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Riverside Quickfacts:

All Boys | Full Boarding, Day, & International | Grades: 7 - 12

Gainesville, GA, USA


Riverside Military Academy

Mission: The Mission of Riverside Military Academy is to prepare ethical young men of character for success in college and in life through the provision of a rigorous academic program, leadership opportunities, competitive athletics, extensive co-curricular activities, and the structure and discipline inherent in a military preparatory school environment.

Mens Sana In Corpore Sano (Sound Mind in a Sound Body)

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  • Academics

    AP and College Classes

    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Computer Science Principles
    • AP English Composition
    • AP English Literature
    • AP Physics
    • AP Psychology
    • AP US History
    • AP World History

    STEM Classes

    • A Plus Certification
    • Advanced Programming
    • Electromagnetism & Mechanics
    • Intro Programming
    • It Applications
    • Web Programming And Design


    • Chinese (mandarin)
    • French
    • Latin
    • Russian
    • Spanish


    AdvancED (SACS) | SAIS | NAIS | AMCSUS

    Degrees Offered

    Honors College Prep, College Prep


    Riverside Military Academy Academics
    Average Class Size:12
    College Attendance:90%
    Military Service:6%
    Total Faculty:49
    Advanced Degrees:33
    Average ACT:19
    Average SAT:1024
    ESL Program:Yes
    ADD/ADHD Support:Yes
    Learning Differences Support:Yes

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  • Military
    Riverside Military Academy JROTC Raiders

    Military Activities

    • Academic Bowl
    • Color Guard
    • Drill Team
    • Raiders
    • Riflery


  • Athletics / Clubs / Activities

    Riverside Athletics: https://www.riversidemilitary.com/page/athletics

    Riverside Military Academy Athletics


    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cross Country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • Rowing
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track And Field
    • Wrestling

    Clubs & Activities

    • Airsoft
    • Band
    • Boy Scouts
    • Chorus
    • Drama/performing Arts
    • Fellowship Of Christian Athletes
    • Fencing
    • Fishing
    • Golf
    • Honor Council
    • Horton Society
    • International Club
    • Jets-tsa Club
    • Jewish Students Association
    • Korean Fellowship Club
    • Library Forum
    • National Honor Society
    • National Junior Honor Society
    • Peer Tutoring Association
    • Red Cross Club
    • Sailing Club
    • Science National Honor Society
    • Technology Club
    • Tennis Club
    • Tri-m Music Honor Society
    • Yearbook


  • History
    Riverside Military Academy History

    The Riverside vision began with two Gainesville, Georgia, businessmen and professors, Haywood Jefferson Pearce and Azor Warner Van Hoose, Jr. They gathered support from local investors to charter an all-male military school in 1907. In 1913, Sandy Beaver began his 56-year career at Riverside as a beloved superintendent and mentor. General Sandy Beaver’s notable stewardship and investments have helped the Academy to prosper throughout the decades. In June 2016, Colonel William J. Gallagher, USA (Retired), began serving as the ninth president in the Academy’s 109-year history.

Other Programs at Riverside

  • Summer L.E.A.D. (Leadership Education Adventure Development) Program
    Riverside Military Academy Summer

    Summer L.E.A.D. (Leadership Education Adventure Development) Program


    Summer L.E.A.D. Academy provides students a great mix between a summer academic program and a high adventure summer camp, all within the context of Riverside’s famed military model of education. In general, the mornings are centered on the academic component of the program, while the entire afternoon is dedicated to athletics and adventures. The evenings are dedicated to character studies, study skill enhancement, and academic preparation for the next day. The specific curriculum a student participates in largely depends on the grade level they will be entering in the Fall and whether the student is seeking to replace or advance by an academic credit. During the weekends, the students go on trips that take advantage of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and the excitement of Atlanta. Below are the different programs students and parents can select from:

    • Boys Only
    • Grades: 7 - 12
    • Cost: $2,785 to $4,915
    • Dates Unknown

Upcoming Riverside Events

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Riverside Admissions

Riverside Admissions: https://www.riversidemilitary.com/page/admissions

Boarding Tuition, Room & Board: $39,535
Day Student Tuition: $17,555
International Tuition, Room & Board: $43,605

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Total Enrollment:537
Application Deadline:Rolling
Application Fee:$100
International Application Fee:$100
Financial Aid Offered:No
Scholarships Available:Yes

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  • Denley C. Caughman, Jr.
    2017-04-02 07:33:12

    I am in the class of 1966 and then continued to graduate from three schools of higher education. The college and graduate school diplomas are packed away, but the Riverside diploma hangs on the wall because without the experience at Riverside the others would not have been possible. Of course I am proud the my diploma bears the signatures of Gen. Beaver, Cols. Mooney, May and Maginnis.

