Why Randolph?

Rigorous Academics
The only K-12 independent college preparatory day school in North Alabama, Randolph School, founded in 1959, draws students from a 40-mile radius in all directions who are academically minded and motivated to make the most of their educational experience. The School offers a rigorous academic curriculum, which includes an outstanding arts education and an excellent athletics program. Students have numerous opportunities to become involved in community service, clubs and leadership organizations. A low student/teacher ratio and an advisory program that begins in the 5th grade ensure that every student is known well, and each is encouraged and challenged to excel.

Character Education
The School has an Honor Code that is introduced to students in Kindergarten. In the 9th grade, students sign the Honor Pledge and have the opportunity to run for seats on the Honor Council, which upholds the Honor Code in the Upper School.

Research-based Curriculum
The Lower School program (K-4) is grounded in the latest brain research and fosters a developmentally appropriate approach to learning, character education, and personal growth. Foreign languages (French and Spanish), science lab, design lab, music, and art are an integral part of an experiential, often interdisciplinary, progressive curriculum.

In the Middle School (5-8), students can further explore and develop their interests through a wide variety of electives, including design engineering, 3D printing in art, and PE mini-courses in sports, yoga, and strength conditioning, while continuing to be challenged in the traditional subjects. Students are exposed to chemistry in the 7th grade, typically take Algebra I in the 8th grade and are also working at a 9th-grade level in foreign language. Independent thought and research are promoted in each grade and culminate in an 8th grade capstone experience called 8Lead. A house system in the Middle School enables students and teachers to know each other across grade levels and provides opportunities for student leadership.

Upper School (9-12) students work with the academic deans and their advisors, who stay with them all four years, to take on a challenging course load while making the most of the high school experience. Because of the importance we assign to hands-on learning in laboratory experiments, the average Randolph student spends more time in science classes than in any other discipline and substantially more time than in any other school in our region. The average Upper School student is enrolled in an art course throughout his or her high school experience. A 9th-grade cancer research project in Biology and an 11th-grade English research project are two places where students can explore and make meaning of topics of particular personal interest. Students learn to write often and well.

Preparation for College
Starting in 9th grade, students are thinking about and planning for college, and by the time they make their applications they have the skills and attitudes to flourish in higher education. Two full-time college counselors work with all juniors and seniors to plan for the college application and selection process. Every senior meets individually with his or her college counselor. For some, this could add up to 50 hours of consultation.

We celebrate the college successes of the Class of 2016. Our 101 seniors made more than 500 applications to colleges and universities across this country, and in Canada. Fifty-four students will remain in-state at 10 different institutions, 43 will attend 37 different colleges located in 19 states, three plan to take a gap year, and one student is pursuing a musical career. Our students received hundreds of scholarship and financial aid offers from colleges all over the country. Every student who sought merit-based aid received it.

Excellent Faculty
Through the School’s affiliation with national benchmarking, accrediting, and professional organizations, Randolph is able to attract top educators and administrators from around the country, creating an intellectually stimulating and diverse environment. Randolph School’s faculty members have an average of 15 years of classroom experience, and more than 65% of Randolph teachers hold advanced degrees, 90% in the Upper School.

Employees take advantage of professional development on- and off-campus with a school schedule that builds in time for Wednesday-morning collaborations and 10+ professional development/in-service days. Summer grant opportunities are also encouraged, and 45 teachers were awarded summer grants in 2015. In addition, faculty and staff serve as accreditors, presenters and online contributors for several of the professional non-profit organizations of which Randolph is a member (NAIS, SAIS, CASE, AISAP, AISA).

A week-long Interim program for all grades immerses students in educational travel, career exploration, service learning, and/or on-campus learning outside of the regular curriculum.

More Information

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  • Dining services

    Randolph is proud to provide a quality dining program that encourages a sense of community and fosters our core values.
    Randolph is proud to provide a quality dining program that encourages a sense of community and fosters our core values. The Garth Campus has a fully equipped kitchen, which allows for the preparation of hot meals for both campuses. Our Director of Food Services oversees the entire dining program with the goals of providing healthy, balanced meal options and helping students make good choices about what they eat.

    The School asks that no outside food be brought into the cafeteria commons on either campus. This does not apply to brown bag lunches brought from home. Exceptions are made for parents bringing food to eat with their children and for seniors who are allowed to bring in their own meals.
    To make lunchtimes more efficient, the school operates a prepay, cashless system through Meal Pay Plus. Every student is required to have a Meal Pay Plus account. New families will receive their student ID numbers from their division office at the end of July.

