Rocky Mount Academy

Rocky Mount Academy Photo #1 - RMA seniors historically have the highest SAT scores among local public and private schools. They are accepted into some of the best colleges and universities in the nation each year. Since the first graduating class, almost 100% of graduates have attended college.
Rocky Mount Academy Photo #2 - Our youngest students start at four years old in our PK program. We already have college on our minds as we design the curriculum in our youngest grades. We know where they need to be as seniors to achieve their college dreams, and that vision determines the accelerated path that our youngest students start on at RMA.
Rocky Mount Academy Photo #3 - RMA students are required to give back to the community during their high school years. These students cleaned up yards in the vicinity of RMA after Hurricane Irene.
Rocky Mount Academy Photo #4 - Interscholastic sports are a big part of the RMA Experience. About 88% of our 7th-12th graders play on at least one sports team each year. RMA is a member of the NC Independent School Athletic Association.
Rocky Mount Academy Photo #5 - The courtyard is a great place for independent study or hanging out with friends at allowed times.
Rocky Mount Academy Photo #6 - RMA students live life on the EDGE. That's our technology initiative of Educating the Digital Generation in Education. Every 6th-12th is issued a laptop/tablet for school and home use that does not replace teachers or textbooks. Every Lower School classroom has four desktop computer stations and four iPads with educational apps on them, and all classrooms have interactive data projectors.
Rocky Mount Academy Photo #7 - RMA has a wonderful music department, with many opportunities to discover and use your talents. Music is taught from day one at RMA, and, in high school, there are electives such as a music performance class for students who perform instruments. They are showcased many times during the year. There are equal opportunities for vocalists through choruses.
Rocky Mount Academy is a co-ed college preparatory day school for grades PK-12.
It is the only non-sectarian independent school in the area and attracts students from several surrounding counties and communities.
For 45 years, RMA has provided a nurturing community where an emphasis on academics, character, and community has prepared students for the challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities that they will encounter in life and college.
With a strong college prep curriculum that produces well prepared, independent learners and with abundant opportunities to participate in sports, clubs, and leadership organizations, RMA is an outstanding educational option for families in the area.
RMA is proud to serve the community and to contribute the independent school option to the area's education choices.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 425 students
  • Acceptance rate: 94%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 15 / rolling

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
425 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 20%
Students by Grade
Rocky Mount Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
43 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
13 students
Number of AP Courses
16 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Art History, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Economics, English Literature, Environmental Science, Government & Politics, Modern European History, Psychology, Statistics, US History
Average SAT score
Classroom Dress Code
(No uniforms but enforced dress code)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Feb. 15 / rolling
Tuition Notes
Please call for current tuition information. Tuition can be paid once a year, in three equal installments, or monthly.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Tom Maze
Admissions Associate
Lisa Stone



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
23 extracurriculars
Academic Marshals, Accelerated Reader, Chess Club, Chorus, Drama Club, Environmental Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Film Club, French Club, Guitar Club, Honor Council, Key Club, Longboarding Club, Middle School SGA, National Honor Society, Odyssey of the Mind, Pep Club, Ping Pong Club, Science Olympiad, Spanish Club, Stock Market Club, Ukulele Club, Upper School SGA

School Notes

  • Rocky Mount Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Every classroom at RMA is equipped with an interactive data projector which provides teachers with an additional teaching tool.  Each teacher has a Microsoft Surface that interacts with the projector.  Each Lower School classroom has state of the art computer workstations and  iPads, both loaded with education apps.  Every student in grades 6-12 is provided a Microsoft Surface for school and home use.  Crome books available for use in class for 1st-5th grades.
  • RMA Pre-K is considered the most academic program in the area, with language arts and math curicula in addtion to the special classes in PE, Music, Library, Guidance, and Technology, and learning through play centers.
  • 92% of high schoolers take at least one Honors or AP course.
  • Twenty four of the Class of 2013 graduates (31 of 31) received $2.787 million in merit scholarships.  RMA had the only Morehead-Cain Scholar (UNC-CH), the only Johnson Scholar (Washington and Lee University) and the only National Achievement Scholar in the area.  Also, the only Alvey Scholar (University of Mary Washington) in the US for 2013 was from RMA.
  • 88% of grade-eligible students play on at least one team a year.
  • Opportunities for national and regional summer academic and leadership programs.
  • Classroom education augmented by dayfield trips.  Overnight class trips that tie into curriculum begin in 5th grade.

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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 425 students
  • Acceptance rate: 94%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 15 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in North Carolina is $8,954 for elementary schools and $10,505 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in North Carolina is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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