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 CurriculumThe 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).Interim
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.