Founded in 1907, Riverside Military Academy (RMA) offers a traditional education where personal values, honor, and integrity still matter. Riverside is not owned or operated by any particular religious denomination, but supports the spiritual and educational goals of all families. An Army JROTC Honor Unit with Distinction for over 85 years, Riverside's Corps of Cadets consists of more than 500 cadets from 22 countries.
RMA is a college preparatory school offering a structured environment.. designed to meet the unique educational needs of boys in grades 7-12. The military structure fosters responsibility and accountability, which contribute to a well-rounded young man. This environment works well for those who have historically underachieved or have been unable to manage their time. The busy days are filled with academics, JROTC activities, social activities, and athletics.
Cadets are encouraged to develop habits essential for success in academics, at home, and in the workplace. They learn organizational skills, time management, and the ability to manage stress through preparation and exercise. They also benefit from small class sizes, a 12:1 student/teacher ratio, and interactive learning in the classroom. Our educational program is focused on the way young men learn and retain information, and over 70% of our faculty members hold advanced degrees.
Riverside believes a strong connection exists between physical and mental development. Extra-curricular activities, field trips, and outdoor activities play an important role in the daily lives of our cadets. Riverside offers over 20 organizations, clubs, and intramural sports. Cadets may also choose from 13 varsity athletic teams. Our programs take full advantage of the 206-acre campus, athletic facilities, and proximity to Lake Lanier in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Counseling Program at Riverside Military Academy aims to reach all cadets through classroom and grade level guidance, individual conferences, and small groups. The program addresses educational, personal/social, and career needs both by design and as needed. The Academy's college center counselors also assist cadets each year with the college application process. Our Class of 2017 graduates received over $6 million in college scholarship offers!
Upon graduation, a Riverside cadet has experienced the challenges of the military model of education and is prepared for the rigors of college life. A Riverside cadet is poised, stands tall, offers a firm handshake, respects authority, and displays a level of confidence that parents may not have observed previously.
Riverside holds dual accreditation with SACS and SAIS. Located in Gainesville, Georgia, just one hour north of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Riverside is easily accessible to cadets worldwide. RMA also offers our cadets airport shuttle service.
Riverside Military Academy's comprehensive program of rigorous academics, athletics, and leadership development sets the stage for a lifetime of success. Learn more about the Academy by visiting www.riversidemilitary.com, or contact our Admissions office at 800.462.2338 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a campus tour.
My son was recruited to go by the lacrosse coach and decided in his own to go,because of the rigor of education he would get, the structure of the school and knowing it would prepare him for college. It is an amazing place for boys and is completely tailored to how their brains function. It's a great place for young men today! The DePaoli Family
Posted: 1/03/2017 • Link to this review
I was asked why do you talk about Riverside Military Academy so much. I have several reasons for talking about Riverside Military Academy as a parent and I believe I can speak for all parents you feel like you're part of a loving family. You send your son to a school from a very young age and they come out as a young man that you can be very proud of no matter what. You can't walk anywhere on campus that you don't feel welcome from everyone and most of all you see each and every one of the Cadets holding their heads up high with pride. It doesn't matter what color, where you are from if your small or larger each Cadet helps each other to feel welcome and wanted and you can see that every time you're on campus. Every employee that works with Riverside goes over and beyond to let your son know how important they are and most of all how safe they will be. Since my son Bradley Thompson as been a Cadet I have never felt that he was left with strangers, left in harm's way all you feel is the safety that your son is in and most of all the care from each employee from the Colonel, Sergeants, Majors, TAC officers and most of all the wonderful teachers they have on campus. I could go on and on about the school but I feel that each one of you can read between the lines how proud I am to have Riverside Military Academy in my family.
Posted: 10/26/2016 • Link to this review
Riverside Military Academy is an excellent school for success! It is the best school in USA and one of the best in the World! Riverside truly knows how to encourage boys to be successful, with 100 years of traditions and new day technology. The elegant campus surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes is located in the safe town of Gainesville, GA. We are originally from Europe and an education is very important in our family. Riverside has an excellent curriculum; everyone on the Riverside Academy Staff is good role models for cadets and they care about every student. My son's story, one of many in the 100-year history of RMA, may be evidence of this. He has attended Riverside for four years and loves it! He is a member of the National Honor Society and he has received the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence! This school is for boys who will grow to into successful men, a good citizen, a good role model, a good family man - a complete person! Every penny you will spend on an education for your son at RMA, will return a hundredfold, during your son's future life, based on what they have learned there. I highly recommended Riverside as the best option School for Boys!
