Frequently Asked Questions for Falcon Scholars

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Can I participate on any sports teams?

What are the dorm arrangements?

Can I bring a car?

What are the specifics of the flight program?

Will the classes I take be transferable to the U.S. Air Force Academy?

What happens if I change my mind and decide not to pursue a nomination/appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy?

Do I need to bring a computer?

What assurances do I have that I will be nominated upon completion of the program?

Do I have to reapply to the Air Force Academy?

How do I get nominated again?


Can I participate on any sports teams?

Falcon Scholars are able to act as a manager or assistant coach for the varsity and JV teams, and in some cases may be able to practice with a team. R-MA does not offer a postgraduate sports program, and therefore Scholars are not eligible to compete on R-MA's athletic teams.  Return to top

What are the dorm arrangements?

Falcon Scholars are an important part of the R-MA community, and thus live in the same dorm halls and follow the same rules as R-MA's upper school students (grades 9-12). Falcon Scholars are given a private dormitory room whenever possible. You can learn more about dorm life here. Falcon Scholars are not permitted to live off-campus.    Return to top

Can I bring a car?

You may bring a car to R-MA. It may be used only on weekends to travel to your home.    Return to top

Although Falcon Scholars are not eligible to participate in sports, they are able to take advantage of other extracurricular programs such as the flight program, drama, band, and chorus.

What are the specifics of the flight program?

Students in R-MA's flight program learn to fly in a Cessna 172. The pilot instructors are R-MA faculty members, and the planes are owned by R-MA. It is a program that is unique among secondary schools within the U.S. Flight lessons are charged per hour and will be deducted from the student's expense account. You can learn more about the program here.    Return to top

Will the classes I take be transferable to the U.S. Air Force Academy?

As a Falcon Foundation school, R-MA's classes are approved as preparation for the Academy. Depending on the course, the Academy will accept AP scores of 4 or 5 to give credit for the one-semester equivalent course. If a Falcon Scholar should decide not to enroll at the Academy, many of the courses can be dual-enrolled and may transfer to many colleges or universities.   Return to top

What happens if I change my mind and decide not to pursue a nomination/appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy?

If you fail to complete the nomination process by October 31st, this could be considered as "not continuing efforts to gain an appointment..." In this case, both the R-MA scholarship and the Falcon Foundation scholarship would be revoked. You would be allowed to remain at R-MA as a postgraduate student and take full advantage of all opportunities available at our school, but you would be responsible for the full tuition cost.    Return to top

Do I need to bring a computer?

No. Every R-MA student will be issued a MacBook Air thanks to our 1:1 Computing Plan with Apple. These MacBooks must be returned at the end of the school year and students will be held financially responsible for any damages.    Return to top

What assurances do I have that I will be nominated upon completion of the program?

There are no guarantees, but the Falcon Foundation expects its scholars to perform well and in so doing to be competitive for both nomination and appointment. The Falcon Foundation expects you to reapply to all nomination sources for which you are eligible; this includes the Vice Presidential and Presidential nominations, if applicable.    Return to top

Do I have to reapply to the Air Force Academy?

No. However, you will need to update your current application, obtain a nomination, provide new SAT and ACT test scores, and updated Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) results. Also, the USAFA will send the Falcon Scholars a letter, after the start of the school year, to inform you of what you need to accomplish.    Return to top

How do I get nominated again?

We suggest you ask the original nominating authority to nominate you again as well as all other possible sources of nominations, including the Vice Presidential and, if eligible, Presidential nominations. Your mentors at R-MA will be of great assistance in guiding you in this process.    Return to top