Riverside Military Academy

2001 Riverside Drive,
Gainesville, GA 30501
Tel: 1-800-462-2338
Gr: (Boarding) 7-12 | 450 students
Located one hour north of Atlanta, Georgia, Riverside Military Academy has remained one of the nation's premier college preparatory academies for young men in grades 7-12 for over 105 years.
Our mission is to provide a supportive and challenging educational environment that fosters scholarly competence and intellectual curiosity, enhances spiritual and physical fitness, and develops leadership skills and the strength of character necessary for success in college and in life.

Upcoming Events and News

  • Open House - Fri., April 18, 2014 - get more information!
  • Logan Whitmore receives 1st Place Medal in Art Showcase - 06/04/2013 - Cadet Staff Sergeant (C/SSG) Logan P. Whitmore, a freshman at Riverside Military Academy, won 1st Place (9th grade level) in the State of Georgia at the Kiwanis Art Showcase on April 27. C/SSG Whitmore entered his painting, “The Floating Staircase,” in the ...more
  • Riverside Military Academy Students selected for All State Orchestra - 02/11/2013 - Two students from Riverside Military Academy were recently selected to participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) All State Orchestra to be held February 28-March 2, 2013 in Savannah, GA. The GMEA All State Bands and Orchestras consist of ...more
  • Riverside Student attends Presidential Inauguration and Leadership Summit - 02/11/2013 - Cadet Sergeant (C/SGT) Prince James Story, a Riverside Military Academy freshman, was selected to attend the “Preventative Care: Healthcare for the Future” session of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. January 18-22, 2013. ...more
  • RMA Corps of Cadets awarded Fourth Consecutive President’s Trophy - 02/11/2013 - On November 10, 2012, the Riverside Military Academy Corps of Cadets marched in the 31st Annual Atlanta Veteran's Day Parade in downtown Atlanta. The parade judges once again awarded the RMA Corps of Cadets the coveted President’s Trophy for best marching ...more

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Definition of Terms 
2013 School Data
Riverside Military Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College-Prep Military College Preparatory
Grades Offered 7-12 9-12
School Type All-boys Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1907 1907
Campus Size 206 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 450 students 300 students
% Students of Color 16% 18%
% International Students 28% 20%
% Students Boarding 90% 67%
Average SAT Score 1456 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 20 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Acadmics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 14 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:14 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 9 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 64% 65%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $46 million $14 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$30,950 $46,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$18,575 $26,300
Tuition international students $34,900 $44,222
% Students on Financial Aid 30% 35%
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 88% 57%
Director of Admissions MAJ James Corbin, USAR  

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 9 15
Biology Calculus (AB)
Chemistry English Language & Composition
English Literature & Composition Physics
Statistics U.S. History
World History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 15 13
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Drill Team, Fencing, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Riflery, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 24 24
ExtracurricularsAcademic Bowl Team, Advanced Multimedia Club, Boy Scouts of America, Color Guard, Debate Team, Drama Group, Drill Team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Honor Council, Horton Society, International Club, Jewish Students Association, Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) Club, Korean Fellowship Club, Library Forum, Literary Society, Music Honor Society, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, Peer Tutoring Association, Raider Team, Robotics Club, Science National Honor Society, Yearbook (The Bayonet)

College Matriculation

Year: 2012-2013 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Savannah College of Art and Design 5
University of California 5
Georgia Southern University 4
North Georgia College and State University 4
U.S. Military Academy - West Point 3
Georgia Institute of Technology 2
Illinois Institute of Technology 2
Marion Military Institute 2
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University 1
The Citadel 1
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

  • Dr. James H. Benson,Col. USMC (Ret) became the president of Riverside Military Academy on June 1, 2009. Colonel Benson was the 15th president of Marion Military Institute, Marion, Alabama from July 15, 2004 to May 31, 2009. Colonel Benson retired from the Marine Corps in 1995. He served as the Vice President for administration at Bridgewater College until 2004. Colonel Benson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bridgewater College and holds a Master of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Public Administration Degree from Penn State University, and the doctorate in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Army War College. Colonel Benson’s military career included assignments as Commanding Officer, JTF-129, Special Operations Counter-terrorism Joint Task Force; Commanding Officer, Sixth Marine Regiment; and Chief of Staff/Assistant Division Commander of the Second Marine Division. He is a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War. In 2007, Colonel Benson completed a book published by Trafford Publishing Company entitled, So You Want to be a Leader? He and his wife Mary have a daughter, Catherine R. Benson,and a son, James H. Benson II.

  • Through the academy's military structure, cadets learn self-discipline, honor, and leadership skills.
  • Riverside's Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC)has been designated as a JROTC Honor Unit with Distinction for over 75 years. This means that Riverside can recommend up to 5 cadets per year to the 5 federal service academies.
  • Riverside also offers a "Dual Enrollment" program. For qualified senior cadets, they can enroll and take online college courses while taking classes simultaneously at Riverside.
  • Riverside offers a Georgia Driver's Education course for young men who would like to obtain their Driver's License. In addition, we also offer a Flight Program for young men interested in obtaining their pilot's license.
  • Riverside offers a 4 week summer school program each year called Summer Opportunity and Academic Review (S.O.A.R.).
  • Riverside is located one hour north of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The Commadant's office can make shuttle arrangments for our cadets needing transportation to and from the airport.

  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
  • School accreditations: SACS;SAIS;NAIS;TABS;SABS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Howard Kalmenson - Founder, president, and CEO of Lotus Communications Corporation
    • Leroy Raffel - Co-founder of Arby’s Restaurant
    • Luis Proenza - President, University of Akron
    • Governor Felix Gonzales Canto - Governor, State of Quintana Roo, Mexico
    • Tommy Prothro - Former coach of the LA Rams and San Diego Chargers
    • ADM. David McDonald - Former U.S. Chief of Naval Operations (1963-1967)
    • Judge E.J. Salcines - Retired Judge, Florida Appellate Court
    • Mike Neveaux - Retired Chief Pilot, Los Angeles Police Dept. Air Support Division
    • Jeffrey Weiner - Criminal Trial Lawyer-Miami, FL
    • Peter Lyons - Retired Lawyer, California; Author

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The nearest school is Brandon Hall School (36.3 miles away)
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