Riverside Preparatory Academy

Riverside Preparatory Academy, est. in 1907, is one of the nation's premier college preparatory schools for young men in grades 6-12.
Riverside serves 250+ students from 13 countries.  Our mission is to provide a supportive and challenging educational environment that fosters scholarly competence and intellectual curiosity, enhances spiritual and physical fitness, and develops leadership skills and the strength of character necessary for success in college and in life. The Academy is located one hour north of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. For more information, please call 800.462.2338 or visit http://www.riversideprep.org/admissions.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked GA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Yearly Tuition: $53,300
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Riverside Preparatory Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Georgia for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
English as a Second Language
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 28%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
45 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
Number of AP Courses
10 courses
Advanced Courses
Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Physics, Statistics, U.S. History, World History
Average SAT score
(Out of 1600)
Average ACT score
(Out of 36)
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Boarding tuition is $53,300; day tuition is $17,950. International cadet tuition is $61,650.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Tee Mitchell
Admissions Associate
Amanda Barrett
Endowment Size
$40 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
17 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Airsoft Team, Aviation Program, Civil Air Patrol, Color Guard, Drill Team, Honor Council, Horton Society (service club), JROTC, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, Peer Tutoring Volunteers, Science National Honor Society, Weight training, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Video Production

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Raider Team

School Notes

  • Established in 1907, Riverside Preparatory Academy is a college preparatory boarding and day school for young men in grades 6-12. The Academy offers a positive, challenging, and structured environment that stresses hard work in the classroom and on the athletic field. We promote leadership development through military activities. Riverside Prep is an Army JROTC Honor Unitwith Distinction. A student/teacher ratio of 12:1 provides each cadet with the individual attention that enables success. Riverside also offers a four-week summer school program. The school's 206-acre campus is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just north of Atlanta in Gainesville, Ga.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • John Bassett - Bassett Furniture
    • Ira Middleberg (1966) - Attorney, Middleberg, Riddle & Gianna - New Orleans
    • Luis Proenza (1962) - President, University of Akron
    • Governor Felix Gonzales Canto - State of Quintana Roo, Mexico
    • Tommy Prothro (1938) - former coach with the LA Rams and San Diego Chargers
    • ADM. David McDonald (1924) - former U.S. Chief of Naval Operations (1963-1967)
    • Judge E.J. Salcines - Retired Judge, Florida Appellate Court
    • Mike Neveaux - Retired Chief Pilot, Los Angeles Police Dept. Air Support Division
    • Cee Lo Green - Singer and Actor
    • Peter Lyons - Retired Lawyer, California; Author
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Riverside Preparatory Academy cost?
Riverside Preparatory Academy's tuition is approximately $53,300 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Riverside Preparatory Academy?
The acceptance rate of Riverside Preparatory Academy is 85%, which is higher than the national average of 80%.
Who are famous alumni from Riverside Preparatory Academy?
Riverside Preparatory Academy famous alumni include: John Bassett, Ira Middleberg (1966), Luis Proenza (1962), Governor Felix Gonzales Canto, Tommy Prothro (1938), ADM. David McDonald (1924), Judge E.J. Salcines, Mike Neveaux, Cee Lo Green and Peter Lyons.
What sports does Riverside Preparatory Academy offer?
Riverside Preparatory Academy offers 10 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Drill Team, Football, Lacrosse, Riflery, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field and Wrestling.
What is Riverside Preparatory Academy's ranking?
Riverside Preparatory Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Georgia for: Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Riverside Preparatory Academy?
The application deadline for Riverside Preparatory Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

I am a grandmother of a student at RMA. Our sweet grandson in adolescence began to change into a student that didn`t attend class, did not do his school work, and began to disrespect adults. Since 9-2022 when he started attending RMA there has been a drastic positive change in his schooling, attitude, and respect for adults and his family. We now have our grandson back. He is thriving at the school by joining the Raiders, and Percussion Band, getting good grades, flying lessons, and becoming a leader. My husband and I feel that RMA has turned our grandson into a fine young leader that we always knew was possible. We are so glad his parents sent him to Riverside. It was worth the money, because either you pay now or later for the lawyer bills etc.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked GA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Yearly Tuition: $53,300
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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