Welcome to R-MA

At Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), we believe you already have what it takes to achieve your dream, whether that is to be a programmer, a doctor, or a pilot. It is our goal to help you develop your talents and realize your full potential—and that means helping you qualify for the college that’s right for you.

  • Co-ed boarding and day school for students in grades 6-12 and postgraduate (PG)

  • Founded in 1892

  • Located on 135 acres in Front Royal, VA, only 70 miles west of Washington, DC

  • Middle School (grades 6-8) and Upper School (grades 9-12, PG) located on separate campuses

  • Optional Flight Program

  • Accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and AdvancED - SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools)

  • Member of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States and The Association of Boarding Schools

  • Affiliated with and listed by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church

  • A Falcon Foundation School


With an average class size of 12-14 students in the Middle School and 15-17 students in the Upper School, your teachers know you as a pupil and they understand and care about you as an individual.

R-MA has an extraordinarily diverse program, different than what you might expect at a “military school.” Students learn problem-solving, critical thinking, and leadership skills. There is a strong emphasis on writing skills, with two periods of English for students in grades 6-10. Teachers collaborate in cross-curricular projects to relate each subject to real life experiences.

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“There are so many opportunities in the classroom. The teachers use hands-on activities, and even if they are doing lectures, they are still engaging. The teachers are not speaking at you; they’re speaking with you.”-Emma, senior

Are You Challenged?

Some students come to R-MA because they find themselves unchallenged in their current school setting. Other students need a smaller, more structured environment in order to be successful. Both students can find success at Randolph-Macon Academy.

Middle School students (grades 6-8) looking for a challenge may take select classes at the Upper School campus, which is just a short walk away.

Upper School students (grades 9-12) who are academically talented may qualify for honors, Advanced Placement, or dual-enrollment college courses.

• 96% of R-MA graduates attend a four-year college.

• Graduating classes are offered an average of $6.6 million in college scholarships each year.

• College acceptances include M.I.T., Princeton, Carnegie Melon, Purdue, Virginia Tech, George Mason, Embry-Riddle, Penn State, William & Mary, UVA, James Madison, and the Air Force Academy. Complete lists of college acceptances from the past few years can be viewed at


Leadership is an important component of the R-MA philosophy. At the Middle School level, students have the opportunity to learn the foundations of what it means to be leaders, especially through an active Student Council Association (SCA). Other opportunities for leadership are present in the dormitory, on sports teams, or through the Interact Club and community service projects.

At the Upper School, many of the same leadership opportunities present in the Middle School are still available, but the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) takes center stage.

“I have had the opportunity to lead even as a freshman. You don't get to do that at other high schools.”



Air Force JROTC

AFJROTC focuses on educating young men and women in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, community service, personal responsibility, positive character traits, and self-discipline. The program also teaches air and space fundamentals, financial management, stress management, and good study habits. The JROTC department works closely with the college counselor on career counseling and college applications.

Air Force JROTC

Each year, the top juniors and seniors are selected as cadet leaders, called cadre. Together, they lead the cadet corps under the supervision of the AFJROTC staff, conducting the day-to-day operations of the corps in terms of drill practice, parade preparation, dormitory and classroom leadership.

The Air Force JROTC program sets a strong standard as students learn the Air Force core values:

Integrity First

Service Before Self

Excellence In All We Do

Both the Upper School and the Middle School are home to Rotary Interact Clubs.

High Flight

Students interested in becoming an officer in the U.S. military may apply for R-MA’s competitive “High Flight” program. This program is designed to ensure that students are prepared physically and academically for the challenges of applying to a U.S. service academy and/or ROTC scholarship.


Character is developed through one’s actions. With this belief firmly in mind, community service is strongly encouraged at R-MA, with opportunities available on and off campus. Students may volunteer at community festivals, re-paint tables in the local town park, sell food to raise money for various charities, or gather food and coats for the homeless.

R-MA was founded as a United Methodist Church school and believes in the benefits of teaching positive moral values. Students attend a chapel service once each week. Upper School students are also required to take one year of religious studies during their time at R-MA. (This requirement may be waived if proof of religious studies is provided.)

