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Sharpen your life skills; teamwork, schedule management, healthy friendships, and walking with God.


You can be a SPARTAN too! Coach Hardesty is always looking for both new and experienced athletes.

Location, Location, Location

Rio is more than just a pretty place! The Russian River, Redwoods, Fitch Mountain, and almost-tame wildlife remind us of Creator God.

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Now accepting applications for 2024-2025!

We don’t just give students an education; we prepare them for life beyond Rio. Through the Rio experience, students discover more about themselves, their passions and interests, and their leadership potential. Nearly 95% of Rio graduates pursue higher education after graduation and many alumni attribute their time at Rio as one that taught them independence as they made friendships for life.

Our Mission

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

Our Vision

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

Our Values

Adventist education prepares students for a useful and joy-filled life, fostering friendship with God, whole-person development, Bible-based values, and selfless service in accordance with the Seventh-day Adventist mission to the world.

Rio Lindo Adventist Academy is unique.  We are the Adventist boarding academy for the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  Our co-educational high school offers a commitment to excellence in its quiet, safe and picturesque location. 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 their potential in a nurturing environment.  Staff, who live on campus and students work, study, pray, and socialize together, create lasting relationships unique to the boarding school experience.

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.

News & Updates

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Virtual Counseling Service Launched for Students

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Rio Ranked #1 for Diversity in County

Rio Lindo Adventist Academy was recently ranked as #1 in Sonoma County for Diversity, #2 Overall Private High school in...
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Week of Welcome Starts Year Off Right

Week of Welcome by Dean Tim Patten, edited by Makayla L., ‘23  After a year of distance learning, excessive screen...
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College Readiness

Why Choose Rio?

The benefits of attending Rio are limitless. According to alumni, who have graduated over a span of nearly sixty years, the top benefits off attending Rio include making friendships for life, practicing independence in a safe environment, flexing leadership skills, growing in their spiritual walks, and gaining a wide knowledge applicable to nearly any career. 

Even more than that, students create memories and experiences full of adventure, laughter, and support for each other. Rio students are open-hearted, kind, enthusiastic, and compassionate to others. 


Independence is a personal value that needs to be practiced to be learned. According to research, 78% of boarding school students felt adequately prepared for college, versus 36% of private day students and 23% of public school students. Through the boarding school experience, you learn how to do your own laundry, organize your schedule, get to class on time, and manage your time efficiently. You gain more responsibility and pass down this knowledge to younger students along the way. 


One of the foundational aspects of our school program is our desire to grown spiritually both as a school and on a personal level. In your religion classes, you will learn about a God of grace, and hear testimonies from teachers and staff in school worships in the morning. You also get a chance to serve in campus ministries as a leader or live your voice or instrument in worship in a praise band. Rio’s untouched, natural campus is a constant reminder of the artistry of our Creator, and we often take walks among the trees or look out by the cross and remember all that He has done for us. 

College Readiness

Our students gain understanding, independence and the work ethic it takes to be successful and prepared for college life. Our career and counseling services help students take inventory of their skills and interests and keep them on track for college application and scholarships. All of our graduates who apply to college get in (most with substantial scholarships!) and we are proud of their continued commitment to their education.

Support Rio

Your donations help Rio maintain and update facilities, support student scholarships and financial aid, and fund future students to attend Rio as well.

I graduated from Rio Lindo Adventist Academy, and there is no other high school experience quite like it. Students at Rio are blessed with caring teachers, a beautiful campus, quality education that is well-rounded, and all that is needed to be successful in high school. I hope to be able to send my own children there someday.

Rio Alumni, Class of 2012

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