June 25 - July 21, 2023

The Best Four Weeks of your Summer

Whether you’re looking for a taste of what Fishburne is like or you want to prepare yourself for Fall Semester or you just can’t get enough of what’s awesome about Fishburne, our Summer Session is perfect for you. Come do something you’ve never done and make friends—and acquire skills—that will last a lifetime.

  • Stay ahead on core classes
  • Improve your study skills
  • JROTC activities and adventures
  • Be better prepared for SATs
  • Awesome weekend activities
  • Sports throughout the week
  • Weekly outdoor adventures

Summer Session Enrollment is now closed for 2023!



Recent educational studies show that students lose about 30% of what they learn during a school year in the summer months.  The Fishburne Military School Summer Program may be just what your son needs to stop the summer slide!

The FMS Summer Program Academics is meant to be a review of things learned during the regular school year and a smattering of new information and skills. We are not offering for-credit classes this summer, but rather educational opportunities to keep your son academically engaged so he does not fall behind in his studies.

In addition to our summer review of English language arts, math, science, and history, we are also offering SAT/ACT test prep classes through Edmentum, a proven AI program to help your son improve his test scores. If your son needs credit recovery, we are offering opportunities for those courses to be completed through an online program that will be incorporated into our daily schedule.

Cadets choose 3 academic core, one-hour classes will be four times per week: Monday-Thursday.  Cadets will select 2 elective classes that will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week.

FMS reserves the right to cancel any class or activity with fewer than five cadets enrolled during Summer School.

PDF/ Daily Summer Schedule @ Fishburne.

7th/Junior – Science English Math Geography & Social Studies Credit Recovery (Offered By Demand)
8th/Junior – Science English Math Geography & Social Studies Credit Recovery (Offered By Demand)
9th/Junior – Science English Math Geography & Social Studies SAT & ACT Test Prep**
10th/Senior – Science English Math US History & Government SAT & ACT Test Prep**
11th/Senior – Science English Math US History & Government SAT & ACT Test Prep**
12th/Senior – Science English Math US History & Government SAT & ACT Test Prep**

Elective Courses You’ll Want to Take

At Fishburne, we see Elective Courses as a way to expand your educational horizons and strengthen your academic confidence (or, as we like to say, discover what’s great in you.) Our Summer electives will help you with everything from personal finance to military fitness—and everything in between. All Summer courses are “standard” level military programs for youth. No honors level/advanced/AP/Dual Enrollment courses are offered over the summer. Cadets select 2 courses for summer session.

Students may take up to two half-day elective courses.
** High School Students Only
* Middle School Students Only

Personal Finance & Professional Skills** Leadership Education Training – LET
IT Modeling and Design Leadership and Life Lessons in Sports
Health and Hygiene*

Summer Sports

Fishburne Summer Cadets must participate in afternoon sports time and can select from the following.

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Running
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
  • Baseball

Afternoon Adventures

Each Monday and Wednesday, all of our students come together for an adventure or confidence building activity.

JROTC Fridays

The students will truly experience Army adventure and leadership with JROTC Friday activities! Some of the activities include a visit to Virginia Military Institute with a Leader Reaction Teamwork Course, Rock Climbing wall, Ropes Course, VMI museum, a U.S. Army Fort Day, and Rappelling, Obstacle Courses, Compass Orienting Courses.

Fishburne Military School has earned the US Army’s highest level of accreditation and maintained its designation as a JROTC Honor Unit With Distinction for over 40 years. We may also nominate qualified candidates to the United States Service Academies and host one of only four Summer JROTC programs in the nation, accredited by US Army Cadet Command.


Summer students are trained to descend in a controlled manner from a height, such as a cliff or wall, sliding down down an anchored rope while appling friction to control their speed.


The object is to run to a series of points shown on the map, choosing routes—both on and off trail—that will help you find all the points and get back to the finish in the shortest amount of time.


Teams must cross an obstacle using one rope. Only the first and last are allowed to touch the obstacle. The rest must traverse on the rope bridge.

