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FAQ’s

Assignment Notification: When will I be notified of my housing assignment?

Students will learn of room assignments during registration or upon arrival to campus.

Candles: Can I have candles in my room?

Candles, incense, and open-flame devices are prohibited in all residence halls.

Carpeting: Are the rooms carpeted?

Arnold, Carpenter, and McCammack Halls do not have carpet in the rooms, but do have carpet in the social areas. Koivu-Patterson rooms do have carpeting.

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 (Thanksgiving break, winter/semester break and spring break, summer break). Plans for breaks are to be communicated by the dates set forth by the Dean of Students.

Computers: Are there computer labs on campus?

Two computer labs exist on campus. One is for Lower School students only and the other is located in the library is used predominantly for computer classes. Upper School students are required to have a lap top computer that may or may not be purchased through the Academy. Internet access is wireless and accessible throughout campus.

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 Parent, Assistant Headmaster, or your Prefect for assistance. Room changes are considered only after all other options have been exhausted.

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.

Housing Assignment Availability: When will I receive my housing assignment?

Students will learn of rooming assignment upon return to campus. Returning students will be given the opportunity to request his/her roommate for the following school year. 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.

Items to Pack: What should I bring with me?

Depending upon your needs, the answer to this question may vary.  The list of items below are not provided by MVA.  Students may bring these items with them or they can be purchased locally during student trips:

  • Alarm clock
  • Backpack
  • Batteries
  • Bedding (extra long sheets, blankets, comforters, and pillow) – can be purchased upon arrival if necessary.
  • Camera
  • Comfortable shoes and boots
  • Clothing (seasonal items including winter coat and gloves)
  • Desk lamp/study light
  • Dishes (coffee mugs, drinking glasses, eating utensils, etc.)
  • Drying rack
  • Entertainment needs (Books, reasonable stereo/radio, CDs, tapes, board games, sports equipment, etc.)
  • Basic first aid kit (for example: band-aids, Neosporin, etc.)
  • Flashlight
  • 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 subjects 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
  • Quarters (for laundry)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing kit
  • Stacking crates, storage boxes
  • Stamps/stationery
  • Study aids/classroom supplies (dictionary, thesaurus, calculator, etc.)
  • Surge protector
  • Toiletries, including a small bucket to carry items to shower
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Umbrella
  • Wastepaper basket

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. Washers and dryers are coin operated. 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.

Maintenance/Cleaning: How are the dormitories 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 dormitory.

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.

Meal Plan Assignment: Am I automatically assigned a meal plan?

All boarding 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.

Personal Safety: What types of measures are taken to protect my safety?

The dormitories are locked during the academic day and at night. Upon closing for the night, the Dorm 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.

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 dormitories.

Property Insurance: Does the college provide personal property insurance?

The Academy does not cover personal belongings and is not held responsible for misplaced items.

Refrigerators: Are there refrigerators in the rooms?

Refrigerators are not provided in the rooms. Many students choose to buy their own refrigerators. This must be done through the Student Center upon arrival to campus. Often, this is an area where roommates might decide that one will purchase a refrigerator while the other purchases something else that could be used by both as only one refrigerator per room is permitted.

Reporting Maintenance Concerns: How can I report maintenance concerns?

The best way to report a maintenance concern is to inform the Dorm 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.

Room Changes: Can I get a room change?

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 Assistant Headmaster.

Roommate Selection: As a first year student, can I choose my own roommate?

No. We are a diverse community and work to integrate and introduce our students to as much of the world as possible.

Single Rooms: Can I get a single room?

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.

Residence Hall Student Leadership: What is a Prefect?

Prefects are senior student who work with House Parents and students in the dormitories. Prefects fulfill a variety of roles. They are charged with: 1) helping students to form strong communities in the dorm 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.

Securing personal property: Is there a way for students to secure personal valuables?

Students can lease a digital combination-lock safe-box from the school for $75 for one school year, from Lynne Moore in the Student Center. The student will be responsible for returning it at the end of the school term. For more information or to reserve your (students) safe, contact Lynne Moore.

Telephones: What about telephones and long distance access?

Each lobby area has telephones. However, the student cannot call long distance without a calling card.

Travel Home: Is there access to an airport or bus station?

Boarding students must provide all travel information to the Dean of Students at the time as set by the Dean of Students.

What is the proper procedure for leaving campus for the weekend?

Necessary paperwork may be acquired from the House Parent. Paperwork must be submitted to the House Parent by day of week as established by the Dean of Students. Dean of Students will review request and inform House Parent of decision.

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. The Academy does not keep specific room dimensions.

I have my own car, am I allowed to have it at the Academy with me?

Boarding students are not allowed to have their own personal vehicle at Montverde Academy.

What is not allowed in the dorms?

  • Students are not allowed to bring large stereo speakers to the Academy. This presents a noise and space problem in the dorm. The Dean of Students along with the House Parent will determine if the speakers are appropriate for the dormitory.
  • Computer monitors will be limited to 17” in order to adequately preserve space in the dormitory rooms.
  • Tobacco products or smoking paraphernalia are not allowed in dormitory rooms or on your person at any time. Violations will constitute a smoking violation.
  • Cooking equipment, heating elements, or cooking in rooms is not allowed.
  • All electrical appliances other than radios, stereo systems and clocks must have clearance of the Administration.
  • Possession of fire arms (including paint ball guns), fireworks, knives, clubs, chains, candles, incense, explosive caps, and/or flammable liquids is not permitted.
  • Heaters and electric blankets are not allowed. Electric fans are subject to the approval of the resident faculty.
  • Selling or buying clothes or any other personal property among students is prohibited.

Other Recommendations

  • We recommend that students not bring telephone “calling cards” to the Academy to avoid unwanted use or misuse by unauthorized persons.
  • We recommend that students not bring expensive jewelry to the Academy. This will eliminate the possibility of losing or having it stolen.
  • 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.