Riverside Military Academy

5.00 5 1 (5 reviews)
2001 Riverside Drive
Gainesville, GA 30501
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Riverside Military Academy Photo #1 - Riverside Military Academy cadet officers stand at attention during a parade on Maginnis Field.
Riverside Military Academy Photo #2 - Aerial view of the Riverside Military Academy campus. Riverside is located on Lake Lanier in the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains just one hour north of Atlanta, GA.
Riverside Military Academy Photo #3 - The Riverside Band plays during the annual Atlanta Veterans' Day Parade. The Riverside Military Academy Corps of Cadets frequently wins the coveted President's Trophy for Best Marching Unit.
Riverside Military Academy Photo #4 - Riverside's Sandy Beaver Center for Teaching and Learning features an extensive library, performing and fine arts classrooms, and a large theatre with 725 seats. Our students have many opportunities to perform in plays or musicals, band, chorus, and regional/state competitions.
Riverside Military Academy Photo #5 - The Riverside Eagles play football on RMA's Maginnis Field.
Riverside Military Academy Photo #6 - RMA's Homecoming Dance
Riverside Military Academy Photo #7 - Riverside Military Academy Parents' Day and Teacher Conferences
Riverside Military Academy Photo #8 - Riverside's art courses include pottery, ceramics, stone carving, and drawing. Advanced Art students also learn to use a 3D printer. Many of our students have earned scholarships to art & design schools, and some of our students have won awards for their artwork.
Riverside Military Academy Photo #9 - Class sizes at Riverside are small, so our students receive more individual attention. They have mandatory study hours with teaching faculty present for extra assistance, and they are taught time management and study skills. We also have a Peer Tutoring Association.
  • 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 since 1907.
  • 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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  • Belmont university
    Riverside Military Academy was one of the best experiences of my life. It taught me the values of hard work and camaraderie. Along with giving me the opportunity to travel across three nation and. . .
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Ricerside is an all-male Military Academy so there is mandatory participation in the JROTC program 24/7. So the structure and disciplinary aspects of the school certainly help graduates stand out, especially if they have any. . .
  • Appalachian State University
    The ROTC program helped shape the framework of how Riverside operates, and as a "Military Academy" it of course had to have that component. This really helped with the direction the education took as well. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2019 School Data
Riverside MilitaryBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege-Prep MilitaryCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered7-125-12
School TypeAll-boysCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19071909
Campus Size206 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment550 students318 students
% Students of Color
25%
22%
% International Students
25%
20%
% Students Boarding
95%
67%
Average SAT Score1323* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score20*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniform)
Casual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:121:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1517
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
75%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Endowment Size$40 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$38,040$56,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$17,555$30,000
Tuition international students$43,605$50,145
% Students on Financial Aid
50%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$15,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
85%
55%
Director of AdmissionsBen Allen
Meagan Payne

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1517
CoursesBiology, Calculus (AB), Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Human Geography, Physics, Physics C, Physics II, Psychology, Statistics, U.S. Government, U.S. History, World History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1316
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Lacrosse, Marksmanship, Riflery, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations4123
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Academic Bowl, Boy Scouts of America, Color Guard, Community Service Club, Comprehensive Fitness Club, Cyber Eagles, Drama Club, Drill Team, Fencing Club, Hockey, Ski/Snowboarding, Curling, JROTC, Library Forum, Mischords, Model United Nations, Mountain Biking, Spin Bike, Road Cycling, National History Club, National Honor Society, O.R. Horton Society, Peer Tutoring Association, Red Cross Club, Respecters of All Diversities, Russian Club, Science National Honor Society, Softball, SPS Ballet Company, Technology Club, Tennis Club, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Ultimate Frisbee, Vintage Film Club, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Chorus

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Airsoft Club, Fishing Club, Get Fit, Sailing Clu

College Matriculation

Year: 2014 - 201510 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
The Citadel8
University of North Georgia7
Auburn University6
Savannah College of Art and Design4
U.S. Military Academy - West Point4
University of Arizona4
Marion Military Institute3
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University2
Florida Institute of Technology2
Georgia Institute of Technology2

School Notes

  • 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.
  • The Academy offers a 4-week summer school program each year.
  • Riverside is located one hour north of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The Commandant's office can make shuttle arrangments for our cadets needing transportation to and from the airport.
  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
  • Riverside Military Academy accreditations: SACS;SAIS;NAIS;SABS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • John Bassett - Bassett Furniture
    • Ira Middleberg (1966) - Attorney, Middleberg, Riddle & Gianna - New Orleans
    • Luis Proenza (1962) - President, University of Akron
    • Governor Felix Gonzales Canto - State of Quintana Roo, Mexico
    • Tommy Prothro (1938) - former coach with the LA Rams and San Diego Chargers
    • ADM. David McDonald (1924) - 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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