Student Life
Boarding School


List of 26 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Candles: Can I have candles in my room?

    Candles, incense, and open-flame devices are prohibited in all residence halls.
  • Q: Carpeting: Are the rooms carpeted?

    All residence halls have carpet in the rooms except Carpenter Hall, which has carpet in the social areas.
  • Q: Closing of the Halls: Can I stay in the halls during break periods throughout the academic year?

    Those who are asked by the Academy to stay on campus during a break period are the only ones who can be housed during times when the Academy is otherwise closed with proper faculty supervision (Winter break and Summer break). Plans for breaks are to be communicated by the dates set forth by the Dean of Students. Residence halls will remain open during Thanksgiving and Spring break with a daily fee.
  • Q: Computers: Are there computer labs on campus?

    There are five computer labs on campus.
    • a computer lab in the Media Arts building for VR classwork
    • Yearbook class Lab in Fine Arts with Mrs. Catherine McKinney.
    • Upper School Lab used for programing with Mr. Matt Parets.
    • the Chen Family Language Lab in the Rast Library
    • Lower School computer lab
    Upper School students receive an iPad during registration. Internet access is wireless and accessible throughout campus.
  • Q: Difficulties with Roommates: What if I am having difficulty getting along with my roommate?

    Adjusting to a new roommate is a process that involves time and effort. First, we encourage you to try to talk with your roommate about any issues or concerns. If this is unsuccessful, then feel free to contact your House Parent, Dean of Students, or your Prefect for assistance. Room changes are considered only after all other options have been exhausted.
  • Q: Early Arrivals: Is it possible to come to campus prior to the scheduled arrival time?

    Only students required to be on campus by the Academy may return before the scheduled arrival date. We must adhere to this guideline in order to facilitate the completion of scheduled renovation projects, summer housing transition, and final preparation for students' arrival.
  • Q: Housing Assignment Availability: When will I receive my housing assignment?

    New students will receive rooming assignment upon arrival to campus. Returning students will be given the opportunity to request his/her roommate for the following school year and will be notified of their roommates as soon as possible. There is no guarantee that this request will be fulfilled and it is expected the student and family will support the academy with these decisions.
  • Q: Items to Pack: What should I bring with me?

    Depending upon your needs, the answer to this question may vary. However, below is an itemized list of items that current students suggest you bring or purchase upon arrival:
    • Backpack 
    • Batteries 
    • Bedding (extra-long sheets, blankets, comforters, and pillow) 
    • Comfortable shoes and boots 
    • Clothing (seasonal items including a winter coat and gloves) 
    • Desk lamp/study light 
    • Dishes (coffee mugs, drinking glasses, eating utensils, etc.) 
    • Entertainment needs (Books, reasonable stereo/radio, board games, sports equipment, etc.) 
    • Basic first aid kit (for example: Band-Aids, Neosporin, etc.) 
    • Formal and semi-formal attire (for special events) 
    • Clothes hangers 
    • Laundry supplies and basket 
    • Lap Desk 
    • Small memo or dry erase board 
    • Appropriate pictures/posters – Inappropriate items include, but are not limited to: drugs, alcohol, sex, etc. Pictures/posters containing the aforementioned material will be removed at the discretion of the House Parent and/or Administration
    • Scissors 
    • Sewing kit 
    • Stacking crates, storage boxes 
    • Stamps/stationery 
    • Study aids/classroom supplies (dictionary, thesaurus, calculator, etc.) 
    • Surge protector 
    • Toiletries, including a small shower caddy to carry items to shower 
    • Towels and washcloths 
    • Umbrella 
    • Wastepaper basket
  • Q: Laundry Facilities: Are there laundry facilities in the residence halls?  What about ironing boards and irons?

    Each residence hall has a laundry room for the residents of that specific hall. Students are able to iron in the laundry room only.

    Dryers are provided in the laundry room; wet clothing should not be hung in student’s rooms to dry.
  • Q: Maintenance/Cleaning: How are the residence halls cleaned and maintained?

    Housekeeping services are not provided for student rooms, suites, private baths, or suite baths. Students are responsible for cleaning and maintaining these areas. All public areas and public bathrooms are serviced Monday-Friday, with limited cleaning services provided on weekends. Students are responsible for emptying their room trash in the designated area. Students will also be assigned daily chores to assist with the overall cleanliness of the residence hall.
  • Q: Mattress size: What is the size of the mattresses in the Residence halls?  Is bedding supplied?

