Private School Options: Metro Atlanta’s Boarding Schools Students find a sense of community at two of the area’s highly acclaimed boarding schools.
When you’re looking for the right school for your child, there’s no doubt that you want to find one with the ideal combination of challenging academics and outstanding athletic and extracurricular options. Some schools, though, go far beyond that, also providing structure and a true sense of community in a live-in college campus environment. In fact, boarding schools can offer the type of educational and personal foundation that can change the trajectory of a student’s life. And we are fortunate to have a number of exceptional boarding schools right here in metro Atlanta.
Riverside Military Academy
2001 Riverside Drive
Gainesville, GA 30501
Since 1907, Riverside Military Academy (RMA), has been recognized as a leading military college preparatory school for boys in grades seven through 12. Located in Gainesville, the academy is dedicated to providing a complete comprehensive experience, focusing not only on an excellent academic curriculum, but also on character development, leadership opportunities, athletic competition, extracurricular activities and more. All of this is available on 206 acres of picturesque land situated alongside Lake Lanier in the foothills of North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
Each school year averages 540 cadets, with 96 percent of those students taking advantage of the boarding aspect of the campus. Classes are both small and diverse, allowing cadets to interact with teachers and students in a welcoming yet challenging atmosphere. Outside of the classroom, RMA offers 18 sports, clubs, activities and an array of fine arts opportunities.
Students learn the values of honor, patriotism and selflessness through discipline and structure. Cadets learn to be successful inside and outside of the classroom and in life. RMA is an all-encompassing and exceptionally gratifying experience that has changed the lives of countless young men since the school’s founding more than a century ago.
Brandon Hall School
1701 Brandon Hall Drive
Atlanta, GA 30350
Recognized as Atlanta’s only global boarding and day school, Brandon Hall is located on a beautiful 24-acre campus in Sandy Springs overlooking the Chattahoochee River. The school was founded in 1959 and initially began as a school for boys. However, Brandon Hall has evolved greatly over the years, and it is now a thriving co-educational institution that is dedicated to helping students from all walks of life learn to lead lives of leadership, scholarship and service.
Brandon Hall, which is listed in the top 25 percent of private and prep schools in the United States by Niche, boasts 140 students in grades six through 12 who represent more than 20 countries and receive a strong college preparatory education. The school’s curriculum includes all of the basic areas, from math and English to science and social studies, as well as modern languages, fine arts and physical education. What’s more, Brandon Hall is pursuing authorization as an International Baccalaureate World School. The school also offers students the chance to participate in 18 extracurricular activities, including 11 sports teams, robotics, art, theater and more; additionally Brandon Hall offers access to more than 20 community service partnerships, a Model United Nations chapter, a student-led Leadership and Diversity Council and immersive summer programs through the Center for Global Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurial Studies. All of this is available alongside a robust Residential Life Program on a campus that has something for every student. Brandon Hall’s boarding community is marked by global diversity, and the entire student body is encouraged and taught to become successful, community-oriented global citizens who have the social skills they need to flourish in today’s world.