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Graduation Requirements

Rio Lindo Adventist Academy is accredited by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities.

  • Attend Rio the final semester of the school year in which you graduate
  • Have a satisfactory conduct and attendance record.
  • Score at or about the 9th grade proficiency requirements in math, reading and written expression on standardized tests. 
  • Complete the requirements for one of the three diplomas offered.
  • Complete 25 hours of volunteer community service for each year of attendance at Rio.

Diplomas Offered:

General Diploma

All colleges accept our general diploma. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.

Advanced Diploma

Cumulative GPA of 2.0 required. Minimum grade of C- required in any course that fulfills requirements for entrance to the University of California or California State University. These include: English, Math, Science, History, Modern Language, and Fine Arts classes.

Honors Diploma

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 required. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in all classes.

Rio Lindo Adventist Academy offers three diplomas- the general high school diploma, the advanced diploma, and the honors diploma. The requirements for these diplomas are listed below. One year of a class is equivalent to ten credits; one semester of a class is equivalent to five credits. 

Classes General Diploma Advanced Diploma  
Religion 40 40  
English 40 40  
Mathematics 20 30  
Biology 10 10  
Other Science 10 20  
U.S. History 10 10  
U.S. Gov/Econ. 10 10  
World History 10 10  
Modern Language 0 20  
Health 5 5  
Physical Education 30 30  
Computers 5 5  
Fine Arts 5 20  
Electives 45 20  
Total Units 240 270  
One year = 10 units;  One semester = 5 units

1 Religion—5 credits required for each semester at a Seventh-day Adventist school.

2 English—must include a minimum of 3 years of “college prep” English

3 Math–must include a minimum of Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry

4 Science–must include Chemistry and Physics

5 World History—a World Geography or World Culture class also meets this requirement

6 Modern Language—two years of the same language required

7 Fine Arts—Includes art, music, drama, woodshop, metals, yearbook, and Worship Leadership

*Advanced Diploma: Cumulative GPA of 2.0 required. Minimum grade of “C” required in all classes that fulfill the A-G entrance requirements to a UC or California State University.

In addition to meeting the requirements for an Advanced Diploma, students wishing to pursue an Honors Diploma must earn a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 with a minimum grade of “C” in all classes. Also, students must complete four of the following six courses: Honors US History, Honors English III, Honors English IV, Anatomy & Physiology, Pre-calculus, and Calculus. The Honors History/English classes take the place of the regular classes in these subject areas. 



Rio was a home and a family. I was there for 2 and a half years, and you bet I cried my eyes out graduation day. There, I made lasting friendships and too many memories to count.

Rio Alumni, Class of 2018

We’re so excited you’d like to learn more about Rio. Feel free to get in touch, download our guides, and apply today on our Apply page. We hope to have you here on our campus soon.