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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 11:45

When it comes to integrating technology into the classroom, changes are happening quickly at Randolph-Macon Academy. The Middle School Innovation Lab took the school by storm this past year. Students took classes in coding, robotics, and “makers.” They learned basic programming concepts, how to build a web page, and how to build a robot, but more importantly, they learned how to think critically and creatively, in collaborative groups, to solve problems. And even more impressively, this went beyond those few classes, as teachers and students...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 11:49

We've reached out to the Randolph-Macon Academy community, and you are responding!

With four days remaining in this year's campaign, we've been working to meet our 2018 Annual Fund goal. Thus far, we've cut the remaining $100,000 deficit to $67,000 - but R-MA still needs your help to create and maintain the innovative programs that make the difference in the lives of our students.

Learn more about R-MA's programs, awards, and honors here:

The flight program, including unmanned aerial vehicles The Middle School flight program. Our school-wide...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 15:53

If an award were given for the athletic team of the year at R-MA, there would be a strong argument that it should go to this year’s Track and Field Team.

Head Coach Joshua Ilnicki will be the first to admit he was overwhelmed with the sheer number of track and field athletes this year. “We had 50 when we started, which is a far cry from the 14 we had my first year coaching!” he exclaimed. Fortunately, several R-MA co-workers stepped forward to assist. Chair, Leadership and Character LT COL Mike Starling, USMC, Retired, and Middle School teacher Dani Clingerman both...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 16:22

As Randolph-Macon Academy continues on its path embracing “The Power of Rise,” personnel on campus have sought to make changes that bring improvements while still maintaining tradition. Sometimes, that is a monumental change, such as the changes in the academic programs to incorporate lessons that are more project-based, collaborative, creative, and problem-solving, while still holding to the Academy’s primary mission to be a college-prep school. Other times, it is a smaller change, one that is still visible to students and their families....

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 11:21

Meticulous, thorough, and fastidious in the ways of teaching, coaching, and life—Bill Curl has had an exceptional influence on his young charges at the Middle School.  Since being hired twenty years ago, he has had the task of preparing our Middle Schoolers for the rigors of writing and reading at the Upper School.  His deliberate, methodical approach preparing our students for high school English has been transformational for many.

At the Senior Luncheon, Mr. Brian Barbour (Social Studies Department Chair and Senior Advisor) took a moment...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 17:13

Those who earn the Valedictorian or Salutatorian Honors have earned their way to the top of their academic class through intelligence, hard work, self-denial, and curiosity.

From the day he entered R-MA as a sixth grader to his last day as a senior, Ryan Latham applied himself.  Year after year, assignment after assignment, and test after test Ryan mastered material, processes, information, and concepts.  From start to finish—Ryan—the best of the best, rose to the top early and stayed there.

His other honors include...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 09:29

Everything we do as an institution comes from a place of intentional, deliberate choices, all designed to benefit each of our students.

As the top military school in Virginia and the only full-time boarding Air Force Junior ROTC program in the nation, we are proud to offer a truly unique combination of college preparatory academics, leadership training, and character development. Our Methodist roots produce students who demonstrate respect, integrity, humility, and service to others. 

At the basic level, every part of the Academy is touched by necessary gifts from the...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 10:09

When you listen to Kathleen Fedzer, you learn of a young woman who has traveled the world and is cultured beyond her years, yet has struggled to find a place where she felt she truly belonged. She spent her freshman year in Connecticut, her sophomore year in Germany, and began her junior year in Cote D’Ivoire--only to be the victim of what the adults in her life called cyberbullying. Kathleen tried to blow it off, but her parents had other ideas.

Kathleen’s father had attended Bucknell University with the mother of Ryan Latham ‘18, who had been enrolled at...

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 12:09


James Miranda of Indian Head Park, IL, came to Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) as a Falcon Scholar, one of only about 60 students in the U.S. selected to a program designed to prepare promising high school graduates for an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA). When presented with the invitation, James had the choice to attend one of six schools, and chose R-MA in part because he wanted to fly, and it offered him that chance.

A year later, it seems rather obvious that James made the correct choice. On May 26th, he completed the R-MA...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 22:46

Most students anxiously await their 16th birthday, eagerly anticipating that rite of passage into almost-adulthood: obtaining their driver’s license. Not Jacob Gehly of Front Royal. He set his goal a little higher. So on February 6, 2018, five days after his 16th birthday, Jacob wasn’t in an automobile waiting to pass his driving test. He was at Front Royal/Warren County Airport, in an airplane, about to take off into the sky, alone in the cockpit for the first time.

Jacob, a sophomore at Randolph-Macon Academy, doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t want to...