Applicants must be boys either currently in or entering 6th-12th grades. Applicants must be academically capable of participating in a college preparatory curriculum, physically capable of participating in marching and military activities, and amenable to the disciplined life inherent in the military model of education.
The non-refundable $100 application fee must be paid once an application has been submitted. However, the application fee is waived if the applicant attends one of our public events such as a Parent Mixer, Local Area Meet & Greet, Campus Open House, or Campus Tour.
We evaluate applications independently one from another and case-by-case, so some may require more documentation than others. Every application, however, will require the basic five documents: three letters of recommendation (Principal or Counselor, English Teacher, and Math Teacher), a discipline report, and a copy of his Transcripts. Once an application has been submitted, the documents become available and families can send the requests directly to their current school from our website. Your admissions counselor will alert you to any further supplemental documentation required to complete your application.
When there is still space available in the Corps, Riverside offers a rolling admissions policy. Given the large number of applications that we receive for Fall each year, we encourage families considering fall enrollment to submit an application as early as possible.
The time can vary from applicant to applicant, usually due to the differences in responsiveness at different schools. However, once we receive all supporting documents and the application is complete, we usually have a decision in less than 72 hours. The Admissions Staff is here to help you through the process. We will work with you every step of the way, and keep you informed of how things are progressing.
Allen Moore Butler
Best decision we could have EVER made and invested for our son!
- Allen Moore Butler
Perry has really thrived at Riverside Preparatory Academy. From the older cadets last year to the teachers and mentors who have poured into him, we are grateful.
- Audra Rauton
Beautiful campus and facilities. Very pleased with our choice. My son is happy knowing the structure is providing solid foundations for his future. A best-kept secret that should be shared!
- Catherine Holton
Riverside is the best investment for my son's future.
- Current Parent
I’m so excited for the opportunity my son has to spend the rest of his middle school days and 4 years of high school here. It’s an absolutely amazing facility and program.
- Current Parent
Will is in his second year of the Darla Moore School of International Business at the University of South Carolina and is an active member of the KA Fraternity. To say Riverside prepared him for this path, and to live his best life is an understatement.
- Eleanor Burke
A place where young men can grow, get an education and develop a strong character for the future. So glad our grandson is at Riverside!
- Fred W.
Best school for boys! They know how to motivate kids and make them the best version of themselves. This school is the key to success for young men.
- Joanne Speake
The best decision for our son -- discipline, leadership, and camaraderie. A great recommendation was made to me by other families who had great experiences. Thank you, Riverside.
- Nazira Miguel
My cadet just finished his first semester of Russian in a class where he's the only non-native speaker. He's actually learning the language and has the incredible opportunity to practice with native speakers. We appreciate the cultural diversity Riverside provides.
- Nicole Baker
So proud of Cadet Minor. Riverside has been a game-changer for him.