Fishburne Military School

225 S. Wayne Avenue
Waynesboro, VA 22980
At Fishburne, there`s a mindset and a mission to elevate every boy. We see what`s great in you.
Founded in 1879, FMS is the oldest and smallest of Virginia`s Military Schools100% college acceptance for graduates
Small class sizes = bigger success  As an Army JROTC Honor Unit with Distinction (since the 1928-29 school year), Fishburne can nominate qualified Cadets to any of the US Service Academies
With twelve different varsity sports, extra-curricular activities, weekend trips, and social events, our cadets never fall under the radar
Offer 7-day boarding or day student attendance options

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 7-12
  • Enrollment: 150 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $37,500
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Fishburne Military School ranks among the top 5 military schools (out of 16 military schools) for:

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Student Attention
School History

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Fishburne Military School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
School Type
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
9 acres
125 acres

Student Body

150 students
315 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Frequency of Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
Military Uniform
Average Class Size
10 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Various scholarships and considerations)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students
Summer Program Cost
(Includes uniforms, room & board, academics and athletics, laundry, haircuts.)
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
Director of Admissions
Mr. Nelson Davis
Associate Director of Admissions
Joan M. Byrne

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
Advanced Trigonometry Functions, Algebra II, Biology, Calculus, Calculus II, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Government, History 10, Pre-Calculus



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club or Organization:
Boy Scouts, Color Guard, CyberPatriot, Drill Team, Raiders, Robotics Club, Rocketry Club, Saber Club, Swift Water Rescue

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Student Newspaper, Yearbook

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Airsoft, Proctors (student leaders), Rock/Ice Climbing

School Notes

  • You see it. And we do, too. Maybe your son just needs a fresh start. Perhaps he simply needs a school where he can focus on learning without public school distractions. Choosing Fishburne isn`t about "sending him away to military prep school in Virginia" or commenting on your parenting. It`s about giving him all the possibilities wrapped in our traditions of fairness and structure and hard work. With a serving of camaraderie, encouragement, and support that will stick with him his whole life.
  • Fishburne Military School (FMS) is a private, military boarding school for boys in Waynesboro, Virginia, United States. It was founded by James A. Fishburne in 1879 and is one of the oldest military schools in the country.
  • Accreditations matter. Basically, an objective third party takes a thorough look at an institution (Fishburne, in this case) and validates that the institution is doing what it claims to do. Beyond that, an accredited institution has met standards that cross state lines, which means they have value everywhere.
  • What does that mean for you? The simple truth is that students from accredited military academies have greater access to federal loans, scholarships, post-secondary education, and military programs that require students to attend an accredited institution. So we`re proud of our accreditations. And we`re glad they improve the fortunes of our cadets.
  • Not only is Fishburne`s JROTC one of the oldest in the country, but as an Honor Unit with Distinction, Fishburne is one of only a few schools anywhere that can nominate qualified candidates to ANY of the U.S, service academies. If your son wants to attend a service academy, Fishburne offers advantages other Virginia military academies can`t equal.
  • At Fishburne, Grades 9-12 are automatically enrolled in our JROTC (Junior Reserved Officer Training Corps) program every academic year, making it an integral part of the FMS experience. In addition, our summer program is one of only four summer programs in the nation that is fully accredited by the 4th Brigade, U.S. Army Cadet Command, making it a more valuable experience for our cadets.
  • Fishburne Military School accreditations: SACS, VAIS, AdvancED, TABS, AMCSUS
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Fishburne Military School cost?
Fishburne Military School's tuition is approximately $37,500 for boarding students.
What is the acceptance rate of Fishburne Military School?
The acceptance rate of Fishburne Military School is 85%, which is higher than the boarding school average of 58%. Fishburne Military School's acceptance rate is ranked as one of the top boarding schools with low acceptance rates.
What sports does Fishburne Military School offer?
Fishburne Military School offers 15 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Drill Team, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Marksmanship, Riflery, Soccer, Swimming, Track, Track and Field and Wrestling.
What is Fishburne Military School's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Fishburne Military School?
The application deadline for Fishburne Military School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

Alumni Reviews Review School


Class of 2015
Salisbury University
I went to two different military academies during my stint at boarding schools, Massanutten Military Academy and Fishburne. I can say without a doubt that the fact that Fishburne was an all male school had. . .

Class of 2013
North Carolina State University
One aspect that Fishburne fostered was brotherhood. Every guy there was your brother. You leaned on your brothers and faced adversity together and that is what made that school and the relationships that I built. . .

Class of 1999
West virginia university
Army JROTC which has held highest level of distinction for over 20 years due to stellar scores on annual RFI. Outstanding teachers and educational experience. Amazing alumni support. Small classroom and. . .
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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 7-12
  • Enrollment: 150 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $37,500
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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