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Riverside Military Academy

Private | 7-12 | 450 students

We've been helping young men in grades 7-12 excel for over 100 years.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a small town neighborhood. The median home value is $106,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $730.

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2013:
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Posted May 18, 2014

I sent my oldest son to Riverside for his Jr year in the fall of 2012. He is very bright but lacked the self discipline, focus, and drive to succeed. He just graduated, with self confidence, more self discipline, and the drive to get him where he wants to go. During his two years, he has developed personal relationships with fellow cadets, teachers and staff that have built him up, and encouraged him to reach his personal potential. His younger brother, having seen the transformation with his older brother expressed an interest in attending Riverside. He has jus completed his Jr year at Riverside. The one thing he will tell you, is that it is great to be in a classroom where you can feel that the teacher not only wants to be there, but also wants the student to learn and succeed. As a parent I will say that the environment is developmental. It teaches boys to respect boundaries, and work within them, and that tough love is just that, love. Every staff member has every boy's best interest at heart. It amazes me how in tune the staff is to each individual boy. My younger son says it is great to be in a classroom where the teacher wants to teach, and see students succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

My seniors are currently studying Kant's essay, "What is Enlightenment?" In that essay, he describes some of the key relationships between guidance, freedom, sound judgment and a sound society. At Riverside, we take our role as temporary guardians very seriously, and in our approach to education, we model the importance of balancing the freedom of expression with structure and self-discipline. We do not tell cadets what to think; rather, we show them how to think while giving them resources to extend what they know and what they can accomplish. Many schools do this, but I know of no other school where the entire community is invested in constant improvement. From the care of our facilities, to the design and execution of our academic program, to the administration of the school, we are always modeling that union between order, creativity, courage and determination that is necessary to growth.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2014

Riverside Military Academy is a wonderful environment for teenage boys to grow into responsible young men.


Posted April 29, 2014

Riverside Military Academy is a great place to work-- teachers are well-supported by school leadership. I am happy to be here.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2014

My son, a graduate of RMA 2004 was enrolled at RMA in 10th grade, he came from a local high school that was too large, the classrooms were too crowded and after a month into the school year the teachers had no clue who he was as we found out when we made an appt to speak to them about his "C" grades. That same day he was taken out to come to RMA, the only person upset was his football coach. The first few months were hard for him and me but we made it through it knowing that he was where he needed to be to be able to have a head start after graduation. His grades came up from C's to A's almost immediately and he was still active in football and almost every other sport offered at RMA, he was also wrestling state champ 2013 and made Hall County's premier sport players and was also invited and played in Hawaii with several other elite players around the country and never missed a stride in his academics. Because of his high grades he was a member of RMA's Horton Society and also Who's Who and was accepted easily accepted into 3 colleges, he is now working on his higher degree while working full time, married and being a new father. I thank RMA with its wonderful teachers and staff!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Riverside has unparalleled facilities, but most importantly, has unparalleled faculty and staff who are completely devoted to the mission of developing young men of competence, character, and commitment. The school is incredibly diverse and at last count the boys come from 25 countries and 30 states. Its proximity to Atlanta makes it a convenient option for non-regional and international boarding students. The teachers, TACs, Commandant, coaches, and staff are truly exceptional people who care for each cadet. The classes are small and the results are impressive. They have a 100% college acceptance rate and Riverside cadets garner millions in College scholarships and grants. Their acceptance rate into top-tier universities and military academies is very high, and the unique nature of the military environment helps boys to stay engaged, involved, and having fun. Riverside is a GREAT place for boys. I highly recommend it to anyone I meet.


Posted April 28, 2014

My son has had a wonderful experience at Riverside. The TAC officers, teachers and coaches are all very encouraging. He has excelled academically and in extra-curricular activities. He has made some good friends and has enjoyed leadership opportunities. I highly recommend RMA!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

Riverside Military Academy has been an excellent choice for our son who was struggling academically at his previous school. The small class sizes, engaged teachers, and structured daily schedule have helped our son achieve his potential. Everyone from the President to the Commandant to the TAC officers care about the boys and are committed to their academic, spiritual, and social development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2014

Riverside Military Academy's faculty, staff, cadet families, and alumni are involved with campus activities and supportive of the cadets. It's a great setting for impressionable boys to build character and become distinguished young men. The campus is located on 206 beautiful acres beside Lake Lanier. It's a great place for boys to live and learn!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 21, 2014

Riverside Military Academy is a proven success when it comes to educating young men. If you are looking for your student to stand out above the crowd and reach his full potential, this is the school that will serve as a catalyst for that.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 21, 2014

Where can you go to learn and have a wonderful experience. RMA has many supportive and experienced teachers and staff members to give any young man an opportunity of a lifetime. From academics to physical training building strong minds and bodies for the future.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 21, 2014

This is my first year here at RMA and I love working with the students. The incredible consistency across the board is the 180 degree turn that students make academically after they begin attending Riverside. It is a school that truly prepares students for college and life beyond that. A school that truly cares for its students; makes every effort to ensure their needs are met both personally and academically.


