About Rio

Principal with students


“We commit to reflect Christ, cultivate the relevancy and excitement of learning and impact the world through service.”

Rio Lindo Adventist Academy is the boarding school for the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Our co-educational school offers a commitment to excellence in its quiet, safe and picturesque location and our dedicated staff serve with a vibrant sense of mission to the cause of education. Our culturally diverse student body creates an opportunity to interact globally while fostering a close-knit community based on mutual respect. Every student is encouraged to develop his or her potential in a nurturing environment. Staff, who live on campus, and students work, study, pray, and socialize together, creating lasting relationships unique to a boarding school experience. About 85% of Rio’s teachers have advanced degrees in their fields of teaching and work continuously to grow as teachers to better connect and engage students in quality learning. 

Rio’s ultimate goal in teaching is to maximize every student’s potential, no matter the background; to make student thinkers and not mere reflectors of others’ opinions, whether in the classroom, church, or among peers. Rio’s tagline is “Learn. Serve. Lead.” and our hope is that every student will graduate and make a difference in the world by continuing to learn, serve, and lead.

“Our students grow to become spiritually mature, socially compassionate, intellectually competent, and independently capable members of society.”

Founded in 1962, Rio Lindo Adventist Academy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and provides an enriched, college preparatory curriculum with numerous elective classes, allowing students to pursue a wide variety of interests. For more information about Rio’s classes, see Class Options.

Located 70 miles north of San Francisco, Rio gives students the opportunity to learn in a safe, scenic, and natural setting. The campus overlooks the Russian River, which winds around the school’s 360 acres, and sits in the shade of Fitch Mountain.

Come for a visit!
The food and lodging is on us! Check out classes and meet teachers, staff and current students. Explore the campus and stay in the dorms to see and feel if Rio is the right fit for you.