Upper School Academics

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Small classes encourage collaborative projects that develop creative and analytical thinking. The goal at Randolph-Macon Academy, a college prep school, is to prepare students for success in college and in life by teaching them how to innovate and create, not memorize facts.

Inspiring the Rise Within Your Child. 

Children are naturally creative, innovative, and curious about the world around them. At Randolph-Macon Academy, we cultivate an environment that will re-awaken and strengthen those qualities within our students. From engaging, interactive classes full of discussion and project-based learning, to the simulation labs housed in our Innovation Wing, R-MA students learn how to think critically and analytically, to have the courage to be creative and ask questions, and to approach challenges with optimism and enthusiasm. 

The Rise to Success.

Students progress at different speeds in different subjects. At Randolph-Macon Academy, a student who excels in a particular area is encouraged to soar, to take the most challenging classes--we offer over a dozen Advanced Placement courses and dual-enrolled college classes--or even to seek outside competitions or online classes if needed. Collaborative, cross-curricular work is a key component of every class. The academics at R-MA are rigorous and sometimes demanding, but always engaging and relevant. 

The Hadeed Innovation Wing opened in the fall of 2018 and features several simulation labs for manned and unmanned flight, robotics, computer science, graphic design, and studio art. The Wing was deliberately set into the humanities building, Stan Fulton Hall, to encourage classes from all disciplines to use the facility. This integrated learning space allows students to engage in design thinking and creative problem solving. Featuring 3D printers and a laser cutter, as well as a state-of-the-art flight simulator, a studio art room and a Mac lab for graphic design, coding, and robotics, it is an active hive of creativity throughout the school year. 

Every student is issued a MacBook Air which contains the online textbooks for each of their classes. Every classroom has an Apple TV that can be used as a presentation tool and as an interactive whiteboard when synched with an iPad Pro with stylus. Students can use classroom technologies to work collaboratively, conduct research, and engage in learning experiences within and beyond the classroom.

Tutorial sessions are available to everyone, including athletes who need to make up assignments or tests; learning lab is reserved for those who are struggling and need extra study time. Personal attention is the foundation for both tutorials and learning lab.

The Schedule.

On Mondays there are seven 45-minute classes. Tuesday through Friday feature 80-minute block periods with four classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and three on Wednesdays and Fridays. There is a tutorial session four times each week; this time allows athletes who have missed class for games to catch up on work, provides extra study time for students who are engaged in the most challenging courses, and allows students struggling with a concept to work with a teacher. 

Sometimes students need more than a tutorial session or the two-hour designated study hall to help them succeed. For those students, the afternoon Learning Lab provides a study hall with close teacher supervision, where they can work to improve their grades. This is a solution for a temporary challenge. Students who need more long-term help may request a peer tutor from the National Honor Society. Parents may also opt to pay for an additional adult tutor, if it is deemed necessary.