With many school districts in the region starting the school year in a virtual format or with a hybrid model, families are becoming vocal about the challenges this brings. There is growing concern that the quality of education children receive is compromised, particularly with parents working from home, with multiple school-aged children, and not being skilled in teaching. As a result, families are considering private schools that can accommodate full-time, in-person learning.
Valley Forge Military Academy (VFMA) – a college prep school in Wayne for boys in grades 7-12 – is one such school pledging full-time, in-person instruction. As students return to campus this fall, they will find new health and safety protocols, including social distancing, masks, daily health monitoring, and rapid response testing for COVID-19. These additional codes of conduct exceed all recommendations by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Families evaluating options for their children’s education may not have planned for added costs of a private education. Scholarships are still available for the 2020-2021 school year, including the Cory Stein Memorial Scholarship, each up to $25,000. Click here for more information.
“Reopening our institution in a healthful manner is critical to advancing our tradition of producing the next generation of leaders,” said Colonel Stuart B. Helgeson, President of Valley Forge Military Academy & College. “And we are committed to helping families overcome the financial challenge of sending their children here.”
Additionally, much of VFMA’s education occurs outside of the classroom. As a boarding school, its cadets receive unparalleled learning experiences in the military tradition beyond the classroom.
VFMA believes that young men learn best in a full-time environment, with staff and faculty taking an active role in their lives.
“This kind of structure and discipline enables the cadets to grow into their full potential and can only be achieved with in-person and participatory instruction,” said Helgeson. “We have adjusted the school calendar, implemented new health protocols, reduced classroom density, and made changes to dining procedures to keep everyone healthy while they learn.
“These are unprecedented times. But one thing which remains the same is VFMA’s successful record of educating its students and preparing them for leadership roles in business, in government, and many times, in the military.”
Click here to learn more about Valley Forge Military Academy and the precautions it is taking in order to welcome back cadets for the start of the school year.
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