Proud Mom of Gold Star Cadet
Date April 2016
Posted: 4/29/2016 • Last edited: 4/30/2016 • Link to this review
If you are a parent who has struggled to see your son succeed don't waste another minute. Please consider visiting this amazing, dedicated school. I will assure you you will be just as impressed as my family. The teachers and staff work very hard to provide structure for your child. I can not say enough wonderful things about Riverside and once you visit, you too will be posting great reviews!
Posted: 2/08/2016 • Link to this review
Our son entered RMA in January 2014 after struggling academically in public high school his first year and a half (9th and 1/2 10th grade). At Riverside he learned self discipline, teamwork, organization skills, leadership skills, and skills that will serve him well long beyond high school. EVERYONE from the teachers, administrators, coaches, and TAC officers invested themselves willingly and completely in our son's development and for that we are grateful. In 2014 we did not think a college education was within our son's grasp but with a lot of hard work on his part and that of the Riverside community he recently was accepted into several schools and will be a college Freshman in the fall. I highly recommend Riverside Military Academy
Posted: 12/18/2015 • Link to this review
It is almost impossible to believe the transformation that took place in our son and we credit nearly all of it to Riverside Military Academy! Our failing high school freshman is now a senior with college plans! The staff is outstanding, particularly the TAC (Teacher Adviser Counselor) Officers with whom the cadets interact the most. We could not be more thrilled to share the RMA success story as we have experienced first-hand the results that living in a structured, disciplined and regimented environment will yield! Riverside is an expensive choice, but it is the best investment one can make in one's son. We could not be more pleased with our experience and could not be prouder Riverside parents. Honor, Tradition, Opportunity, Education, Discipline, Courage, Comradery, Leadership and Success are all at the core of the Riverside experience. I would highly recommend Riverside without a single reservation to any parent with a son who is "lost" in or frustrated by his current high school (or middle school) and not living up to his potential.
Posted: 11/19/2015 • Link to this review
My son struggled with the public school environment. He participated in JROTC at the public school and had expressed a desire to join the Military. As a single mom it was imperative that I find exceptional male role models to guide him through this crucial time in his life. Riverside has provided my son with ample opportunity to achieve any goal he sets. I sincerely appreciate the support of the Staff, Leadership, parents and other Cadets who have helped him build a road to his future. Accountability, Leadership, Strength and Character. Riverside is a Blessing to our boys.
Posted: 11/06/2015 • Link to this review
My son was failing in public school and also going down the wrong path. It was starting to look like college was not in his future because he wasn't even passing high school. A year and a half later he is a senior who was accepted to two colleges before his senior year even started.
Posted: 11/06/2015 • Link to this review
My son, like many other teenagers, was not thriving in our local public school system and was going down a bad path. I credit Riverside with not only saving his chances at a positive future but also with possibly saving his life by teaching him character traits like responsibility, accountability, perseverance and resilience. He respects and likes each of the teachers he has had there for the last 3 years and has excelled academically. RMA has given him academic ambition and the drive to set and achieve goals. I would recommend RMA to anyone whose son is not living up to his potential in his current school/environment.
Posted: 11/05/2015 • Link to this review
It is hard to describe how thrilled we are with Riverside Military Academy!! Our son has now been there for about three months and is a sophomore. He went to public school through 8th grade and then to a private Christian school for his Freshman year of high school. His grades were slipping and his behavior was even worse. The public school and Christian school are great at reporting that your child has a problem or that he made a bad grade. Unfortunately, those schools don't have a clue on how to address the problem. Those schools would just prefer high achiever, perfect students. At Riverside - he has excelled! His grades are fantastic, his behavior is fantastic and he has returned to being a happy, loving member of the family. Small classes, great teachers, structured environment, positive peer pressure, fantastic facilities, daily exercise, and so much more!!! While it is expensive, the results are well worth the investment! I just wish we had discovered Riverside a long time ago!
Posted: 10/19/2015 • Link to this review
My son attends RMA and in just a short time, has excelled in every way possible. The school offers such a positive environment for young men to become, not only great leaders but also considerate, caring men with great integrity and character. RMA truly cares about their students and wants them all to have a bright future. One of the best decisions we ever made!
Posted: 10/18/2015 • Link to this review
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