Weekend Fun

We offer a variety of weekend programs for youth each year that range from hiking to fishing, and horseback riding to river rafting, throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

Required Items for Summer Session Students

Bedding and Clothes items

• 2 Twin Sheets Sets with Pillow Case (White Only)
• 1 Twin Mattress Cover
• 8 Towels and Face Cloths (White Only)
• 6 Pairs of Khaki Cargo Shorts with Belt Loops
• 14 Pair of Underwear
• 14 Undershirts (Crew Neck, White Only) (No “V” Neck, No Tank Tops)
• 14 Pair of White Athletic Socks (Mid Calf Length) or White Ankle Socks (No No-Show Socks Allowed))
• Pillow (20 X 26 Inches)
• Bathrobe
• Long Pants/Shirt for AirSoft
• Swim Trunks (Any Color, Any Style) Sandals or Flip Flops and Beach Towel
• 2 Pair of Athletic Shoes (One Pair Must Be Running Shoes), May Bring Baseball or Football Cleats as 3rd Pair of Athletic Shoes
• Shower Shoes
• 12 Coat Hangers (Plastic, Must Be All the Same Color)
• Blanket or Comforter
* Sleeping bag for overnight JROTC trip to VMI

Room Items

• Power Strip- For extra outlets in the room (1 only)
• Cleaning Supplies- Wipes only, no sprays; Glass Cleaner, dust clothes, broom, mop, bucket & scrub brush (May coordinate with roommate)
• Trash Can (13 Gallon, Tall, Kitchen-style with a supply of Trash Bags) (May coordinate with roommate.)
• Desk Lamp
• Alarm Clock (Battery operated only)
• Combination or Key Lock

Hygiene and Personal Items

• Personal Toiletry Items-Toilet Tissue, Facial Tissue, Soap, Body Wash, Shampoo, Deodorant, Shaving Cream and Razors, Tooth Brush/ Toothpaste
• Body Towelettes
• BPA safe water bottle
• Re-sealable snacks

Academic Items

  • Spiral Notebooks (one for each subject)
  • A package of pens (10 – 12)(any style, black ink only)
  • A package of pencils (10 – 12)(any style or color)
  • Bookbag or Backpack
  • Laptop / Tablet

Unauthorized Items

  • No Heat producing items (i.e.: coffee pots, hot plates etc.)
  • No Aerosol Cans (i.e.: hair spray, deodorant, or air fresheners). Bug Spray and Sunscreen provided.
  • No Pre-Workout Supplements
  • No Chewing Gum
  • No Sunglasses (FMS hat provided)
  • New cadets are not permitted cell phones for the first 2 weeks

Things to Note

Lost or Stolen Items

Fishburne does not claim any responsibility for lost or stolen items, high value items are brought at your own risk and should be locked in the storage compartment under the bed (students must provide their own lock).

Last-minute Shopping

If you need to do any last-minute shopping, we suggest retail/grocery stores in the Waynesboro area, Wal-Mart Supercenter or Walmart Neighborhood Grocery, Martin’s Grocery, Target, Ace Hardware, and Kroger Grocery.


Before leaving campus, please make sure you write down your son’s room phone number and extension so you may communicate him. All phones have voicemail capability. It is up to your son to set up his own voicemail message (Operations Office Personnel are available to assist). This may take a few days.

How to Contact Us

The Operations Department contact number (24 hours a day) is 540-946-7700 ext. 117. If you need to speak to our school’s medical staff, they can be reached at 540-946-7700 ext. 180.

Students Love Mail!

All packages are opened in the presence of FMS staff. All mail and packages may be sent to:

Cadet Full Name and Cadet # FMS
225 South Wayne Avenue
Waynesboro, VA 22980

Mrs. Kathy Berrang is the Director of Student Services. You may contact her for any concerns that you may have regarding your son while he is attending FMS, including questions about public transportation and/or student travel. She can be reached at 540-946-7700 ext. 115 or kberrang@fishburne.org.

Picking Up Your Son for the Open Weekend

If you intend to pick up your son for the open weekend, you will need to notify the Director of Student Services, Kathy Berrang by 1700 (5:00pm) the Thursday prior to his departure. The Operation’s Office requires an email request (from the parent or legal guardian) to the Director of Student Services, Kathy Berrang.

The email must state your son’s name, the day and time you intend to pick him up, the name of the person authorized to pick him up, and where he will be staying while on leave. All students are required to return to campus by 1900 (7:00pm) on Sunday.