Middle School Academics

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As part of the college prep academic program, R-MA Middle School students participate in the annual science fair.  Winners may go on to compete at the regional competition at James Madison University.

The R-MA Middle School has a college-prep focus. Academics are challenging, yet teachers are supportive and available. The goal is to make students love learning.

The Middle School day and boarding students follow the same schedule as the Upper School.  Regular class days have seven periods of 45 minutes each.  Each week also has two block days when the classes are 90 minutes each; the first block day has classes 1, 3, 5, and 7 and the second day has classes 2, 4, and 6.  

The Middle School has a well-rounded selection of core courses and electives, and its close proximity to the Upper School allows for flexibility and versatility in both academics and athletics.  Advanced Middle School students may take high school level courses at the Upper School, such as algebra, geometry, band, chorus and upper level foreign languages.  All middle school students take a double section of English, which includes grammar and composition and literature to encourage strong written and verbal skills.

Monday through Thursday a 35-minute tutorial session is scheduled for everyone after lunch.  Tutorial may be assigned by a teacher if a student has not turned in work, or students may attend voluntarily to ask for extra help.  Other students use it as monitored study time to reduce their homework load.

The Study Improvement Plan, or SIP, begins at 4:15, after intramurals, and ends at 5:30 Monday through Thursday.  A student is recommended for SIP based on grades or at the request of parents or the principal. 

Students who are not involved in SIP will attend an intramural activity or be involved in athletics.