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Riverside Military Academy

Riverside Military Academy is an all-male private boarding traditional school for students in grades 7 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Small City


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Riverside Military Academy says

Located one hour north of Atlanta, Georgia, Riverside Military Academy hasremainedone of the nation's premier college preparatory academies for young men in grades7-12 for over 105 years. 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. Dr. James H. Benson,Col. USMC (Ret) became the president of Riverside Military Academy on June 1, 2009. Colonel Benson was the 15th president of Marion Military Institute, Marion, Alabama from July 15, 2004 to May 31, 2009. Colonel Benson retired from the Marine Corps in 1995. He served as the Vice President for administration at Bridgewater College until 2004. Colonel Benson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bridgewater College and holds a Master of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Public Administration Degree from Penn State University, and the doctorate in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Army War College. Colonel Benson’s military career included assignments as Commanding Officer, JTF-129, Special Operations Counter-terrorism Joint Task Force; Commanding Officer, Sixth Marine Regiment; and Chief of Staff/Assistant Division Commander of the Second Marine Division. He is a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War. In 2007, Colonel Benson completed a book published by Trafford Publishing Company entitled, So You Want to be a Leader? He and his wife Mary have a daughter, Catherine R. Benson,and a son, James H. Benson II. 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 75 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. Riverside offers a 4 week summer school program each year called Summer Opportunity and Academic Review (S.O.A.R.). 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.





Grades Cost Term
Middle School $30,950 Annual

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  (800) 462-2338



Test Scores

1458 Average score for the SAT Composite

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 359
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
7 18
8 33
9 52
10 61
11 103
12 92

Riverside Military Academy's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Riverside Military Academy's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 8 : 1
Average Class Size 14
Gender 100% Male / 100% Female
Dress Code Formal
Percent Boarding 90%
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 69%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 13%
Asian 12%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%


  • Drill Team
  • Engineering Club/ Engineering Society
  • Jewish Culture Club/ Jewish Student Association
  • Peer Tutoring

Associations & Memberships

Other school associations

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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