Q: What kind of school is Rocky Mount Academy?
Rocky Mount Academy is an independent college preparatory school for grades PK-12th. It is not faith-based, and it is not a public school. It is independently operated and governed, and children of all races, colors, national and ethnic origins are welcome to apply. Being a non-public school, RMA is funded by tuition payments and donations. We have established that our mission will be to educate students who are preparing to attend college. Therefore, a student has to apply to RMA and be accepted for admission.
Q: What are the steps in the admissions process?
The general steps after a campus visit and tour are.....
1. Application with $110 fee
2. Submit required paperwork (transcripts, recommendations, etc)
3. On campus testing (PK-5th asessement with Martha Lancaster, 6th-12th entrance exam administered by admissions office)
4. Admissions Committee meets and a decision is made!
Q: Where is Rocky Mount Academy located?
We are located in the Englewood subdivision (inside the city limits), not too far from the intersection of S. Wesleyan Blvd. and Old Mill Road. We are not located near NC Wesleyan College.
Q: Do I have to live in a certain area of town to attend RMA?
Absolutely not. As an independent school, we do not have "school district" restrictions. You do not even have to live in Rocky Mount. We have always served families from several counties and communities. We have had students enrolled from Nash, Edgecombe, Franklin, Halifax, Martin, Wake, Warren, and Wilson counties.
Q: How do I go about getting my child into Rocky Mount Academy?
You contact us by phone or request online an admissions packet of information. In that packet, you will receive more information on Rocky Mount Academy as well as an Application for Admission and a full explanation of the admissions process -- the steps you go through to identify if enrolling your child at RMA is the best decision for him/her. We will also be happy to answer any questions you may have at the time of your contact.
Q: How do you decide whether you will accept my child?
During the admissions process, we have several different ways to get to know your child and to discern whether he/she matches the profile of a successful RMA student. We ask you to supply us with academic records, we get teacher and personal recommendations, we meet you and your student in person, and we administer admissions testing. So, we do not rely on just one method. By getting information from different sources, we can verify that information obtained from one source is corroborated by another. Our goal is for your child to succeed wherever he or she attends school. We hope that it will be RMA, but, if we do not feel that we can meet your child's needs and your dreams for him/her, we will tell you and try to help you identify other educational institutions that would be a better match.
Q: Do you provide transportation to RMA?
At this time, we provide transportation from Tarboro and Wilson. If you do not live in one of these areas, the parents are responsible for getting the students to school and for picking them up at the end of the day. Because of the great support that we have in the Tarboro and Wilson areas, RMA provides a bus from a central location each morning. For an annual fee, families can avail themselves of this service. The bus does not return in the afternoon because the students are involved in after school activities on campus or around Rocky Mount. However, as student populations change, we can consider adding additional bus services.
Q: Do you provide after school care?
We certainly do! Our After School Enrichment program is staffed by RMA employees (not an outside contractor using our facility) and is available to RMA students only who are enrolled in PK-5th grade. ASE is also open on teacher workdays and holiday breaks. In the summer, ASE is replaced by our fun weekly-themed summer camps that are open to the public.