Riverside Military Academy

2001 Riverside Drive
Gainesville, GA 30501
Tel: 1-800-462-2338
Gr: (Boarding) 7-12 | 500 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 108 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.

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Definition of Terms 
2015 School Data
Riverside Military Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College-Prep Military College Preparatory
Grades Offered 7-12 11-12
School Type All-boys Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1907 1910
Campus Size 206 acres 121 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 500 students 300 students
% Students of Color 25% 20%
% 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

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal
Average Class Size 14 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher:Student Ratio 1:14 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 9 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 67% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $40 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$33,500 $49,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$20,100 $28,400
Tuition international students $37,750 $46,300
% Students on Financial Aid 30% 35%
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 88% 56%
Director of AdmissionsMAJ James Corbin, USAR

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 9 16
CoursesBiology, Calculus (AB), Chemistry, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Physics, Statistics, U.S. History, World History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 14 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Drill Team, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Riflery, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 23 24
ExtracurricularsAcademic Bowl Team, Airsoft Team, Boy Scouts, Chorus, Color Guard, Debate Team, Drama, Drill Team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Honor Council, International Club, JETS-TSA Club, Jewish Students Association, JROTC, Korean Fellowship Club, Library Forum, Multimedia Club, National Honor Society, O.R. Horton Society, Peer Tutoring Association, Science National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 2014-2015 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
The Citadel 8
University of North Georgia 7
Auburn University 6
Savannah College of Art and Design 4
U.S. Military Academy - West Point 4
University of Arizona 4
Marion Military Institute 3
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University 2
Florida Institute of Technology 2
Georgia Institute of Technology 2
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 80 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;SABS

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Brandon Hall School (35.9 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • 35.9 mi | Gr. 6-12 | 200 students1701 Brandon Hall Drive
    AtlantaGA 30350
  • 37.2 mi | Gr. 5-12 | 425 studentsPO Box 249
    Tallulah FallsGA 30573
  • 50.3 mi | Gr. 5-12 | 405 students339 Nacoochee Drive
    Rabun GapGA 30568
  • 77.3 mi | Gr. Pre-K-12 | 789 students1014 Cave Spring Road, SW
    RomeGA 30161
  • 84 mi | Gr. 6-12 | 33 students414 Brymer Creek Rd
    McDonaldTN 37353
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