Victory Forge Military Academy is the same as Southeastern Military Academy

In December 2009, Weierman decided to change the name for Victory Forge to Southeastern Military Academy. Nothing about the school has changed, except the name. Even their website is the same (save for a new URL).

Friday, December 26, 2008

Alternative 1

We will be posting a list of alternatives to the miserable boot camp, known as Victory Forge. We will then be providing a brief write-up on some of them.

The one alternative that has garnered rave reviews for the counselors who we have been talking to, is run by a foundation called "The Starr Foundation". They run several schools in Michigan and Ohio which are part of the Starr Commonwealth. We ran a brief query of news story on this organization and it appears that local government officials and MI and OH senators visit these locations frequently to get a first hand look at the potential. President Elect Obama has also stated his admiration for this place. We talked to some of the people running this program and they are professional, grounded and have NO past history of run-ins with the authority. Now that is a refreshing change. We also had a parent visit one of the locations and they reported back to us that the grounds were beautiful and looked like something out of a well manicured golf course. The housing is first rate and the children are not placed into a tiny little house. They have the opportunity to be free but disciplined and guided. A stark contrast to the little house on Biltmore crammed with children.

For more information, go to the Starr Commonwealth website. You can see pictures of the place and get a good idea of what a place for troubled teen should look like.

If you have information on this or other schools, please send them our way.


Starr said...

Thank you for your mention and attention to Starr Commonwealth. Your description of our campuses, cottages, programs and professionalism is spot on, but we wanted to clear up one error. Starr Commonwealth is not linked to The Starr Foundation. We ae a nonprofit child and family services organization that also offers a private program called Montcalm Schools for Boys and Girls. Our programs are strength-based, not punitive, and we focus on the inner strengths of children not their deficits.
We encourage all parents who are interested in learning more to contact us at or call 800-837-5591.
Thank you,
Dana Jacob
Communications Director
Starr Commonwealth

VF Parents said...

Thank you for the clarification. Much appreciated.