Riverside Military Academy

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Basic Information

Address: 2001 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501
County: Hall
Phone Number: 770.532.6251
President: Colonel(R) Stanley C. “Staś” Preczewski, USA, Ph.D.
School Type: Military Boarding School for boys

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Additional Information

Founded: 1907
Ages/Grades: 7-12
School Setting:

Riverside Military Academy is the preeminent leader and standard-setter among private military schools in the United States, renowned for its exemplary college prep curriculum, leader development programs, demanding physical fitness regimen, and adherence to the honor code. RMA is the most courteous, respectful, achievement-oriented, and patriotic 200 acres anywhere.​​​​​​​

School Size: 500+
Classroom Size: 12 cadets
Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1


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All classes at Riverside Military Academy are taught at the college preparatory level or beyond. The curriculum encompasses every part of a boys' experience. From 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., our cadets' lives are full of active learning experiences extending beyond our classrooms to all areas of Academy life. Honor classes (24 total) and advanced placement classes (12 total) offer students a level of rigor beyond the typical secondary school level. Our student to faculty ratio is 8:1, and our average class size is 12 cadets. Approximately 75% of the teaching faculty hold a Master's Degree or higher.

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100%
Camp Programs: Yes
Summer School: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Mission Statement:

The Mission of Riverside Military Academy is to prepare ethical young men of character for success in college and in life through the provision of a rigorous academic program, leadership opportunities, competitive athletics, extensive co-curricular activities, and the structure and discipline inherent in a military preparatory school environment.

School History:

Riverside Military Academy (RMA), located in Gainesville, Georgia, founded in 1907, is a leading military college preparatory school for boys in grades 7-12. 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.

The Riverside vision began with two Gainesville, Georgia, businessmen and professors, Haywood Jefferson Pearce and Azor Warner Van Hoose, Jr. Pearce was president of the local women’s school, now Brenau University, and based upon his success there, these men gathered support from more than 30 local investors to charter an all-male, military school. As a result, construction for Riverside Military Academy began in 1907. The doors opened in the fall of 1908.

By 1913 the 25-acre campus included two brick buildings and a small wooden cottage. That same year, Pearce needed to fill a vacancy in Riverside’s administration and discovered Sandy Beaver, a talented young educator in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Sandy Beaver’s move to Gainesville was the beginning of a 56-year career at Riverside that can be said to be life-changing for many of the young men who came under his influence.

Sandy Beaver, born in Augusta, Georgia, was a graduate of the University of Georgia where he studied English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Sanskrit, and Spanish with a goal of becoming an international lawyer. He participated in Phi Kappa, the debating society, and played varsity baseball and football. One of his closest friends at the university was Eugene Talmadge, a future governor of Georgia, and an influential friend of Beaver’s throughout life. Beaver’s plans for a career in law changed when he accepted a position as an instructor at a boys’ preparatory school at Stone Mountain, GA. In addition to putting aside his aspirations to become a lawyer, he also turned down the opportunity to be Georgia’s first Rhodes Scholar.

Beaver knew that if Riverside was to be successful it had to have an outstanding faculty. Those early years were spent building a faculty of men whose names have become legendary among the cadets who had them as instructors. Many of them remained at Riverside for 20 or more years, and buildings and organizations at the Academy bear their names today. The most famous of these legendary figures are pictured in the photo gallery on this page.

Notes/School Information:

Riverside Military Academy cadets receive a traditional American-style education where the personal values of selflessness, honor, and patriotism matter. Cadets respect the culture and religious beliefs of others and possess the poise and confidence to express their views with vigor and forethought. They understand history, science, mathematics, and communicate the written word. The faculty and staff realize that it is insufficient to educate the mind. They must also educate the heart, soul, and spirit.