Riverside Preparatory Academy - Review #4

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Riverside Preparatory Academy

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School:
Sports and Activities:
I placed JV football and ran track while at Riverside. . I was in the band and served as field director my senior year.
College Enrolled:
Bethel College(now Bethel University
Home Town, State:
Charleston,, WV

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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 the fine arts programs are nurtured in an environment that brings out the best in its participants. A new gymnasium,a complete track and football facility,and tennis courts are present. The Nautatorium is an outstanding facility and is the envy of many schools. Discipline, attention to duty, respect for others,courtesy and pragmatism are well stressed.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I believe the best things were strong discipline, and the formation of some friendships that are still strong 46 years later
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Don't try to be a know- it - all. When I got to RMA, I found out quickly what I did NOT know.?
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I love sari reside Military Academy because it taught me how to manage time, be pragmatic and get things done in a timely fashion. I developed some strong friendships there.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Come prepared to follow instructions and to, learn if one bucks the system there, it will buck you. My favorite snack was an order of fries with mayonnaise, and cherry flavored Vicks Cough Drops. Of course a cold Coke hit the spot.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Riverside taught a cadet how to study. The chance to stay in one's room for evening study was an incentive. If a cadet failed one subject,a two hour study hall was conducted. If a student failed 2 subjects, the cadet had to attend the night study hall and a required study hall in the afternoon,while others enjoyed free time of about an hour. If academics were more in jeopardy, a Sunday night study hall was conducted. Grades were posted each Saturday morning, and report cards were sent home accordingly.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Track, football, basketball, wrestling, tennis, swimming and rifle teams were active. I liked staying in shape and generally having fun. There was a mandatory intramural athletic period if one was not participating in a varsity sport.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The music program and dramatics are vastly superior now to what the were when I attended RMA, but they were good even in my day. I liked participating in band - a lot better than drilling with an M1 rifle.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Music and fine arts programs, drill teams, sports and town leave were all great activities...

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
A good place to make friends. Rooms were in suites with two suites sharing a bathroom and shower in most cases. Other buildings at the time had community bathrooms and showers.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The meals were served cafeteria style, and dining was in a hall with either a faculty member or cadet officer heading each table. Sunday morning breakfast was the best meal of the week. SOS on brick- hard toast was the worst.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
At the time I attended Riverside,it had two campuses. One was in Gainesville, Ga and(( fall and spring) and the winter months were spent in Hollywood Fla. There were vast differences. Gainesville was a rural North Georgis town, There were a variety of stores and restaurants there, On Sunday's after church, some of us would go to the old Dixie- Hunt hotel and send the bills home to our parents. In Hollywood Fl, there was a mall located within easy walking distance from campus. We got to go to the beach three to four times a week.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
In Gainesville,there was Brenau Academy ( a female boarding school. In Hollywood, Fl , there was the mall and the beach. There was a strong Union among the cadets,which made it a very cohesive student body.
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Rise at 645
1:00 AM
Breakfast 700
1:00 AM
Chapel at 745
1:00 AM
Classes at 830
1:00 PM
Lunch at noon
1:00 AM
Classes resume at 1245
1:00 AM
Classes end at 315
1:00 AM
Drill/ Rifle Inspection/ Babd
1:00 AM
415 Atletics
1:00 AM
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Alumni Reviews Review School

Riverside Preparatory Academy Alumni #1
Class of 2016
5.00 2/24/2018
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. . .
Riverside Preparatory Academy Alumni #2
Class of 1996
5.00 12/27/2017
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. . .
Riverside Preparatory Academy Alumni #3
Class of 1980
5.00 10/24/2017
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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 290 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $53,300
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $17,950
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update