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The 21st Century Military Academy

Take some time to visit the gorgeous 200-acre state-of-the-art campus of Riverside Military Academy (RMA). Located in Gainesville, Ga., the academy prides itself on being a life changing experience for young men. It gives adolescent boys a tangible understanding of what it means to be a leader, to be honest and also patriotic. - Robb Maag

Riverside Military Academy provides a distinctly unique educational experience. Riverside focuses on the whole person, helping boys to develop in a positive and structured environment. RMA does this by offering a rigorous regimented college prep curriculum, immersed in a context defined by the military model. President Col. William J. Gallagher focuses on creating a well-rounded young man, by utilizing fundamental military principles.

“What the military model does is essentially develop employability skills,” Col. Gallagher says. “Young men learn how to be on time, how to present themselves, how to have a firm handshake and how to look someone in the eye.”

The military model is a ready-made system that fosters responsibility. For example, a cadet can be appointed to sergeant, lieutenant or captain. With each new rank comes a greater level of responsibility, thus instilling hands-on leadership skills.

The academy emphasizes having its cadets commit to moral, ethical and proper principles before graduation, so it’s in the fabric of everything they do. One way that they do this is by using an honor code.

The honor code is very straightforward and says that RMA cadets will not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do. It’s the exact same honor code in place at West Point and The Air Force Academy, and is used as the foundation to help build a cadet.

riverside_FootballBeing physically fit is another aspect of what shapes a young male. When 3:30 p.m. hits, it’s the end of the school day, but not the end of a cadets day. Every young man participates in some sort of physical activity, whether it’s a varsity sport or recreational fitness.

“If I had to use one word to describe this place, I would choose excellence,” Gallagher says. The people who work here give 100% on a daily basis. Average is not okay. We strive for excellence.”

Parents and guardians can rest assured that their sons are in good hands when they’re at RMA. It’s not just about an academic military academy. It’s about the experience of a lifetime an amazing and positive environment for young men.

“We can assure parents that when their son graduates from Riverside he will be very confident, physically fit and intellectually prepared. He will also be morally and ethically developed, and definitely ready for college,” Gallagher said.

Riverside offers a Day Program and Boarding Program. Both provide a life-changing, character-building experience. To learn more, contact Riverside Military Academy today!


2001 Riverside Dr.
Gainesville, GA 30501