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Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 15:14

The process of enrolling at an independent school used to follow a different timeline. Families would request admission materials, follow up with some phone calls with the admission counselor, come to visit, and then end with the submission of the application. While this worked well in a world that information was not as accessible, more and more private schools are finding that sometimes an application is the first time that we hear from a family. While there is no right or wrong way to apply to a school, it is a question worth exploring. Is it better to apply and then visit, or visit...



Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 11:18

As a longtime R-MA employee, I have seen the program here benefit students in a multitude of ways. There are the students who thrive with the personal attention and small classes available in private school. There are those who blossom in a smaller environment where students are encouraged to get involved in multiple activities, and they get to try things they couldn’t before (not because they didn’t have the talent, but because they didn’t get experience at an early enough age). There are some who are challenged in new ways, either academically to think critically and...



Friday, December 14, 2018 - 14:05
On December the 5th, 2018, Mr. Roger Von Braun visited Randolph-Macon Academy to speak to the student body on the complicated subject of suicide prevention, and about finding a way to navigate out of the darkest moments in life. It was a topic inspired by the memory of his brother, who took his own life on January the 12th, 2015.    Mr. Von Braun recounted how lucky his brother was, blessed with the ability to find a way out of every life-threatening event in his life, yet he also recalled how his brother considered himself the unluckiest man in the world, fell prey to an addiction...


Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 12:22

On the 29th and 30th of October, 2018, Randolph-Macon Academy faculty had the privilege to escort a total of eight cadets to Virginia Military Institute’s Center for Leadership & Ethics. They attended a conference dedicated to the memory of Caroline Dawn Wortham, VMI Class of 2012, a woman who had dedicated her life to be a force for good and was tragically killed on September 5, 2015. The conference was focused upon American character, in particular, grit. GRIT is both the word itself and an acronym, standing for Growth, Resilience, Integrity, and Tenacity. R-MA cadets had the...



Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 15:01

Randolph-Macon Academy’s Cassie Tang ’19 is the type of person who seeks out challenges, so when she learned of a camp in China that was building teams to compete in the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (IGEM) to be held at Boston University in October of 2018, she quickly signed up. This competition draws teams from graduate schools, universities, and high schools from around the world, each of which have designed a genetically engineered approach to solving a global problem.
 
The program’s challenge and the work involved...



Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 21:35

Students, being involved in the process with your parents when you are applying to private schools is going to make you that much more ahead of the game when the time comes to apply to college. The process is very similar, and with organization and thought it can be a simple (and sometimes fun) process. 

Step One: Self-Reflect.

Think about what you want out of your new school. Make a list of what your current school has that you wish your new school would; or what you wish that it did.  Then take those “wants” and prioritize them; maybe start with the MUST...



Friday, November 16, 2018 - 17:04

We are proud to present our first podcast of The Buzz at R-MA, hosted by Josiah Herring '20. This episode takes an inside look at the R-MA Band Program, from all the basics you'd like to know from Band Director Ed Richards, to the inside scoop from Band Commander Noelle Kramer '19. 



Monday, November 12, 2018 - 22:38
  Guns of Verdun point to Metz From the plated parapets. Guns of Metz grin back again O’er the fields of fair Lorraine.   --Excerpt from Guns of Verdun, by Patrick R. Chalmers   November 11, 2018, 11 A.M. One century ago the guns of both fell silent, as did the rest of the Western Front, and Western Europe tasted peace for the first time in four years. Eastern Europe would remain embroiled in conflicts for the next five years, but for the rest of the world, the Great War was over.    Great traditions and honors, remembrances and memories have been created since...


Friday, November 9, 2018 - 15:37

As an Air Force Junior ROTC school, Randolph-Macon Academy cadets often spend a lot of time on the road supporting Veterans Day events hosted by other organizations. This usually prevents the cadets from any on-campus observance, but this year, Chairman of Leadership and Character Mike Starling ‘88 decided to change that by organizing an event he called "Vet Chats." 

On Wednesday afternoon, November 7, 2018, Lt Col Starling (USMC, Retired) gathered veterans from on campus and from the local community to meet with the cadets. The...



Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 10:05

Randolph-Macon Academy brought in the final piece of the Hadeed Innovation Lab on October 31, 2018, when the Redbird TD flight simulator arrived. The Redbird TD is a Basic Aviation Training Device that allows private pilot students to log up to 2.5 hour towards aeronautical experience requirements and instrument students to log up to 10 hours toward an instrument rating. The R-MA Flight Department is now home to two flight simulators, as the Academy will continue to use the smaller Redbird Jay flight simulator for the variety of aircraft it includes. 

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