Dorm Life: The Formal Residential Life Program

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Randolph-Macon Academy residential life program. Located in Front Royal Virginia.

The purpose of the Residential Life Program at Randolph-Macon Academy is to educationally and socially prepare students for college life and beyond.  As a boarding school, we have chosen to make the residential life program an extension of the academic environment.  
 
The caring and responsible adults who supervise the boarding school environment include three R-MA alumni, two ordained ministers, a former social worker, and four athletic coaches.  Between all of our dorm supervisors, a total of seven foreign languages are spoken: French, Spanish, Arabic, German, Hebrew and Greek.  These professionals seek to establish positive relationships with their respective cadets, in the process becoming the “R-MA Dad” or “R-MA Mom” to dozens of students each year.
 
Through our Big Brother, Big Sister and Cadre Leadership programs, our residential life curriculum and our experienced Cadet Life Supervisors (CLSs), R-MA’s Residential Life Program helps cadets develop into responsible members of the R-MA and the local communities, and prepares them for future challenges in life, to include college.
 
Cadets participate in a weekly Residential Life Curriculum focusing on life, civil communication and positive choice-making skills.  By engaging our cadets in civil dialogue over age-appropriate matters, they develop a true sense of identity, a desire and need to self-govern, and leadership skills, all of which help cultivate their overall potential into well-rounded individuals.
 
In addition to our Cadet Manual, Air Force JROTC Aerospace Leadership Resources, and a book entitled Success for Teens by The Success Foundation, we use a small-group style format in which cadet leaders take a section of the book at a time and use their own current event information to engage their fellow cadets in dialogue about pertinent topics of joint interest.  This initiative has been well-received by our cadet corps.  
 
For more information on the Residence Life Program at R-MA, please contact:
 
Michael S. Williams, MTh
Director of Residential Life
Randolph-Macon Academy
200 Academy Drive
Front Royal, VA 22630
(540) 636-5496
Fax: (540) 636-5209
E-mail: mwilliams@rma.edu