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New Student Orientation


Come to New Student Orientation August 20-22, 2021!

Event details subject to change in light of emerging COVID-19 rules and regulations. Please check this schedule again before you come. 

Materials for your reference throughout the weekend are listed below:
Orientation Notes for Friday at 1:00 pm Meeting
Day Student Orientation Notes
Music & Lyrics for Vespers Friday Night, Church Sabbath

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.

This year, we invite immediate family members only to attend this event with the student. Masks will be worn indoors at all times. We will be administering rapid COVID tests for all staying in the dorms. 

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

Orientation Check-list

  • Bring the recommended school supplies and dorm items
  • Make sure you’ve submitted your online enrollment forms (emailed to you after acceptance)

Orientation Schedule

Friday, August 20th  
10:00 am – 12:15 PM Ice Breakers/Get to Know You Games, Staff Intros
What to Expect This Year: SA/RA’s
12:00 – 12:30 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Campus Orientation/Student Led Classroom Tours
2:00 PM Dorm Orientation/Move into Dorm Rooms
Day Student Orientation
5:30 – 6 PM Dinner
6 – 7:00 PM Free time
7:30 PM Vespers
Saturday, August 21st  
9:00 – 9:30 AM Breakfast
10:45 AM Church & Dedication Service
12:30 PM Picnic Lunch
2:00 PM Afternoon activity options: Hike or River, Meet with Faculty & Staff, Healdsburg Adventist History Tour (self-guided)
5:30 – 6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Worship
8:00 PM Saturday Night Activity (Student Association)
Sunday, August 22nd  
8:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast

9:00 am-10:30





Registration: Create class schedule, sign up for sports/music, enrollment paperwork, medical, Fitch Faces photo, finalize financial arrangements, complete work papers if applicable.



Move into dorms/errands/families depart/activities for new students


Parents, you are welcome to leave after your student is signed up for classes/extra curricular activities.