President's Welcome

Riverside Military Academy (RMA) produces highly educated, motivated, and physically fit young men of character, dedicated to the values necessary for good citizenship, and who, upon graduation, are prepared to succeed in college and beyond. Established in 1907, RMA has earned an international reputation for excellence through the application of high, rigorous standards that focus on intellectual, physical, and moral/ethical development.

RMA changes lives. Each Cadet’s strengths are identified, challenged, and enhanced further; his areas needing growth and improvement are recognized, assessed, and developed.  He learns how to perform as a good team member, and with experience, team leader. He learns to focus on goal accomplishment, to follow through with commitments, to plan and organize, and to become strongly achievement-oriented. He enters RMA as a boy with boy’s ways.  He graduates a young man, prepared to assume his responsibilities as an adult in society, with a practical understanding of how to lead with integrity.

RMA blends a deeply ingrained respect for tradition and patriotic values with a twenty-first century approach to education in setting the conditions for a Cadet’s success. The military model that defines the Riverside campus environment is key to the development of the whole person. A Cadet’s daily experience is structured, disciplined, and busy. With a comprehensive offering of college prep and college-level courses, each Cadet is intellectually challenged to the fullest, while receiving the support and encouragement from the highly qualified faculty. The military model provides the context to develop a whole range of employability life skills essential to success, including honesty, dependability, respect, courtesy, integrity, leadership, social skills, and physical fitness. For those Cadets interested in serving in the military or in attending a federal service academy, this is the ideal setting to pursue those goals.

RMA delivers this remarkable educational experience with small classes, superb facilities, an exceptional faculty and professional staff, and a rich tradition - - all set on 200 acres near beautiful Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia. Stop by to visit and see how the opportunities at Riverside Military Academy have been producing confident, capable, and upstanding young men for generations. 

I look forward to meeting you.

James G. Spivey 
Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Retired
Interim President