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Whether enrolled at Randolph-Macon Academy as a day or boarding student, for one year or seven years, parents and students have much to say about the effectiveness of this private college-prep school. Below is a mix of video and written testimonials.

"My husband and I agree! Our son’s first year at Randolph-Macon Academy has been an impressive affirmation to what we only hoped could be possible. As parents, we had long conversations over what high schools today really have to offer the eager yet impressionable young leaders of tomorrow. Right away, R-MA’s unique program was inclusive, even supporting our son’s participation with the local Civil Air Patrol Squadron. Our family’s experience with the staff has been outstanding. Communication is highly regarded with swift responses to phone calls and email. The school’s dedication to the development of the whole student ensures our son’s spiritual foundation has not been compromised as a boarding student. R-MA campus events are very proud moments for us, offering a glimpse into our son’s future achievements to come! His accomplishments in this first year alone have greatly influenced our family; as his younger brother is actively watching!"

Mr. and Mrs. Heggs
Parents of Donavan Heggs ‘21


"As R-MA parents, my husband and I are very proud of the school and my daughter's accomplishments. Since my daughter has been a student at R-MA she has thrived and has been driven to succeed. Not only has she been a good student, she gets to meet accomplished young men and women from all over the world! Learning their backgrounds and cultures is very exciting for her. Not to mention she has made life-long friendships.

"To say that we are proud parents of an R-MA student is an understatement. We love the school and would highly recommend it for any child who is looking to succeed!"

Amy Haithcox
Parent of Logan Haithcox '19 
(Graduated from R-MA Middle School, now enrolled in Upper School)

"Our son has been at R-MA since the sixth grade and he LOVES the school. He is challenged at school and likes the classes offered and the instructors. When he attended public school he was often bored and not given the opportunities that he has at R-MA. We support the values that the school follows and feel confident our son will become the best he can be by being enrolled at R-MA. It is a challenge to be a teenager but at this school it is "cool" to be smart and it is encouraged to strive to be successful. If they ever are not doing their best, there is someone who makes sure they are given the help needed to bring up their grades. We are so thankful we made the decision to send our son to Randolph-Macon Academy and have not looked back once. Thank you!"

Susan Glascock
Parent of Dylan Glascock '18
(Graduated from R-MA Middle School, now enrolled at Upper School)

"Our biggest concern for our son, regarding attending Randolph-Macon Academy, was would he flourish as a boarding student 7 hours from home?  The first month we did not discuss it with him, only provided encouragement, then on our subsequent visit I asked him, "Did we (collective we) make the right decision for you?"  Our son's response was "Yes Dad." Thinking he was only telling me what I wanted to hear, I next asked him, "Why?"  Our son's response was, "Because I am being challenged Dad."  Our son never showed any signs of homesickness, due to the excellent dormitory staff and weekend activities; as well as the caring academic staff.  We are more than impressed with the results we have seen in our son after this first year and he looks forward to returning in the fall."

Verne and Tanya Mounts
Parents of Ian Mounts ’19
(Graduated from R-MA Middle School, now enrolled at Upper School)

"We looked at R-MA for our son and daughter for very different reasons. Our son was at that 90th percentile in public school--he wasn't in gifted and talented, and we were concerned that he was going to get bored and lost in the larger classes at the middle school level. He chose to attend R-MA and was successful academically and as a leader. He discovered a love for band and also ran cross-country and track. He is now about to graduate from Virginia Tech with dual degrees in psychology and German.

"Our daughter was different. She was in gifted and talented at the public schools. But we saw opportunities at R-MA, and a community, that we thought were better than the alternatives. She is now in seventh grade at R-MA and thriving. She is challenged yet nurtured at the same time, so her confidence in herself is slowly growing in a positive way. She has also been able to play basketball and run cross-country in middle school, and has learned the value of community service. It seemed impossible, but somehow R-MA has ended up being the right school for both of our children."

Kevin Brooks
Parent of Jessalyn Brooks '21 

"R-MA has been an amazingly positive experience for my son. He is academically thriving in the small classroom sizes, and the life at R-MA is building his character beyond what I would have been able to offer him alone from home. I consider sending my son to R-MA the most important investment I will ever be able to do for his future."

Davis Holland Leichsenring
Parent of Joseph Leichsenring ’17

Kathy Heer, Parent of Michael Heer '07, takes you through her family's experience from the first realization that maybe they ought to check out a boarding school, through the decision-making process, the first tumultuous year, and her son's triumphant walk across the stage at graduation.  She also e-mailed us a follow-up about Michael while he was in college!

First Testimonial from Kathy Heer (2007)

Follow-up Testimonial from Kathy Heer (2010)

Verne Mounts, Parent of Ian Mounts '19, speaks of the reason behind the decision to look into boarding schools for their middle schooler, how they found R-MA, and what R-MA has provided their son.

Verne Mounts Testimonial