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Why Have a Residence Life Curriculum?

A boarding school education does not end in the classroom.  At Randolph-Macon Academy, Cadet Life Supervisors (CLSs) work with the students, helping them develop the communication skills and maturity needed to become successful, self-governed young men and women.

The CLSs use a Residence Life Curriculum that includes:

In addition to fostering good-natured competitions and a caring, involved atmosphere, the residential life faculty work with the academic faculty to ensure that homework is being completed.  CLSs are the conduit between the cadet and the school, ensuring the concerns of parents are being met and proper and effective communication is taking place.  They also work to cultivate a wholesome living environment with faith-based morals.

How Is the Residence Life Curriculum Taught?

Boarding cadets participate in The Residential Life Curriculum. Day cadets are always welcome and encouraged to participate. CLSs and cadets discuss various topics of interest, including:

Appropriate materials are distributed and open discussion, sometimes led by cadets in a small group format, takes place between the cadets and/or the CLSs afterwards.  Cadets are encouraged to come with their own ideas for discussion.

We use the following published materials in our Residential Life Curriculum:

How Do Students Provide Feedback?

Students provide feedback on the residential life program through the following channels:

What Recognition Can Cadets Earn?

Cadets of the Quarter are selected by the Squadrom Commanders, Corps Commander, and Director of Student Life to encourage and reward deserving cadets for extraordinary effort. Cadets of the Quarter are honored in the following ways

What About Fun?

What is a school community without some fun?  We have a variety of events upon which the cadets decide.  When the weather is nice we have a large outdoor screen we use to show movies on the track.  The Parents’ Association sells snacks and drinks at most movie night events.

Just before the Christmas Break we have an annual Christmas banquet with a slide show of the year thus far in pictures.  Door prizes are given out (compliments of our Parents’ Association), and our Food Service Contractor (SAGE) prepares a special incredible meal chosen by the cadets. This is repeated at the end of the year with a banquet celebrating the rise of our eighth grade class to the Upper School.

At Easter, we hold an annual Easter Egg Hunt, complete with prizes inside the eggs donated by our Faculty and Staff.  This has always been a lot of fun for our cadets.