Each year there are around half a dozen clubs that students can be a part of. Dorm students are automatically a part of the Girls’ Club (if in the girls’ dorm) or the Boys’ Club (if in the boys’ dorm). Seniors who have been at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy for all four years are automatically a part of the Four Year Club.
There are also a couple clubs that any student can choose to be a part of. International Club is mainly for students who come from other countries but anyone interested in learning more about other languages or cultures and spend time getting to know their fellow students better may join. Spanish Club is another that is mainly intended for a specific group (those of Hispanic descent) but is also open to any student who is interested in learning more about Hispanic culture.
Students are provided with a variety of resources at Rio to help them be successful both in high school and in life. Rio is very luck to be able to offer students professional guidance counseling services. The counselor is able to help students adjust to boarding school, deal with relationship difficulties, and provide support for whatever struggles students are faced with.
The academy also provides quality career counseling. This comes in a number of different forms to meet individual student needs. The Learning Resource Center offers a number of resources including classes students can take to receive extra help on subjects they are struggling with and lessons in time management and study skills. Rio is also launching a new program for the 2011-12 school year called Navigate that will help freshmen be more successful throughout their high school experience.
Living in a dormitory is a great chance for students to get to know each other better and learn relationship skills and personal independence. Our four professional deans are there to keep all the students safe and hold them responsible for their actions. Both the boys’ dormitory and the girls’ dormitory regularly have fun activities such as game nights, movie nights, and outdoor activities.
Spiritual life is a central part of the program here at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. Several weeks of prayer and weekend convocations are held throughout the year. Students have worship in the dormitories in the evening, attend vespers Friday night and Church on Saturday. Those who plan the spiritual events keep in mind that we have students from many different religious backgrounds and try to make each spiritual activity relevant to all the students.
Community Service is another big part of Rio spiritual life. Several community service days and three Open Table events happen during the school year. There are also weekly community service activities that the students have the option of participating in. The academy also offers students a chance to service our global community by going on the yearly mission trip. Students also benefit from the opportunity to travel and experience different cultures.
Students who are interested in developing important job skills and earn money toward their school bill can do that through the work program. Work times are scheduled around the student’s classes and a wide variety of jobs are provided to match student abilities and interests.