"Randolph-Macon Academy takes good students and makes them great leaders."
This is a statement made by an alumnus of Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), a college-prep school where students develop confidence, self-discipline, and a sense of independence. It is a co-ed school for grades 6-12 and postgraduates, where superb teachers make a difference in the life of each and every student, and knowledge, leadership, and character have been the core values since the school's founding in 1892.
With students from approximately 25 states and ten countries each year, R-MA provides a diverse environment in which boarding students learn and grow.
"R-MA focuses on the whole child," said Angie Williams, who has one child attending the school and another two who have graduated. "It's not all about academics. It's sports, leadership, mentoring. My children are getting a well-rounded education here."
As a college-prep school, R-MA's focus is on academics first. R-MA students achieve their academic potential through classes averaging 12-15 students, tutorial times with teachers, mentoring groups, and supervised study halls. Graduating classes average more than $4.5 million in college merit-based scholarships. R-MA's college acceptances from 2010-2015 included:
It is important to note that the focus of R-MA is not to get a student into the best college in the world, but to get each student into the college or university that is the best fit for him or her personally.
Academics at R-MA are active. Students participate in annual science fairs, public speaking contests, Virginia Mathematics League contests, and the National Geographic Bee. They enjoy field trips to various museums and historical sites, and make use of the natural wonders of the local environment to study ecosystems and biology.
Advanced students will find plenty of challenges at R-MA with honors, Advanced Placement, and college-level courses available.
The Academy combines this first-class college-prep program with an Air Force Junior ROTC program for students in grades 9-12. This program teaches leadership, citizenship, and service, and provides the day-to-day structure by which the Upper School students live.
The Air Force Junior ROTC unit at R-MA teaches leadership in the classroom as part of the curriculum, and also through real-life expereinces.
For students who are interested in a career as a military officer, R-MA offers a service-academy/ROTC prep program called High Flight.
R-MA offers students an array of extracurricular activities:
Boys and girls are situated in separate dorms. At both the Middle School and Upper School levels, students live two per room. Each room features bunk beds, two desks, closet space, a window, internet access, and air conditioning. There is full-time supervision on each hallway, so that an adult is on duty in the dorm whenever students are present.
R-MA is situated on a 135-acre campus overlooking Front Royal, Virginia. Front Royal is a small town of approximately 15,000 people, and is located just off of Interstate 66, approximately one hour from Dulles International Airport and 70 miles west of Washington DC. It sits at the head of the Skyline Drive in the northern Shenandoah Valley, nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Student may enjoy town leave on the weekends to shop the quaint stores downtown or patronize the small movie theater located on Main Street. A shuttle service runs from the campus into town, making stops at local grocery stores, as well as a shopping plaza just north of town. Additionally, weekend trips are available every week. These may include mall trips, amusement park trips, paintball tournaments, museums, skiing, and other activities.
Accreditations & Designations
Randolph-Macon Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. R-MA maintains membership in The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS), and is listed with the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.
R-MA is one of only seven schools in the United States to be designated as a Falcon Foundation School-a prep-school for the Air Force Academy.