Boarding High School for Boys
Riverside Military Academy's high school serves grades 9-12 with a rigorous curriculum that is carefully structured to prepare each cadet for college. It is a well-rounded, comprehensive education which includes all college preparatory requirements in the language arts, math, social studies, sciences, and foreign languages. Students are required to take courses in military science, the fine arts, and physical education.
Cadets are also taught useful study, test-taking, and time management skills. With a 14:1 student-teacher ratio, each young man has the opportunity to receive extra assistance in the classroom as well as during study hall hours. Over 70% of our teaching faculty has master's level or higher degrees.
Riverside cadets learn leadership skills and accountability. They develop character and integrity by following the RMA Honor Code and participating in our Character Development program.
Each year, our graduates earn millions of dollars in college scholarships and are admitted to some of the nation's finest universities. We invite you to explore our academic program to see where Riverside can take you!
Academy Profile 2011-12
Class of 2012 College Acceptances
Five Facts of Boarding School Life (from TABS Study)
The Academic Promise - It's no surprise that more than 60% of students enroll in boarding schools because of the promise of better education. More than 90% of boarding school students find their schools academically challenging, and the figures back it up: boarding school students spend more than twice as many hours (17 to 18) a week on homework than their peers in public schools.
24-Hour Learning - Thanks to the unique and encouraging campus environment boarding schools provide, students are tremendously active outside the classroom. Across the board, boarding school students participate in more extracurricular activities than other students, whether it's exercising and playing sports (12 hours vs. 9 hours), engaging in creative endeavors like music and painting (6 hours vs. 4 to 5 hours), or participating in student government and club activities (35% vs. 27%).
Learning to Lead - One distinctive characteristic of boarding schools is that character development counts as much as academics. The environment—in which teachers live among their students, and students live away from home—lends itself to the cultivation of self-discipline and independent thought. Leadership opportunities also emerge. More than three quarters of boarding school students say they have earned leadership opportunities, a far higher percentage than reported by public and private day school students. At the same time, students gain the distinct advantage of regular interaction with their teachers and advisors outside of the academic setting.
College Bound - It's almost universally acknowledged that boarding school environments—through the balance of greater mentor guidance and greater personal responsibility—deliver graduates to university with an unequaled level of preparation. Eighty seven percent of graduates agree, while nearly 80% added that they were equally prepared for the non-academic aspects of college life, including increased independence, social life, and time management.
Getting Ahead - Beyond college, boarding school graduates are more often professionally accomplished and philanthropically active adults. By mid-career, more boarding school graduates achieve top management positions than their peers. More impressively, 60% of alumni give to social service organizations, compared with 46% of graduates of other schools.