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Riverside Preparatory Academy

Riverside Preparatory Academy (Riverside Military Academy), located in Gainesville, Georgia, founded in 1907, is a leading military college preparatory school for boys in grades 6-12. It is one of the few remaining institutions of its kind in the country. While most other all-male, boarding, military schools have deviated from their original mission, Riverside, for more than a century, remains true to its founding principles in preparing ethical young men of character for success in college and in life.

At Riverside Prep, we proudly implement a military model of education, refined and focused to bring out the absolute best in your son. Similar principles that are applied in the development of great military men are utilized and carefully optimized with the specific goal of building SIMPLY GREAT MEN.

The experience is designed to identify the very height and breadth of potential, unlock and maximize strengths, craft exemplary character, and prepare students for a lifetime of leadership, accomplishment, and fulfillment.

Here, your son will do much more than achieve academic excellence. Through tasks that test his courage and resolve, an unwavering commitment to self-discipline and mutual accountability, the immersion in a culture of mentorship, teamwork, and leadership, and the building of brotherhood through shared, multi-dimensional learning opportunities, he’ll gain a true and complete understanding of everything he’s capable of. He’ll reveal his most complete, most authentic potential. He will build the integrity, tenacity, confidence, and intelligence to win in every aspect of life.

The Riverside experience is a unique and exciting challenge. But what’s far more exciting are the rewards that come from accepting it.

What We Offer | Riverside Prep is a private boarding preparatory school located in Gainesville, Georgia, near the beautiful northeast Georgia mountains and just an hour north of Atlanta. We serve young men through middle school in grades 6 through 8 and high school in grades 9 through 12.

MENTORSHIP | Followership Is The First Step Toward Leadership.| Mentorship, support, and mutual accountability make up the foundation of our student culture. Students benefit from the careful guidance of those with more experience and in turn, readily share their knowledge with those who have less. Each student is constantly learning from strong role models -- and soon becomes one himself.

BROTHERHOOD | Excellence. To Us, It's A Team Sport. | Riverside students share a commitment to excellence, achievement, and a genuine dedication to the success of the whole, balancing personal strength and courage with strong loyalty to our brothers. We make lifetime connections by supporting each other through challenges, celebrating victories together, and being part of something much greater than any one individual.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT | Not Just Prepped For College. Prepped For Anything. | The environment at Riverside is structured to maximize academic achievement by focusing on how boys learn best. The highly motivating and rewarding experience of cadet life extends into the classroom, where dedicated faculty focus on excellence and engage students through dynamic learning opportunities that prepare them for college and whatever comes next.


City: Gainesville, GA

Year Founded: 1907

Campus Size: 2000 Acres

Grades Offered: 6th - 12th

Number of Students: 170

Percent Boarders: 89%

Average Class Size: 8

Gender: Male

Diversity: 16 States & 10 Countries

Specialties: Aerospace Engineering, Cyber Security, and Civil Air Patrol

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