First, submit your application online or in person, at any of our schools. If more applications are received for any grade than there are spots available, we will hold a lottery to determine the order in which students are offered admission. The lottery will be held at the end of May 2016. The deadline to enter the lottery is May 15, 2016. Any applications received after this date are entered into a wait list in the order received. Families are then notified if and when spots become available. The lottery is a fair, random process, and we offer lottery priority to the siblings of current RMA students and to the children of our full time employees.
How can I visit an RMA campus or learn more about upcoming events?
We will hold several information sessions this year where families can come to our campuses, meet directors and staff members, and ask any questions you might have about RMA. Dates will be posted on this website and on our Facebook page. Our Facebook page is the best way to learn more about upcoming events and deadlines!
What is a charter school?
A charter school is a free public school option that is operated independently of local public school districts and funded by local, state, and federal grants. Charter schools do not compete with public schools; they are simply available to provide educational options for families. Because they are independently operated, charter schools have the freedom to shape their curriculum and services to better accommodate individual students.
Like all public schools, charter schools are:
Tuition-free and open-enrollment
Non-sectarian and non-discriminatory (open to anyone)
Funded through a combination of federal, state and local tax dollars
Held to state and federal academic standards
Is there a cost?
No! RMA is a tuition-free public charter high school and is absolutely free for families and students.
Is RMA a regular public school accredited by the state?
Yes! RMA is a Texas Education Agency (T.E.A.) accredited public charter high school for students in 9th-12th grades.
How long is the school day?
Only 4 hours long! RMA has been approved to run an accelerated program with two half-day sessions. The first is from 8:00-12:06pm and the second is from 12:39-4:45pm.
Who is in charge of charter schools? How is RMA held accountable?
Charter schools are governed by outside agencies or an elected board. RMA has a five-member governing board that meets publicly at the school throughout the year. The board is responsible for ensuring that RMA implements its charter in accordance with the law. The board also oversees school operations, finances, policy making, and budgets.
Are all RMA schools charter schools?
Yes. There are currently 10 RMA schools across the state of Texas. These small school communities are serving nearly 2,500 students. All of these RMA schools are public charter high schools.
What is RMA’s curriculum?
RMA schools follow the same state and federal curriculum standards as other public schools. RMA schools utilize a common curriculum created by our teachers and curriculum experts specifically for RMA students. We use the Texas state standard and adapted our curriculum to create customized, innovative lessons that best meet our students’ needs. With our accelerated, individualized school day, there is more time for rich learning experiences, authentic learning activities, and field lessons.
Who is eligible to attend RMA?
RMA is designed to assist students who have experienced difficulty in the public high school system. However, RMA does not discriminate on the basis of sex; national origin; ethnicity; religion; disability; academic, artistic, or athletic ability; or the district the child would otherwise attend in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, athletic programs, and other school-administered programs. No student shall be denied the rights, privileges, programs, and activities RMA offers based on any of these factors.
Do public schools accept credits earned at RMA?
Yes. Because it is a public charter high school, students may transfer the credits they earn at RMA to their traditional public high school. This relationship between RMA and the district makes it possible for students to catch up or stay on track to graduate. RMA credits may also be transferred to private schools.
Is it possible for a student who has fallen behind to graduate on time?
Absolutely. RMA’s unique program allows students to work at a pace that is comfortable and appropriate for them to achieve their graduation goal. Many students who struggled in the public high school system excel at RMA and graduate on time or ahead of schedule.
What are the teachers like at RMA?
RMA carefully selects dedicated, qualified professionals to instruct its students. All teachers at RMA are certified or eligible for certification. RMA teachers recognize the students’ need for nontraditional methods of instruction and design their lesson plans accordingly. Teachers work with students one-on-one and adapt their teaching methods to meet the students’ needs. RMA’s teachers are dedicated, innovative instructors who pride themselves on helping students achieve personal and academic success.
What is the dress code for Richard Milburn Academy schools?
We do not have uniforms at RMA, but we expect our students to dress and groom themselves in a way that shows respect for themselves, for others, and for their school. Students may not wear any clothing that distracts from the learning experience. Specifically, we do not allow:
Clothing that alludes to lewd, offensive, vulgar, or obscene activities or language
Clothing that promotes alcohol/tobacco/drug-related activity
Clothing which refers to or is associated with satanic, cultic, or gang-related activities
Why should I enter the lottery and what is the deadline for entering?
Applying before our lottery deadline (May 15th) will give your child the highest chance of being offered a spot at RMA. If you miss the deadline, you may submit a wait list application starting on May 16th. However, sibling or employee priority is ONLY offered for applications received at RMA before our lottery deadline. It’s best to apply as early as possible – the application is short, simple, and free.
How many times can I apply?
Please submit only one application per year either online or in person, at any of our schools. Submitting more than one will not increase your child’s chances of enrolling at RMA. If you are on our wait list for the current school year, you need to reapply for the lottery – a new application is required each year.
When is the lottery?
The lottery will be held at the end of May. At the end of May, you will receive a letter with lottery results and next steps. If your child’s name is not selected in the lottery, they will be placed on the school’s wait list. If and when a spot becomes available, we will notify your family.