  • Christian Marquez
    2017-03-28 00:25:39

    Riverside Military Academy has gone through many changes over the last 20 years from better to best. Campus, Faculty and staff keep improving to provide top quality in education, sports, leadership and formation of young men into becoming great achieving adults.

  • Daniel "Bud" Oakey, RMA '75
    2017-03-27 20:56:50

    I was a Cadet at RMA. Riverside was the best thing that ever happened to me. It didn't seem as important then but looking back, the best friends of my life are those I went to Riverside with. As significant is my success in life relates directly to the mentors that taught me at Riverside. Maj. Wilson, Col. Nichols, Coach Bisso, Maj. Krasnaski and the list goes on. I can remember no professor's name from college. I can remember everyone that taught me at Riverside. The bigger thing today is Riverside still produces graduates that are leaders. They are the most impressive group, year after year, of young men. I feel good that a Riverside education is the best investment a parent can make. It was for me.

  • George Cobb
    2017-03-27 16:38:44

    If my parents had not made the sacrifice to allow me to attend Riverside Military Academy from 1961 to 1964, I'm not sure I would have graduated from a nationally recognized college. Nor do I think I would have had a successful business career covering 48 years. In the 60's we enjoyed 2 very picturesque campuses both in the North Georgia mountains and another along the south Florida east coast. All that's been done to the Gainesville campus since 1964 only adds to value of Riverside Military Academy. It is truly a beautiful place.

  • Tatiana Barr
    2017-03-23 13:59:19

    The elegant campus surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes is located in the safe town of Gainesville, Georgia, Riverside Military Academy is an excellent school for success! This school is for boys who will grow to into successful men, a good citizen, a good role model, a good family man - a complete person! Riverside truly knows how to encourage boys to be successful, with 100 years of traditions and new day technology. Riverside has an excellent curriculum; everyone on the Riverside Academy Staff is good role models for cadets and they care about every student. My son's story, one of many in more than 100-year history of RMA, may be evidence of this. He has attended Riverside for five years and loves his school! Riverside Military Academy is the best school in USA and one of the best in the World! Proud Mom of Gold Star Cadet.

  • Julie M.
    2017-03-21 18:20:18

    That picture can't adequately convey the striking beauty of the Riverside Military Academy campus. More important than the campus, however, is the palpable dedication of the staff and faculty to providing an unmatched opportunity to young men willing to accept some assistance in reaching their potential. If given the chance, our family would again make the decision to become part of the Riverside family (and there are many well-regarded military schools much closer to our home), but we might have done it a year sooner than we did (i.e., 9th grade instead of 10th).

  • Ray Cole
    2017-03-21 18:02:08

    I have been a cadet at Riverside Military Academy for 3 years and I'm proud to say that this is the best college preparatory all male military academy in America.

  • Russell Samples
    2017-03-20 16:31:52

    I work at Riverside Military Academy, where I get a different perspective from parents and visitors, because I see the day to day consistency in the upkeep of this picturesque campus. The grounds are well kept, and the campus always has an impressive look. This speaks well of the overall management of the facility, as well as the cadets' respect for the campus.

  • Victor Disharoon
    2017-03-10 07:12:52

    Riverside Military Academy is one of the most all around educations possible. The education process doesn't stop at the end of the class day like most schools but rather is just beginning. In developing the whole person Riverside's mission is to develop honor, self-discipline, social skills, leadership skills and ethical decision making. This is done throughout the day with the military model of physical and mental training. One of the proofs of the success of this program is 3 times in a row National Champions of the Raider team. The biggest proof however is in the success of the Alumni of which I am honored to be one of. And now after 40 years i have returned to work here. If you want to talk beauty there is no campus in the world with this kind of view. The mountains surround us in their breath taking beauty of the seasons. Lake Lanier is just below the campus and all it's splendor; all combining to make one of the most magnificent settings to help develop a young mind.

