Randolph-Macon Academy

Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #1 - Randolph-Macon Academy offers a flight program that includes ground school, flight time in a Cessna 172, and/or drone instruction for Upper School students. Middle School students get their own taste of flight through the semi-monthly Flight Club.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #2 - Whether you are a day student or a boarding student at R-MA, you will make friendships here that will last a lifetime.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #3 - With students from approximately a dozen countries each year, R-MA provides a global experience in Front Royal, VA. Alumni from the local area often cite this as one of their favorite parts of their R-MA experience.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #4 - Randolph-Macon Academy's college counseling focus is on helping students find the college that is the right match for them. Once the acceptances are finished and students have made their decision as to which college they will attend, we hold a "College Shirt" day in which seniors are invited to where the shirts of the colleges they will attend.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #5 - On-campus fun includes dodge ball, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, swimming, dances...and the occasional slip'n'slide, among other things....
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #6 - The band and parade unit at R-MA performs in both on-campus and off-campus parades and many community events, including the Apple Blossom festivities in nearby Winchester, VA.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #7 - Randolph-Macon Academy is home to the Middle School Innovation Lab as well as the Hadeed Innovation Lab, which encompasses four simulation labs focused on studio art, flight, robotics/coding, and graphic design. These spaces are used for collaborative, integrated projects as well as special electives.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #8 - Randolph-Macon has a vibrant performing arts program. The drama department puts on a fall and a spring play. The band and chorus travel throughout the East Coast to perform, from New York City to Florida.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #9 - Randolph-Macon has many traditional events, such as the homecoming court and dance, the ring ceremony, and the military ball.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #10 - Randolph-Macon Academy students develop a heart for serving. The Middle School has its own Interact Club, sponsored by Rotary Club of Warren County, while the Upper School Interact Club is sponsored by Front Royal Rotary. The Air Force JROTC program also provides community service opportunities, as does the Community Service Club and various honor societies.
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Upcoming Events and News

  • R-MA Students Build Hydroponics Lab - 01/31/2020 - Randolph-Macon Academy students built the school's first hydroponics lab during their January Term course. 
  • Randolph-Macon Academy Named a Top Private School in Virginia - 03/12/2020 - Virginia Living Magazine has named Randolph-Macon Academy one of the top schools in Virginia for 2020. 
  • When Virtual Becomes Vital - 03/27/2020 - With the rapid advance of COVID-19 in the United States, schools were forced to make fast decisions. Randolph-Macon Academy's faculty, staff, and students adapted rapidly, losing only two days of ...moreclasstime to allow teachers to adapt their lesson plans to move to online learning. The students are now engaged in a full class day schedule from the comfort of their homes. hide

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Military Colleges and Schools
Other special emphasis association(s)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Religious AffiliationMethodist
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Year Founded1892
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$4,585
Summer Program Cost NotesSummer costs vary by program. Visit https://www.rma.edu/Summer-Tuition-and-Fees for exact information.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students248 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Randolph-Macon Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers41 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size13 students
Number of AP Courses15 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, European History, German Language IV, German Language V, German VI, Physics C: Mechanics, Psychology, Spanish IV, Spanish V, U.S. Government and Politics, United States History
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Grades 6-8 khaki pants and polo shirt; grades 9-12 Air Force JROTC uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineMar. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$39,771
Tuition NotesTuition prices vary for middle school, upper school, international, boarding, and day programs. Please visit http://www.rma.edu/Tuition-Fees for exact information.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$5,427
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorClare Dame
Admissions AssociateAmy Harriman


Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBaseball, Cross Country, Drill Team, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballCross Country,
Drill TeamFlag Football,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.17 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Alpha Readers Book Club, Bible Study, Cadets-in-Action, Chess Club, Community Service, CyberPatriot, Honor Council, International Club, Media Team, National English Honor Society, National German Honor Society, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Speech and Debate

Arts and Music Programs:

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) is a coeducational college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 6-12. The Academy combines a first-class college-prep program with an Air Force Junior ROTC program, making it "more than a prep school." One alumnus said, "R-MA takes good students and makes them great leaders." Founded in 1892 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the school is situated on a 135-acre campus overlooking Front Royal, Virginia. The Air Force program encompasses grades 9-12 and the postgraduate program, and teaches leadership and citizenship. The middle school provides an interactive, structured community, with a separate campus and uniform. R-MA features a safe, positive environment for spiritual, intellectual, athletic, and character development. "R-MA focuses on the whole child," said one parent, who has three children attending the school. "It's not all about academics. It's sports, leadership, mentoring. My children are getting a well-rounded education here." 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 have averaged more than $5 million in college merit-based scholarships; in 2013 the graduates eclipsed this mark with over $7.3 million in scholarships offered. R-MA's college acceptances in 2010-2013 included:

  • M.I.T.
  • Harvard
  • Princeton
  • Cornell
  • Columbia
  • Duke
  • Dartmouth
  • Drexel
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Tech
  • Penn State
  • Standford
  • Bucknell
  • George Mason University
  • William & Mary
  • Georgetown

...and many, many others.  However, 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. Students participate in annual science fairs, public speaking contests, Virginia Mathematics League contests, and National Geographic Bee. They enjoy field trips to various museums, Civil War sites, and other locations. R-MA offers students an array of extracurricular activities. The band and chorus performed for the National Rifle Association's national convention in 2010 in Charlotte, NC, 2011 in Pittsburgh, PA, and 2012 in St. Louis, MO. The marching band has also performed in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, and in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City. Students in R-MA's flight program can solo in a Cessna 172, and even earn their private pilot's certification. Students may also participate in 20 varsity sports, drama, journalism, color guard and drill teams, and the community service club.

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I have had the joy of serving this great Academy for over 16 years in a variety of roles. As the current Director of Student Life, Head Swim Team Coach, Middle School Interact Coordinator and Public Address Announcer for our home Football Games, the growth that I have been priviledged to be part of here at Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) in bearing witness to the success of so many young people has been the most humbling honour of my personal and professional llife. The ability of "every" student to be part of a Varsity Sport at R-MA, as well as enjoy our small class sizes, state of the art classroom technology, STEM Masters Programme, individualised attention and extensive AP (Dual Enrollment) programmes, truly makes us an attractive resource for families seeking to offer their children a priceless "head start" towards a successful life at the University level and in life.
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