You see it. And we do, too. Maybe your son just needs a fresh start. Or a place away from the stress of high school cliques, mixed gender classrooms or inattentive teachers. Perhaps he simply needs a school where he can focus on learning without public school distractions. Choosing Fishburne isn’t about “sending him away to military prep school in Virginia” or a comment on your parenting. It’s about giving him all the possibilities wrapped in our traditions of fairness and structure and hard work. With a serving of camaraderie, encouragement and support that will stick with him his whole life.
“This isn’t a second chance school. It’s a different chance school.”— CADET FIRST SERGEANT MAJOR \ 3RD YEAR
Fishburne is ideal for talented boys whose talents haven’t been discovered.
When we see what’s great in a boy, it’s not long before he sees what’s great in himself. And at the end of the day, that may be the most important thing he’ll ever learn here. Because of our size, our unique perspective using a military model and our inclusive environment, Fishburne is the best place for boys to discover their best selves.
It takes more than small classes and a successful history to change a boy’s self image—and, ultimately, his future self.
At Fishburne there’s a mindset and a mission to elevate every boy. That’s why our youngest cadets are just as revered as our upperclassmen. That’s why every boy will play any sport he wants (8th graders can play varsity sports). It’s why we’re open to whatever future your son imagines, even if it’s untraditional. It’s why we prize creativity, innovation and openness.
What “We see what’s great in you” means to every Mom and Dad.
Here, your son can grow into the best version of himself
In a world where too many boys—especially boys stuck in the invisible middle—are overlooked, misunderstood or bored, Fishburne is the ideal place for your son to grow into the very best version of himself.
Boys who used to feel unseen suddenly find their passions
Thanks to our size (we’re proudly Virginia’s smallest military school), our structure (we are a Military School, after all) and our commitment to every single boy who comes here (that’s our promise), boys who used to feel unseen and misunderstood suddenly find their passions, their focus and their strengths. And it’s life changing.
Boys can’t hide here
They’re seen by us and, just as importantly, by their fellow cadets—resulting in a very different kind of peer pressure than they feel now. They’re encouraged, in ways they’ve never been before.
No one knows your son better than you, but we’re gonna try
And when boys feel seen, it’s a transforming experience—the transformation you and your son always knew could happen, you just didn’t know where. Until now.
The promise we’ll make to your son (and to you, too).
The world pushes heavy against some young men: too much noise, not the right fit, or clothes, or hair, or friends. The mold feels like it was made for someone other than you. And when you fit, you’re seen. When you don’t, you’re invisible. It’s hard to make choices, let alone the right ones, if you can’t tune it out. And it’s hard to burn bright when no one has the time to look and see. But we see you.
We see you in a way that others don’t or won’t. We see the capacity of you. The leader in you, the brother in you. We see the better student in you. The resilient you.
You are never invisible here. Because we’ve seen thousands of boys, and our mission is to create a world of order that can quiet the noise, level the fairness, the gaze, and give you the chance to be seen every day, and by everyone here.
We know there’s a good man in you. One of honor and kindness. One that’s worth working for—because that’s our mold. We’re Fishburne. And we see what’s great in you.
Everything you need to know. All in one place.
We’ve designed our website to be a valuable and comprehensive resource for you, but sometimes it’s nice to have something to hold onto. Our brand new Fishburne brochure is full of essential information and unexpected insights that will show how Fishburne is the ideal place for your son to discover his strengths, learn the value of structure, feel the special bond only a military-style school can provide, and sharpen the ideals that are admired around the world.