Valley Forge Military Academy Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
Valley Forge Military Academy and College "VFMAC" is a private college preparatory boarding school (grades 7–12) and military junior college in Wayne, Pennsylvania. It follows in the traditional military school format with Army traditions. Though military in tradition and form, the high school portion of VFMAC, Valley Forge Military Academy, is a college preparatory boarding institution specializing on student leadership. VFMAC's administration is composed almost entirely of current or retired military. The Board of Trustees are almost entirely alumni. Some graduates pursue careers in the armed services, and VFMAC has one Rhodes Scholarship recipient. The school has established a tradition with the British Monarchy and follows an American military academy model and practices the American Army tradition.
On July 2016 a former teacher wrote a review for indeed, about working at VVMAC she said "is the worst experience of my life": The students are under a lot of pressure. They don't sleep enough in the barracks so they tend to sleep in class. 99% of the teachers hate their job. New teachers stay one or two years max. Administration & HR realize the situation but either don't care about making serious improvements or are clueless. The School Director has no respect for students, and communicates by screaming constantly. Treats some of the students as juvenile delinquents. I wouldn't reccomend anyone to work there.
Staff Member (Former Employee) says"VFMAC was a great place to work until 2013."
Development (Former Employee) says"The school has significant money issues... The impact of this is felt in every conceivable area - Especially staff, leadership and VFMAC Board. I would recommend the College to any perspective student.... Particularly the Early Commissioning and Service Academy Prepster Programs... But the remainder of the college experience, along with the academy falls way short. Perspective students should look to spend their tuition fee of $50k + elsewhere. Perspective employees should steer clear!!!"
Security and Camp Counselor (Former Employee) says"A typical day working at valley forge is good. Opportunity for advancement is minimal. I have learned a lot working with different population of kids, adults and college students. The schedule is not properly managed. It is important to always track your hours and stay on top of payroll. The hardest part about the job was not being informed with information needed just in case a call were to come from parents. The most enjoyable part was working with the college students and kids during their summer camp experience. Cons: Poor communication"
Senior Dir Student Activities-Summer Camp (Former Employee) says"Constant Management turn over and lack of fiscal accountability, Lack of students caused continual cuts in staffing. Not a friendly environment for staff. The Cadets were very open to participating in activities but restricted constantly and unable to have much recreation time. Cons: lack of facilities or building upkeep"
Teacher (Former Employee) says"The students are under a lot of pressure. They don't sleep enough in the barracks so they tend to sleep in class. Cons: There are never ending duties and events that are part of the job"
Registered Nurse (Former Employee) says"Enjoyed taking care of Cadets and speaking to the Parents - Enjoyed working with the on call Doctor and doing office hours with him/her. Beautiful campus Cons: none"
TAC Officer (Current Employee) says"Learned that hard work and dedication only gets you so far Cons: an administration that looks for their own interests instead of the welfare of the school"
Associate Director Annual Fund (Former Employee) says"VF has improved since my tenure in 2003. I learned how to critically solve donor relationship problems. This was 20 years ago. Being a graduate did help me build relationships."
Professor (Current Employee) says"very interesting crop of students, gifted, hardworking teaching faculty."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at Valley Forge Military Academy full-time Cons: Low pay (the kids knew their tuition was more than my salary)."
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I have been working at Valley Forge Military Academy full-time for less than a year Cons: -highly disorganized and unprofessional -sparse, shoestring budget for a school in this century -not accessible for persons with disabilities -extremely poor internal communication -students are extremely dissatisfied with being there/transfer from the school regularly -employees are incredibly underpaid and overworked -administration seems to be preoccupied with their own agenda -over 40% of the faculty/teachers have quit in the past 6 months to a year alone -chronically overwork and underpay faculty and staff -buildings are in horrible shape! Bathrooms often not working, dingy, or disgusting looking -buildings do not have air conditioning-unless you're an administrator -next to no funds are being invested into running departments; employees are often forced to spend their own money to operate their departments optimally -morale is depressingly low-for staff and students Overall, I WOULD STRONGLY ADVISE AGAINST working at Valley Forge unless you had an honest understanding of the culture and environment here."
Former Employee - Anonymous says"I worked at Valley Forge Military Academy full-time Cons: Senior leadership is in name only. For an institution that claims to promote integrity, senior administration exhibits none of it. The current President is more concerned about getting his picture taken, than caring for the institution or the faculty/staff. Senior leadership is elitist, ineffective, and inexperienced. Do not take a position here!"
Former Employee - Administrative says"I worked at Valley Forge Military Academy full-time for less than a year Cons: 40 something thousand dollars per year of tuition and the money do not get reinvested back into the kids. Instead the clueless administrations are getting paid way too much to do nothing. Employees do not have to work and can get away with anything and everything. No disciplines for students."
says"I worked at Valley Forge Military Academy Cons: Treated like slaves, and paid worse"
College Professor says"I have been working at Valley Forge Military Academy Cons: The most frustrating part of working at the college (and the academy from what I hear) is being managed by an administration that is clueless about educational pedagogy and principles. The administrators NEVER visit the classrooms and barracks. They have convinced themeselves that they know their students and they have no idea that the school is largely filled with poorly educated young men (with some women) who have mastered the art of slacking. The standards at the school have declined consistently in the past five years, with valued, seasoned teaching staff leaving out of frustration. There is NO respect for the teachers from the administration, and any attempt to question constantly changing policies can be met with dismissal. Since the administration has no clue about the students, they can't begin to address their REAL neads. It's really a shame because the families of these students pay a lot of money, and the school could really be a great place to live, learn and work."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at Valley Forge Military Academy full-time for more than 3 years Cons: There is more back stabbing and bureaucratic bull crap in this organization than in any other I have ever been associated with. There is no collective team effort, everyone is on alert for the next attack, and it is by far not worth the stress. They will drain you dry and toss you out. Beware!"
says"I worked at Valley Forge Military Academy Cons: Staff turnover in all departments"
Teacher says"I have been working at Valley Forge Military Academy Cons: Leadership is clues less as to how to develop teachers hence affecting the students. Very bureaucratic environment. Staff and students are in a very gloomy school culture. Most students lack focus in their education therefore teachers are stuck motivating or babysitting."
Former Employee - Assistant Professor says"I worked at Valley Forge Military Academy full-time for more than a year Cons: Very very poor monetary compensation"
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In The News
Radnor, PA Patch reports"Former Valley Forge Student Sues School For Abuse, Neglect"
PhillyVoice.com reports"Ex-cadet sues Valley Forge Military Academy, alleging abuse"
The Delaware County Daily Times reports"Update: Ex-student sues Valley Forge Military Academy, cites 'culture of abuse'"
Main Line reports"World War II veterans gather at Valley Forge Military Academy to remember liberation of Europe"