"The tac officers are amazing. The teachers are amazing. That being said, the students aren't well supervised and there is way too much free time. Violence and bullying above "normal boy behavior" is ignored and serious crimes go unreported. This school would get five stars except for the poor leadership at the top."
"My nephew attends this school and I am utterly appalled by the dismal quality of the education but especially by the lack of trust between the faculty and the students. Email correspondence from student accounts is intercepted, read, and sent to parents. This is a "military style" school, not a school run by the military, where staff have better things to do than play games. The only reason students get A's is because the classes are lower than those of comparable classes in public and regular private schools. It is a way to pay (and it is not cheap) for good grades. Don't send your son here if you want him to get an education or be prepared for college!"
"We have experienced first hand how RMA can change a boys life. Each and every staff member goes above and beyond. Our son cant stop telling us how amazing his teachers are and how much he enjoys learning again. He is far and above his typical peers in the public school sector. His achievements have far exceeded what we could have ever imagined. It is the best decision our family has ever made."
"I sent my oldest son to Riverside for his Jr year in the fall of 2012. He is very bright but lacked the self discipline, focus, and drive to succeed. He just graduated, with self confidence, more self discipline, and the drive to get him where he wants to go. During his two years, he has developed personal relationships with fellow cadets, teachers and staff that have built him up, and encouraged him to reach his personal potential. His younger brother, having seen the transformation with his older brother expressed an interest in attending Riverside. He has jus completed his Jr year at Riverside. The one thing he will tell you, is that it is great to be in a classroom where you can feel that the teacher not only wants to be there, but also wants the student to learn and succeed. As a parent I will say that the environment is developmental. It teaches boys to respect boundaries, and work within them, and that tough love is just that, love. Every staff member has every boy's best interest at heart. It amazes me how in tune the staff is to each individual boy. My younger son says it is great to be in a classroom where the teacher wants to teach, and see students succeed."
"My seniors are currently studying Kant's essay, "What is Enlightenment?" In that essay, he describes some of the key relationships between guidance, freedom, sound judgment and a sound society. At Riverside, we take our role as temporary guardians very seriously, and in our approach to education, we model the importance of balancing the freedom of expression with structure and self-discipline. We do not tell cadets what to think; rather, we show them how to think while giving them resources to extend what they know and what they can accomplish. Many schools do this, but I know of no other school where the entire community is invested in constant improvement. From the care of our facilities, to the design and execution of our academic program, to the administration of the school, we are always modeling that union between order, creativity, courage and determination that is necessary to growth."