Building Character at the Middle School Level
At Randolph-Macon Academy, we believe that our students need a strong foundation in Knowledge, Leadership and Character in order to succeed in life. While knowledge is taught in the classroom and on the field, leadership is taught via sports, in the dorms, in student organizations, and once they move onto the Upper School, the Air Force JROTC program puts a strong emphasis on leadership training.
But how does one teach character?
At R-MA, we have woven character-building into the everyday lives of our students:
- Community service, though not required for graduation, is so integrated into our culture that our students serve 12,000 hours annually, in our school and in our community, and even internationally. The Middle School Interact Club, the most popular club in the Middle School, serves the community in dozens of ways throughout the year.
- The Christian-based values of the United Methodist Church are taught at chapel each week. Students learn about serving others, treating others with respect, listening, humility, tolerance, and many other topics.
- Students meet regularly with their mentors, who can offer guidance on decisions and frank talk about life situations.
- The Residential Life program offers opportunity to discuss age-appropriate topics.
- Every student is expected to abide by the R-MA Honor Code.
- Although the Middle School does not participate in the Air Force JROTC program, the same principles of responsibility and accountability are taught in the Middle School.