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 (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 7-12
  • Enrollment: 106 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $38,400
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $16,400
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School News

  • Fishburne Military School to add non-boarding, non-military, middle school curriculum - 03/20/2024
    Fishburne Military School will add a sixth grade in fall 2024 and begin transitioning to Fishburne Middle School for sixth to eighth grades in the next two years. The Fishburne ...moreMiddle School will be a separate division, a non-boarding facility, non military, and will feature a classical-style education foundation for boys. hide

Top Rankings

Fishburne Military School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 285 schools) for:

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School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 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
126 acres

Student Body

106 students
319 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Various scholarships and considerations)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Tuition consideration for sons of military. Single Payment. Alumni. Band. )
Tuition international students
Summer Program Cost
(Includes uniforms, room & board, academics and athletics, laundry, haircuts.)
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
Director of Admissions
Mr. Mike Payne
Associate Director of Admissions
Nelson Davis

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,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 $38,400 for boarding students and $16,400 for day 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 60%.
What sports does Fishburne Military School offer?
Fishburne Military School offers 16 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Drill Team, Football, Golf, Intramural Sports Only, Lacrosse, Marksmanship, Riflery, Soccer, Swimming, Track, Track and Field and Wrestling.
Does Fishburne Military School offer a summer program?
Yes, Fishburne Military School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Fishburne Military School's ranking?
Fishburne Military School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Small average class sizes.
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 1984
Hampden-Sydney College
The small size - then as now - makes Fishburne an ideal choice for a structured educational environment for boys 7-12. I came to FMS rom a large public high school where it was difficult. . .

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 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 (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 7-12
  • Enrollment: 106 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $38,400
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $16,400
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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