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Massanutten Military Academy

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Note from Kim Elshafie-Layman, Head of School

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to Massanutten! I look forward to meeting and working with you this year.

As you may know, Massanutten is an international school with cadets from all over the globe. We are proud to boast we have cadets from over 18 different states and 10 different countries. Our diversity and global mindedness makes our Corps of Cadets something special.

One of our most outstanding features is our attention to the entire cadet experience with a focus on academics, cadet life, and athletics.

Our cadets enjoy a wide array of academics courses including the core classes, AP, dual-enrollment, fine arts, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). We are also an IB (International Baccalaureate) World school.

Cadet life involves all activity outside of academics and athletics. The focus of cadet life is to teach cadets the skills needed to live and work with others.

All cadets participate in sports. We firmly believe athletics allows our cadets to become leaders and teammates. They build camaraderie and learn how to work together.

We also care deeply about our cadets having the opportunity to learn and grow spiritually. We have a weekly cadet non-denominational chapel service every Sunday at 7:00 pm. All cadets are invited to attend the service. There is also an option for cadets to choose a local church they would like to attend and MMA provides transportation to and from to ensure our cadets are receiving the same worship opportunities they would if they were at home.

At MMA, we embrace experiential learning for all cadets. Faculty members strive to provide hands-on opportunities, activities and field trips to create an academic environment where collaboration and critical thinking are a part of cadets’ daily lives.
If your child is not already enrolled at MMA, please visit us in person. You will love what you see!

MMA is accredited by VAIS (Virginia Association of Independent Schools) and Advance-Ed.


Kim Elshafie-Layman
Head of School

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