Middle School 5-Day Boarding Program

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R-MA Middle School 5-day boarding program offers a solution to the hectic schedule many families face in today's world.

The 5-day boarding program at Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School offers an additional option for students in grades 6-8. Students live on campus from Sunday evening (before study hall) through Friday evening, when they head home for the weekend. 

This program provides what one parent called "the best of both worlds."

During the week, students are engaged in the busy and structured life of a boarding school. They attend the small classes and are able to take advantage of specialized study times during the school day, as well as the supervised evening study halls. Under the caring supervision of adult dorm counselors (called Student Life Supervisors), students learn to live with a roommate and how to keep their rooms clean. They enjoy afternoon sports and intramurals, and engage in a variety of activities with their peers in the evenings.

Although life at boarding school is busy, students often gain time in their days because they are no longer spending an hour or two every day commuting to school and activities.  At the same time, because 5-day boarders must live within a 150-mile radius of the school, parents are usually close enough to come see their children play sports or perform at a concert. 

Being able to go home on the weekends is a wonderful option for students who live close enough to the Academy. With the demands of the hectic work and school week behind, the weekend becomes a time for families to relax and truly enjoy time together. 

The Middle School five-day boarding school program provides plenty of opportunities for schoolwork and extracurricular activities, leaving the weekends free for family time.

Key Information

  • Students must live within a 150-mile radius of Front Royal, VA.
  • This program is open to students entering R-MA Middle School (grades 6-8).
  • Students must head home by 9:00 p.m. on Friday evening and return to campus by 7:00 p.m. each Sunday.
  • All five-day boarding students are welcome to stay for a weekend and participate in weekend activities. (There is a fee associated with staying on the weekend.)

The tuition for the 5-day boarding program--which is less than that of many private day schools--can be found on our Tuition & Fees page.