  • Jose Hernandez
    2017-03-09 02:04:14

    The best is Riverside Military Academy

  • Joseph Frantz
    2017-03-08 05:26:41

    Riverside was a great experience and made me the person that I am today!!

  • Michael Frantz
    2017-03-07 13:26:47

    R.M.A has nicer facilities then some colleges. They have a world class pool, a football stadium bigger then some D1 colleges. Going to school there was a great experience! in the morning you wake up and go to breakfast and salute the flag looking over lake lanier and mountains!

  • Corlette Deveaux
    2017-03-07 02:50:07

    As soon as we pulled up to the school, I knew we made the right decision for our son. Not only was the vision of the school breathtaking, but the reception when we pulled up was so welcoming it brought tears to my eyes. The values we want to strengthen in our son were posted around the school and verbalized during our personalized tour. This 208 acre campus was absolutely immaculate. Nestled into the mountains the view is gorgeous and the campus layout is perfect with amenities/activities similar to a top university including football field, weight training gym, an olympic sized pool and an indoor track. The pictures do not do justice to this magnificent campus. It is AMAZING. I LOVE RMA.

  • Jacob Witt
    2017-03-07 01:13:04

    As an alumnus of RMA, I can say the education, discipline, and structure provided by RMA helped to shape me into the successful productive adult I am today. Thanks to Riverside's focus on academics, I excelled. I went on to challenge myself to be the first in two generations of my family to earn not only a bachelors degree but my masters degree. I now have a great career in healthcare, and plan to complete my doctorate as well. Riverside changed my life. I know, without it, I would not have the professional and family life I enjoy. I also have 5 years of great memories on campus with my brother alumni, and we have enjoyed life long friendships since.

  • Captain Swanson
    2017-03-06 23:11:02

    While the facilities are awesome and the school is beautiful, it just does not compare to the people. From the President down, the focus is on our kids. While I am biased, I am a TAC Officer, I am amazed at the total focus by the entire school staff on challenging the boys in academics, physical fitness and Character. An awesome school.

  • Raymond A. Santos
    2017-03-06 17:40:32

    An excellent curriculum and athletic program allows for the young men to flourish. The discipline learned along with the tremendous character building that occurs prepares the cadets for colleges and universities and life in general. Riverside Military Academy has been educating young men since 1908, with many many distinguished alumni.

  • Diane Bosch
    2017-03-06 16:49:45

    Riverside Military has a breathtaking campus. You have the mountains and the water without ever leaving the campus. Though the looks are in enticing it is the staff and the program that makes Riverside stand out.

  • Alejandra Nava
    2017-03-06 14:59:21

    La mejor escueka militar es Riverside es un campus enorme y muy hermoso bien cuidadas sus areas todo en orden siempre. No se si sea la mas hermosa pero 3 de mis hijos han estado ahi y todavia mandare 2 mas es garantia de educacion formativa y disciplina. Yo antes de decidir investigue minuciosamente algunas otras academias y escogi Riverside y no me equivoque la recomiendo ampliamente... Saludos

  • Carlos Carrillo
    2017-03-06 13:22:21

    As a parent of a graduating senior, I have been impressed by Riverside's commitment to the formation of young adults into young men of character. The school has an impressive campus with unmatched sports facilities in a rural setting next to Lake Lenier, and one hour from Atlanta. More important than this beautiful school is the dedicated and friendly school administration and faculty. This school has been a blessing to our family.

  • Christy James
    2017-03-06 13:04:21

    Riverside Military Academy is located in the Piedmont region near the Blue Ridge Mountains in north Georgia. The campus is in an absolutely gorgeous area adjacent to Lake Lanier and rivals many college campuses. It is truly a privilege for our son to be able to attend school at a place with such wonderful scenery and facilities not to mention staff and programs. Go for a visit and see for yourself!

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