In addition to learning the same positive moral values that are taught at the Upper School, R-MA Middle School students are taught four virtues:

• I take pride in myself.

• Leave it better than you found it.

• I am responsible for my own actions.

• Anything that hurts another person is wrong.

These virtues are woven into the Middle School culture throughout the school year; helping to build vital character traits.

“The most important thing I’ve learned at R-MA is teamwork. Before I came here, I did things for myself and by myself. Here, I've learned to work with others.”

Joseph, Junior at R-MA

R-MA students quickly learn that their futures are up to them, and their actions every day will determine their path. Whether in the dorm, the classroom or on the athletic field, we strive to set our students on the right path to become good citizens, and to provide them with the best possible chance to achieve success.

Explore Your Creativity

From the professional drama program to the impromptu coffee house performances, R-MA provides many avenues for those with a creative mind. Middle School and Upper School students alike have the chance to develop and share their talents in the arts.

The Virginia 91st AFJROTC Marching Band is an award-winning group that performs in the St. Patrick’s Day parades in both New York City and Washington, DC, as well as the Apple Blossom Parades, among others. It also allows for plenty of fun, such as a trip to Florida in mid-January to perform at Disney World or Universal Studios.

The R-MA Chorus is in demand throughout Virginia, performing at awards luncheons, ceremonies, and churches on a regular basis. Students also have the opportunity to compete for a place in the regional chorus.

Each fall, students, faculty, staff, and parents eagerly anticipate the fall performance of the drama department. Productions have included Grease, Mulan, Shakespeare’s Inferno, Once on This Island, and Godspell.


R-MA has a successful art program that provides two levels of classes and an afternoon intramural. Projects range from simple beginning art drawings to portfolio-quality items. The art classes and intramural support the drama program by creating the sets for the fall production each year.


Soar Here.

We had never even thought about sending our son to a private school, but we just felt he was not getting what he needed in public school.

He was not being challenged, and he was just a number. With the small classes at Randolph-Macon, he felt he could be himself and get to know his peers and teachers personally. He came in sixth grade, and is now in his fifth year at R-MA. I know his teachers expect him to be his best and encourage this often. Instilling honesty, integrity and academic success is what R-MA does for their students.

-Susan, mother of Dylan, sophomore

R-MA Family

R-MA students benefit from a structured mentoring program, where they are teamed up with an adult who can offer guidance and advice in key areas of life, whether that is a matter of ethics or academics. In the Middle School, mentoring groups also perform a variety of community service activities together and enjoy off-campus trips.

  • The mentor is the “go-to” person for both the student and the parent.

  • Mentoring groups are usually 8-10 students.

  • The Parents’ Association provides funds for mentors to take their groups off-campus once each semester.

Mentoring Minutes


R-MA offers sports for every grade level. Fielding over 20 teams in a small school means that there are few cuts; students have ample opportunities to play and be recognized as top athletes. In addition to having a number of middle school sports teams, eighth graders may qualify for many of the JV and varsity teams at the Upper School. All students are encouraged to participate in a sport, regardless of their previous experience.

R-MA’s mascot is the Yellow Jacket, affectionately called Sting. A full list of the available sports and the sports schedules are online (

Student Life


One of the top benefits of attending a boarding school is the sense of independence. Being away from home empowers students to organize their own time and get along with others. Boarding students tell us that they love the sense of independence they have here.


Every weekend is different at R-MA! You could go on an overnight trip to New York City or head to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens. Or perhaps a mall shopping trip or an afternoon at the nearby paintball arena might be more your speed. You could even relax on campus and just hang out in the dorm, or head to downtown to catch a movie or pick up some food.

“R-MA is empowering because you can find friends who appreciate you for who you are, a leadership role to give you a sense of responsibility, or a program to immerse yourself in.”

-Noelle, freshman

We would love to meet you and your family! Join us for one of our monthly open houses (October through July) or schedule a personal tour of the campus Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. You can sign up for either one by visiting our website, calling us or emailing us.

Randolph-Macon Academy

200 Academy Drive Front Royal, VA 22630

(540) 636-5484

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