    Mattresses in the residence halls are 36 x 79.5. These are longer than standard sized mattresses. Extra-long single bed sheets can be obtained in most department stores. Students are responsible for supplying their own bedding, including pillows.
  • Q: Meal Plan Assignment: Am I automatically assigned a meal plan?

    All residential students have access to the dining hall during scheduled meal times. Students are not limited to the number of times he/she may return the food line for another helping.
  • Q: Personal Safety: What types of measures are taken to protect my safety?

    The residence halls are locked during the academic day and at night. Upon closing for the night, the House Parent will set the alarm. Students are to never be in a building on campus when faculty is not present.

    Students are responsible for ensuring that their room doors are kept locked at all times. It is important for roommates to discuss the importance of keeping their possessions safe by keeping the doors locked.

    The school also has an armed security guard on duty 24/7.
  • Q: Pets: Can I have a pet?

    To preserve student health and safety, all types of animals (mammals, reptiles, fish, etc.) are prohibited in all Academy residence halls.
  • Q: Property Insurance: Does the college provide personal property insurance?

    The Academy does not cover personal belongings and is not held responsible for misplaced items.
  • Q: Refrigerators: Are there refrigerators in the rooms?

    Refrigerators are not provided in the rooms. Many students choose to buy their own refrigerators. 
  • Q: Reporting Maintenance Concerns: How can I report maintenance concerns?

    The best way to report a maintenance concern is to inform the House Parent. It is important that students are as detailed as possible when reporting maintenance issues. Critical items to include are: the location, specific problem, and a contact number and name.
  • Q: Room Changes: May I change rooms?

    Room changes can be accommodated following the aforementioned specific housing guidelines after the first two weeks of each semester. Room changes are based upon availability and at the discretion of the Dean of Students.
  • Q: Single Rooms: Are single rooms available?

    Montverde Academy does not offer single rooms. All rooms are set up to accommodate two and, if necessary, three students. The Academy reserves the right to assign roommates in each room.
  • Q: Residence Hall Student Leadership: What is a Prefect?

    Prefects are senior students who work with House Parents and students in the residence halls. Prefects fulfill a variety of roles. They are charged with: 1) helping students to form strong communities in the hall and on-campus; 2) acting as a resource to students with personal and/or academically related problems; 3) educating students through appropriate challenges as well as support of current values and beliefs; 4) positively shaping community behavior, and 5) leading by example in all areas.
  • Q: Telephones: What about telephones and long distance access?

    Each lobby area has telephones. However, the student cannot call long distance.  We recommend students connect with family at no cost using an app like WhatsApp, FaceTime, WeChat, etc.
  • Q: Travel Home: Is there access to an airport or bus station?

    Yes.  Residential students must provide all travel information to the House Parents so transportation can be arranged. 
  • Q: What is the proper procedure for leaving campus for the weekend?

    The student will submit an online leave request by Tuesday night, the House Parents will make sure they get permission from all parties involved, and the Dean of Students will review/ approve/ decline each request.
  • Q: Viewing the room: Can I come during the summer to see and/or measure my room?

    Since our residence halls are being renovated or are utilized during the summer to house student employees, athletes, and summer conferences, it is not possible for students to see and/or measure the rooms. 
  • Q: What is not allowed in the residence halls?

    • Students are not allowed to bring large stereo speakers to the Academy. This presents a noise and space problem in the hall. The Dean of Students along with the House Parent will determine if the speakers are appropriate for the room.
    • Computer monitors will be limited to 22” in order to adequately preserve space in the rooms.
    • Tobacco products or smoking paraphernalia are not allowed in rooms or on your person at any time. Reference the Upper School Student Handbook for more information.
    • Cooking equipment, heating elements, or cooking in rooms is not allowed. 
    • All electrical appliances other than radios, stereo systems, and clocks must be approved by the Administration. 
    • Possession of firearms (including paintball guns), fireworks, knives, clubs, chains, candles, incense, explosive caps, and/or inflammable fluids is not permitted. 
    • Heaters and electric blankets are not allowed. 
    • Selling or buying clothes or any other personal property among students is prohibited.
  • Q: Other Recommendations:

    • We recommend that students not bring expensive jewelry to the Academy. This will eliminate the possibility of loss or theft. 
    • Keep a minimum amount of money (less than $50.00 cash) in the dormitory. 
    • Borrowing or lending money or personal property is discouraged. If you loan out personal property and a problem occurs with the item loaned, the problem needs to be handled between the parties involved.
    • Please read the Upper School Student Handbook for other details of the Residential Program and Montverde Academy.
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