Junior Boarding School Life

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version

Some dorm supervisors choose to have the students gather in their kitchens to have some fun baking! R-MA middle school is a day and boarding school located in Virginia.

Junior boarding schools like R-MA Middle School allow students to become members of a diverse community, with students from many different states and countries.  This situation makes the dorm a place where boarding students can learn about a variety of different cultures, values, and beliefs.  Close friendships are formed through shared experiences. 

Living at a junior boarding school at the young age of 11 to 14 can be exciting for some students, and frightening for others. Students who are more comfortable away from home naturally help comfort those who are having a harder time. Our dorm supervisors provide a nurturing environment that guides students through these important yet challenging developmental years.  Through a structured program tempered by genuine caring, students mature in their organizational habits and their social skills, as well as athletically, academically, and morally.  Our junior boarding school dorm staff, teachers, and mentors are there for our students through homesickness and independence, success and failure. 

At R-MA Middle School, we are a family.

As a family, we strive to teach our students the positive habits we would teach our own children, such as:

  • How to get along with a sibling--or in this case, a roommate!
  • Organization
  • Stress management
  • Etiquette
  • Team building
  • Community service
  • Communication
  • Personal hygiene

Our students complete their junior boarding school years with a better understanding of all these topics, as well as others.