Group Proposes Charter School at Valley Forge Military Academy

Eisenhower Hall on the campus of Valley Forge Military Academy and College
Image via Tom Gralish, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Eisenhower Hall on the campus of Valley Forge Military Academy and College

Supporters have asked the Radnor School Board to consider a military-themed charter school, the Pennsylvania Military Charter School, on the grounds of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, writes Maddie Hanna for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

This latest proposal is being made by backers with no formal ties to Valley Forge Academy. They include a recently-retired Republican state senator and a former head of a charter school advocacy group.

The Pennsylvania Military Charter School would rent facilities from VFMA at $3 million a year, according to an application to Radnor School Board.

Col. Stuart Helgeson, VFMA president, said the VFMA budget is balanced and the rent is not needed for operations at VFMA. The rent money would be paid to the foundation supporting the academy.

The application for the proposed school was made by Charter One, a charter school management company that runs schools in Arizona, Florida, Nevada, and North Carolina.

Joshua Johnson, a retired U.S. Army Green Beret, is chairman of the board for the proposed charter.

“We think there’s still a need … to have an alternative to a traditional school that’s based on military school principles, but doesn’t fall into that boarding school category,” Johnson said.

Read more about a proposed charter school at VFMA at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Take a drone tour of the Valley Forge Military Academy & College campus.

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