School Details

Riverside Military Academy

2001 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501
(800) 462-2338

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Private Grades 7-12 450 students 7 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

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About this school

Riverside Military Academy is a private high school in Gainesville. The principal of Riverside Military Academy is Dr. James H. Benson Col USMC (Ret) and can be contacted at 450 students go to Riverside Military Academy and are mostly Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at Riverside Military Academy is 7:1. Lakeview Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 69% %
Hispanic 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 13% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 12% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I sent my oldest son to Riverside for his Jr year in the fall of 2012. He is very bright but lacked the self discipline focus and drive to succeed. He just graduated with self confidence more self discipline and the drive to get him where he wants to go. During his two years he has developed personal relationships with fellow cadets teachers and staff that have built him up and encouraged him to reach his personal potential. His younger brother having seen the transformation with his older brother expressed an interest in attending Riverside. He has jus completed his Jr year at Riverside. The one thing he will tell you is that it is great to be in a classroom where you can feel that the teacher not only wants to be there but also wants the student to learn and succeed. As a parent I will say that the environment is developmental. It teaches boys to respect boundaries and work within them and that tough love is just that love. Every staff member has every boy's best interest at heart. It amazes me how in tune the staff is to each individual boy. My younger son says it is great to be in a classroom where the teacher wants to teach and see students succeed.

  • (10 months ago)

    Riverside has unparalleled facilities but most importantly has unparalleled faculty and staff who are completely devoted to the mission of developing young men of competence character and commitment. The school is incredibly diverse and at last count the boys come from 25 countries and 30 states. Its proximity to Atlanta makes it a convenient option for non-regional and international boarding students. The teachers TACs Commandant coaches and staff are truly exceptional people who care for each cadet. The classes are small and the results are impressive. They have a 100% college acceptance rate and Riverside cadets garner millions in College scholarships and grants. Their acceptance rate into top-tier universities and military academies is very high and the unique nature of the military environment helps boys to stay engaged involved and having fun. Riverside is a GREAT place for boys. I highly recommend it to anyone I meet.

  • (10 months ago)

    My seniors are currently studying Kant's essay "What is Enlightenment?" In that essay he describes some of the key relationships between guidance freedom sound judgment and a sound society. At Riverside we take our role as temporary guardians very seriously and in our approach to education we model the importance of balancing the freedom of expression with structure and self-discipline. We do not tell cadets what to think; rather we show them how to think while giving them resources to extend what they know and what they can accomplish. Many schools do this but I know of no other school where the entire community is invested in constant improvement. From the care of our facilities to the design and execution of our academic program to the administration of the school we are always modeling that union between order creativity courage and determination that is necessary to growth.

  • (10 months ago)

    My son a graduate of RMA 2004 was enrolled at RMA in 10th grade he came from a local high school that was too large the classrooms were too crowded and after a month into the school year the teachers had no clue who he was as we found out when we made an appt to speak to them about his "C" grades. That same day he was taken out to come to RMA the only person upset was his football coach. The first few months were hard for him and me but we made it through it knowing that he was where he needed to be to be able to have a head start after graduation. His grades came up from C's to A's almost immediately and he was still active in football and almost every other sport offered at RMA he was also wrestling state champ 2013 and made Hall County's premier sport players and was also invited and played in Hawaii with several other elite players around the country and never missed a stride in his academics. Because of his high grades he was a member of RMA's Horton Society and also Who's Who and was accepted easily accepted into 3 colleges he is now working on his higher degree while working full time married and being a new father. I thank RMA with its wonderful teachers and staff!!

  • (10 months ago)

    Riverside Military Academy is a great place to work-- teachers are well-supported by school leadership. I am happy to be here.

  • (10 months ago)

    Riverside Military Academy is a wonderful environment for teenage boys to grow into responsible young men.

  • (10 months ago)

    My son has had a wonderful experience at Riverside. The TAC officers teachers and coaches are all very encouraging. He has excelled academically and in extra-curricular activities. He has made some good friends and has enjoyed leadership opportunities. I highly recommend RMA!!

