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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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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


Posted October 31, 2013

RMA is a wonderful school and I recommend it to any parent that is seeking a lifestyle change for their son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2013

It's a great Academy with a strong leadership program. Developing young minds into great individuals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

My son attended RMA from 7th through 12th grade and our family is thrilled with the results! The TAC Officers, instructors and administration were amazingly interested in the success of our son. There were some hard lessons learned over the years but those lessons were some that most people either never learn or don't until much later in life. You and your son will get out of RMA what you put into RMA. If your son is open minded and willing to learn, he will go far! It takes a tough young man to attend RMA but it takes a tough parent as well. If your son gets accepted at RMA, allow them to do their job. Your son is in a safe place and learning lessons he will not get elsewhere. My son is a young man that is confident and polite. He looks you in the eye when you speak to him. He doesn't place value in social media and gaming because he wasn't exposed to it to the degree that his counterparts had been therefore he is productive and now attends a military college in SC. We are excited about his future because of his past at RMA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

Having attended Riverside Military Academy prepared me for life in a way few schools then (1970s), or not could possibly. I attended 4 yrs, and graduated in the top 10% of my Class in 1980, and went on to be commissioned into the US Army Reserve at age 20. I completed a Master's degree and retired from the service 7 yrs ago as a field grade officer. Without Riverside, the likelihood of either of these two accomplishments would be unlikely at best. My RMA experience was 31 years ago, and many of the fine instructors and leaders I knew are retired, or gone now. COL Jim Benson, (who is the school President now) since 2009, has led a rebirth of what I believe is the finest college prep schools in our nation. Students from Riverside are sculpted into fine young men or exemplary character and responsibility. And most go onto a university experience on partial or full academic or sports scholarships. Very few schools or universities can prepare your son for life the way RMA can.


Posted October 30, 2013

Riverside Military Academy was my choice for my son. Recently he told me: I really like Riverside! Thank you for sending me here He just entered at beginning of this school year, and I already observing a lot of positive changes. Now I am looking forward for his success in Riverside Military Academy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

Riverside Military Academy is a great choice.Our son is attending his second year...We are so proud of his achievements.The staff,teachers and staff cadet leaders are there to help our young men to reach their goals.We are very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

Riverside Military Academy is the school that most parents wished were in their hometown for their son. Our local schools were failing and the classrooms were not conducive to learning. My son was falling further behind and I could not seem to reach him. So I considered Riverside for summer school. This was best decision we made for him. I wish I could broadcast it on every television or radio station and all social media. Riverside = Great environment, exceptional teachers, excellent curriculum. Structured, but allows the cadets the freedom to be creative and ingenious. Parents are always keep updated on school and students status. No bullying, hazing, or intimidation. I knew my son was smart and could be a honor student--Riverside brought it to manifestation. Each time I see him I am more amazed at how well he has developed into a productive, caring and respectful young man. If you are looking for a better education for your son, combined with a behavior change in his life and is willing to invest in your son's future--you should invest in Riverside. You will not be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

There is no dress rehearsal in life... you only have one shot with your children. As a father of 3 boys, it was becoming painfully clear that the public schools have no clue how to engage and educate boys. My eldest son is now a freshman at RMA. It has changed his life. He is confident and assertive, because he is challenged, and confidence comes as a result of real acheivement and character...something Riverside excels in. His grades have improved dramatically, because he understands what it means to be held accountable, both by his instructors and by his peers. Riverside has leadership opportunities for your child like no other school. It is expensive, and our family has had to make extreme sacrifices to send our son there, but it is without a doubt the best investment we have ever made. I would say that if you love your son, and you understand there is a fundamental difference between educating boys and girls, then look into Riverside Military Academy. It is a GREAT school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

After a dreadful freshman year in public school my son, who is extremely bright but was lacking in organization and motivation, told us that he would get a GED. That was not acceptable to us, neither was hearing him blame others for his lack of achievement and follow-through. We'd saved for his college education since he was born, indications were we wouldn't need the saved college money as he would have trouble graduating from high school. We took the difficult step of enrolling him at RMA (after visiting and researching other military schools). He emerged from his first year there with an A average and an understanding that he CAN be a good student and that HE is responsible for the success he has achieved at RMA and will have in life. He's planning for college now (and being contacted by colleges interested in him!) and having opportunities that he couldn't have imagined while at his former school. RMA is big enough to offer a broad range of classes and extracurriculars. The staff is exceptional. He was excited to go back for his second year..we wish we had done RMA sooner (9th grade) rather than optimistically waiting for him to succeed at his former school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

My school provided the structure that my son needs to succeed. The team sports, physical activity opportunities, homework help, and mandatory study time are wonderful. I hope that he will be able to graduate from RMA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

Being a graduate of Riverside Military Academy, I can say that this school has prepared me for the realities of life in multiple aspects; such as leadership, responsibility, and integrity. While being away from home was difficult, I made many life time friends that I know I will hold onto for the rest of my life. If you're considering sending your son here, I would highly recommend it, while he may not feel so happy about it at first, he will definitely learn to love what the school does for him developmental wise. On top of making me prepared for the real world, it has a world class education that you just can't get at a normal private school or a public school. I would definitely say that this school has made me who in am today, and I'm proud of it.


Posted October 28, 2013

Riverside Taking our boys to Riverside Military Academy is one of best decisions & investments that we ever made for our boys. Their nature and character has been transformed so much and the level of self discipline. They now have total control of their academics, their future planning and are working towards their set goal without pressure from anyone. Although the RMA staff are tough on all boys, my boys consider that as stepping-stone for themselves and exceeds the expectation. In summary, RMA can guarantees the following: leadership, accountability, independence, respect for protocol, self-discipline, high academic performance & team work. Given a chance again, I'll make the same decision over & over again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

Because my son's training and education is important to me, we have gone on a journey over 2 continents and 4 countries seeking his education. Some of the schools that my son attended are considered some of the best private schools in the world ( and also some of the most expensive). None of these schools compare to the education and example of gentelmenly comportment that my son is receiving at Riverside Military Academy. He is only recently enrolled, but already, the transformation in his attitude and outlook has been significant. I am gratefully impressed by Riverside Military Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 44%
Black 12% 40%
Asian 8% 2%
Hispanic 6% 10%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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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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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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

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  • 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
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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.
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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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