Riverside Military Academy

2001 Riverside Drive
Gainesville, GA 30501
Tel: 1-800-462-2338
Gr: (Boarding) 7-12 | 475 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.

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  • Kim is a National Merit Scholar - 08/08/2014 -

    RMA Class of 2014 graduate DoYeun Kim has been designated as a 2014 National Merit Scholarship Finalist.

    Around 1.5 million juniors from over 22,00o high schools entered the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 ...more

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
Riverside Military Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College-Prep Military College Preparatory
Grades Offered 7-12 7-12
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 1909
Campus Size 206 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 475 students 295 students
% Students of Color 25% 19%
% International Students 28% 20%
% Students Boarding 90% 68%
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 $46 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$32,200 $48,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$19,325 $27,240
Tuition international students $36,300 $45,400
% Students on Financial Aid 30% 35%
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 88% 58%
Director of Admissions MAJ James Corbin, USAR  

AP / Advanced Courses

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


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 14 13
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Drill Team, 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, JROTC, 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, 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;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

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Brandon Hall School (35.9 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • AtlantaBrandon Hall School
    1701 Brandon Hall Drive
    AtlantaGA 30350
    35.9 mi | 200 students | Gr. 6-12
  • Tallulah FallsTallulah Falls School
    PO Box 249
    Tallulah FallsGA 30573
    37.2 mi | 425 students | Gr. 6-12
  • Rabun GapRabun Gap-Nacoochee School
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    Rabun GapGA 30568
    50.3 mi | 405 students | Gr. 5-12
  • RomeDarlington School
    1014 Cave Spring Road, SW
    RomeGA 30161
    77.3 mi | 815 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
  • McDonaldBachman Academy
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    McDonaldTN 37353
    84 mi | 33 students | Gr. 6-12
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