  • (10 months ago)

    Riverside Military Academy has been an excellent choice for our son who was struggling academically at his previous school. The small class sizes engaged teachers and structured daily schedule have helped our son achieve his potential. Everyone from the President to the Commandant to the TAC officers care about the boys and are committed to their academic spiritual and social development.

  • (10 months ago)

    This is my first year here at RMA and I love working with the students. The incredible consistency across the board is the 180 degree turn that students make academically after they begin attending Riverside. It is a school that truly prepares students for college and life beyond that. A school that truly cares for its students; makes every effort to ensure their needs are met both personally and academically.

  • (10 months ago)

    Riverside Military Academy is a proven success when it comes to educating young men. If you are looking for your student to stand out above the crowd and reach his full potential this is the school that will serve as a catalyst for that.

  • (10 months ago)

    Where can you go to learn and have a wonderful experience. RMA has many supportive and experienced teachers and staff members to give any young man an opportunity of a lifetime. From academics to physical training building strong minds and bodies for the future.

  • (10 months ago)

    Riverside Military Academy's faculty staff cadet families and alumni are involved with campus activities and supportive of the cadets. It's a great setting for impressionable boys to build character and become distinguished young men. The campus is located on 206 beautiful acres beside Lake Lanier. It's a great place for boys to live and learn!

  • (10 months ago)

    This is a great school for the boys! My two nephews are attending RMA. They are having a great lifestyle change.

  • (1 year ago)

    I was struggling my freshman and sophomore year of highschool I Attended RMA my junior year in 1994. The school itself the coaches and the teachers helped incredibly! The structure that they instilled in me has helped me tremendously. I was able to become a successful coach in multiple sports And have some fun with it along the way. Not to mention the friendships and the bonds that you create while attending the school. It was truly one of the best years of my life! Thank you very much for the life lessons and everything that RMA tought me. Sincerely John Ferreura

  • (1 year ago)

    My son had been to 4 school in one year and not been successful. He started Riverside this year and he is doing very well. I love this school. Everyone I have met who works here has been wonderful. I can't say enough good things about it.

  • (1 year ago)

    There is no other finer school that I've ever encountered than RMA. The teachers are involved and communicative with parents and are genuinely interested in helping their students succeed. The staff and leadership are some of the finest individuals I know. They have incredible backgrounds. The school not only focuses in academics but life skills and character development. Respect honor commitment. All of the programs offered for their cadets help prepare them for the real challenges that exists when they graduate. I would recommend this school to anyone. Take the time to visit and attend one of their open houses talk with the staff - you will be very impressed.

  • (1 year ago)

    Best thing I ever did for my son!! Thriving academically and socially!! The structured environment and camaraderie among the boys is great!!

  • (1 year ago)

    We enrolled our son in the beginning of his junior year. The school(s) he previously attended did not challenge him or excite him and he was bored with the "day to day" dull routine of public / private schools. It was a very tough decision to even think about military school let alone sending him away to one we did not know what to do but we had to make a decision for his future he is a bright and smart child and we knew that we had to send him away for his own good and (most importantly) let him see what he was capable of. Well lets cut to his senior year (this year) he is doing wonderful he is a A/B student he has a leadership position his attitude towards school is great and the change in his overall outlook in life is great. This change can only be attributed to Riverside Military Academy the school and all who work there are in it for two reasons 1. To help the cadets get into college 2. To take boy and turn them into young respectable men I highly recommend this school to anyone that is interested in the future of their son. From one proud parent...

  • (1 year ago)

    RMA is a wonderful school and I recommend it to any parent that is seeking a lifestyle change for their son.

  • (1 year ago)

    Riverside Military Academy is the Best school in the USA! My son who is attending Riverside for the second year love it! He was recently nominated in the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence! Riverside truly knows how to encourage boys in successes with 100 years of traditions and new day s technology. I highly recommended Riverside as the best option School for Boys! Proud mother.

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