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Randolph School

Private | K-12 | 84 students

We are best known for rigorous, well-rounded program.

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $168,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $650.

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Posted December 6, 2013

Randolph is a very good school from an academic standpoint. The arts program is also top notch. We are very dissatisfied in the social atmosphere; the middle school is quite "cliqueish" and my child has had difficulty fitting in. We are searching for alternatives - to find a quality education and a more accepting, friendly atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

In Huntsville, Al there is no better choice for education. The staff, from the dean to the janitor, are committed to the best possible out come for the students. Classes are challenging, with the goal of preparing (100% of the) students for college. Academic & athletic achievement's are recognized & celebrated. The administration is constantly evolving to meet & prepare for the challenges of an ever changing future. They know education has to be a fluid and encourage students to understand the material as it relates across the spectrum of classes; not just in the context of math or art, but how art & math compliment one another. Our child has been there since K and with no hesitation I can say we plan to keep here there through graduation. As parents we are active in the Randolph community and volunteer our time as much as possible. I think parent involvement is one of the things that make this school such a huge success. When parents are paying for education there is an invested interest in overall success that translates to the entire student population. If you serious about your child's education and can afford the tuition there is no better place to educate your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

Our 10th year at Randolph. Education was a top priority for our family when we moved here 11 years ago. After talking to many other parents of both private and public schools we choose Randolph. Since then we have never regreted our decision. The faculty are commited the students and challenge them at every step of the way in the education process. The administration is also constantly evolving to help meet the demands for the future and ensure that the school is providing the best in all aspects for the students needs. If your are looking for a school that will challenge your children and help prepare them for college and the future, then look no further.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2013

This is our first year at Randolph, and I have students in both the lower and middle school. I can not say how much we are enjoying the experience. The faculty is engaging and teach, not through lecture, but activity. The students get to delve into a subject and not to pass through it in order to have covered it before state testing. I find homework to be age appropriate and not lengthy. I sincerely appreciate Randolph's philosophy of not being grade based but urging the student to always try to achieve more and want to learn more. I also appreciate how they want a student to be well-rounded, encouraging not only the arts but athletics and allowing students to the opportunity to do both. It is everything I want my child's education to be for them. The school's administration has been supportive of our whole family, and I have nothing but wonderful words for both the admission and business office.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2011

The administration took the time to go over ways I could finance this school. I am impressed with the concepts the lower campus students are introduced to and the library system. There may be a lot of homework at the end of the day but I prefer that more so than someone simply passing my child through school with little or no knowledge base! This is our first year and my rating is based on the entry experience and not the entire school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2010

My child is about to finish K there. We cannot say enough about his teacher and the school. They are good at what they do and have been doing it for 50 years. My child has felt engaged, challenged and nurtured. He begged us to enroll him next year. For my child, worth every cent. Nice to not have the headache of other kid's discipline/behavioral problems etc. The school is not stuffy and students come from mostly hard working families (teachers, engineers, doctors etc). I have attended some fine prep schools in major cities. Believe me, Randolph is as good as any of them and well worth the money. The proof is in Randolph's SAT scores. Randolph's median score is higher than the median score of the 2 best prep schools in Atlanta (Westminster, Lovett).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2009

Not that advance for gifted children. Too many children that get dismissed from other schools go to this school. So much homework makes you wonder what they do in class???
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2008

We have been extremely disappointed in Randolph's administration. I would not recommend this school. For the price of this school, we definitely expected more and were very disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2008

Be prepared to have 3-4 hours of homework a night. The teachers and the education are fantastic. The administration is not the best. Wealthier parents who donate to the school receive favortism in classroom and teacher choices. Some of the children are great, some of them are very spoiled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2008

I have 2 kids in high school at Randolph now and went there myself 'many' years ago. The school has always focused on academic excellence and it shows in the college admissions stats. In 2007 a new headmaster was hired to build on that tradition while establishing centers of excellence in Arts and Athletics. To support this, the School bought 50 acres nearby and is in the process of building a new $30 million High School facility with new fields, a modern gym and a state-of-the-art theatre space. The facilities are an indication of how serious the school is about bringing Arts and academics up to the level of academic achievement. They have a great time too; my kids are highly social and very connected to the community, unlike when I went to Randolph when it was much smaller. But that was, um, a few years ago!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2008

Graduating from Randolph opened more doors for me than i could have ever thought possible. Getting your diploma from here makes possibilities limitless
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2008

For the steep tuition the education level of the teachers at middle and high school level is disappointing. Few and far between are those with advanced degrees. Administrators lack administrative certification and advanced ed. as well. Most parents did not attend independant schools themselves, and thus have little basis for comparison. On the positive side, the students treat one another well and discipline issues are few and far between. Bullying is rare. Sports teams are inclusive, with a spot for everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

I think it is an excellent school with a wonderful environment for children to grow and learn!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 1, 2005

This prep school offers the best education in town! May not suit all students - students must tackle lots of homework and tests each week. The school demands excellence and will not tolerate any forms of transgression. Students learn at an accelerated rate, and must learn to budget their time wisely. Randolph offers great programs in sports, music, and the arts. Tuition is steep, but well worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 25, 2004

Great college preparatory school- highly recommend for top students looking for a challenge. All the hard work does not leave a lot of time for kids to play.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 58%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 1%
Black 4% 34%
Hispanic 2% 5%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Colleges most students attend after graduation Auburn University
University of Alabama
Vanderbilt University
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Gym
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  • Gardening

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Byron C. Hulsey
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (256) 881-1784

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Student clubs

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  • Gardening
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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University of Alabama
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1005 Drake Avenue Southeast
Huntsville, AL 35802
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Phone: (256) 799-6100

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