Riverside Military Academy

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
Tel: 1-800-462-2338
2001 Riverside Drive
Gainesville, GA 30501
  • 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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  • 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. . .
  • Bethel College(now Bethel University
    Riverside is arguably the finest military boarding school in America. RMA has modern,and overall superior facilities,with ever expanding opportunities to utilize them. The faculty is carefully screened in order to have great academics. All of. . .
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Cadets at RMA were responsible for many aspects of day-to-day life including discipline, dorm conduct, military drills and inspections all focused on leadership development. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Riverside MilitaryBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege-Prep MilitaryCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered7-127-12
School TypeAll-boysCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19071910
Campus Size206 acres120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment530 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1323* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score20*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:121:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1017
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Endowment Size$40 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$41,585$47,425
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsMAJ James Corbin, USAR

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1017
CoursesBiology, Calculus (AB), Chemistry, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, U.S. History, World History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1414
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Marksmanship, Riflery, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations3323
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Academic Bowl, Boy Scouts, Color Guard, Community Service Club, Comprehensive Fitness Club, Debate Club, Drama Club, Drill Team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fencing Club, Golf Club, Honor Council, International Club, JETS-TSA Club, Jewish Students Association, JROTC, Library Forum, National History Club, National Honor Society, O.R. Horton Society, Peer Tutoring Association, Red Cross Club, Russian Club, Science National Honor Society, Technology Club, Tennis Club, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Chorus

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Airsoft Club, Fishing Club, 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
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Colonel William J. Gallagher, USA (Ret) became the 9th President of Riverside Military Academy on June 10, 2016. Colonel Gallagher served as the Dean of the College & Commandant of Cadets at Valley Forge Military Academy & College, with a 35 year career that spans both the military and education.  A Philadelphia native and graduate of Saint Joseph`s Prep, he was commissioned in the infantry after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  During the next twenty-eight years he commanded platoons, companies, a battalion, and a brigade; served as a TAC Officer at West Point and as an Eisenhower Fellow in the Behavioral Sciences & Leadership Department; completed two Pentagon assignments, one on the Joint Staff (J5) arms control treaty negotiations and the other as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Army; was the Chief of Operations for the 1st Cavalry Division and Chief of Operations, Plans, and Training (Division G3) for the 4th Infantry Division; the Chief of Staff for Operations and later the Chief of Strategic Plans for the Iraqi theatre (Operation Iraqi Freedom) with Multi-National Force-Iraq in Baghdad; the Chief of US Army Europe`s Strategic Initiatives Group; the Chief of Staff for V (US) Corps, and the Deputy Chief of Staff for US Army Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. He served three combat tours, and his military awards include three Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and seven Meritorious Service Medals.  Colonel Gallagher`s education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree (Aerospace Engineering), West Point; a Master of Arts Degree (Leader Development), West Point; a Master of Business Administration, Long Island University; the US Army Command and General Staff College (Certification as a Strategist); a Senior Service College research fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School (National Security Studies), and numerous other military schools including Airborne and Ranger qualification.  He is currently a doctoral candidate (Education) with the University of Liverpool.  Following retirement from the Army, Colonel Gallagher served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Operations and Administration & COO establishing New York University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; the advisor to the Saudi Arabian Minister of Housing in Riyadh; and the Dean of Students and Deputy General Manager overseeing five men`s and two women`s colleges in Saudi Arabia for Laureate International Education.  Bill is married to Lisa Gallagher, a Registered Nurse, and they have a daughter Kiera, an eighth grade teacher in Hawaii married to Will, an infantry First Lieutenant; a daughter Maggie, a sixth grade teacher in Hawaii; and a son Joe, a program coordinator in New York City.  Bill and Lisa are active in their church, in the local business community, and in recreational athletics.
  • 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 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:
    • 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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