Posted April 19, 2014

This is a great school for the boys! My two nephews are attending RMA. They are having a great lifestyle change.


Posted February 8, 2014

I was struggling my freshman and sophomore year of highschool, I Attended RMA my junior year in 1994. The school itself, the coaches, and the teachers helped incredibly! The structure that they instilled in me has helped me tremendously. I was able to become a successful coach in multiple sports, And have some fun with it along the way. Not to mention the friendships and the bonds that you create while attending the school. It was truly one of the best years of my life! Thank you very much for the life lessons and everything that RMA tought me. Sincerely John Ferreura
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2013

My son had been to 4 school in one year and not been successful. He started Riverside this year and he is doing very well. I love this school. Everyone I have met who works here has been wonderful., I can't say enough good things about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2013

There is no other finer school that I've ever encountered than RMA. The teachers are involved and communicative with parents and are genuinely interested in helping their students succeed. The staff and leadership are some of the finest individuals I know. They have incredible backgrounds. The school not only focuses in academics but life skills and character development. Respect, honor, commitment. All of the programs offered for their cadets help prepare them for the real challenges that exists when they graduate. I would recommend this school to anyone. Take the time to visit and attend one of their open houses, talk with the staff - you will be very impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2013

Riverside Military Academy is the Best school in the USA! My son, who is attending Riverside for the second year, love it! He was recently nominated in the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence! Riverside truly knows how to encourage boys in successes, with 100 years of traditions and new day s technology. I highly recommended Riverside as the best option School for Boys! Proud mother.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2013

Riverside Military Academy is an excellent school for success! It is the best school in USA and one of the best in the World! The elegant campus surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes located in the safe town of Gainesville, GA. We are originally from Europe and an education is very important in our family. The Riverside has an excellent curriculum; everyone from a Riverside Academy Staff is good role models for cadets and they are care about every student. My son's story, one of many in the 100 year history of RMA, may be evidence of this. Every penny you will spend on an education your son in RMA, will return a hundredfold, during your son s future life, based on what they learned there. This school for boys who will grow to into a successful man, a good citizen, a good role model and good family man a complete person! From proud mother of Silver Star Cadet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2013

We enrolled our son in the beginning of his junior year. The school(s) he previously attended did not challenge him or excite him and he was bored with the "day to day" dull routine of public / private schools. It was a very tough decision to even think about military school let alone sending him away to one, we did not know what to do, but we had to make a decision for his future, he is a bright and smart child and we knew that we had to send him away for his own good and (most importantly) let him see what he was capable of. Well, lets cut to his senior year (this year), he is doing wonderful, he is a A/B student, he has a leadership position, his attitude towards school is great and the change in his overall outlook in life is great. This change can only be attributed to Riverside Military Academy, the school and all who work there are in it for two reasons: 1. To help the cadets get into college 2. To take boy and turn them into young respectable men I highly recommend this school to anyone that is interested in the future of their son. From one proud parent...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2013

Best thing I ever did for my son!! Thriving academically and socially!! The structured environment and camaraderie among the boys is great!!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 44%
Black 13% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 3%
Hispanic 6% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation GA Institute of Technology
Texas A & M
U.S. Military Acad.-West Point
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
German
Russian
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist (2013)
  • JROTC Academic Bowl Challenge - 1st Place in Georgia (2013)
  • Governor's Honors Program Finalist - Social Studies (2012)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award - Silver Level (2012)
  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award - Silver Level (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Marching band
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • German
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: German

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Trip to annual college fair
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr. James H. Benson Col USMC (Ret)
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • All boys
Boarding options
  • Some boarding, some day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • ABS
  • AMCS
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (678) 291-3364

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • German
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Trip to annual college fair
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Flight Training
  • Foreign language club: German
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Horton Society
  • JROTC
  • Junior National Honor Society
  • Marching band
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer for School Grill Nights
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • For over 100 years Riverside Military Academy has consistently remained one of the nation's best military, college preparatory schools for young men in grades 7-12. Serving boarding and day students, Riverside's distinctive and challenging educational environment motivates and challenges young men to reach their true potential. Riverside is located in Gainesville, GA, one hour north of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Intl. Airport. The 206 acre campus sits on the shores of Lake Sydney Lanier.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$19000 - $35000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
West Point
University of Geogia
Penn State
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Trip to annual college fair
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2001 Riverside Drive
Gainesville, GA 30501
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Phone: (800) 462-2338

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