High Flight: The United States Service Academy Prep Track

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High Flight program is a military academy prep track for Randolph-Macon Academy students.

The High Flight Program at Randolph-Macon Academy is designed for the student who has aspirations of attending a US Service Academy. For students with competitive records, the High Flight Program offers daily emphasis in the following areas, all of which are key components of a successful service academy appointment:

  • Advanced Academics
  • SAT/ACT Preparation
  • Leadership Development
  • Athletic Participation
  • Physical Fitness

Students accepted into the program will receive a $1,000/semester High Flight Merit Scholarship.  Students must remain in good standing to retain the scholarship each semester.

Students will be offered an advanced academic track that is focused on math and science. Honors, Advanced Placement, and college-level courses are available. Each student will be assigned an R-MA mentor who understands and can guide the student through the service academy application process. 

Students will receive additional physical fitness training in preparation for the service academies' candidate fitness assessment. This program is conducted outside the daily athletic period and is managed by a dedicated physical fitness instructor.

Nominations to service academies are to be accomplished through the congressional nomination process. There is no guarantee, implied or stated, that participants will be nominated/appointed.

Students interested in the program must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a GPA of 3.5.
  • Be fully eligible for active military service.
  • Complete a formal application.

Selection for the program will be determined by the R-MA High Flight Selection Committee following an interview with the board. Once enrolled in the program, students will be expected to:

  • Qualify for a cadre position (student leadership in the Air Force JROTC program) in their junior and senior years.
  • Apply for all service academy summer leadership seminars as a junior and attend if selected.
  • Actively participate in all weekly physical training sessions and show improvement on each semester's physical fitness test.



Please contact Lt Col Mike Starling with any questions or download an application.