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Student Services, Safety, Activities, and More: A Look at Life Outside the Classroom at Our Private Academy

If you’re curious about what life at R-MA is like during off-hours, look no further! Students at our private academy live life in a true boarding school fashion, with plenty of activities and services to enjoy during class time and after it. Fun weekend activities, downtime in the evenings, and much more await. Staff at R-MA also go out of their way to look after students and their safety, particularly now during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s what you should know about student life and services at R-MA.

What Does a Day at Our Prep School Look Like?

Days are busy at R-MA. Starting at 6:30 a.m. each morning, boarding school students wake up to get ready to eat breakfast around 7 a.m. This is followed by the arrival of day students to campus, and then by formation. Chapel or classes begin at 8 a.m. each weekday morning, and then students go for lunch at 12:20 p.m. Afternoon classes begin at 1:05 p.m., with ending times varying depending on the class. Students also have hours dedicated to tutorials between Mondays and Thursdays, with mentoring and cadets on Wednesdays.

At 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, students typically participate in intramurals, with sports happening at 4 p.m. Dinnertime is usually at 6:30 p.m in our dining hall, and meals are cooked with food grown either locally or on-campus, all entirely nut-free. Students are also able to access the study hall from 7:30 to 9 before going to bed at 10:30 p.m.

Dorm Life, Weekend Activities, and Other Perks of R-MA Student

Life Life after class hours at our private academy has a lot to offer our boarding school students. And, of course, day students are also welcome to be part of everything within the R-MA community!

In the dorms, students have access to either a private lounge or communal area, where they can relax and socialize with their friends. In fact, our newly-renovated dorm hall comes with a ping pong table, foosball, and air hockey for students to enjoy. Residential life at R-MA also offers a lot of other fun and exciting activities. For example, on days where the weather permits it, our students can enjoy outdoor movie nights, with films projected onto a big screen on the track. On weekends, students typically have the opportunity to take part in dances both on and off-campus, as well as trips to ski resorts, movies, malls, theme parks, and more.

Check out this video all about student life at R-MA:

How Students Are Adapting to Life at R-MA During COVID-19

To keep everyone at our prep school safe, students have been tasked with being particularly cautious as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. In particular, they must practice social distancing, wear a face covering at all times, and refrain from singing indoors, studying in other students’ dorms, and other activities that can risk transmission of the novel coronavirus. Students also must be in contact with school administrators regarding their travel plans, such as if they’re attending events with gatherings of people. Spring break will also not be happening for students during this school year. Luckily, no R-MA students, staff, or faculty have tested positive for COVID-19 to date. Though these measures may seem strict, they are how R-MA is doing its utmost to prioritize the safety of students, and how we remain committed to having a successful school year despite these most unusual circumstances.

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