Our students come from all corners of the globe and our campus culture is rich with languages, backgrounds, and family stories. Students are encouraged to celebrate their heritage and share it with their fellow students.
We welcome students from all over the world to study at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. Our international student program was created in the 1980s and since then, we have had students attend from China, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, and more. Our English language classes teach students how to write, read, converse and understand English while the social immersion saturates students with language learning. Our caring staff assists applying students through the I-20 process, and helps make the transition into living in the US as easy as possible.
New international students are encouraged to arrive on campus for New Student Orientation, the Wednesday before registration to rest and get settled into the dormitories before classes begin. If any new international students need transportation to Rio Lindo Adventist Academy from the airport at the beginning of the school year, parents should e-mail the school with the airline, flight number, and arrival time. Rio provides airport transportation for all new international students in August. At all other times, students should take the Sonoma County Airport Express bus to the Sonoma County Airport, where a Rio staff member will pick them up and bring them to Rio.
As part of the registration process, all new international students are given an English proficiency exam to determine each student’s placement in the proper English class. This test evaluates a student’s speaking, listening, reading comprehension, and writing skills. After the test has been graded, each student will be placed in one of the following three levels:
The registrar will determine a student’s grade level based on an evaluation of the students official transcripts as well as the results of the English proficiency exam. All transcripts must be submitted with the completed application for accurate grade placement.
An important part of every international student’s education is learning to speak English. To be successful as a student at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy, students are encouraged to speak English in all classes and throughout the school day. Rio accepts students of all religious faiths and backgrounds. Because Rio is a Christian school and religious values are an important part of our school program, students are required to attend scheduled religious services during the day and on weekends. The cafeteria serves three well-balanced vegetarian meals per day, Monday through Saturday, and two meals (brunch and dinner) on Sunday. The menu includes dairy products and meat substitutes; however, no meat or fish is served.
“The teachers at Rio and the boarding environment have greatly enhanced my English skills. The classes have been challenging, but teachers have persistently motivated me both in the classroom and in life.”
|Full Year Boarding||$35,000|
|Semester Boarding Tuition||$17,500|
The full year’s or first semester’s payment is due at registration.
If applicable, the second semester’s payment is due in January.
A $5,000 deposit is required before the I-20 form is prepared and sent to the family. The deposit will be applied to the first semester’s tuition amount after the enrollment date. The deposit will be refunded only after two documented unsuccessful attempts for a visa application.
Rio’s international student program fees are all-inclusive and include room, board, all meals, and all ESL courses and instruction.
A discount of 1.0% is given for payments made by bank funds transfer, check, or cash for the full year’s tuition in advance.
For students of Rio Lindo alumni.
$500 per year for underclassmen
$250 per year for upperclassmen
A discount of 2.5% is awarded to families with two or more students simultaneously enrolled at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy.
Student Association (SA) officers are eligible for a leadership scholarship for the school year that they are in office. Students run for office in the last month of school for the following year.
For students with an attendance grade of ‘B’ or better, applied to second semester of the following school year.
4.0 GPA: $250 per semester
3.75 – 3.99 GPA: $125 per semester
Space in our international program is limited. Late applications will be evaluated only if space is still available.
Note: It is not our standard practice to accept incoming seniors into our program.
Healdsburg, the closest town is eight minutes away by car and is a charming small tourist town. The closest general goods shopping is Windsor, about twenty minutes away.
3200 Rio Lindo Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448