Nearly 100 families signed up for an open house on Monday. While the rain may have scared some of them away, FUMA officials said more than 40 families attended, which they said is a higher than normal turnout.
FUMA said it is the structure and faith at the school that attracts people.
“It looks like it is a very structured school, and I like it for the opportunities you get,” said Grayson Mitchell, a prospective cadet.
He is in eighth grade at the Community Public Charter School in Charlottesville.
His father, Case Mitchell, said his son is doing well in school, but he just wants him to be more prepared down the road.
“When I was growing up, I was not prepared for high school in middle school,” Mitchell said. “I was not prepared for college in high school, and I wasn’t prepared for work in college.
FUMA President J. Scott Burhoe said the school offers that type of preparation.
“We look at the whole person,” he said. “We are not only about the academic program, but also the spiritual dimension.”
Burhoe also said people are interested in coming to FUMA because it is a place to learn life lessons, which follows the school’s motto: “Mind, body, and spirit.”
“They learn how to study,” Burhoe said. “They learn the world doesn’t revolve around them, and they have to be helpful with other people.”
That is why future cadets like Grayson Mitchell say FUMA is the perfect fit.
“I think it’ll grow me as a person, and I want to be around people who are in here,” said Grayson. “I like it.”