Hear from MMA Parents, Alumni, and Cadets
"My son LOVES it there and he is becoming the young man I so desperately hoped he would."
Massanutten Military Academy is absolutely the best decision I could have made for my son entering the 6th grade. I was terrified and had my hesitations because it was not only something completely new to us but it was also over 800 miles from home. My son had already been accepted into 3 other wonderful boarding schools but I was still uneasy about this decision. Justin Elshafie in the Admissions Department at MMA really set my mind at ease. I called and texted him many times on his office and cell phones. He answered every question honestly and openly without hesitation and when he was not available other members of the admissions team stepped in and helped immediately. When my son and I visited the campus, we were blown away by how accommodating the staff was since we came over the 4th of July holiday. Justin, along with the other individuals in the Admissions and Business Departments, made the admissions process smooth and comfortable. I knew exactly what to expect and I had their help every step of the way. The admissions team checked up on me regularly via emails and texts to make sure we were good to go on enrollment day, which we were! I highly recommend MMA. My son LOVES it there and he is becoming the young man I so desperately hoped he would.
"There is absolutely no doubt that we made the right choice for our son’s happiness, his current, and his future success."
MMA has been a blessing for family since our son enrolled in the eighth grade this year.
Our son, Cadet Johnson, has ADHD. We worked with our public school system many years, trying to help our son succeed in his academics. His grades were lack-luster at best, despite his scholastic abilities. His friendships were few, and his only real love was band. Classes were typically sized 20-25, and he was able to get lost in the class. It simply wasn’t working for him or us, and none of us were happy.
We finally made the difficult decision to send him to military school for a number of reasons: the smaller class sizes at MMA, the structure that is consistent through the day, and the leadership component that my son was missing in public schools. This wasn’t an easy choice for any of us. We would only see him on weekends. He felt this was a prison sentence, and wasn’t convinced that we were making this choice for his success.
Now his grades are A’s and B’s, as he is one of a small group with no place to be lost. He is learning accountability and responsibility for himself and others, and demonstrating these routinely, both at school and home. He is proud of his accomplishments, and is eager to share what he is engaged in, or show off his military movements (even in the grocery store parking lot!). He has even stated he is happier at MMA than at his former school, which was a real surprise for us, given his initial feelings.
There is absolutely no doubt that we made the right choice for our son’s happiness, his current, and his future success. We are proud of our Colonel!
"I can’t wait for them to fully experience the JROTC program."
I am parent of two cadets and also an employee of Massanutten. I came to work at the Academy because of how much I appreciated the values that I saw being instilled in my children. When Mrs. Elshafie-Layman made it known to us parents that our cadets would only miss one day of classroom instruction during the COVID-19 transition, I truly knew that every penny I have spent on my children’s education has been and will continue to be worth it. They are finishing up their 3rd year and will be headed to High School in the fall and I can’t wait for them to fully experience the JROTC program.
"My son loves representing his school and being a part of it. What is there not to love?"
My son loves this school! In a span of less than 3 months I saw incredible changes in him. Not only behavior wise but also academic wise-when he started he had a 2 Fs and a D and he managed to hike those F's to B's and the D to a C. He loves his teachers, his fellow cadets, and admin staff. He loves the structure and discipline. My son loves representing his school and being a part of it. What is there not to love?
I trust the school and I know he is in a safe place even though I am miles and miles away in Dubai. When your child has a learning difficulty, dyslexia, you want to find a school that has inclusion and can help him. The decision to choose a school miles away was not easy, but MMA is the right choice for our family.
"When I arrived at MMA in the summer of 2019. I couldn't believe my eyes."
"I have attended Massanutten Military Academy for one summer and the second half of my 8th grade school year. At first, I didn't welcome the idea of going to a military school. I had many preconceived notions, such as not having the freedom that you typically would if you went to a public school or a private school. I thought it would be like going to prison. When I arrived at MMA in the summer of 2019. I couldn't believe my eyes. The first thing that I noticed was the cadets who were wearing their white over gray. I was in awe by the sight of them because they were well-dressed, everything about them was meticulous. Ranging from their shiny bates to their slick hair they were well put together. It was quite impressive since normally you don't see kids that well-kept. That summer went by so quickly and before I knew it, I was heading back home. I couldn't stop myself from admitting to my Dad how much I loved being there. I told him I wanted to come back for the school year. Naturally, he asked me to give him my main reasons why I wanted to go back. I told him; during that summer I learned how working with others was crucial, I learned that in just a few weeks the people you meet can become family, I learned how to become more responsible in every way." -Cadet Thomas