Randolph-Macon Academy

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
200 Academy Drive
Front Royal, VA 22630
Tel: 540-636-5484
Randolph-Macon offers 20 varsity sports as well as junior varsity and middle school sports. Most students have the opportunity to play a sport, even if they have never played it before!
Randolph-Macon offers 20 varsity sports as well as junior varsity and middle school sports. Most students have the opportunity to play a sport, even if they have never played it before!
The Air Force JROTC program teaches much more than how to march. It offers students the opportunity to develop leadership skills in and out of the classroom setting. It also teaches students about citizenship, serving others, and 'real life' skills such as resume writing and how to balance a checkbook.
Community service is taught, not required, at Randolph-Macon Academy.  While there is no requirement for graduation, students are given many opportunities to serve their community, both on-campus and in the town of Front Royal. In this photo, students are helping to match wish-lists with toys in the local Toys for Tots program.
Sonner-Payne Hall is R-MA's main building, overlooking the historic town of Front Royal.  It houses the boys' dorm and administrative offices.
Students at both the Middle School and Upper School enjoy various team-building activities.
Randolph-Macon Academy offers a unique flight program. The two airplanes (both Cessna 172s) are owned by the Academy, and the instructors are faculty members. About 30 students each year are enrolled in the program. On average, four to six students solo each year, and another one to two earn their private pilot certification.
This photo shows most of Randolph-Macon's 135-acre campus, which  sits on a hill overlooking the town of Front Royal. The athletic fields include a football field, baseball field, softball field, two soccer fields, and a lacrosse field in addition to the track.  There are views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and west of campus.
Have fun in Randolph-Macon Academy's drama department! Featuring plays and musicals such as 'Mulan,' 'Grease,' and 'Check Please!', drama at R-MA offers opportunities for the experienced actor as well as the person who has always wanted to try it but never had a chance.
With a STEM program that is expanding each year, Randolph-Macon students are challenged to explore and be creative.
R-MA's marching band participates in the Washington, D.C., and/or New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade every year in addition to other parades on the East Coast. The concert band performed at the National Rifle Association's annual convention for three consecutive years.
  • "Randolph-Macon Academy is a co-ed college prep school offering Air Force Junior ROTC, flight, chorus, drama, art, and an award-winning marching band.
  • R-MA was founded in 1892 and stands on a 135-acre campus overlooking Front Royal, VA, only 70 miles west of Washington, D.C. With the Blue Ridge Mountains visible in three directions, and the Shenandoah River nearby, our setting is one of beauty and inspiration.".

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  • Roanoke College
    One aspect that I liked most about R-MA was the fact that the classes consisted of no more than twenty students. Having this few students in a classroom meant that as an individual student I. . .
  • Virginia Tech
    Diversity. R-MA offers a wide range of valuable experiences and opportunities (both academic & non-academic) that will certainly propel you to your desired college/university, not to mention have you very well prepared. In. . .

  • Class of 1994
    5 Stars   11/18/2005
    George Mason University
    Randolph Macon Academy is a military academy with many aspects of a non-military prep school--chapel for instance. It is also a co-ed military academy, which was great for me (being a woman!). . .
  • Virginia Tech
    Randolph-Macon is unique for 2 reasons: 1) The ROTC experience is quite unique. I think that drilling as a unit really builds friendships and camaraderie among students. It certainly helps the students. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Randolph-Macon Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College-Prep Military College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation United Methodist Non-denominational
Year Founded 1892 1910
Campus Size 135 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 320 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1528 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 22 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:12 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 29 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $6 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Middle school tuition is 35,110)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Middle school tuition is 16,668)
Tuition international students $46,251 $47,000
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$27,972 $38,000
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $10,770 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline Mar. 1 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsClare Dame
Associate Director of AdmissionsAmy Harriman

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 29 16
Courses(English) Utopia/Dystopia Honors, Algebra 1 Honors, Algebra 2 Honors, AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP German IV, AP German V, AP German VI, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish IV, AP Spanish V, AP Statistics, AP US Government & Politics, AP US History, Arts in Society Honors, English 10 Composition Honors, English 10 Literature Honors, English 9 Composition Honors, English 9 Literature Honors, Geometry Honors, German 3 Honors, Honors Anatomy & Physiology, Honors Biology, Pre-calculus Honors, Spanish 3 Honors, World History II Honors


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 16 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Drill Team, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 32 23
ExtracurricularsAir Force JROTC, Armed Drill Team, Band, Chess Club, Chorus, Color Guard, Community Service Club, Drama Club, Flag Corps, Flag Football, Flight Program, Honor, Honor Guard, Interact Club, Literary magazine, National English Honor Society, National Geographic Bee, National German Honor Society, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Outdoor Activities, Personal Fitness, Residential Life Committee, Rocketry Team,

College Matriculation

Year: 2008 - 2011 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
George Mason University 9
James Madison University 9
Purdue University 9
West Virginia University 9
Arizona State University 8
Old Dominion University 8
Lord Fairfax Community College 7
Pennsylvania State University, University Park 6
The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina 6
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 6
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Randolph-Macon Academy is a co-ed college-prep school with an Air Force Junior ROTC program, focused on getting students into to the colleges of their choice. Founded in 1892, the 135-acre campus is 70 miles west of Washington, D.C., overlooking Front Royal, VA.
  • Our graduating classes have a 99% college acceptance rate, and average over $5 million in college scholarships each year.
  • Affiliated and listed with the United Methodist Church
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.
  • Unique flight training program.
  • Marching band performs in NY, MI, and FL.
  • Air Force JROTC program teaches leadership, citizenship, and self-discipline, and is recognized as a "Distinguished Unit with Merit".
  • LD types supported: No
  • School accreditations: Virginia Association of Independent Schools; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
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