Day Cadet Program
Riverside Military Academy offers our Day Cadet Program as an alternative for parents who do not wish to board their cadet. The Day Cadet Program applies only to Hall County residents as the day cadets must adhere to the same strict schedule of boarding cadets. Upon initial admittance, day cadets must complete a modified ROC (Recruit on Campus) Cycle, after which they become eligible for promotion. Like boarding cadets, day cadets may attain company leadership positions and will have the opportunity to earn rank based on successful leadership training, grade level, conduct, and performance. Day cadet leaders will have similar duties and responsibilities to their boarding counterparts.
Day cadets must report to the security office in the west portal by 7:10 a.m. and then to their assigned TAC (Teacher, Advisor, Counselor) officer for accountability. Day cadets depart following their afternoon commitments – whether that involves athletic practice, punishment tours, general athletics, parade or any other Corps-wide events. Day cadets must participate in all scheduled after-school activities including general athletics and weekend activities such as team commitment to sports, home football games, and any other program that occurs after school hours. RMA will provide meals for day cadets during events which require them to stay on campus, such as home football games.
Day cadets will receive room assignments in the barracks and must maintain their uniforms in their assigned room. The bulk of the cadet uniform issue must remain in the barracks with the exclusion of the PT uniform, which will be worn during morning check-in before changing into the uniform of the day. Day cadets will launder their own undergarments, socks, and PT uniforms at home.
Day cadets must observe two study hours each night either on-campus or in their homes. If on-campus, they will follow the same procedures as the boarding cadets. The cadets will conduct on-campus study hours in their assigned rooms, and faculty will remain available for assistance. Cadets studying at home will need parents to confirm their two study hours each evening. Weekend restrictions or on-campus study may become a requirement as a result of academic deficiencies or excessive demerits. Additionally, the Commandant may occasionally direct the cadets to remain on campus overnight for no extra charge. Parents may also choose to have their cadet stay on campus at any other time at a cost of $50 per night.
We had admired the reputation of RMA, but were hesitant to board our son. When they began offering a day student program we jumped at the opportunity to participate in the inaugural group.
RMA felt like a partner in our son’s education. Their commitment to discipline, accountability, and leadership, as a component of academic excellence, is a commodity that we value greatly. We are proud to say that our son is a graduate of Riverside Military Academy.
- Susan L. Graybeal
Riverside Military Academy was a great experience for our son. He attended local public schools prior to RMA. His grades were good, but he was not motivated to excel. He knew he could get by without much effort. Studying and homework were a battle at times. That changed at RMA. At Riverside the teachers and staff take the time to “really” get to know each student. They understood how to motivate our son so he would perform his best. RMA knows each student has their own strengths, weaknesses, areas of improvement, and works to motivate each to improve and succeed.
The small class sizes, individual attention, world class facilities, and sports programs are all important. However, the best part of Riverside is the faculty and staff that will be with your son.
Throughout the six years he attended Riverside, our son benefited immensely from the mentoring of role models. The examples set by Lt. Col. Jarrard, Col. Benson, teachers, and staff made a very positive impact in our son's teenage years. It was the best choice we ever made to keep him at Riverside and see him focus on his future while many of his friends not at Riverside were out partying.
The boys will learn to model good ethical behavior. This is the place for boys to do well. Take the time to meet and speak with the staff at RMA. You will be impressed.
We are enthusiastic supporters of Riverside and would be happy to speak with anyone considering RMA for their son.
- William (Wyn) & Gretchen Ruppenthal