Randolph-Macon Academy - Review #3

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Randolph-Macon Academy
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About the Author:

College EnrolledGeorge Mason University
Home Town, State Burke, VA
Years Attended Boarding School2
Activities During Boarding SchoolI played tennis and volleyball, was on the unarmed drill team, an assistant flight commander.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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!).
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
R-MA really gave me the discipline that I needed at that point in my life. I am now very successful in business, I have a Masters Degree, and I credit R-MA for setting me on the right track.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The structure and discipline were great for me at that time in my life.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics were very challenging and prepared me for college--I did very well in undergrad and graduate school thanks to the preparation that R-MA gave me.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
There was mandatory participation in either a sport or another extracurricular activity every day, which got many students involved in sports who might otherwise not have been.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
There was the opportunity to sing in the choir, play hand bells, and more.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
The school had every student organization that a public school would--National Honor Society, etc.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life was very nice compared to other boarding schools--for example, rooms are broken into "suites" where 4 girls share a bathroom. There are phones in every room, which is also nice, however this is a military school--your room is checked every night, there is a lights-out time, etc.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining arrangement at R-MA is very family-style--everyone sits at a round table and gets to know a handful of classmates who sit with them.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Front Royal is a very quaint town--not a lot to do other than a movie theater, bowling alley, pool hall, K-Mart, etc.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I met some great friends who I am still in touch with.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:00 AMbreakfast
8:00 AMmorning formation
8:30 AMmorning classes
12:00 AMlunch
3:00 PMafternoon formation and activity
6:00 PMdinner
7:00 PMfree time
8:00 PMstudy hall
10:00 PMlights out
Weekend
11:00 AMchapel
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