Randolph-Macon Academy

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
200 Academy Drive
Front Royal, VA 22630
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #1 - Randolph-Macon Academy's Flight Program includes a drone class called Unmanned Flight Operations. Students finish with the knowledge base for the FAA exam so they can obtain their commercial drone license if they so desire. This class is just one of the innovative offerings at R-MA.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #2 - Sonner-Payne Hall is R-MA's main building, overlooking the historic town of Front Royal. It houses the boys' dorm and administrative offices.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #3 - 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.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #4 - 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.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #5 - With a STEM program that is expanding each year and innovation labs opened in 2017 and 2018, Randolph-Macon students are challenged to explore ideas and solve problems creatively.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #6 - 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 Photo #7 - 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 clear the brush from the property of St. Luke's Clinic, a local free clinic providing health care to those in need.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #8 - 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.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #9 - Team-building and confidence-building activities are a key component of extracurricular activities at R-MA. Whether it is through the on-campus "Boomer's Run" with various challenges to overcome, or the high and low ropes courses at the nearby 4H Northern Virginia Educational Center, the students are regularly engaged in activities that will challenge them to rise.
Randolph-Macon Academy Photo #10 - Have fun in Randolph-Macon Academy's drama department! Featuring plays and musicals such as "Mulan," "Lion King," "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.
  • VisionMaking Leaders Who Will Improve Humanity  MissionInspire the RISE Within

School News

  • R-MA Students Build Hydroponics Lab - 01/31/2020 - During Randolph-Macon Academy's first January Term, one class built the school's first hydroponics lab. 
  • When Virtual Becomes Vital - 03/27/2020 - With the rapid advance of COVID-19 in the United States, schools were forced to make fast decisions. Randolph-Macon Academy's faculty, staff, and students adapted rapidly, losing only two days of ...moreclasstime to allow teachers to adapt their lesson plans to move to online learning. The students are now engaged in a full class day schedule from the comfort of their homes. hide

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    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. . .
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    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. . .
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Definition of Terms
 | 2019 School Data
Randolph-MaconBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege-Prep MilitaryCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationUnited MethodistNon-denominational
Year Founded18921909
Campus Size135 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment257 students320 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1110* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score22*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Air Force duty for grades 9-12; khaki pants and polo shirt for grades 6-8; all grades wear blazer once per week.)
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:81:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1918
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$4,765
(Boarding, Upper School costs. Prices vary for Middle School and/or day campers. )
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details


Endowment Size$7.8 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Middle school 7-day is $40,090.)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Middle school tuition is $20,069.)
Tuition international students$54,251$51,135
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$10,770$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineMar. 1 / Aug. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsClare Dame
Associate Director of AdmissionsAmy Harriman

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1918
Courses(English) Utopia/Dystopia Honors, Algebra 2 Honors, Anatomy & Physiology, Dual Enrolled, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP French, AP German IV, AP German V, 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, Biotechnology, Dual Enrolled, Chemistry Honors, English 10 Honors, English 9 Honors, French III Honors, Geometry Honors, Geospatial Information Systems, Dual Enrolled, German 3 Honors, Pre-calculus Honors, Spanish 3 Honors


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1316
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Drill Team, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations3623
ExtracurricularsFlight Program

Club or Organization:
Air Force JROTC, Cadets in Action, Chess Club, Community Service Club, CyberPatriot, Digital Photography, Drumming and Percussion, Exeter Social Service Organization (ESSO), Exeter Surf Club, Exonian (Newspaper), Flight Club (Middle School), Honor Guard, International Club, LEAD (Leaders at Exeter Abstaining from Drugs), PEAN (Yearbook), Random Acts of Kindness Club, S.B.F.L. (Intramural Flag Football), Spring Fling Committee

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Chorus, Drama Club, Exeter Politic Union, Open Door/Gay Straight Alliance, Table Tennis

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Armed Drill Team, Color Guard, Exeter Independents, Flag Corps, Flag Football, National Geographic Bee, Political Action, Res Gestae (Yearbook), Singing Club, Theatrical Arts Society (T.A.S), Worship Team

College Matriculation

Year: 2013 - 201810 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
George Mason University17
University of Virginia15
Pennsylvania State University, University Park10
Virginia Tech10
American University9
Virginia Commonwealth University9
Northern Virginia Community College--Annandale Campus8
Arizona State University7
Howard University7
James Madison University7
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Inspire the Rise within your child at Randolph-Macon Academy, where tradition meets innovation. 
  • Randolph-Macon Academy is a co-ed college-prep school with an Air Force Junior ROTC program, focused on equipping students to be successful in college and in life.
  • Our academic program encourages students to develop creative, innovative solutions to challenges, to work collaboratively and think analytically and critcally. 
  • Our graduating classes have a 99% college acceptance rate, and average over $6 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 that includes two Cessna 172 aircraft, a professional-level flight simulator, and a drone program.
  • Marching band performs throughout the East Coast, from New York City to Florida.
  • Air Force JROTC program teaches leadership, citizenship, and self-discipline, and is recognized as a "Distinguished Unit with Merit".
  • Randolph-Macon Academy accreditations: Virginia Association of Independent Schools; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

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