Upper School Academics

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A combination of traditional and modern methods of teaching are apparent in the classes at R-MA, a military boarding school in Virginia.

For a successful educational program, all aspects of the program must work together.  At Randolph-Macon Academy, graduation requirements are rigorous, college courses are demanding, and our upper school courses provide an excellent foundation for higher education.  Exemplary teaching unites all academic programs, with SMART Board technology available in every classroom.

All courses are college-preparatory, with numerous Advanced Placement, college, and honors courses available for advanced students.  Academics come first at R-MA, and the mandatory study hall (for boarding students) and smaller classes are often enough to help students improve their grades.  For those who need additional support, there are 30-minute tutorial sessions after classes, Monday through Thursday.  These sessions are usually voluntary, but teachers may assign a student to tutorial to make up work.  Mentors and parents can also request that a struggling student be assigned mandatory tutorial. Students who are in advanced classes often use this time to work on assignments.

For students who continue to struggle, additional study time may be needed. These students are put into an Academic Probation Study Hall, which may be held in either the early morning hours before breakfast or in the afternoons/evenings.  Students are recommended for this program based on the recommendations of teachers or the academic office, or at the request of parents.

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 the second day has classes 2, 4, and 6. 

Please take a few minutes to explore our course offerings. Then, if you would like to learn more, contact the Admissions Office at admissions@rma.edu to set up a visit.  You can meet our students and teachers, and see for yourself how our close-knit community develops a love of learning.