Why Choose Randolph-Macon Academy?

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Randolph-Macon Academy welcomed its first two Falcon Foundation Scholars in the fall of 2012. Since then, we have had over forty Falcon Scholars attend R-MA. Read some of their testimonials.

R-MA's eight Falcon Scholars of 2020 all received appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy. 

The Falcon Scholars create friendships that carry through their time at the Air Force Academy.

R-MA has an established academic curriculum that successfully prepares students for all military service academies, including the United States Air Force Academy. The High Flight program at R-MA is a proven regiment that has resulted in acceptances to all the United States service academies. This curriculum has been tailored further for our Falcon Scholars to meet the expectations and demands of admission to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Randolph-Macon Academy is the only Falcon Foundation School with a proven Air Force JROTC program. Randolph-Macon Academy has been home to VA-091st Air Force JROTC since the fall of 1975 and is the oldest co-educational Air Force JROTC program in the United States. The Air Force JROTC staff and cadet corps consistently attain the AFJROTC distinguished unit with merit distinction.

At Randolph-Macon Academy you will learn to live by the same Honor Code as applied at the United States Air Force Academy.

Air Force Leadership Training is instilled. Upon completion of Cadre Camp, every Falcon Scholar will be promoted to the rank of Cadet 2nd Lieutenant within the Corps of Cadets. They will be assigned to one of the flights as a Flight Adjutant and, along with the Flight Commander, will lead up to 30 fellow cadets in their daily activities. 

A physical training program tailored to prepare Falcon Scholars for the DOD's Candidate Fitness Test. All Falcon Scholars will participate in a fitness training program created to maximize their physical fitness score.

Every Falcon Scholar is mentored by an on-staff, Brigadier General. The mentors will advise the Falcons on the preparation needed to obtain an Air Force Academy appointment and to pursue a career in the United States Air Force.

Focus will be placed on each Falcon Scholar’s needs in the nomination, application, and appointment processes to the United States Air Force Academy.

"There isn't just one part of R-MA that has benefited me most. I believe all of the programs that R-MA has made available to me have benefitted me in some way, including the physical training, academic courses, the flight program and the JROTC leadership training. Together, all of these programs have helped me to grow and become more prepared for my journey towards becoming a model officer and a pilot at USAFA and beyond. The extremely supportive staff and mentors have also played a key part in making the environment more comfortable."
Giovani Pomales, R-MA Falcon Scholar '17, USAFA '21

There is the opportunity to fly in the only full-time, in-house secondary school flight program in the nation. Randolph-Macon Academy owns two Cessna 172 planes and has two full-time flight instructors as members of the faculty. R-MA also offers courses in Unmanned Flight Operations, to train our students on the skills, platforms, and technologies needed for them to be successful in a variety of career paths that involve the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Extracurricular programs will keep you involved and round out your resume. Falcon Scholars may serve as assistant coaches for varsity/JV sports teams, participate in community service projects, and/or take part in intramural activities, as long as they excel academically and in physical training.

Summer Air Force JROTC leadership training program. All Falcon Scholars will join the Randolph-Macon Academy Cadre Leadership Training Program in mid-August during which they will receive ten days of intensive training in leadership, drill and ceremonies, school policies, and physical fitness.

Falcon Scholars will make R-MA-sponsored visits to active Air Force installations. Since the mentors are retired senior Air Force officers, there will be special accommodations made to tour active Air Force installations.