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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 11:35

There have been great undertakings in our Academy’s history, but none quite like this. A complete conversion from PC to Macintosh over the course of one year is underway. 

What is the result of this conversion? A MacBook Pro in the hands of every faculty/staff member by Thanksgiving of 2017, and a MacBook Air in the hands of every R-MA student by September 2018.

We live in a society that is driven by technology. Our students will soon find themselves in a workforce that is galvanized by technology and digitization as opposed to brick and...

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 15:07

Young people come through Randolph-Macon Academy’s doors for many different reasons. Some want to enhance their level of education, some require more structure in their academics, and some want to be a part of a decorated Air Force Junior ROTC program. Regardless of their reason for choosing to attend R-MA, they receive all of these benefits that forge a well-rounded person, even under tragic circumstances.

Stephen Czarda ’09 found himself in the R-MA Middle School dorms in the fall of 2002, after his mother tragically passed away from cancer. “My father sent us to...

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 14:05

Each year, the R-MA English Department announces a book known as the “Common Reader.” While summer reading is assigned by grade level, the Common Reader is for everyone and anyone, from sixth grade students to seniors, from students to faculty and staff. The selections have included bestsellers such as The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. The reading is optional; each year those who have chosen to read the book are invited to...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 16:50

On June 1, 2017, 28 eighth graders—along with their families, friends, and Randolph-Macon Academy staff and faculty—gathered at Boggs Chapel in eager anticipation of the Middle School Promotion Ceremony. This year provided a special treat, as R-MA graduate Stephen Czarda, Class of 2009, returned to speak to the R-MA Class of 2021.

As has become a Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School tradition, Principal Derrick Leasure provided some key statistics about this eighth grade class: 

The average eighth grader held a GPA of greater than 3.4 in any given...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 15:28

This Saint Patrick's Day, the R-MA Parade Unit marched in New York City (NYC) as part of the Annual NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade, the largest Saint Patrick's Day parade in America.

The Parade Unit was made up of the Cadet Wing's Corps Staff, Color Guard, Band, and Flag Corps. Consisting of over one hundred cadets, roughly one-third of the Cadet Corps, this impressive formation marched in front of over three million live viewers and many more televised ones.

Marching is an important part of what the Corps of Cadets do; not only is it a...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:51

Excitement and tears intermingled during Randolph-Macon Academy’s graduation as the Class of 2017 proudly celebrated their accomplishments, with 100% of the class earning college acceptances. In fact, the 59 seniors and two postgraduate students earned 242 acceptances to 145 different colleges and universities, with over $6 million in college scholarship offers. In addition, seven Falcon Scholars at R-MA earned admission to the U.S. Air Force Academy. 

After celebrating their graduation from the Air Force JROTC program during the Final Parade...

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 10:27

The performance season of the Randolph-Macon Academy Band and Parade Unit is drawing to a close. Following their successful performances in Florida at Universal Studios, New York City at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and Winchester at the Apple Blossom Festival, the band and parade unit will next head off to Buckhannon, WV, this Saturday, May 20th, to perform in the 76th West Virginia Strawberry Festival Grand Feature Parade. 

"This will be our fourth year marching in this parade," said R-MA Bandmaster Ed Richards. The very first year the group marched, he...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 11:55

The early years of Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) were indeed difficult and characterized by struggle. The Academy debt was up and revenue was low due to many unfortunate circumstances. A typhoid fever struck the campus in 1913 and cost the school $12,000 to combat ($298,531.84 in today’s money), ministerial students and sons of ministers received significant discounts on their tuition, and a lack of retention among its students and faculty caused the debt to build over the years.

A significant issue was the frequent turnover of faculty and staff, considering the Academy could...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 11:33

In the beginning, it was a simple hill one-half of a mile away from the Shenandoah River, sitting at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This hill witnessed the construction of a town called Front Royal, a Civil War battle, and the growth of a society that would develop a desire for a “male school of high grade.” This is the story of that hill.

The year was 1892. Ellis Island had just opened its doors to the immigrants of the world, the Pledge of Allegiance was about to be introduced to the public school system, Edison General Electric Co. and...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 11:22

Holocaust survivor Sam Ponczak visited Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School on May 10, 2017 to share his memories of what he and his Jewish family experienced living in Poland when World War II broke out. 

His parents quickly recognized the danger they were in. While his father headed towards the Russian side of Poland, Sam and his mother went to the section of Poland that later became known as the Warsaw Ghetto. Once his mother made the decision to rejoin his father, the trip was fraught with peril--his mother wore the armband identifying her as a Jew...