    Please use this Quick Reference Guide from MealPayPlus to see step-by-step instructions for setting up an account. You can then use the account to make online payments and check balances.

    The lunch menus can be viewed here.
  • Health & counseling

    Randolph offers a full range of counseling and health education.
    The health and counseling needs of the Randolph community are served by a full-time registered nurse, a full-time licensed counselor and a part-time child and adolescent psychiatrist.

    School clinic
    The School clinic is staffed by a registered nurse during school hours to assist students as needed with illness, minor injuries and necessary medications.

    Counseling services
    The school counselors work with students, parents, teachers and administrators to address students’ academic, emotional, social and behavioral concerns. Contact with counselors may be initiated by staff, parents or students themselves, and may involve individual students or groups.

    College Counseling
    In the Upper School, students receiving academic advising and later college counseling to best plan their course of study. Please visit this page for more information.

    Health education
    The school counselors and school nurse provide a variety of health education classes for Randolph students. These range from lessons in making and keeping friends for younger children, to classes addressing substance abuse, eating disorders, and time and stress management for older students. The staff brings in outside professionals, many of them members of the Randolph community, to assist with specialized topics. Our health curriculum is designed to address topics at the developmentally appropriate time in the lives of our K-12 children.

Fast facts

Enrollment for 2016-2017: 941
Lower School K-4: 275
Middle School 5-8: 310
Upper School 9-12: 356

The school day (except Wednesday*):
K-4 8 AM – 2:30 PM
Grades 5-6 8 AM – 3 PM
Grades 7-8 8 AM – 3:15 PM
Grades 9-12 8:20 AM – 3:10 PM

*K-12 On Wednesday, school starts at 9:20 AM for all three divisions; faculty convene at 7:30 AM for meetings and professional development.

Male/female ratio: Approximately 50/50

Student/teacher ratio: 8:1

National Merit Scholars: 10-20% of seniors are typically named National Merit Finalists, Semifinalists and Commended Scholars. In the Class of 2017, there were three National Merit Semifinalists and three Commended Scholars. Randolph has the highest percentage of Semifinalists of any area school, and the largest number of Semifinalists in any private or independent school in the state.

Profile for Class of 2017: 83 students

SAT (newly-formatted; total possible=1,600)

Evidence-based Reading & Writing (Middle 50% Range) - 580-680
Mathematics (Middle 50% Range) – 565-710
SAT Total (Middle 50%) - 1,175-1,390
ACT (Middle 50% Range) 24-32; Composite: 27.9

In the last two graduating classes, 40% of students earned a composite score of 30 or higher on the ACT, almost twice the rate achieved by the next highest-performing school in North Alabama.
Advanced Placement: Courses offered in every academic discipline. More than 80% of students typically take at least one AP course before graduation. More than 90% of seniors score 3 and above and 70% score 4 or 5. Of the students who have taken three or more AP courses, more than 90% typically are named AP Scholars.

In the Class of 2016, more than half the class, 55, were AP Scholars. Of those 55 students, 12 were AP Scholars (3 or higher on three or more AP exams); four were AP Scholar with Honor (3.25 on all exams taken, and 3 or higher on four or more exams); 32 were AP Scholar with Distinction (3.5 on all exams taken, and 3 or higher on five or more exams) and seven were National AP Scholars (average of 4 on all exams taken and 4 or higher on eight or more exams).

Technology Access: Randolph’s campus is enhanced with four computer labs, a campus-wide wireless network, classroom computers and tablets for K-6, and a laptop program for grades 7-12. There are maker labs with 3D printers in each division.

Campus: The School is situated on two campuses within a mile of each other in Jones Valley in Southeast Huntsville. Drake Campus: 17 acres; Garth Campus: 55 acres

Endowment: $15 million

Current operating budget: $18 million

Motto: Diligentes ad Veritatem Quaerendam (Diligent in Seeking Truth)

Governance, Accreditation and memberships:
Randolph School is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of parents of present and former students, alumni, and community leaders. Randolph is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, Southern Association of Independent Schools, Alabama Independent School Association, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Independent School Data Exchange, and the Independent School Executive Forum.

Number of alumni: 2,300