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Whether you want to be an entrepreneur, an engineer, or a teacher, Massanutten Military Academy helps cadets develop a solid foundation on which they can build their future. Through our holistic approach to education, Massanutten cadets learn skills that will benefit them far beyond our walls. 

Mrs. Nunes' Testimonial

Frank Mason III

2017 Senior Testimonials

Bill Holtzman

Mr. Bill Holtzman began attending Massanutten Military Academy in 1952 as a day student, a decision prompted by his diagnosis of dyslexia. “My parents realized that if I was going to college, they needed to do something,” Holtzman explained, and with the help of their friend and then Head of School Robert Benchoff they decided to try Massanutten. With aspirations of attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now Virginia Tech), Holtzman began his three year journey where Massanutten’s small class sizes helped him overcome some of the difficulties he had due to his learning disability. “It enabled me to go to college,” he stated, “out of public school I’m not sure that I could have.”

Mr. Holtzman fulfilled his goal of attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute and graduated with a degree in Horticulture in 1959. However, he didn’t stop there and continued on to obtain his Master’s Degree in Pomology from Cornell University in 1961. After spending eleven years working in the local Apple Industry, Holtzman decided to start his own business in 1972, Holtzman Oil. Today Holtzman Oil and Holtzman Propane employ over 200 people in the Shenandoah Valley. However, he did not limit himself to oil and propane. Holtzman also owns Valley Ice, a local construction company, seven Burger Kings, and three Denny’s. When asked if he had any advice for our upcoming graduates, he replied, “It’s important to pick out a job that you really like…I think it would be terrible to hate to go to work every morning.”

Parent & Student Testimonials

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  • Frank Campbell

    It's no secret that MMA changed my life, my mindset and my attitude. I'm forever grateful for the time spent and lessons learned at MMA.
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  • Jerry & Sheila Cave

    We were very pleased with Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Virginia. Our son, Connor met with great success there ... so much so that 3 of his friends enrolled the next semester. We highly recommend Massanutten Military Academy. It was a very successful and fondly remembered experience. 
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  • John Collins

    Massanutten has had a profound and, perhaps it’s appropriate to say, life changing impact on my son Rob’s life.  We are thankful for the teachers, staff, and cadets who have helped Rob grow and mature into a more confident, more accomplished, and more likely to succeed young man.  I unequivocally recommend Massanutten Military Academy to those considering boarding or military school for their child.
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  • Kim Elshafie

    MMA changed my son's life for the better. I would highly recommend to any parent whose child needs some direction, structure and encouragement.
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  • Linda Greene

    It has transformed my son from a little boy to a fine, respectful, polite and community oriented young leader!...Now he is a Sophomore at Queens College with an A average last semester! He still misses Massanutten!
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  • Desiree Peggy Hirsch

    Our family loves MMA, especially our daughter who had her first year there as a sophomore.
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  • Geneva Shanahan

    I think MMA is the best school I have ever seen...I would recommend this school highly for a good education for any child's future.
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  • Carmen Vasquez

    Since attending MMA my daughter has flourish in a positive way, her self-esteem, her grades, her sense of responsibility is at an entire new level. The school focuses 100% on the student academic, leadership skills and responsibilities. The staff starting from the Janitor to highest in command treats all the students like one big family.  She is my only child so it was a hard decision to make, but knowing such great professionals surround her I feel confident that she is in a safe environment.
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  • Ketty Wang

    I owe much of my accomplishments to the teachings and countless hours of mentoring from this school.
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Massanutten Military Academy is a co-ed non-profit boarding and day school for grades 612.