A Personal Touch

 A Personal Touch

Royalmont Academy in Mason uses its small size to give students personalized attention

Corinne Minard

At Royalmont Academy, a preschool-through-12th grade college preparatory Catholic school in Mason, everything has a personal touch.

“Royalmont Academy is dedicated to forming the whole child by providing the highest level of academics, by building character, by developing a strong personal Catholic faith and by teaching how to put faith in to action,” says Karen Kinross, admissions and marketing director.

One way the school does this is through small class sizes.

“Small class sizes are important at Royalmont as this ensures each student is well known by classmates, the teacher and the entire staff. Our aim is to work with each child and help him or her grow into the person each is meant to be,” says Head of School Veronica Murphy. “Because we care about growing as a human, we greet each student at the door every day, we help our students work with others in apostolic endeavors, we also help them create weekly goals to grow in virtue and much more.”

While the school teaches students in preschool through 12th grade, there are only about 200 students in the school, guaranteeing that each student has personal guidance when they need it most. Class sizes range from eight to 18 students.

Small class sizes also allow the school to develop students through the integral formation of four areas: intellectual, spiritual, human and apostolic.

“Our method of formation seeks to build up every student with the attitudes, practices and skills to succeed in our world and more importantly become a Christian leader,” says Murphy. Royalmont’s personal touch allows these areas to be integrated throughout the curriculum. Faith is woven into each class, but students also attend mass at least once a week in addition to retreats, holy hours and prayer services.

“We show them that our faith permeates our lives and calls us to live a life of virtue,” adds Murphy.

Royalmont’s caring and personal attitude also allows students to excel in their extracurricular activities. The school offers cross country, volleyball, basketball and track for both boys and girls, with its boys cross country team placing first overall in the Ohio Valley Christian Conference this year. Students are also able to participate in the second and seventh grade science fair, theater programs like Narnia, and the junior high and high school Latin teams.

“Royalmont prides itself on graduating students with beautiful knowledge of their Catholic faith and a servant’s heart,” says Kinross. “Our approach is direct, intentional and personal for every student.”