment courses
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Beginning
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Technology Center
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Classical History
  • Honors
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Spanish
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Pre-Calculus, Algebra II
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Applications
  • Web Design
  • Band
  • Music Appreciation
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Drama
  • Public Speaking
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Leadership
  • Rifle Team
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Calculus AB
  • Chemistry

Summary: The Commandant’s Office oversees cadet life outside the classroom. Within the barracks, cadets learn and grow under the 24-hour supervision of the Commandant and his staff. This staff is comprised entirely of current and former military personnel who have served our country and continue doing so by mentoring, coaching and safeguarding the next generation of America’s leaders.

Department Director: Alec Gunn

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 1

Average Students Per Dorm: 156

No. of Boys Dorms: 1

Dorm Amenities:
Wireless Internet 
2 Cadets per room 

Dress Code: Uniform

Student Life

Summary: Life at Fishburne Military School is incredibly exciting for students as members of the Corps of Cadets. There is always something new to discover and appreciate on our Virginia military school campus. From the addition of Apple iPads to our curriculum to the renovation of our swimming pool and cadet rooms, this is a time for embracing technology in education and enhancing school facilities that would make our founder, Professor Fishburne, very proud. Cadet life at Fishburne is certainly unique, even for a boys military school. Our family-oriented barracks and campus community is nestled in a beautiful mountain town, and our perfectly sized student body of about 200 boys ensures that all Fishburne cadets have the best chance to achieve success and get into their colleges of choice. There is always something to do at Fishburne Military School for boys. Aside from homework and study time, cadets are enrolled in U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and can participate in a number of school sports, teams and extracurricular activities. For cadets with satisfactory academic standing and no disciplinary actions, weekends offer optional activities and trips, including amusement parks, local festivals, movie theatres, paintball venues and mixers with girls' schools. Town passes and weekend leave are also available with permission.


  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Football field
  • Indoor pool

Clubs and Organizations

  • Community Service
  • Drama Club
  • Honor Council
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Scouting
  • Student Activities
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook

Summary: Fishburne Military School is dedicated to developing the entire student-athlete. Fishburne welcomes all cadets to participate in competitive athletics at the varsity and junior varsity level. Regardless of how cadets get involved or in which program, they'll find athletics are a great way to channel physical energy, stay fit and learn valuable qualities associated with participation. We emphasize teamwork, self-discipline and good sportsmanship. "Winning the right way" is our department's motto. Creating the Well-Rounded Student As a private boarding school for boys, Fishburne Military School varsity and junior varsity teams compete against other regional and independent schools in a variety of sports, such as baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, track and field, and wrestling. Our underlying goal is to emphasize hard work, teamwork and team pride, playing smart and working together to ensure the team reaches its potential. If we work toward realizing these goals, then the wins and losses will take care of themselves. Respect, as opposed to winning at all costs, is the emphasis of Fishburne's sports programs. The only way to earn respect is by playing hard and by playing with good sportsmanship, win or lose. The Athletic Department's position is that all of our team members are students first and foremost. Academics are the educational foundation for future endeavors. Academic studies provide exercise and discipline for the brain, while athletics provide exercise and discipline for the rest of the body.

Athletics Department Director: Mike Anson

  • Drama Club
Interscholastic Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Drill Team
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rifle Team
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Weight Lifting

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

United States Military Academy at West Point
Virginia Military Institute
Texas A&M
George Mason University

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: Fishburne Military School has designed a five-week Summer Session especially for students who want to improve study skills, prepare for SATs, earn additional credits for graduation, benefit from JROTC adventure training and confidence building, prefer a structured and caring academic environment, and enjoy daily extra-curricular athletics and activities. During Summer School, Fishburne offers daily sports camps for soccer, basketball, golf, football, tennis, wrestling, martial arts, and strength & conditioning. On Wednesday afternoons, cadets participate in an adventure or confidence building activity such as rappelling, orienteering, or building a one-rope bridge. On Friday afternoons Summer School cadets receive additional cadet and military training until 5:30 p.m. These activities are directed by the Commandant’s Office and by Fishburne’s JROTC Staff. In addition, Fishburne offers JROTC Leadership Education & Training (LET) 1, 2, & 3 during Summer School. The JROTC instruction and training is focused upon developing each student’s ability to achieve leadership, character, and academic success. Taking JROTC may help cadets increase their potential to receive ROTC scholarships and to be selected for admission to one of the United States Service Academies.

Department Director: Cedrick Broadhurst

The Fishburne Summer Experience

June 28, 2014 to August 02, 2014

Fishburne Military School has been perfecting the art of educating young men since 1879. As a result, Summer Cadets grow academically while enjoying a full slate of athletics, adventure training and weekly outings. Summers at Fishburne are unlike Summer School anywhere else.

Registration Deadline: June 27, 2014
Tuition: $3,890
Financial Aid Available:  No
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