Dear MMA families:
I would like to begin by thanking you for entrusting us with your cadet’s education. The 2023-24 MMA Corps of Cadets is already demonstrating great potential, and we are proud to have your cadet as part of this year’s corps. You should hold high expectations for him this year – as we do – as he benefits from our military educational model and emphasis on structure, self-discipline, personal responsibility, and accountability.
Please click here to view slides from my orientation session with new families on August 3. These slides contain key information about how we care for your cadet and support his success, in partnership with you.
Expect Challenge and Progress
Our cadet leaders are stepping into their roles and accepting responsibility with eagerness, discipline and dedication, and our new cadets have begun to adjust. Cadets are learning that they must read published rules and schedules, manage their time, advocate for themselves, be good teammates, and accept responsibility for their actions. I know that our cadets will continue to thrive as they make friends and see and experience progress, personal success, and small, but significant, victories.
Our challenging academy environment provides structure, predictability, opportunity, and fun. Our goal is to motivate your cadet with both individual attention and lessons learned from being part of a team. This semester, he is being forced outside of his comfort zone and is expected to put forth his best effort. This process works and is necessary for him to gain confidence and grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.
This first semester is the beginning of a journey for your cadet. Trust the Academy’s process while supporting and encouraging your cadet to stay the course through graduation. Your cadet will appreciate and utilize the lessons he learns at MMA throughout the rest of his life.
Academic Plan and Performance
At the beginning of every school year, we develop an individualized academic plan for each cadet based on previous performance, academic assessments, cadet interests, and demonstrated potential. We want to make certain that his needs are met and that he is challenged in a way that builds self-discipline and confidence, with improved academic performance.
Our 4 x 4 block schedule, like a university schedule, helps cadets by focusing their attention on only four courses each semester. We believe this schedule helps them better manage their time and studies to improve their performance. Our goal is for him to take command of his personal situation and successfully graduate with the confidence and capability to be a leader of character and succeed in life.
Online grades are posted every week by close of the business day each Friday, and you can expect to hear from your cadet’s teachers and company leadership advisors (CLAs) on a regular basis. On Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21 during Fall Family Weekend, you will have an opportunity for in-person conferences to review your cadet’s performance with teachers and CLAs. If you are unable to attend in-person, video conferences via Zoom will also be available.
Partnership and Accountability
Your cadet’s ultimate success hinges to a large degree on our partnership with you. Our faculty, coaches, CLAs, and other staff are eager to partner with you to ensure your cadet’s continued growth and success through graduation. We value your support as we hold every cadet accountable for academic integrity, personal responsibility for reading and learning, completing his homework, acceptable classroom and barracks behavior, and setting goals for himself.
We will do our part to support your son’s success by motivating him to participate in athletics and extracurricular/recreational activities and to work to his potential through numerous tutoring and mentoring opportunities.
If you have questions, please contact our staff for assistance. Our partnership, with your support and feedback, are key factors in maximizing our 360° Education for your cadet. Together, we will make a positive difference in your cadet’s life!
Richard V. Geraci
Brigadier General, USA (Ret)