New Student Orientation

Come to New Student Orientation August 19-22, 2021!

Event details subject to change in light of emerging COVID-19 rules and regulations.
New Student Orientation is our way of saying, “Welcome to Rio!” New students will meet the student leadership team and staff members and be able to transition into boarding school life before the returning students arrive. This weekend allows new students to move into the dorms, sit down with an academic adviser and register for classes, plan their daily schedule, and get to know their new classmates and teachers. This time also prepares parents for the transition into boarding school and establishes trust and communication between parents and the Rio staff.

Meals and lodging will be provided for parents wishing to attend orientation with their student. Please fill out the Orientation Registration whether you plan to stay overnight or not so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Any questions?  Email our admissions office at or call (707) 431-5100 ext 112.

Orientation Check-list

Orientation Schedule

Thursday, August 19th
3:00 – 5:00 PM CHECK-IN / MOVE INTO DORMS FOR NEW STUDENTS
5:00 – 5:30 PM Dinner
6:30 PM Welcome Meeting & Reception
7:00 – 9:00 PM Financial Clearance (by appt. only)
Errands and dorm room set up
Friday, August 20th
8:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Worship
9:00 am – 12:15 PM School Registration/Class Signups
(9 am ESL Placement Exam)
12:15 – 12:45 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Campus Orientation
2:00 PM Dorm Orientation
5:00 – 5:30 PM Dinner
5:30 – 7:00 PM Free time
7:30 PM Vespers
Saturday, August 21st
9:00 – 9:30 AM Breakfast
10:45 AM Church
1:00 PM Lunch
2:30 PM Afternoon activity: Students-Hike or River, Parents: Meet with Faculty & Staff
6:00 – 6:30 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Worship
8:00 PM Dorm activities
Sunday, August 22nd
8:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast
All day Sunday Free time (move in, errands, etc). Activities/games