Fishburne Military School Resumes In-Person Classes

Fishburne Cadets to Recieve In-Person Instruction Daily During 2020-2021 School Year.

FMS Cadets to Return to Class in August.

Waynesboro, VA – Fishburne Military School announced this week that classes for the 2020-2021 school year will begin in mid-August. In a letter to its Cadets, parents, and prospective families, the all-male, military, boarding school outlined its plans for the resumption of in-person classes and athletics.

In the letter, CAPTAIN Mark Black, US Navy (Retired), Superintendent of Fishburne Military School noted “we at Fishburne Military School have withstood the test of time. We intend to demonstrate that mettle again throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.”

The school’s reopening plan emphasizes that the campus will be treated as a “restricted, sanctuary environment” throughout the year and that the school will implement a hybrid of traditional classroom instruction and online, virtual classroom technology. While some assignments and instruction will be offered to Cadets, “our students will have in-person instruction every day,” explained Black. “Our faculty and staff have developed a schedule that employs a symbiotic relationship between actual and virtual classrooms that will greatly benefit the Corps of Cadets while maintaining the highest level of safety possible.”

The Fishburne Plan explains that “the greatest strengths of in-person learning stem from the face-to-face contact which enhances the breadth of the lesson. In person, an instructor can tailor the lesson through a better understanding of the students’ comprehension levels . . . online learning is more tailored to a one-size-fits-all model which focuses on key points in the curriculum and provides opportunities for reinforcing actual classroom instruction. A strictly online environment, however, is not conducive to capturing the nuances of a lesson or understanding the dynamics or individual comprehension.”

Students will begin returning to the Waynesboro, VA campus on August 9th with the entire student body expected to return by August 15th. Classes are scheduled to resume on August 18th.


Celebrating 100 years as a US Army JROTC unit, Fishburne Military School is one of the oldest and smallest of all military schools for boys in America. Its college-prep curriculum is built on the structure of an Army JROTC program. FMS has been designated as a JROTC Honor Unit with Distinction and may nominate qualified candidates to the United States Service Academies. Fishburne hosts one of only four Summer JROTC programs in the nation that is accredited by US Army Cadet Command.